Downtown Playa del Carmen has always been renowned for its fun and varied nightlife. For those of you who love live concerts and performances, you are spoilt for choice with some great live music venues in Playa, with very talented local musicians and a fun party atmosphere. Here are just a few places you should definitely check out! Swing by and ask them for their weekly lineup, as this can vary from rock, to salsa, to reggae or laid-back acoustic sets, so you can work out which one you would like best.
Zenzi, which is now an institution in Playa and a favourite for locals and tourists alike, can be found at the bottom of 10th street on the beach. During the day, it is a beach club with a bar and restaurant, but at night they fill the beach with tables and chairs to host not just one, but two bands or events daily. Ranging from rock and blues to reggae or salsa, the entertainment starts at 5:00 pm daily. The atmosphere at Zenzi is always fun and the best thing is to have your toes in the sand and the ocean breeze whilst enjoying the great live music!
This huge palapa beach bar is home to Wah Wah, a popular bar and restaurant on the Mexican Caribbean Sea. Situated on 2nd Street and the beach, you can find live music here most nights of the week. With free beach loungers during the day and seating for up to 200 people, this bar has possibly the largest stage on the beach in the centre of downtown Playa del Carmen.
Located right on 5th Avenue (or Quinta Avenida in Spanish), this bar has been around for many, many years. Previously known as Siesta Fiesta, the bar hosts two live bands every night. The first set is normally acoustic, with the instruments being plugged in around 9:30 pm every night, which is when the fun really begins. Also a great restaurant, Fah happens to be one of the best places to people watch on 5th Avenue while enjoying some of the local musical talent.
Kitxen is a cool live music venue owned by famed Mexican rock star Saul Hernandez de los Caifanes. He is still present a great deal of the time and is a much-loved local in Playa. Sometimes, he even makes an appearance to play at Kitxen with his new band or jam with the other musicians. When he does, you’ll see the street packed with people passing by and stopping to listen to the well-known star.
The newest venue on our list, Guy Fieri’s was opened about one year ago. With live music every day at varying times, it is a great place to grab a bite and listen to some tunes. Of course, it also the best burgers in town!
McCarthy’s is a Mexican chain of Irish pubs with restaurant locations throughout the country. The one in Playa del Carmen opened about two and a half years ago. Known as a bar and restaurant, the venue shows major sporting events on large television screens and has a live rock band every night of the week starting at 10:30 pm. They also have special events sometimes, featuring tribute bands who cover iconic acts like Pink Floyd and Guns N' Roses.
Offering live music almost every night of the week and a menu with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options at great prices, this restaurant and bar is also known for great service and awesome daily specials. Insider Tip: Caiman is also a great breakfast spot!
This charming little boutique hotel has a bar that is open every night with local and visiting musicians. Offering a more laid-back vibe, this is a great place to relax with friends or your significant other whilst listening to a variety of different musical styles. Music most nights from 9:00 pm until 11:00 pm.
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