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.
Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, not all nightclubs are open. Among the available tours, here is our recommendation:
Best of Coco Bongo nightclub tickets
Table of contents
- Best Nightclubs in Cancun, Mexico
- Coco Bongo
- The City Nightclub
- Mandala Disco Night Club
- Congo Bar
- Dady ‘O
- Pub crawl in Cancun
- CunCrawl – for best Cancun nightlife experience
- Cancun nightlife for music and dance lovers
- Best gay bars in Cancun
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.
On any given night, you will find partygoers range in age from 18 (the legal drinking age in Mexico) to their mid-50s and older.
We select our favorite six nightclubs where you can drink, dine and dance.
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.
Dress Code: Casual, but upscale
Open Bar: Yes, US$ 96
Best Night(s): All nights
Coco Bongo entrance tickets
There are three Coco Bongo experiences you can book –
1. Coco Bongo Skip the Line Entrance
2. Coco Bongo Gold Member VIP Front Row
3. Coco Bongo 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 3000 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 Skip the Line Entrance
You skip-the-line to enter the most popular Coco Bongo nightclub in Cancun.
Your ticket gives you access to all of the nightclub’s facilities and entertainment.
This ticket gets you five hours of domestic open bar from 8 pm.
Cost of Entry: US$ 96 per person
Coco Bongo Gold Member VIP Front Row
Spend the night like a celebrity with a VIP Gold Member admission ticket to Coco Bongo.
Your VIP pass includes both skip-the-line and early entry, which saves you hours of waiting in line and grants you access to the club one hour before it opens to the general public.
You get the Open Bar Premium service from 8 pm to 1 am the next day.
You sit in an exclusive area, with seats reserved for you.
With this ticket, you also get waiter service.
Tickets are limited so reserving your space in advance is highly recommended to guarantee availability.
Cost of Entry: US$ 185 per person
On the ticket booking page, you must choose ‘Gold Member VIP Front Row.’
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.
Your five hours fun begins from 10 pm to 3 am the next day.
Cost of Entry: US$ 207 per person
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.
Arrive before they open and wait in line as there will be incredibly long lines if you arrive after the club has already opened.
Performers such as Snoop Dog, 50 Cent, Akon, Flo Rida, Fergi, etc. perform here regularly.
The favorite music at this nightclub is primarily Top 40 and Electro.
The City plays music of all genres on the powerful sound system and 650 square feet of video screens.
Like CocoBongo, The City Nightclub is also at Kilometer 9.5 of Cancun Hotel Zone.
The City opens from 10 pm to 3 am.
Dress Code: Casual Dressing
Open Bar: Yes, US$ 50
Best Night(s): Fridays
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 9.5 in Cancun. It opens at 8.30 pm and parties on till 3 am.
Dress Code: Upscale Casual
Open Bar: Yes, US$ 50
Best Night(s): Mon & Thur
The Congo Bar is one of the best clubs to party clubs in all of mexico.
Because the bar is open on both sides, you can see how wild and insane the party is even before you enter.
Large nightclubs typically don’t open until after 10:30 p.m. Congo is a perfect place to start the party before then.
The hottest DJ music will keep you on the dance floor all night long, enhanced by confetti showers, Jello shots, and flashing lights.
Situated at Blvd Kukulcan, KM 9.5 in Cancun, Congo Bar opens at 8 pm, and parties until 3 am.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Open Bar: Yes, US$ 120
Recommended Nights: Wed and Sun
La-Vaquita, translates to The Little Cow, is one of Cancun’s newest nightclubs.
The club is decorated with quirky cow-print pattern and that is just the beginning of the fun.
La Vaquita is known for having one of the top hip-hop and reggaeton discos in Cancun.
Expect great service and friendly staff at La-Vaquita.
The club offers “litros,” or liters, of beer and other beverages, which is a highly well-liked Cancun trend.
La-Vaquita is at Blvd. Kukulcan KM 9.5, Cancun. It also follows the most popular timings for nightclubs in Cancun – 8.30 pm to 3 am.
Dress Code: Informal
Open Bar: Yes US$ 50
Best Night(s): Saturday
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.
Dress Code: Casual Dressing
Open Bar: Yes, US$ 60
Best Night(s): Thu, Fri and Sat
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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.
To know why we highly recommend CunCrawl, continue reading.
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.
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 8 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)
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) Coco Bongo
2) The City Nightclub
3) Congo Bar
4) Mandala Beach Club
5) H Roof
6) Palazzo NightClub
7) Dady’O Nightclub
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:
Laser Hot Bar
Bring your cha cha heels to this gay bar in Cancun’s downtown, where major drag performances are held.
An excellent option if you’re searching for a wild gay night out in Cancun.
It is located at Av Tulum 45, 77500 Cancun.
Reserved seating is available.
Laser Hot Bar is one of Cancun’s more well-known gay clubs.
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 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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