The inspiring Quintana Roo beach resort in Tulum has attracted travelers who love the beach for decades and in recent years has become one of Mexico’s favorite destinations on the backpackers’ path. However, not only the beaches attract crowds, but also the excellent nightlife. Here are the nine best Tulum bars you should visit.
1. Papaya Playa Project
Possibly one of Tulum’s best-known beachfront destinations, the Papaya Playa Project has a legendary reputation and combines the two great attractions of Tulum: the beach and the bar. With parties held there on most weekends and monthly full moon parties that attract large crowds even in the off season, it is an unforgettable party experience in Tulum and one you will want to return to again and again. Also, drinks are not as expensive as you would expect from that place.
Gitano has really left its mark on Tulum’s nightlife in recent years, especially for its extensive menu of mezcal and cocktails and its relaxed atmosphere. Definitely head to the outdoor seating, where you can enjoy the mild climate, surrounded by green plants and palm trees, which have some very fashionable fairy lights, casually scattered from their branches. In addition to drinks, Gitano also serves some deliciously reliable snacks and, although it is definitely not the cheapest bar you will find in the city, this is easily one of the best.
3. Todos Santos
A local favourite in Tulum, Todos Santos (presumably named for the pueblo mágico of the same name on the Baja Peninsula) gives off a very relaxed, welcoming vibe and is particularly worth visiting on Wednesday nights. Known for their well-crafted cocktail and mezcal menu – which it seems are popular in all the town’s top bars – the music is also consistently good, somewhat of a rarity in these overplayed, commercial pop-loving times. If that weren’t enough, the service and décor are both excellent to boot.
Todos Santos, a local favorite in Tulum, is named for the magical town of the same name on the Baja California Peninsula. It emits a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and is worth a visit on Wednesday nights. Known for its well-crafted menu of cocktails and mezcal, which seems to be popular in all the best bars in the city, the music is also consistently good, somewhat rare in these exaggerated commercial times and pop lovers. If that were not enough, the service and decoration are excellent to boot.
4. Pasito Tun Tun
Mezcal is having a “moment” at the moment, so it is not surprising that several of Tulum’s best bars focus on this Mesoamerican spirit; Pasito Tun Tun is just one of them. With an interior dominated by exposed wood and real and real swings, you can also enjoy some food along with your drinks at quite reasonable prices in this boutique mezcalería. Basically, if you are looking to go to one of the coolest bars in Tulum, which serves food and drinks, then Pasito Tun Tun is the one.
Batey is an unconditional in the Tulum bar scene. Beyond the peculiar decoration, this Cuban hotspot is known, as expected, for its fantastic mojitos and a lively atmosphere composed of travelers and locals alike. Even if you don’t sell the classic mint, sugar and rum mojito, they have a wide variety of variations that will surely please you, including a spicy version of bitter orange.
6. Casa Jaguar
Casa Jaguar is another popular spot, known for its food and drink selection. Under the same management as Todos Santos, it is popular with travelers and locals, which is surely the hallmark of a great place. We recommend going there on a Thursday for your weekly jungle theme, under the DJ set of the stars; Although, the lush surroundings, the outdoor seating and the exquisite cocktails are reason enough to attend any night.
Casa Jaguar, Carretera Boca Paila Km 7.5, Tulum, Quintana Roo, México, +52 984 169 3084