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Best Cancun nightlife – Guide for nightclubs, bars, dance, music

Best nightlife in Cancun, Mexico

Cancun wasn’t always a holiday destination popular for its nightlife. In fact, it wasn’t even a holiday destination to start with. Before Cancun became the go-to holiday destination it was just a fishing town.

After the 1970s, its location and its pristine white sand beaches couldn’t stay hidden from young people looking for a break. Especially American youngsters who wanted a cheap getaway for their spring breaks.

Soon enough word spread and folks from Europe, Australia etc started landing in droves to the best beach nightlife destination in the world.

If you are trying to figure out the best nightlife in Cancun, Mexico you have come to the right place. We will be your guide for Cancun nightclubs, bars and live music.

As you may be aware, the City of Cancun is divided into two parts. The Downtown area and the Cancun Hotel Zone. All of Cancun’s nightlife is in the party zone, also known as Punta Cancun.

During the day, the city of Cancun is all about long white sand beaches but in the night it changes completely and becomes one big nightclub.

In the night, Cancun becomes what it is best known for – an outrageous nightlife-loving city. It is one long party after the other, every night.

Each of the Cancun Clubs and Bars competes against each other to be the center of attraction of Cancun nightlife.

Cancun Nightlife

Cancun owes its popularity to the college students who landed at the Cancun International Airport much before other tourists and turned it into one of the World’s best spring break destinations.

Cancun nightlife has only become better and better with each passing day. Or should we say, night!

In fact, this legendary nightlife of Cancun has ensured long lines outside the pubs every night. There are more than 25 amazing Cancun nightclubs and yet these lines don’t seem to disappear.

Best nightclubs in Cancun, Mexico

1. Coco Bongo

Cancun Nightlife in Coco Bongo
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Coco Bongo is situated in the middle of Hotel Zone and comes highly recommended by every tourist who has painted the town red during their Cancun holiday. Most youngsters on a vacation here ensure their Cancun nightlife includes at least one night in Coco Bongo.

Known for its spectacular, wild shows this nightclub is a must visit. The shows include golden oldies from the 70s and 80s mixed by the DJs. If you love the circus and acrobatic demonstrations, you will feel at home in this nightclub.

Situated at Blvd Kukulcan, KM 9.5 in Cancun, Coco Bongo allows entry by 10.30 pm.

Capacity: 1500
Dress Code:  Very Casual
Open Bar:  Yes USD 75
Best Night(s):  All nights

Our recommendation for Coco Bongo

More than 40 actors, musicians, artists and flying acrobats create a world-class atmosphere at Coco Bongo. This is what makes Coco Bongo the best Night Club in Cancun. That’s why we recommend the below given two options.

If you can afford it, we suggest you go for the Gold Pass. Else, the regular Coco Bongo Night Club pass should be perfect.

Buy TicketsBuy Coco Bongo Nightclub Gold Pass (USD 238.46)

You walk in as a VIP Member (no queue). You get seats in the Gold Member area. Open Bar with premium drinks. Transportation back to your hotel.

Buy TicketsBuy ‘Regular’ Coco Bongo Nightclub Pass (USD 75)

Fast access (you wait in shorter line). You get a table. Open Bar with domestic drinks. No transportation (You can use buses or cabs to get back. They ply 24 hours).

2. Dady ‘O

Cancun Nightlife in Dady O
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This is perhaps one of the oldest clubs in Cancun. Dady ‘O was inaugurated more than 25 years back and continues to pull in thousands of party lovers night after night.

Almost all nights the master of the ceremony hosts bikini contests, open bar promos, theme parties etc. Some of the best DJs from all over the region keep the dance floors going at Dady ’O.

Music played is mostly electro, dance, techno and pop. Thanks to events such as wet T-shirt contests, bikini contests, or search for the best male body this nightlife destination is most popular amongst the youngsters.

Like CocoBongo, Dady ‘O is also situated at Blvd Kukulcan, KM 9.5 in Cancun. Dady ‘O allows its first entry by 10 pm.

Capacity:  1000
Dress Code:  Casual Dressing
Open Bar:  Yes USD 60
Best Night(s):  Thur -Fri – Sat

Our recommendation for Dady ‘O

While you have the option of partying at Dady ‘O the whole night, we feel you must indulge in a bit of pub crawl when in Cancun.

We recommend you book the CunCrawl tour (where, in six hours, you experience 3 different nightclubs!). On Thursdays and Fridays, one of these three nightclubs will be Dady ‘O.

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3. Mandala Disco Night Club

Nightlife in Cancun at Mandala Disco
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One of the best Clubs in Cancun, this party destination is situated in the middle of the Club Zone. Every aspect of Mandala Disco is inspired by India, and you just can’t miss it.

The front of the club is visible from the street which acts as an advertisement for those on the road and pulls them in. The favorite music of this Cancun nightlife destination is ‘House’.

Situated at Blvd Kukulcan, KM 9.0 in Cancun, Mandala Night Club opens at 10 pm and parties on till 5 am.

Capacity:  900
Dress Code:  Casual Dressing
Open Bar:  Yes USD 60
Best Night(s):  Mon & Thur

Our recommendation for Mandala Disco

If you want a true taste of Cancun Bars and Cancun night life, spending your night huddled up in one nightclub is a wrong approach. That’s why we don’t recommend going only to Mandala Disco.

By just adding approximately 40 USD to your Mandala Disco entry tickets, you can book a CunCrawl tour.

Cuncrawl tour helps you explore 3 different Cancun Nightclubs in 6 hours. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays the Cuncrawl tour also includes Mandala Disco with Bottle service.

So what are you waiting for?

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4. The City Nightclub

Nightlife in Cancun at City Night Club
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This Cancun nightclub hosts more than 5000 party goers every night and yet there is a line outside. This massive scale of partying reflects Cancun nightlife in its truest sense.

Performers such as Snoop Dog, 50 Cent, Akon, Flo Rida etc. perform here at regular intervals. The favorite music at this nightclub is mostly Top 40 and Electro.

Like CocoBongo and Dady’O, The City nightclub is also situated at Kilometer 9.5 of Cancun Hotel Zone.

The City opens at 10.30 pm and goes on till the party lasts.

Capacity:  5000
Dress Code:  Casual Dressing
Open Bar:  Yes USD 65
Best Night(s):  Fridays

Our recommendation for The City NightClub

City Night Club is an amazing place to spend your whole night partying. After all, you will be partying with almost 5000 others.

However, if you are the kind that doesn’t like getting lost in such a huge crowd, we recommend CunCrawl. This pub-hopping tour with a seasoned guide will help you explore Cancun Nightclubs the way they should be.

If your night out is planned for a Friday, you are in luck because a visit to The City Nightclub will be part of your tour.

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5. Palazzo Nightclub

Cancun Nightlife in Palazzo Night Club
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Before it became Palazzo, this night club was called Bulldog and before that it was called Christine. The change in name hasn’t affected its popularity as a popular nighttime hangout in Cancun. In fact, over the years, Palazzo has come up to speed with the other top Cancun Clubs in this beach resort town.

This club regularly hosts stripper poles and stripper pole contests, which are a major attraction amongst bar hoppers. The music of choice here is Electro/Top 40.

Situated at Blvd Kukulcan, KM 7.5 in Cancun, Palazzo Night Club opens at 10 pm and parties on till 5 am.

Capacity:  900
Dress Code:  Casual Dressing
Open Bar:  Yes USD 60
Recommended Nights:  Wed and Sat

Our recommendation for Palazzo NightClub

The Open Bar entry at Palazzo is USD 60. By just adding USD 30 more, you can have a Cancun nightlife guide take you around 3 different Night Clubs in six hours.

This tour is planned for youngsters, who love to party the whole night long.

If your night out is planned for a Wednesday or Saturday, you will be visiting Palazzo Night Club as part of your Cuncrawl tour anyway.

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6. Mandala Beach Club

Nightlife in Cancun at Mandala Beach Club
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If you believe pool parties are much better than regular clubs, you should head out to Mandala beach Club. This beach club hosts the best pool parties in Cancun and it doesn’t always have to be in the night.

If you are thinking of paying them a visit, do plan because this club is open only once or twice in a week. The favorite music of this club is yet again, ‘House.’

Mandala Beach Club is situated at KM 7.5 of Cancun Hotel Zone. It also follows the most popular timings for night clubs in Cancun – 10 pm to 5 am.

Capacity:  1500
Dress Code:  Beach wear
Open Bar:  Yes USD 65
Best Night(s):  Tuesdays

Our recommendation for Mandala Beach Club

If you prefer a beach ambiance for enjoying Cancun at night, nothing can beat Mandala Beach Club.

However, if that is not your prerequisite, we recommend CunCrawl – a tour of 3 nightclubs in six hours.

And if you happen to book your Cuncrawl on a Tuesday, you will even land up at Mandala Beach Club as part of your tour.

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Pub crawling in Cancun

For those of us who love pub hopping, Cancun is a great destination because everything is nearby and you don’t waste much time traveling between the night clubs.

These pub crawl tours are both fixed itineraries or customizable itineraries depending on the experience the group is looking for.

You can be a bunch of corporate delegates in Cancun for your sales conference, or a group of friends, or bachelors, bachelorettes…or just plain couples, these pub crawl tours offer you a night to remember.

Once you have selected your pub crawl tour package and made the payment, the guide takes over your nightlife. The guide ensures you don’t have to stand in line, and get VIP entry into the Cancun Night Clubs. They also ensure you get the best service inside the pub (which includes the open bar for as much as you can drink).

The transport between the nightclub hopping is provided by the tour company and at the end of the night, you can even get dropped to your hotel.

Sometimes the transport to and from your hotel is charged extra, so please check with travel agent facilitating the pub crawl.

Some of the best tour operators who provide pub crawling packages are – CunCrawl, Party Rockers Cancun, After Dark Events and Entertainment, The Madness Tour, and Cancun Vibes.

CunCrawl – for best Cancun nightlife experience

Amongst the tour operators offering Cancun night club experiences, we highly recommend CunCrawl Tours. They provide the best Cancun nightlife experience.

CunCrawl has been the #1 Tripadvisor.com nightlife attraction in Cancun for 5 years in a row, which is the best compliment for any tour company.

CunCrawl’s Inclusions

*You will be taken to three of the best Bars and/or Night Clubs in Cancun, in one night

*It will be an ‘all you can drink’ night starting from 10.15 pm to 3 am.

*As part of the CunCrawl tour package, you will get unlimited bottle service in at least two clubs

*Once you buy the CunCrawl tour package, you don’t have to pay extra for any Club entrance

*You will enter all Cancun Night Clubs for the night, as a VIP (No waiting in lines).

*You will get reserved tables at every Night Club.

*The Party guide will be with you at all times, to ensure you get the services and and have fun.

*There are no hidden fees.

What you need to know about CunCrawl

*You have to be 18+ years old to book a Cancun pub crawl

*Drinks offered at the Nightclubs during CunCrawl will be domestic Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Gin and Beer. All cocktails you can make with these drinks such as Margaritas, Mojitos, Daiquiries, etc are also included.

*Tips for waiters and bartenders are not included and expected.

*Dress code is casual. In fact, whatever you want.

*Transportation is not provided unless requested at an extra cost.

*The time of meeting will be 10:15 PM (at Club Zone Cancun). Exact address will be sent with confirmation email after you book.

CunCrawl’s schedule of night clubs

Monday: Congo Bar, La Vaquita, Mandala Disco (Bottle Service)

Tuesday: Congo Bar, Mandala Disco (Bottle Service), Mandala Beach Club  (Bottle Service)

Wednesday: La Vaquita, Sr. Frogs foam party (Bottle Service), Palazzo Nightclub (Bottle Service)

Thursday: La Vaquita, Mandala Disco (Bottle Service), Dady’o bikini contest

Friday: La Vaquita, Dady’O (Bottle Service), The City Nightclub (Bottle Service)

Saturday: Congo Bar, Mandala Disco (Bottle Service), Palazzo Nightclub (Bottle Service)

Sunday: Congo Bar, Sr. Frogs Glow party (Bottle Service), Mandala Disco (Bottle Service)

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Cancun nightlife for music and dance lovers

If you love going to nightclubs for their music and dance we suggest you carefully choose your Cancun Club. It is believed that Cancun has something for everyone, but only if you know where to find it. Cancun nightlife means fun and entertainment and different Clubs have their own specialties.

Some are dance clubs, some plain simple bars, some offer outlandish shows while some have music bands – so you must make your choice according to your taste in music and your dance needs.

One thing is for sure, every nightclub in Cancun will try to spice up your nightlife by offering special effects, laser and other state-of-the-art light shows.

Popular dance or disco bars in Cancun

1) CocoBongo
2) The City Discotheque
3) Congo Bar
4) Last Night Bachelorette Party
5) H Roof
6) Palazzo NightClub
7) Tropicana Latin Night Club

Best gay bars in Cancun

Cancun is one of the best places for gay travelers and its nightlife reflects the same. There are a good number of gay bars but the best three are:

Picante Bar: Situated at El Centro – Plaza Gallerias, Av. Tulum 20, Cancun, Picante Bar is the oldest LGBTQ bar in Cancun. Every night seems like a celebration at Picante. Every night is a wild party with a lot of drag shows and strippers.

11:11 Club: This is the latest gay bar in Cancun. It is situated at El Centro – Avenida Tulum SM22 M5 Lotes 33 y 35, Cancun (near the popular Karamba Bar, which is now closed).  If you’re gay or a lesbian and want to hang out, dance, or relax 11:11 Club comes highly recommended.

Club 69: This is a little far out at 5th Ave, Playa del Carmen so will involve an hour’s travel from Cancun. As the name suggests, the club is anything but subtle.

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