Playa del Carmen is an excellent spot for nightlife entertainment in the Riviera Maya. You will find a variety of clubs, restaurants, and bars offering a wide array of options that cater to every style, age, and preference. Nightlife in Playa del Carmen is situated on 5th Avenue; whether to indulge in exquisite food, sip a margarita, or dance the night away, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
We have selected 7 top choices to visit during your next night out in the Riviera Maya.
1- Blue Parrot Beach Club
The Blue Parrot Beach Club is an absolute “must” for visitors. Rated one of the best clubs by Newsweek Magazine, the Beach Club provides top international DJ’s playing music in three different environments; a beachfront dance floor, a Palapa Lounge, and a covered sky bar overlooking the dance floor. The highlight of the place is the legendary Fire Show which starts at 11:00 p.m. every night.
2- La Santanera
La Santanera is the most popular nightclub in Playa del Carmen, located in the heart of the trendy downtown area. “La Santa” presents an original concept to its visitors; the ground floor of the two-story club consists of an enclosed area with an excellent audio system, classy chandeliers, and a crowded dance floor surrounded by an irreverent and fun atmosphere. The second floor is an outdoor lounge terrace featuring a luminous bar with vintage Mexican decoration, and a relaxed tropical ambiance. You can expect a fusion of international house music and a mixed crowd of locals and tourists celebrating until dawn.
Alux is a one-of-a-kind restaurant and lounge located in a large cavern with colorfully lit chambers, presenting a contrasting modern decoration for dining and celebrating. The mystical club offers acoustic live music, a broad selection of international wines, and exotic cocktails. The restaurant and lounge present private VIP areas, a bar with great music, and candlelight romantic dinners in a dim and fascinating atmosphere. Alux promotes advance dining reservations, it’s open Tuesday to Sunday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., and the suggested attire is smart-casual to cocktail.
Deseo is one of the coolest lounge bars in Playa del Carmen. With an elevated open-air platform and a breathtaking scenery overlooking the Mexico Caribbean, Deseo proposes a comfortable central area with bar, pool, kitchen, and big daybeds among flowing curtains, as old silent movies are projected on the wall and smooth lounge music overflows an incomparable atmosphere, where you can sit back and relax.
This tropical resto-lounge presents an exquisite fusion of Mexican-Asian entrées and a retro décor with wicker chairs beneath an active al fresco palapa bar. El Diablito Cha Cha Cha provides a casual and relaxing atmosphere with vivacious DJ’s house music from 1 p.m. to 3 a.m. every day. This is a very popular place among locals for dining and sipping fresh cocktails before serious dancing takes place.
6- Om Restaurant/Bar
This trendy bar is located next to the great sandy beaches of Playa del Carmen. Featuring Feng-Shui principles, Asian décor, and exotic drinks with a stylish tropical backdrop; this lounge bar fuses eastern and Caribbean flavors. Om specializes in natural fruit cocktails and flavored tobaccos for hookah pipe smoking. Relax in one of the white beanbag chairs, dance to the beat of New Age music playing in the background, or just lay back and enjoy the vibe of the place as you sip on one of their revitalizing cocktails. The crowd at Om is a mix of hip and stylish tourists and locals, and a definite place to discover during your Riviera Maya vacation.
7- Negro Sal
Fashionable tourists converge for tasty Mediterranean-style meals, flavorful cocktails, and exotic music at this first-class restaurant and club. Negro Sal is surrounded by exciting glass floors, abundant mirrors, classy Italian décor, and an impressive wine cellar which also serves as an intimate private dining room for groups.
If you don’t know which place is right for your style, or feel like trying it all, just walking along Playa del Carmen’s renowned 5th Avenue will be enough to give you a night filled with extraordinary entertainment.
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