Whether it’s drinks and dancing at oriental, inspired Casa Jaguar, Full Moon clubbing with super star DJ’s at Papaya Playa Project or dancing under the moon, stars and Mayan ruins at an impromptu (and illegal) beach rave, Tulum boasts a fun and eclectic mix of nights out. No super clubs here, just super-cool crowds of beautiful, happy people, partying till dawn.
As you know I’m a bit of a party lover and I’ve been looking for a destination to rival my love for Ibiza for some time. Well I’ve found it and it’s called Tulum. By day the idyllic, white sandy shores offer the perfect chilled out, beach vibe that I love, with yoga, green smoothies and New York hipsters a plenty. By night, follow the party trail to a host of chic bars and restaurants.
Particular bars are popular on specific days of the week, you could call it the Tulum Trail. Keep reading to find out about the five best nights out in Tulum….
Weekends – Papaya Playa Project
Famed for its hedonistic monthly full moon parties (this is not to be mistaken with Thailand’s tacky full moon parties, it’s a whole world apart in the style stakes), PPP is something of a legend on the Tulum party scene. Held on the Saturday night nearest the celestial full moon, expect the towns chicest party people to come out and play. Models, artists, trendy tourist and Tulum cool kids dance to tracks spun by some of the world’s most famous super star DJ’s.
The Tulum party scene is quite an intimate affair, but Saturday nights at PPP are the biggest social event on calendar. The vibe and dress code is trendy but chilled, heels are a no no as there are lots of steps and the beach is the dance floor. PPP has luxury jungle and beach huts available so you can always stay over night too! Pictured above, me in my jungle beach hut at PPP.
The castaway DJ hut. Click this link to see DJ Solomun playing my favourite set at PPP.
Nomade is a super trendy beach bar which transforms into a beach club by night. The food here is sensational so grab yourself an up-cycled, reclaimed table and tuck into some tasty tacos and a margarita, whilst watching the sun set to chill out tunes.
Mid week – Downtown Tulum
Sundays and Mondays are generally quieter nights in Tulum. The party officially starts on Tuesdays. For drinks and shenanigans head to downtown, which is basically a small strip of bars, shops and restaurants. The vibe is super relaxed, as is the dress code. Leave your heels at home, the look is much more boho hipster than glam.
Famed for it’s eclectic decor and quirky mojito machine; housed in a converted VW beetle; Batey is a super trendy, artist bar and restaurant in the centre of downtown Tulum. Not on the beach itself, Batey lives in a cool little enclave of restaurants and bars, hidden off the pretty main strip. Adorned with colourful flags, chic black and white photography and an artist in residence, (pictured with me and Liv above) creating live paintings in the back yard. The music can be anything from jazz, electro to live mariachi bands. I loved this place for it’s art house, Mexican atmosphere and the magnificent mojitos!
Livvy and I posing by the mojito machine, sorry about the cheesy hats, it’s actually quite a classy establishment despite our comedy sombreros!
Thursdays – Gitano
Following the Tulum party trail, Thursday night is the official start to the weekend. The place to see and be seen is the elegant beach bar and restaurant, Gitano. Renowned for its extensive Mescal menu, lounge around in the jungle gardens sipping on the finest, local agave cocktails and find yourself entranced by the hypnotic beats of the resident DJ.
Fridays – Casa Jaguar
Perhaps one of my favourite nights out in Tulum was Friday night at Casa Jaguar. We had delicious tacos and ceviche, in the oriental splendour of the al fresco restaurant. After dinner we made our way through the bamboo terraces to the outdoor garden and club at the back of the establishment.
The in-house DJ’s play banging electro and house tracks. Dance the night away in the beautiful open air club. It’s quite a small venue, which makes for great intimate gatherings.
The hipster chefs playing it cool in the kitchen :)
Candle lights, bamboo walkways and foliage create a secret garden vibe at Casa Jaguar. The menu offers a delicious mix of Mexican, locally sourced foods and healthy ceviche dishes.
Good bye Mexico… Next stop India!
For more on Bonnie’s Mexican adventure click here.
Bon voyage xx
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What a beautiful looking spot! I can only daydream about going somewhere like that.
Such gorgeous photos! Looks like you had an amazing time, I wish I could go! Maybe one day!
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This looks like a fun time! Makes me want to get out of my PJs and actually go out at night, ha.
Have fun in India!
Tulum looks like a fun place to visit! I think Casa Jaguar looks like my favorite possibility from this list, though. Dancing, tacos, Christmas lights … what more is needed for a great night out, other than company?
I have to visit this place. I have to add this to my bucket list. The photos are amazing, it looks peaceful, beautiful… All perfect!
oh yes I please I promise I can pack quickly and light oh what I would give to be there right now it looks and sounds amazing and a million miles away from the stresses of life
What a wonderful photographs. I love your blog every time you share something different and interesting and you look pretty as always :)
What an awesome spot! I have never been to Mexico. But perhaps I really should put it on my list!
It seems you had an amazing time there! i love your photos and this guide :-)
Mexico is just so full of life! You can’t go there and be bored, their nightlife is amazing. Thanks for sharing all the bars that you enjoyed along the way!
I’ve never considered Mexico as a destination for a holiday but looking at this I’ve definitely been converted. What a lively and exotic place!
Amazing photos! I’d love to visit the Gitano. Those jungle gardens look heavenly! Wouldn’t mind sipping some mojitos from Batey either.
What a fabulous time! I must say, you look incredibly stunning, too! Thanks for sharing. I need to check it out myself.
This looks like an amazing place to visit. I have never seen anything like this view.
You got me at drinks and dancing at the Oriental. I haven’t been to Mexico yet, but its calling my name when we get back to North America.
These photos are beautiful. It sounds and looks like you had a great time.
This place is beautiful I would love to visit one day. Your photos are amazing, great quality images!
It looks like you had a lovely time in Mexico. Weve been to mexico a few times and all the resorts seem to be lovely.
There’s not doubt that Mexico is the place to be! I think a lot of people who love going to bars and who prefers the nightlife when they are vacationing would enjoy going to Tulum!
Wow, you have motivated me into planning a mid-year vacation! #Alittlebitofeverything
What a nice place to visit and looks like so much fun, I want to go there and have some fun
Seems like you had an awesome experience! Would love to visit that too! and let me tell you, you look awesome too! I love your shots!
Looks like a great place to both relax and party! I might have to add this to my list :)
This is a great getaway for girlfriends! It has a cool vibe and friendly atmosphere.
Looks like a fun place for a night out. Any suggestions on how is it for Bachelor parties?
It’s good for expensive/ chic parties but if you’re looking for a more riotous event Playa del Carmen is probably better than Tulum. Tulum is quite hipster trendy. so depends what you’re looking for xx
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