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6 Of The Best Nightlife Options In Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen is a fantastic destination for people in search of a good time. Days are filled with sunshine, beach clubs, and Mexican cuisine, whereas nights are the time to party. There are a huge number of nightlife options to consider, some will guarantee a crazy night, whereas others offer something a little more sedate. 

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Whichever you choose, you’re in for a great evening in Playa del Carmen. Here are some of the best nightlife options around. 

Coco Bongo – Playa del Carmen

Most people know that Cancun has a Coco Bongo, and it’s one of the city’s most popular club nights. But many people don’t know there’s also one in Playa del Carmen. And while Playa del Carmen’s Coco Bongo isn’t as high profile as its Cancun counterpart, it’s just as crazy.

coco bongo sign

You’ll find non-stop shows and entertainment, from a Mask-inspired performance to full-on 60s vibes with The Beatles. Plus, it wouldn’t be Coco Bongo without a foam party!

The club is centrally located just off the famous 5th Avenue, and there are plenty of bars nearby where you can stop in for a pre-drink before the main event. 

Cost: tickets range from: 

  • Women’s Promo: USD $70
  • Standard: USD $90
  • VIP: $150 
  • Front Row VIP: $195 


Clandestino is one hot venue for a dance party, with a tropical-themed interior spread across two floors. The clientele is a mix of locals and expats, making for a great intercultural feel and good vibes at all times. Music is mixed, with something for everyone, and is guaranteed to keep you on the dance floor into the small hours. 

inside of club cancun

The service is attentive, drinks are high-end and there’s a rooftop dance bar – what more could you need for a great night out?

Also open during the day for food and hookah, Clandestino is a true day to night venue. 

Mandala Playa del Carmen

Mandala is one of Playa del Carmen’s biggest clubs and regularly sees guests dancing until dawn. It’s another of 12th Avenue’s legendary venues, with a unique Asian-themed interior that’s very…pink. Aimed firmly at a cosmopolitan crowd, Mandala is a classy night out, perfect for getting glammed up with your girls and guys. 

mandala from outside

The music staple here is EDM and those beats will keep you going right through the night. And an ever-popular bottle service is available, although be warned – it doesn’t come cheap. 

Palazzo Disco

Palazzo Disco is located along the party-centric 12th Avenue and is another of Playa del Carmen’s most renowned nightspots. Filled with flashy neon and glamorous decor, this is the place for Playa’s beautiful crowd, dressed to impress and ready for a good time. 

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Expect world-famous DJs, alongside fun theme nights every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.. Open bar tickets are available, as is bottle service – cover varies. 

Note: This venue has temporarily closed due to Covid restrictions.

VIP Playacrawl

If you’re visiting Playa del Carmen alone, or want a multi-club night out with VIP treatment, consider taking a club crawl. This VIP Playacrawl tour is a well-rated example, where you’ll visit three of Playa del Carmen’s best clubs across a long night of fun. 

dj playing to crowd

The club selection rotates, but often includes:

  • Blue Parrot Beach Club
  • Mandala
  • Palazzo

Meet new people and skip the lines while experiencing a full-on night of all the best club options in Playa del Carmen. You may not remember everything the next morning, but you’ll know you had a good time!

Tequila Barrel 

For a super fun night, try Tequila Barrel on for size. A longstanding 5th Avenue staple, this popular sports bar draws in the early crowds, then as the evening draws on, the club keeps guests dancing with varied, crowd-pleasing tunes. 

tequila barrel bar

With Ladies Open Bar nights, Neon Body Painting parties, and a cover-free reggaeton and hip hop night each Saturday, pick your favorite and get ready for a great time.

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