The best bars in Tulum for (almost) each day of the week
Famous for its sandy shores where the jungle meets the sea and its signature boho-chic vibe, it’s no wonder Tulum has won so many people’s hearts.
Ancient Mayan ruins, pristine turquoise waters and an unforgettable nightlife to boot, this tropical gem on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula has got it all.
After a long day of relaxing and exploring, its chic cocktail lounges, delicious eateries and vibrant beach bars and clubs provide endless options to kick back in style.
Here are our top 5 picks to make the most of your stay.
Batey Mojito & Guarapo Bar
To set the tone and get you in good spirits for the rest of the week, Batey is the place to be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (but also a great idea any other night). Set in the heart of the bustling town center, this authentic local institution has tons of character and some of the best mojitos you’ll ever try – along with fresh snacks and live music on most nights.
Start off your Thursday night with delicious food and outstanding cocktails in an airy, picture-perfect jungle setting. But don’t overdo it on the food, as you’ll soon be hitting the dance floor until the late (or early) hours. Casa Jaguar is a trendy Caribbean eatery famous for the jungle parties hosted on its back terrace every Thursday night, with local and international DJs playing electronic tunes from around 11PM onwards.
On Friday head over to Gitano, a lush and elegant outdoor restaurant with a chill boho vibe whose food menu was designed for an interactive sharing dining experience – meaning it’s perfect to enjoy with your crew. It comes complete with a mezcal bar offering over 50 different references of the agave spirit and deliciously fresh house cocktails for you to sip on as the DJs start spinning at around 10 PM.
Papaya Playa Project
It wouldn’t be Tulum without a beach party, and lucky for you, Papaya Playa Project throws a major one every Saturday (and an even bigger one on the Saturday closest to the full moon). With world-class guest DJs behind the decks and top notch people-watching to boot, this is undeniably one of Tulum’s coolest spots. The gorgeous boutique hotel it’s part of prides itself on its love of nature, which extends to the ingredients on the cocktail menu.
La Zebra Hotel
Make the most of your Sunday afternoon by checking out the community market at La Zebra, a vibrant, family-run boutique hotel overlooking one of the best beachscapes in Tulum. Browse unique handcrafted gifts before indulging in some authentic local cuisine by renowned chef Eleazar Bonilla, and finish off with delicious seasonal cocktails from the Mulberry Project pop-up, feet in the sand.