For many of us, vacations are an excuse to drink a little more than normal, sampling the unique flavors of our destination. It’s for travelers like these that we offer this convenient guide to the best bars in Playa del Carmen for every occasion.

Your Guide to the Best Bars in Playa del Carmen

It’s no secret: vacations and drinks go together like tequila and lime. That’s why we’ve mixed up this helpful guide of what to expect as your carouse the best Playa del Carmen bars for every occasion.

Riviera Maya Drinking, By the Numbers

First of all, we recommend venturing out for a taste of Playa’s most creative cocktails. Try as many places listed below as possible. As you do so, bear in mind a few rules of thumb:

  • Though super popular and “hip,” 5th Avenue bars are often overpriced.
  • Well-made cocktails range from 80-120 pesos, beer 30-40 pesos.
  • Tipping is not as paramount as in the U.S., especially for beer.
  • Every bar in Playa uses purified water (ice included).
  • Bars close by 2am, when the party moves to the clubs.

A Taste of Mexico

  •         La Mezcalinna (12th St, btwn 1st Ave & the beach) – Mezcal is the featured spirit at this quaint bar. Be sure to try both the Peanut and Passion Fruit Mezcal mezcalina
  •         Club de Cerveza (5th Ave, btwn 34th & 38th St) – You won’t find a better selection of Mexican craft beers in all of Playa (along with 60+ from around the world).club de cerveza

Hit the Beach

  •         Fusion Bar & Restaurant (6th St & the beach) – Sipping cocktails in the sea breeze, feet stretched out in the sand. Does it get any better?fusion bar
  •         Wah Wah Beach Bar (2nd St & the beach) – Live music Tuesday-Saturday and an all-you-can-eat pig roast every Sunday make this place a local hit.wah wah beach bar

Where to Catch the Game

  •         End Zone Sports Bar (5th Ave, btwn 12th & 14th St) – Easily the best place to watch your team in Playa del Carmen.end zone sports bar

The Best of the Best

  •         Almirante Pech (5th Ave & 30th St) – World-class food and drinks as stunning as they are delicious and inventive have vaulted this hotspot to the top of Playa’s craft cocktail scene.almirante pech


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