If you’re a sports junkie like me, even a trip to paradise can bring a bit of fear and trepidation about keeping track of your favourite NFL, NBA, NHL or Major league baseball team while you are away. Mexican TV shows a lot of soccer and some NFL games, but if you want to sit down and watch your favourite team play, you need to look for the best sports bars in downtown Playa del Carmen. Here’s our list of the top four:
One of the most unique bars in town is called Los Tabernacos. Situated on 10th street between 10th and 15th in downtown Playa (as the locals often call it), this bar caters specifically to fans of the Montreal Canadiens. On game nights, the bar is packed and people are wearing Montreal t-shirts and sweaters. The best thing – when Montreal wins, free tequila for everyone. On off days, they will be showing the most popular sports event of the day.
Another popular destination is Legends Sports Bar & Grill. It’s a popular hangout for all types of sports fans and has multiple TVs, so there is usually something for everyone to watch. It’s located in downtown Playa on 16th Street, between 10th and 15th Avenues. The bar is packed for NFL games and if there is a big soccer game going on anywhere in the world, you can usually watch it at Legends.
The Tequila Barrel
The Tequila Barrel is also a local hotspot for sports fanatics and is located right on famed Fifth Avenue between 10th and 12th Streets. This bar has multiple screens, tables right on Fifth Avenue and, if you are so inclined, a betting area in the back where you can wager on your favourite team or any major sporting event. Note: The Tequila Barrel is currently under renovation, but will be back soon and better than ever!
So, it’s Sunday afternoon, your favourite NFL team is playing, but you’d like to be near the beach? Head to Zenzi, located at 10th Street and the beach. It’s a lively place with great entertainment and lots of NFL fans filling the place to cheer on their favourite teams every Sunday afternoon.
Of course, there are many other great places to watch sporting events while you are on vacation in paradise, but these four establishments offer something unique… And a link to be able to follow the fortunes of your favourite team after a long day at the beach, or visiting one of the many attractions in the Riviera Maya.
What team(s) do you always have to watch, even while on vacation? Let us know in the comments!
Read What No One Tells You About Living in Playa del Carmen to discover more insider tips about this Mexican Caribbean gem.