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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Cancun Nightlife

Bull Dog Café

Listen to dance, rock, pop, and hip-hop at this hotspot that also has live bands and laser light shows. The price of admission gets you all you can drink.

Krystal Cancun Hotel, Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 8, 998-848-9800, www.bulldogcafe.com/cancun.html
Tags: nightlife | great value | trendy | dancing | cover charge | nightclub | dj

Carlos n' Charlie's

Come for dinner and stay to dance late into the night to the latest American pop songs and classic favorites at this always-crowded Mexican restaurant-cum-nightclub. For decades (since the 1970s), Carlos n’ Charlie’s has been the place for spring breakers and adult vacationers alike to drink and party the night away. It’s one of the most popular nighttime hotspots in Cancún (and for good reason). The atmosphere is casual, and the prices are reasonable. While the restaurant is family-friendly, the club is definitely for adults-only.

Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 8.5, 011-52-998-883-4468, www.carlosandcharlies.com
Tags: nightlife | trendy | dancing

Dady Rock

Throngs of tourists pack it in night after night at this Cancun staple, which can accommodate as many as 1,500 people for live music and dancing.

Blvd. Kukulcan, Km 9.5, 011-52-998-883-3333, www.dadyrock.com.mx
Tags: nightlife | trendy | dancing | cover charge | nightclub | dj | karaoke

Glow Dance Club

Nonstop disco and techno music blare at this gay mecca every day until 5am. The club occasionally has live performances.

Ave. Tuipanes 33, Sm 22, 011-52-998-898-4552
Tags: nightlife | dancing | gay | nightclub | dj

Hacienda Sisal

For a subdued evening away from Cancun’s frenzied club scene, this spot delivers nightly live classical and Latin music. Or, try your hand at ballroom dancing.

Blvd. Kukulcan, Km 13.5, 011-52-998-848-8220, www.haciendasisal.com
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | dancing | dj

Mambo Café

Practice your salsa moves to the beat of the latest Latin pop hits at this club where locals and tourists mingle.

Ave. Tulum 26, Locale A14 Plaza las Americas, 2nd, Fl. Sm 4, 011-52-998-887-7894, www.mambocafe.com.mx
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | trendy | dancing | nightclub | dj

Picante Bar

The first gay bar/club to open in Cancun remains a popular club scene mainstay, with regular drag shows, strippers, and the occasional live music performance.

Plaza Gallerias, Av. Tulum 20, Sm 5, www.picantebar.com
Tags: nightlife | dancing | gay | nightclub | dj

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