With its white sand beaches and deep blue waters, the impressive Mexican city of Tulum is a coastal paradise. However, not only the beaches attract tourists, but also the vibrant nightlife. Here is a summary of the 10 best bars in the city to drink and have fun.
1. Terraza Nawal – $$$ [CLOSED]
In recent years, mezcal has been attracting international attention, so it is not surprising that many of Tulum’s best bars focus heavily on the smoky hipster cousin of tequila. Nawal Terrace is a trendy bar owned by the Nakawe mezcal brand, and offers a wide range of mezcal drinks and cocktails. Inside, you will find a rustic decoration and a loyal base of regular customers.
2. Papaya Playa Project
The beachfront Papaya Playa Project has achieved a legendary position in Tulum, combining elegant atmosphere and a well-prepared drink menu. Loud events take place here every weekend, and once every month, the place is full of unforgettable parties. What’s more, the prices in the unique space are toasty low. Events happen every Saturday, but check out the website for a more detailed program.
Although you will pay for the privilege of a visit to Gitano, you are unlikely to regret it. The mezcal bar-restaurant combines perfectly with its jungle environment, so guests drink drinks while surrounded by lush plants and palm trees. The place has a delicious menu and also offers some of the best mezcal cocktails in Tulum.
4. Todos Santos
This relaxed and friendly favorite is known for its impressive cocktail and mezcal menu. Located in the backyard of the Casa Jaguar restaurant, Todos Santos is named after the bohemian city on the Baja California peninsula in Mexico and seeks a similar but elegant hippie atmosphere. The bar, located in a small but beautifully designed venue, also hosts excellent local DJs and dinners every Thursday night.
5. Damajuana Mezcaleria Tulum [CLOSED]
The handmade mezcal is the specialty in Damajuana Mezcaleria. Choose from dozens of cocktails prepared by experts or get ready and enjoy a direct drink of the famous smoked spirit. Drinks and food are affordable, and the staff is very welcoming. The place also regularly attracts crowds with electronic and DJ events from the house. However, keep in mind that volume levels are often high, so this is not the best place for a quiet conversation.
6. Pasito Tun Tun
Pasito Tun Tun has really left its mark on the Tulum bar scene in recent years, offering an extensive mezcal menu and a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The bar takes its unique name from a dance movement and a famous song. Inside, its decoration is dominated by wooden accessories, swings and a looming palm tree. If you are hungry, look at the menus because Pasito Tun Tun also serves excellent food.
To find Batey, watch out for the multicolored Beetle parked outside. The old vehicle has been reused as a mojito bar and a sugarcane juice extractor. Loved by foreigners as well as locals, the eccentric Cuban place offers legendary cocktails and a pleasant atmosphere. The colorful bar also hosts live bands, singers and open mic artists.
8. La Suerte del Coyote
Although La Suerte del Coyote is a bit remote, it is definitely worth a visit, especially if you are looking for a romantic and peaceful night. The elegant place has a bright and spacious interior, and the service is excellent. While it’s not the cheapest place to drink in Tulum for a long way, it’s a great place to try excellent local cuisine followed by trendy mezcal cocktails.