You’ve been looking forward to some much needed rest and relaxation for a while. You find yourself enjoying the warm weather and welcome some downtime at the beach with your family or friends. But your team has just made the playoffs and you do not want to miss a game.
Or maybe you’re spending an extended time in Playa del Carmen and only have local cable television without American or Canadian sports channels. You need to find a sports bar that broadcasts regular games to keep up-to-date on your team’s standings.
Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here is a list of the Top 10 sports bars that give you the chance to catch the live play-by-play action.
Taco City Café
Location: (5th Avenue between Calle 12 & 14)
From fight night and NFL to fútbol and NHL, Taco City Café is a favorite hangout for sports fans to see a game. Enjoy cold beer and cocktails with casual menu items like tacos, pasta and burgers as you cheer on your team.
Open for breakfast at 7am to Midnight
Sr Dan’s Margarita and Sports Bar
Location: (1st Avenue Sur towards the beach from Nike on 5th Avenue)
With 3 large HD TVs and over one thousand channels to choose from, the one and only Señor Dan and his personable crew create a perfectly relaxing yet fun setting to take in the big game. Not only is the channel selection extensive, but the margarita menu offers a long list of tasty concoctions like their famous Kiwi margarita.
Open from 9am-1am
Legends Sports Bar
Location: (Calle 16 Bis between 10th & 15th Avenue)
This modern sports bar seems to have a screen in any direction you turn plus a giant screen for popular sporting events. Watch the game indoors in the comfort of air-conditioning or enjoy it on the spacious patio with a group of friends.
It is rare that the friendly staff at Legends can’t find the game you’re looking for, but they invite you to call ahead to ensure it will be playing. To go along with the ice-cold beer buckets, try their wings and other generous portions of pub-style fare.
Open 11am – 12am
Wah Wah Beach Bar
Location: (Calle 2 and the beach)
This is one of Playa del Carmen’s top gathering spots for locals and expats. With the biggest projection screen in the city under a massive thatched-roof palapa, Wah Wah offers plenty of space to kick back with some cold beverages.
It’s ideal location looks out onto the Caribbean Sea and is the ultimate beach bar setting. Their brick oven pizzas are delicious and you can enjoy casual tex-mex menu items such as onion rings, burgers, tacos and jalapeño poppers.
Open 10am – 12am, on the weekends and 10-7pm Monday through Thursday
Location: (10th Avenue between Calle 28 and 30)
Serving over a dozen flavors of wings from Atomic Bomb to Sweet Chile and sampler platters to share, Wings Factory is a fantastic alternative when you can’t get the game at your home away from home.
In a convenient downtown location, you can find excellent 2 for 1 drink specials and some of the best prices on bottled beer in town.
Open 1pm – 12am
Location: (Calle 10 between 10th & 15th Avenue)
What goes better with beer and a Habs game? Poutine of course! The owners have proudly brought this Quebec treat to Playa del Carmen and it is a hit with locals and visitors alike.
Beginning in the new year, theme nights were added to their weekly entertainment calendar. Not only will the friendly atmosphere make you feel right at home while you’re watching the Super Bowl or an NHL game, you will love the live music and special events presented on their big screen.
Open 3pm – 11:30pm
Location: (Constituyentes just before 115th Avenue)
This North American chain is a favorite choice to catch your team live. There is a play area to keep the kids entertained while you take in the sports action in the air-conditioned restaurant or pub area.
The menu features an assortment of game day foods such as tender, boneless chicken wings, dry ribs, pizza and beer served in frosted mugs. There are also a variety of delicious salads, flat breads, and pastas. If you are traveling with kiddos, they offer a children’s menu. Count on drink specials every day of the week.
Monday 1pm – 11:30pm, Tues-Sat 1pm-1am and Sun 12pm – 12am
Pinche Gringo’s Sports Bar
Location: (1st Avenue and Calle 26)
Whether you are a fan of futbol or football, see EUFA Champions League and college football games on PG’s large projector screen. Wear your team’s colors and head over for nachos and cold cervezas. You can be sure to meet other like-mind sports enthusiasts that like to gather at this lively watering hole.
Open until 2am
Location: (Just off the Federal Highway north of Sam’s Club)
If you are staying in Playacar, this nearby sports bar is a perfect option to take your crew for cold beers, burgers and all-you-can-eat wing specials. A huge, open-air patio can accommodate large groups and inside, there are plenty of screens showing soccer, basketball, baseball and hockey games starting in the early afternoon.
On big game nights, your fun-loving server adds to the excitement by presenting a free pool to enter your name for a chance to win a cold beverage.
Open 1pm – 11pm
Location: (10th Avenue and Calle 4)
Along with excellent pub fare such as nachos, wings and burgers, try the mouth-watering molcajete, a traditional Mexican beef, prawn or chicken dish with melted cheese served in a porous, volcanic rock bowl. Enjoy cold beer by the litre and 2 for 1 cocktail specials to accompany nail-biting live games and exciting pay-per-view sporting events.
Located in the downtown core of Playa del Carmen, it’s a top choice to watch soccer and hang out with locals. If you have kids in tow, bring them along. The whole family will love the lively, air-conditioned bar with attentive staff at La Taberna.
Open from 9am – 2am
We hope you found this Top 10 list of sports bars in Playa del Carmen helpful. Enjoy the game!
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Juanita grew up in a small town in the middle of Canada. Having experienced twenty years of ruggedly cold climate, she had seen enough snow to last her a lifetime. After moving to and working in Vancouver for thirteen years (where she was ecstatic to see the odd palm tree) she jumped at the opportunity to move with her husband and three children to Playa del Carmen. She calls it a ‘dreamy existence’ and cherishes year-round, backyard barbecues with friends, road trips and watching the sunrise over the Caribbean. She writes for Bric Vacation Rentals.