While Playa del Carmen certainly has no shortage of amazing bars to experience (and not just along bustling 5th Avenue), here are five Playa bars you might have seen on TikTok. From upscale, underground spaces with signature drinks to rooftop views made to impress, these establishments are so stylish and fun that travelers are sharing their experience on everyone’s favorite video app.
Right on the corner of 5th Avenue and 8th Street, in the heart of the party in Playa del Carmen, is Patio 8. An artsy outdoor bar that’s perfect for people-watching, this tasteful spot brings the class with classic cocktails like Old Fashioned and Negroni. Plus, there’s a wide selection of gins, whiskeys, mezcals, and so much more.
Tempt your tastebuds with a Lemon Drop or a shot of Cinnamon Toast (rum chats & Fireball whisky) while talking in the energy of 5th Avenue. Travelers rave about the service and drinks. The food menu is mid-range Mexican fusion, where you can sample unique dishes like octopus tacos and grasshopper & guacamole.
@vantravels Fun outdoor bar in Playa del Carmen #cancun #playadelcarmen #mexico #travel #mexicotravel #rivieramaya #vantravels_ ♬ RIHANNA x SEAN PAUL x MR VEGAS mashup by K D – Kevindaveprod
An intimate little spot just off the main drag on Avenida 20 is really getting buzz this year, so go now before it’s no longer a hidden gem for travelers. This modern tiki-style bar in Playa del Carmen serves up tiki classics like a Mai Tai, and there’s also signature drinks like the “Freaky Tiki” (two kinds of rum mixed with passionfruit and coconut puree) and the “Shipwreck” (Bourbon, mint, ginger, and lime), so come here if you’re craving some creative libations and a fun night out with friends.
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@thefrugalfoodies Playa del Carmen #hiddengems: The Lost Tiki. #playadelcarmen #mexicotravel #tikibar ♬ Take a Look at This – Zayde Wølf
How can an underground cave bar and restaurant not be popular on TikTok? If you’ve seen videos of a dimly-lit cavelike bar in the Riviera Maya, then it’s probably Alux Restaurant Bar and Lounge in Playa del Carmen. Serving contemporary Mexican cuisine and delicious cocktails made with top-shelf tequila, this is the spot to splurge (and take lots of videos for social media, of course).
Alux also made our list of Instagram-worthy restaurants in Playa del Carmen, and this spot is definitely worth checking out at least once on your vacation in Playa. Make reservations and be prepared for an unforgettable night out.
@iam_deevine Date Night at @alux_playadelcarmen 📍Playa Del Carmen If you ever get the chance to visit Playa Del Carmen, I highly suggest Alux Fine Dining, if not for nothing more than the experience alone. It’s a restaurant and lounge located in a discovered underground cave and cenote. The aesthetics are giving it to the gworls, so it’s perfect if you want to capture some really dope instagrammable content! Personally, we were there for the vibes and the drinks. We ate somewhere else prior to going. The food is not worth the prices or the portions, but again the restaurant is worth the vibe if you and boo wanna just have a night out enjoying some good drinks and one another’s company in a beautiful aesthetically pleasing location different from your norm. Fun fact: my environment on my human design chart is caves. I was so surprised to learn that. Do you know your environment? #datenight #datenightideas #playadelcarmen #thingstodoinplayadelcarmen #mexico #alux #travelblogger ♬ The Look Of Love – Isaac Hayes
Fusion Beach Bar
This is the bar you go to in Playa del Carmen to relax by the beach with a delicious cocktail in hand. Fusion is a favorite amongst travelers, and it’s no surprise why – the location is prime, the vibes are amazing, and the live music and evening acrobatics and fire shows are the icing on the cake. Bartenders serve up great mojitos and margaritas, but you should also try their Dirty Monkey (rum, banana, coconut cream, kahlua) and Mezcal Summer cocktail (mezcal tigre, orange, basil, ginger).
@alex_hetu #FusionBar #playadelcarmen #vacation ♬ son original – Alex / Events / Journey 📸
Zapote is mentioned in this TikTok video below because it made the list of the top 50 bars in all of North America in 2022. Zapote Bar in Playa del Carmen actually came in at number 11, and 11 bars in Mexico were featured on this list of the top 50 bars in the continent. Located in the Rosewood Hotel Mayakoba, this bar serves up the best of the Yucatan’s unique flavors in food and drink form.
From signature specials to some real classics (the Pimm’s Cup, for instance), come dressed to the nines and ready to be amazed. The Wana Bana, one of Zapote’s signature cocktails, has lemongrass-infused tequila and soursop puree. The Mayayo features a local artesanal gin mixed with sour orange, guava, and lemon leaves.
@thelucasassis_ Mexico has one of the best cocktail scenes in the world. Here are the 11 bars that are now part of the North America’s top 50 bars. #cocktails #mexico #top50 #bestbars ♬ original sound – Lucas Assis
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