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The Best Bars in Cancun and the Riviera Maya

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Whether by day or after the sun goes down, you'll find plenty of great places to drink in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The best laid-back watering holes include wine bars and casual beach hangouts. If you want something a bit more lively, flamenco, jazz, salsa, and modern tunes go on till the wee hours in trendy bars and clubs throughout Cancun and Riviera Maya.
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Av Carlos Nader 88, 3, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
This non pretentious popular wine and tapas bar is a local favorite. You can listen to the strains of live flamenco, rumba and jazz music while selecting from some 250 varieties of wine from around the globe. Located a little off the beaten path,...
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Gladiolas Retorno 7 12, 22, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Tucked inside of Hotel Xbalamqué, El Pabilo Cafe is host to one of Cancun's great art scenes. Enjoy a cup of naturally roasted coffee, typically ground by hand, while admiring photography, books and paintings from local artists, all in the center...
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Avenida 1 entre Calles 20 y 22, Centro, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
A local favorite, Bar La Ranita (Little Frog) is attached to the Hotel Rana Cansada (Tired Frog) and has been around since 1984. The ambiance is laid back, but the prices are affordable and the margaritas pack a powerful punch.
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Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico
I learned a great deal in Mexico: 1) 30 SPF does not cut it. 2) 50 SPF does not cut it. And 3) Aloe vera, cold shower, aloe vera, cold shower. Luckily for me, I also learned the best way to get your mind off of pain is delicious food, and freshly...
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Calle Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
A branch of a popular restaurant in Cuba which was founded in 1942, La Bodeguita del Medio is small, simple and a hit with anyone who visits. The bar is a special draw with lively waiters pushing signature mojitos along free salsa lessons on...