Tired of the ubiquitous EDM and electronic music in Playa del Carmen? The town is famous for its nightlife, the clubbing scene and worldwide known events like the BPM Festival. But there are also plenty of places for those among us who are looking for live music of different genres.
A great spot to enjoy live rock music while people watching, and having an ice cold beer. They sure know about good music, since the owner is Saúl Hernández, former lead singer of the famous Mexican band Caifanes.
Where: 5th Avenue between Streets Constituyentes and 20
Music: Rock, Classic Rock
This bar and restaurant is a large open air patio and a great spot to hear live music while sipping on a drink or having a snack. It’s one of the oldest live music establishments, featuring mostly cover bands.
Where: 5th Avenue between Streets 8 & 10
When: Nightly, starting at 6 pm
The only thing Irish about this franchise is probably its name, but they have actually really good bands playing every night. Expect a good crowd, pub food and liter draft beer to reasonable prices.
Where: 5th Avenue with 22
When: nightly, starting at 6 pm
The bar is inspired by the club with the same name in La Habana. As soon as you enter it you really do find yourself in Cuba. The decoration, the food, the music and musicians – everything is Cuban. Good atmosphere and fun are guaranteed!
Where: 5th Avenue between Streets 34 & 36
Music: Latin / Salsa
This is the place to dance salsa, cumbia and other Latin rhythms in Playa del Carmen! They offer free salsa lessons every night from 9:30 to 10:30 pm, before the party starts with a live band.
Where: 12th Street with 10th Avenue
Enjoy a tasty Italian dinner while listening to a live Jazz band play. One of the bands performing frequently is the talented Footprints Jazz Quartet. On Wednesdays they host Stand Up Comedy Nights.
Where: 5th Avenue with 28 Street
Live music every night, good drinks and food, and, most importantly, right at the beach. What more could you ask for to spend a great evening?
Where: 10th Street on the beach
When: daily, starting at 5 pm
Music: Different, check their daily events here
This relatively new bar regularly hosts events with different bands playing. The bar is worth a visit because of its beautiful interior and tasty food alone. Once or twice a month, usually on Sundays, they host a movie night.
Where: 12th Street between 5th and 10th Avenues
When: Per event basis, check their events here
It’s difficult to describe this bar other than weird, magical and out of this world. But it sure shows you that Playa del Carmen has way more to offer than just EDM parties. Dive into a colorful world full of figurines, sculptures and other artsy objects, while listening to live music, singing along at their karaoke nights, be part of poetry nights or art shows or even a burlesque show. During the day they offer different workshops and classes. Plus, they serve really good food at reasonable prices.
Where: Avenue 35 and Street 2
When: a few times a week, check their events here
Live music every night combined with probably the lowest-priced beer around the 5th Avenue. They usually host rock bands or live DJ’s, entertaining the mostly local crowd.
Where: 24th Street, just off the 5th Avenue (towards the beach)