Cancun stands head and shoulders above countless other locales known for their nightlife, so spending a memorable night out here will almost certainly involve a visit to one (or more) of the city’s wild clubs.
To paraphrase SNL’s Stefon, Cancun’s hottest club is Coco Bongo….this splashy behemoth has everything...feather-bedecked showgirls, acrobats, and pyrotechnics galore (no word yet if they also have other Stefon-hottest-club-isms like backpacks, sea lions, a rental car filled with bottled water, or yeti-cabs—aka: pedicabs driven by yetis). Known for their concert-level tributes to famous pop stars like Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson, this is someplace where you should make a reservation in advance and then prepare to go hard. In the same vein, we simply have to mention the (in)famous Senor Frog’s when talking about nightlife in Cancun. Listen, sometimes you just need to revert to your university days, drink bright blue gazillion-proof beverages and dive into a foam party. Classy? Perhaps not. Fun? Definitely. Our advice: wear something you don’t mind messing up permanently and just get into the spirit of the moment.
Prefer your parties a little less collegiate and/or unrelated to Vegas-worthy spectacles? Amarula con Acento Tropical, decorated like a vintage-style house, is situated in downtown Cancun. Strung lantern lights and plenty of green accents add to the mood, as do the potent cocktails featuring tropical ingredients as the name implies. But don’t let the relaxed attitude fool you: this venue spins house and electronic music until the wee hours. If you’ve decided to slay until morning light, keep the party going at Antique. This is the unofficial after-party HQ, and it doesn’t even open until 11 pm. However, you won’t see frat-party antics, a la body shots and the like. Antique prides itself on being smaller and more upscale than some of the other clubs crowding the playing field, and it’s only open for three days (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). Plan accordingly—Antique’s suggested arrival time is 12:30 am.