Blue Parrot, Playa del Carmen
2011 Update: The Blue Parrot has temporarily closed for renovations.
The Blue Parrot has a long history of being the place to go and be seen around midnight. It's called a Playa Del Carmen "landmark". Crowds begin to come in around 11:00 p.m. and it stays busy for several hours, before the crowd moves on elsewhere (to Capitan Tutix).
The Parrot has sand floors, swing seats at the bar, a stage for dancing, and a new sitting area with pillows, candles, and carpets. Often there are fire dance performers. I had a great time dancing on the small stage and trying not to fall off (after 8 or 9 bottles of beer!).
Drinks are very reasonably priced. Many people get dressed up and others show up looking dishevelled and wearing just their beach duds. The crowd is mixed--It's generally younger and many locals go here on their night off.
If it ever gets too crowded or noisy at the Blue Parrot, or you just need a few minutes break, you can duck right around the fence and have a drink at the Costa Del Mar and chill out listening to reggae--they are literally a few dozen feet apart.
You may not even recognize the Parrot as the same place during the day--it's unusually quiet, only a few people sitting on the swings, a great place to have a drink, look out over the ocean, and watch the beach world go by.
If you have only one night out in Playa, make sure the Blue Parrot is one of your stops!
There's no cover charge.
Dress Code: Anything goes--wrinkled or ironed, shoes or bare feet.
The Blue Parrot is at the end of the street in downtown Playa that hosts all the bars and nightlife. I'd say the Parrot is certainly one of the better known bars in the city, and my friends and I went there 3 of our 5 nights in Playa. Everynight around midnight there is a great fire show put on by dancers, twirling batons of fire around, and unintentionally dousing everyone in kerosene (haha). Anyways, the Blue Parrot was big with a great bar, friendly service and entertainment, and an adequate dance floor. Be wary of the drug dealers here and all over downtown, as there are a lot of places you can get into trouble.
Dress Code: beachwear/casual wear.
Went to the Blue Parrot twice when we were in Playa. We loved it - its at the beach with the dancefloor right on the beach so you can dance the night away underneath the stars!! They play two different kinds of music - at the main dancefloor they play ordinary pop/chart music and at the other end they play dance music. The bar is cool, it has swings instead of seats, and they also have 2 for 1 drinks deals if you get there early enough. Would definately recommend it!
Dress Code: Very casual.
This place has one of the best dancefloors I have danced on. Great music (lot of latin), cool breeze from the sea and sand under feet to make the floor pleasant. "Inside" there is another dancefloor too but the music there (loud techno) was not for me. Actually there is no floor at all so people dance on the sand.
Place looks cool and bar counter is surrounded by swings. Service is okay.
You can get in free or get two beers with the entrance ticket. Club is usually very crowded but if it rains...
good spot day or night to have drink.under this big palapas a big round bar with swings instead of bar stools.
for happy hour or an after dinner drink cool crowd not all hotel residents but that makes it more fun. since you are not gonna see the same faces everynight like resort type places.
since in north america it's common knowledge to tip, it won't change anything for you folks. but for europeans if you give a little tip to the bartender he pour some more and will give you good advice to get around the village or other spot where his friends will take good care of you on his behalf.
for those mexicans a few pesos makes a difference to you it doesn't change anything it's all a matter of respect.
that is how I learn about "el capitan tuttix"
see my other tip.
Dress Code: no dress code
The Blue Parrot was voted as on of the 10 best bars in the world by Newsweek magazine in 1996. It wouldn't make my top 10 list but it's a cool place to drink at night by the beach. The Parrot has sand floors, swing seats at the bar, a stage for dancing, and a new sitting area with pillows, candles, and carpets. Drinks are reasonable and the crowd is mid to late 20ish. Good times.
Dress Code: Sandals and shorts are the norm.
A club right on the beach - with music which is on the radio right now and which everyone loves from the past... I was there two years ago already (but didn´t remember it before I stood inside) but it looked a little different back then.
And I remember thinking about how great it would be to open a beach bar in México myself :)
Dress Code: I didn´t notice anything about special dress requirements...
I had read about the Blue Parrot online before our trip to PDC and definitely wanted to check it out. I am glad we did. We ventured there twice, both at night. The bar we went to was located outside. Instead of bar stools, there are swings. There are also tables and chairs directly in the sand, on the beach. There is a dance floor and music. We are in our mid-20's, which seemed to have been the norm for the crowd. It got quite lively there and we had a lot of fun. I would love to stay at the hotel next time I come to PDC. It seems like a great place for a young crowd.
Dress Code: I didn't see any posted dress code. Most people were dressed pretty casually.
It was friday night and we had been walking every inch of 5th to see what was new. Walkin back on the beach we decided to stop for a cocktail and lay on one of the LOVELY lounges for two, on the beach in front of the Blue Parrot. After a while the lights dimmed and the fire dancing began! Wish my camera could have caught these people in action more clearly. It was amazing.
Dress Code: Come as you are, baby!
It is mainly for the younger at heart and body...but, a great time for all. All of Playa at night is for all mambers of the family...music, lights, people from all over the world...
Dress Code: Wear what is comfortable...remember, you at the CARIBBEAN...
At night, I went out with some friends to the Blue Parrot Inn Bar, voted among the top ten bars in the world by Newsweek in 1996.
Dress Code: The bar is definitely awesome. It’s located on the beach and the bar has swings instead of stools...hehehe. Dress beach-casual.
Have a drink by the bar while seated on a swing. Besides this original concept, they have a dance floor on the beach, fire dancers and an indoor section just for you house music lovers.
The sound system within the new house section was quite disappointing, hopefully by the time you will make it out there, they will have sorted that problem out.
Dress Code: Wear what you feel...