There’s no better feeling on a sunny afternoon in the Caribbean than sipping on a finely crafted cocktail that’s been shaken to perfection. But whether you’re interested in a classic piña colada, or prefer a modern espresso martini, where are the best places cocktail bars to go in Playa del Carmen?
Our list will reveal 5 hidden cocktail gems that will leave you both shaken and stirred!
Aereo Café Bar
Avenida 15 sur entre Calle 1 sur y 3 sur
Top of our list for cocktails in Playa del Carmen HAS to be Aereo Café Bar. This hidden gem is on the outskirts of central Playa (close to the air strip) but is well worth the trip for cocktail connoisseurs.
This place takes drink making seriously and employs top bartenders to ensure quality in every drink. They regularly take their bar team to cocktail making events to show off their skills, and also have special nights with guest bartenders flown in from around the globe to create special drinks just for you.
Even though they seem higher end, they also have great promotions and happy hours daily to check out! It’s a great place to spend an evening listening to live jazz. The food is also delicious too.
For a different vibe, you can also check out the hidden ‘Speakeasy’ they have located at the bar.
Calle 38 entre Avenida 5 & the Beach
For an enchanting bar with an outdoor ambiance, you need to go to Trujillos. This bar/restaurant is among those on the popular tree lined 38th Street, between the fifth avenue and the beach.
Follow the smell of the cleansing copal smoke that wafts around the bar and you’re in the right place! This place combines Mexican style and ingredients in both its food menu and mixology, making it a great venue to hit for a date night or evening with friends.
It can be a little loud but, there is also a hidden upper platform you can enjoy cocktails on, among the trees of the jungle. For vegan cocktail enthusiasts, they also have a great range of ‘sours’ made with aquafaba (which is a kind of chickpea water!) instead of the usual egg-whites.
La Cantina 20
Calle 12 y Avenida 5 (Calle Corazon)
For an upmarket and classier night out, give La Cantina 20 a try. Located on the upper floor of the mall at Calle Corazon (Close to H&M) this traditional cantina serves delicious cocktails alongside its extensive Mexican food menu.
From the restaurant you can have a great view of the people strolling by on the fifth Avenue, but you can also come and perch at the bar to sample some of their delicious cocktails.
They have an extensive cocktail list, and probably the widest range of different types of mezcal and tequila in the whole of Playa del Carmen! Be sure to try a carajillo – a blend of liquor 43 with espresso coffee – A great pick-me-up!
It makes a great night out with a vibrant atmosphere. They play traditional Mexican music and you’ll often have a mariachi band to serenade you as you drink! Check it out.
The Lost Tiki
Calle 4 entre 6 y Avenida 20
For a fun night out, you simply must head to the Lost Tiki. You may know this place under its former branding, ‘The Tiny Tiki Hut’, but it was renamed and reopened after a short closure (much to the delight of their many, MANY fans!) in late 2021.
This quaint bar is beautifully themed with Instagrammable wall art and lighting. (Even the bathroom walls are cool!)
As well as the great selection of tropical, tiki cocktails, which come served in tiki mugs, and coconuts, complete with spikey, and fruity garnishes, they also have a fantastic food menu (wow, those edamames and bang bang shrimp!) which blends a fusion of Mexican and Asian cuisine to create some of the most popular nibbles in Playa del Carmen.
It’s no wonder that The Lost Tiki is an ever-so popular joint for the expat community. Be sure to make a reservation to guarantee a table here as it’s often fully booked.
Calle 38 entre Avenida 5 & the Beach
Piola is a great Italian restaurant of many in Playa, but it’s also famous for their giant frozen basil martinis which are so large that they surpass the rim of the glass!
Blended together using a secret house recipe, these green wonders are a firm fan favorite of Playenses and tourists alike. They look great and often cause a ripple effect. When you see another person ordering one, the whole bar wants one too!
Piola also has a great range of Bellini’s and Mimosa’s too – because as they say – a brunch without a mimosa, is just a sad breakfast!
This spot has a great ambiance and as well as the Piola restaurant area, you can also enjoy a seat at the high bar tables to have a few drinks and watch the tourists come and go along the vibrant Calle 38.
Keeping Kids in School
As you enjoy a sip of a refreshing cocktail here in Playa del Carmen on your vacation, please also take a small moment to consider how you can help the school aged children that live in the area.
Many children in this part of Mexico struggle to be able to continue their education, as unlike in other places, high school education is not free. Often families can struggle with the admission fees, along with the price of resources, uniforms and other supplies needed to continue an education.
The good news is it costs less than $2 USD per day to keep a student in high school. KKIS is a non-profit charity that works in Playa del Carmen to help to keep students in school.
As well as going for delicious drinks and hitting the bar scene on your next vacation, why not give a little something back to help the Playa community.