The best bars in Merida Mexico

Despite what most people might think, the vibrant night-life in the Mexican southeast is not limited only to the party zones of Mexico’s Caribbean coast like Cancún or Playa del Carmen. Due to its romantic ambience at night and the “Boom” that this area has experienced in recent years, visiting a bar is one of the best ways to end your day while you’re visiting Merida.

However, unlike the most popular destinations of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, the kind of bars in Merida are usually more of the cantina style, with traditional Mexican beverages, a lively atmosphere and that timeless appearance. Nevertheless, as we said, Merida is in a time of expansion and prosperity, so finding new bars with different styles is possible in this lively city.

That’s why, if you’re looking for a place where to make friends and have an unforgettable night, on the next guide of the best bars in Merida Mexico we’ll show you some of the best spots that this amazing city keeps, join us and discover the other face of this destination!

La negrita cantina

Perhaps the most popular of the bars in Merida with the cantina style is La Negrita, located at the heart of the city, this place offers a big outside space brimming with tropical flora, live music, delicious drinks and abundant snacks. Due to the antiquity of this place, in addition to its tropical flora in their interiors, the decoration here has a plenty of old-school vintage Mexico charm, from black-and-white family portraits to its well-worn patterned floor tiling. This place is ideal if you want to know one of the best spots beloved by locals and visitors as well. Actually, in this place you’ll find all kinds of people, adults and young people, foreigners and locals meet every day in this evening cantina to have a good time.

Location: Calle 62 esquina, C. 49 415, Centro, 97000 Merida, Yucatán, México.

Schedule: Monday – Sunday from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM.

Hennessy's irish pub

If you’re more of the pub style, in this classic pub with a traditional Irish atmosphere you’ll find everything what you’re looking for. Located in Paseo de Montejo avenue, this quite crowded place, offers since 2010 a wide variety of drinks and international food, also a pleasant atmosphere accompanied by the best background music with a mix of jazz, classic rock and even traditional Irish songs. With its warm light inside its facilities and its wide variety of beers and cocktails, this spot is ideal for those who look for a place with good service and a relaxing ambience.

Location: Paseo Montejo. Calle 56-A No. 486A x 41 y 43. Col. Centro. Merida, Yucatán.

Schedule: Monday – Sunday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

the best bars in merida

El cardenal cantina

One of the oldest bars in Merida is El Cardenal, from its first branch opened with a saloon-style swing doors over a century ago, this place remains as one of the favorites in Merida. Its semi-updated, old-school vibe balances hip with history, making it a popular haunt for locals and visitors alike. In addition to its wide and decent selection of bottled craft beers and artisanal mezcals, this place offers a comfortable atmosphere for friends in addition to counting with outdoor spaces. Its live music, excellent beverages and frequent promotions, make this place one of the best options if you’re looking for a place with tradition and excellent ambience.

Location: Calle 63, No 527, Parque Santiago, Centro, 97000 Merida, Yuc., México

Schedule: Monday – Sunday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Pipiripau bar

Self-dubbed as a “beer and party room”, this historic cantina is one of the most charming spots in Merida. Its colorful murals, busy tiling and excellent beverages, give this place a unique ambience. Pipiripau is mainly known for its great cocktails and the abundant snacks on its menu. In addition to this, this place counts with a pleasant and massive garden out the back, that is distinguished by a retro refurbished colonial interior. If you want to enjoy an amazing spectacle accompanied by a great party ambience, we recommend you visit this bar at weekend, since the place is full with thumpingly good live reggaeton, salsa and cumbia music that quickly fills the dance floor.

Location: Calle 62, No 461, Parque Santa Lucia, Centro, 97000 Centro, Yuc., México.

Schedule: Monday – Sunday from 01:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Chill out

If you’re looking for a place with a more lively and youthful atmosphere, Chill out will fascinate you. Located at sky city building, this rooftop bar style stands out by its amazing view. In this place, you’ll enjoy the best sunsets, always accompanied by excellent cocktails and great service. Its relaxing ambience, plus its pleasant vintage decor and the unique view of Merida city that you can enjoy just in this place, makes it one of the favorites when we talk about modern bars with sophisticated ambience.

Location: Av. Andrés García Lavín 261, Merida 97116 México.

Schedule: Monday – Sunday from 01:00 PM to 12:00 AM.

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