Looking for things to do in Tulum at night? Don’t be fooled by Tulum’s sleepy beach town reputation, it has a lot to offer visitors after dark. Especially if sipping cocktails and listening to beachside salsa music is your thing.
It may not be a wild night out clubbing like it’s neighbours, Tulum’s nightlife scene is a more upscale affair. In fact, it’s not uncommon to spot a celebrity or two on the dance floor.
Beach loving travelers already know that Tulum is one of the world’s premier beach destinations. However, over the last decade, Tulum has transformed itself from a sleepy beach town to the bohemian jungle-meets-beach-paradise it is today.
So what triggered this evolution? Central to Tulum’s development has been it’s world-class food and drinks scene. Tulum’s restaurants and bars are fast becoming a who’s who of international chefs and mixologists.
Do you dream of eating Italian food, paired with a killer cocktail, while enjoying views over the most perfect turquoise water you have ever seen? Come to Tulum.
Developing alongside Tulum’s food and drink is the emerging EDM scene. That’s Electronic Dance Music for those of us not in the know. Tulum may not have big nightclubs like its neighbours but it has a few things they don’t: The Jungle, Cenotes and some pretty special beach clubs.
In Tulum, the nightlife is integrated with its natural surroundings. The architecture and design of many of the bars and restaurants complement and accentuates its jungle surroundings. Carefully selected local produce is offered on the seasonal menus at most of the top restaurants where they pay homage to local traditions and customs.
In Tulum we try to do things a little different and being at one with nature is a town-wide priority.
So how does a typical night in Tulum look?
- Eat – Beachside fine dining
- Drink – Poolside cocktails
- Dance – Dancing the night away at your choice of beach or jungle venue
Sounds pretty perfect to us.
To help you plan your evenings accordingly we have put together this Tulum Nightlife Guide full of recommendations broken down into 3 main areas:
- Tulum Town
- Tulum Beach Road North (Playa Paraíso area)
- Tulum Beach Road South
Tulum Nightlife Guide
This is the area away from the beach off the main road connecting Tulum to Playa Del Carmen and Cancun. In this area, you will find budget accommodation, bars, and restaurants.
The vibe in the town is more budget-backpacker and less upscale-boho-chic than you will find down on the beach roads. The crowd is generally younger and the prices are lower. A night out in Tulum town is always a lot of fun.
Dinner with a view
We recommend starting your evening in Tulum Town at Malquerida. They have two menus Italian and Traditional Mexican. Take a seat on the street to soak up the local ambiance and do some people watching while you enjoy your meal.
Mojitos with a twist
Like your Mojito served with freshly crushed sugar cane juice? This is something we created at La Zebra and you can now find it in Batey Mojito Bar while you are visiting Tulum Town. This lively Mojito bar has live music most nights of the week and serves every flavour Mojito you could wish for.
Swap the Tequila for Mezcal
Another local favorite is Pasito Tun Tun, a Mezcal bar in the center of town just in front of Batey. Don’t know what Mezcal is yet? Think of it as Tequilas grown-up, more refined, relative.
You can choose to sit on the back patio, inside, or if you prefer, sit out front to catch all of the action on the street outside. Pasito Tun Tun has a DJ or Live music most nights of the week and the vibe is often a little more relaxed and chilled out than Batey across the street.
Dance until dawn
If you want to dance until the sun comes up in Tulum the most popular club is Kiki. The vibe is ‘European-backpacker’ and it attracts a much younger crowd than many other places in Tulum, get there around 2 am when the party really gets going!
Tulum Beach Road North (Playa Paraíso area)
Prefer something with a little more class? If you’re looking for a quieter night, filled with exquisite food and perfect sea views, then the Playa Paraíso area of Tulum is for you.
Poolside cocktails and bistro dining
Begin your evening sipping cocktails poolside at one of the best hotels in Tulum, Mi Amor. Happy hour is from 3-6pm each evening, be sure to try one of the Tulum inspired cocktails created using Doterra healing oils to awaken the senses.
All of the cocktails on the menu have been specially crafted by master mixologist Jasper Soffer
Eating at Mi Amor is always a good idea. Australian Chef Paul Bentley has created a truly inspired menu. The modern bistro-style cuisine is elegant and contemporary. We highly recommend the Grilled Blue Shrimps to start followed by the Lamb Barria. Make sure you save room for dessert though. We recommend ordering the Mandarin Cheesecake, its out of this world!
The best beach party in Tulum
In the mood for beach and beats? Right next door to Mi Amor is Boa, Tulum’s hottest beach club. At Boa you can enjoy Tulum’s best beach sunset party from 2-11 pm, set to the soundtrack of top DJ’s from around the globe.
Think Ibiza meets Bali, with a Mexican twist. Order a cocktail, kick off your sandals, and soak up the Tulum vibes. Be sure to pre-book if you want a table or a bed.
If you are staying at Mi Amor you can enjoy special VIP access to Boa making your visit even more special.
Margaritas with view
Another fantastic option for cocktails and fine dining is Mezzanine. You can enjoy 2×1 Margaritas from 1-4 pm and later indulge in authentic Thai food prepared by resident Thai Chef Garn Surasak.
All of this while enjoying arguably the best restaurant view in Tulum. We recommend ordering the Crispy Money Bags and Shrimp Pad Thai, go easy on the picante if you aren’t used to spicy food though.
Be sure to arrive at Mezzanine before sunset so you can appreciate the cliff top view as the day fades to night.
Beach Road South (Tulum Beach area)
Along the south side of the beach road is where you will find the main nightlife area in Tulum. Often referred to at the ‘zen zone’ because of the sheer number of yoga studios and vegan restaurants, this is the place to satisfy even the most demanding of tastes.
On one side of the road, you will find restaurants and bars tucked under a jungle canopy, and on the other, the open air beach bars that pit Tulum on the map.
Enjoy the best Mexican food in Tulum
If you are a foodie at heart then La Zebra boasts one of the best Mexican restaurants in Tulum. Mexican Chef Eleazar Bonilla has put a fresh and exciting take on the Mexican menu making it a modern masterpiece, full of the freshest and most unique ingredients never previously available in the Quintana Roo area.
Looking for something a little bit special? Chef Bonilla offers an open Chefs table at La Zebra twice a week on a Tuesday & Friday. Be warned though you must book in advance for this culinary delight as spaces are limited to 8 per evening and it is a very popular experience.
La Zebra is located right on the white sand beach and it is what vacation fantasies are made of. With its large open-air restaurant and bar, it is the perfect setting for sunset cocktails. Home to the original crushed sugar cane juice Mojito, The Mulberry Project , and the famous Sunday night Salsa party [link] there is always something happening at La Zebra.
The Mulberry Project
Monday 6-11 pm (Live DJ)
2 x1 Tuesdays (2×1 on all cocktails)
Tuesday 12-8 pm (Live DJ)
Get Grilled on the Beach (Live Music)
Saturday 12-7 pm
Sunday Salsa Night (Live Salsa Band)
Sunday 6:30-10:45 pm
Free salsa class 6:30-7: 30 pm
If you are looking for a boutique hotel on the beach you can’t go wrong with La Zebra. It balances the perfect amount of luxury and relaxation, with cocktails and salsa, in true Mexican style! To get the full La Zebra experience book for a week.
The place that makes it onto everyone’s Top Ten Tulum Resturant lists is Hartwood. With its ever-changing menu, in response to the daily harvests, this carbon neural restaurant takes sustainable eco-friendly dining to a new level. Be warned though, bookings need to be made one month in advance. Alternatively, you will need to arrive early and stand in line for a chance to dine here. Don’t forget to bring cash as cards are not accepted here.
Cocktails in the Jungle
Want to enjoy your custom cocktails in an exotic jungle setting? There are a few great options in Tulum that really get the balance of luxury within natural just right.
Arca is our top pick if you prefer a more low key atmosphere. They have an exciting cocktail menu specially crafted to give you a taste of Mexico.
Another, more upbeat, option for jungle cocktails is Casa Jaguar. Here you can party late into the night with their live DJ sets while enjoying the stylish jungle-chic atmosphere.
Mezcal and live music under the lights
Situated in the heart of the beach road on the jungle side Gitano another great option for drinks. Covered in twinkly lights it is a magical setting to enjoy a mezcal cocktail, or two. They also often have live music through the week adding to the ambiance.
Tulum is waiting
Tulum’s New Age vibe, Electronic Dance Music scene, restaurant culture, and perfect white sand beaches have put it firmly on the map as the hottest place to visit in the Riviera Maya. Boasting some of the best boutique hotels in not only Tulum but the whole Riviera Maya it is the only place to vacation this year.
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