Cancun is the most visited city in Mexico and a top vacational destination around the world. Travelers from different countries want to experience the blue beaches of the Caribbean, nightlife, food and tours. In Zona Hotelera, you aren’t going to find a lot of bars but if you head to the center of Cancun, you will see many types of bars and restaurants with live music, DJ’s, beer, cocktails, wine and delicious local food.
The most popular areas are Plaza Solare and Plaza de Toros, they have many drinking bars like Guanatos, The Black Pub, Costeñito, La Playita, Mccarthys and Toro Rojo. Cantinita, located outside Malecon Plaza Las Americas, has been re-opened since last month and been one of the favorite choices for the locals. Dublin’s Irish Pub is hopping on Thursday nights and the attractive waitresses all wear what looks like an Irish schoolgirl uniform. Muleiro’s longe is located in Plaza Hong Kong, is a great place to have a drink and listen to latin jazz, flamenco and more. Many rock bands perform at Muleiros. Another one is Vasso, to enjoy a couple of drinks and listen to 80’s, 90’s live DJ. If you want to watch a sport game, La Taberna or Wings Army are great choices.
El Muellecito is located a few steps from the entrance to the Hotel Zone, avenida Bonampak. It’s a favorite election to locals. It serves seafood, nachos, hamburguers, chichen and some entrees to acompany with a drink. There’s a special smoking area outside with tables and an air conditioned. Muellecito is opened 1pm to 2am Monday to Saturdays and 1pm to 7 am on Sundays.
Las de Guanatos
Las de Guanatos is another local favorite. The most popular is located in Plaza de Toros, avenue Bonampak. They feature live music and offer special drinks for a very good price. There are some promotions like 2×1 on micheladas and seven beers for 100 pesos. The food is delicious, try the “torta ahogada”, the “michelada” prepared cocktail and a drink Ojo Rojo or Chamoyada. All bars in Plaza de Toros are open until early morning.
The Black Pub
The Black Pub is located in front of Plaza de Toros. This is a bar/restaurant popular for the environment and music. They open from 1 pm to 4 am Monday to Saturday with specials on Monday to Wednesdays! The live rock music is great. Wednesdays are special to get a free vodka or tequila bottle and free drinks for the ladies.
Mccarthy’s Irish Pub
If you want to feel the Irish style, go to Mccarthy’s Irish Pub in Plaza Solare. There’s live rock music, 2×1 drinks between 4-9 pm and a free pool table. On Tuesdays, you can get 2 hamburguers for the price of 1 and on Mondays, wings are for 3 pesos each. The atmosphere is really fun.
Señor Frogs is more than a bar, turns to be a nightclub when the themed parties makes you want to dance all night. It’s a restaurant during the day and party at night, hard to leave without a smile on your face. Try the Wild Frog’s Rocks Drink: 100% Agave Señor Frog’s Tequila, Pama Pomegranate, Liqueur, Cranberry Juice, Lime Juice and Grenadine.
Han Social Room
The hip, young, local crowd spends their nights at Han Social Room. It’s located in Puerto Cancun at the Diomeda building. Thursday is for ladies night and those who are celebrating their birthday receive a free bottle. The music is kind of everything: pop, techno, salsa, etc. Ladies night and special theme events shine the spotlight here.
This place has become a landmark in Cancun for really awesome cocktails. Largest selection of Mezcal in town, and delicious Mexican fusion food as well. Located inside Plaza Solare Avenue Bonampak. If you ever wanted to try an exotic dish, order the roasted crickets.