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

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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.

The City of Cancun is divided into two parts – the Downtown area and the Cancun Hotel Zone.

All of Cancun’s nightlife is in Punta Cancun, which is also known as the Party Zone.

During the day, Cancun is all about long white sand beaches, but at night it becomes one big nightclub.

In the night, Cancun becomes what it is best known for – an outrageous nightlife-loving city.

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

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, not all nightclubs are open. Among the available tours, here is our recommendation:

1. Best of Coco Bongo nightclub tickets
2. VIP Nightclub Tour offered by Rockstarcrawls

Best nightclubs in Cancun, Mexico

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.

The legendary nightlife of Cancun has ensured long lines outside the nightclubs every night.

There are more than 25 amazing Cancun nightclubs, and yet these lines don’t seem to disappear.

We select our favorite six nightclubs where you can drink, dine and dance.

Coco Bongo

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 ensure their Cancun nightlife includes at least one night in Coco Bongo.

Coco Bongo is known for its spectacular, wild shows, making it a must-visit nightclub.

If you love the circus and acrobatic demonstrations, you will feel at home in this nightclub.

The shows include golden oldies from the 70s and 80s mixed by the DJs.

According to tourists who have partied at numerous Cancun Bars and Clubs, Coco Bongo the best Night Club in Cancun.

Situated at Blvd Kukulcan, KM 9.5 in Cancun, Coco Bongo‘s first entry is at 10.30 pm.

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

Coco Bongo entrance tickets

There are three Coco Bongo experiences you can book –

1. Open Bar Admission
2. Gold Member Admission
3. Gold Member Pass

We explain all the three Coco Bongo tickets in detail below.

Whichever experience you choose, we recommend you book in advance because even though this Cancun Club can host 1,500 people, it fills up fast.

All three tickets have an easy cancellation policy – you can cancel 24 hours before your scheduled visit and get a full refund.

Coco Bongo Open Bar Admission

You get in through the regular entrance.

This ticket gets you five hours of domestic open bar from 10.30 pm to 3.30 am the next day.

Cost of Entry: 85 USD per person

Coco Bongo Gold Member Admission

Your entry into Coco Bongo nightclub will be in style – through the Gold Member entrance.

You get the Open Bar Premium service from 10:30 pm to 4 am the next day.

You sit in an exclusive area, with seats reserved for you.

With this ticket, you also get waiter service.

Cost of Entry: 160 USD per person

On the ticket booking page, you must choose ‘Coco Bongo Gold Member Admission.’

Coco Bongo Gold Member Pass

This Gold Member Pass gets you Skip-the-line entry into Coco Bongo.

And you get access to the Gold Member seating area with access to the open premium bar.

You can use this Pass at the Coco Bongo nightclub in Cancún or Playa del Carmen.

Cost of Entry: 320 USD per person

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Dady ‘O

Dady ‘O 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 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): Thu, Fri and Sat

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Mandala Disco Night Club

One of the best Clubs in Cancun, this party destination is situated in the middle of the Club Zone.

India inspires every aspect of Mandala Disco, and you 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’.

Mandala Night Club is at Blvd Kukulcan, KM 9.0 in Cancun. It 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

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The City Nightclub

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 regularly.

The favorite music at this nightclub is primarily Top 40 and Electro.

Like CocoBongo and Dady’O, The City nightclub is also 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

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Palazzo Nightclub

Cancun Nightlife in Palazzo Night Club
Image: Visitroo.com

Before it became Palazzo, this nightclub was called Bulldog, and before that, it was named Christine.

The name change 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, 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 until 5 am.

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

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Mandala Beach Club

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 visiting them, do plan ahead because it is open only once or twice a week.

The favorite music of this club is yet again, ‘House.’

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

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

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Pub crawl in Cancun

Cancun is an excellent destination for those who love pub hopping because everything is nearby, and you don’t waste much time traveling between the nightclubs.

These pub crawl tours are fixed itineraries or customizable itineraries depending on the experience the group wants.

Once you have booked your pub crawl tour package, the local 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 tour company provides transport for nightclub hopping, and at the end of the night, you can even get dropped at your hotel.

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

Some of the best tour operators who provide pub-crawling packages are –

1. CunCrawl
2. Party Rockers Cancun
3. After Dark Events and Entertainment
4. The Madness Tour
5. Cancun Vibes

To know why we highly recommend CunCrawl, continue reading.

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CunCrawl – for best Cancun nightlife experience

CunCrawl is currently on hold due to the pandemic.

Amongst the tour operators offering Cancun nightclub experiences, we highly recommend CunCrawl Tours.

They provide the best Cancun nightlife experience.

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

Cun Crawl Reviews
The pub crawls offered by CunCrawl are highly rated by couples, groups of friends, and even solo travelers. Image: TripAdvisor.com

CunCrawl’s Inclusions

1. You will be taken to three of the best Bars and Night Clubs in Cancun in one night

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

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

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

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

6. You will get reserved tables at every Night Club.

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

8. There are no hidden fees.

What you need to know about CunCrawl

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

2. 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, Daiquiris, etc., are also included.

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

4. Dress code is casual – you can wear whatever you want

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

6. The time of meeting will be 10:15 PM (at Club Zone Cancun). You will get the exact address with the confirmation email after the booking. Book Cun Crawl now!

CunCrawl’s weekly 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.

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 specialties.

Some are dance clubs, some plain simple bars, and some offer outlandish shows while some have music bands – so you must choose 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.

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

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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

11:11 club is the latest gay bar in Cancun.

It is 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

Club 69 is a little far out at 5th Ave, Playa del Carmen, and it involves an hour’s travel from Cancun.

As the name suggests, the club is anything but subtle.

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