If you are looking for a relaxed ambience, typical Yucatecan food and snacks, and all kinds of drinks accompanied by live music, you will surely want to visit some of the restored cantinas in the Centro of Mérida, as well as those that have popped up in other parts of the city.

A perfect way to get to know how Yucatecans live is by checking out the lively cantina scene in Mérida, “hacer boca” (starting with) “botanas,” as the regulars say; or just enjoy the variety of typical food while you have a drink, talk, and dance to the live music.

In recent years, the cantinas in Mérida’s downtown, where almost all are located, have been renewed with new branding concepts, restoring the antique buildings where they are located with all kinds of decor, drinks, and menus, while still maintaining the homemade touch and friendly atmosphere that everybody loves.

El Dzalbay Cantina

One of the most traditional establishments, with more than 80 years of history, that has seen many generations of clients, is El Dzalbay. Traditional cantina that offers delicious Yucatecan botanas in a fresh environment with excellent service.

Tuesday to Saturday 1 pm – 10 pm / Sunday 12 pm – 8 pm. Calle 64 x 53, Centro.

Esvedra Downtown

Two concepts in the same place: pizza bar and cantina. They offer four courses of regional botanas plus an a la carte menu. Don’t miss the “pozole” tacos, simply delicious.

Daily 1 pm – 3 am. Calle 55 #490 x 58 y 60, Centro.

El Cardenal Cantina

Cantina and family restaurant with big outdoor spaces, ideal for any festivity. With live music, from salsa to rock, by local groups. Its star dish is the avocado pizza, and they have a variety of mojitos.

Daily 1 pm – 10 pm. Calle 63 x 70 y 72, Centro.

El Gallito

Known for its wide bar where you can talk with “parroquianos” (frequent clients), they always have great specials and a botana service (you must try the mole and fish) that comes as fast as your first drink arrives.

Daily 12 pm – 10 pm. Calle 45 x 60 y 62, Centro.

La Negrita Cantina

You can enjoy delicious tacos (the Cochinita Pibil tacos are the best), and botanas (cucumber, fried beans, Sikil Pak). There is a huge variety of beers (try the crafted beers from Yucatán), and all kinds of mezcal and cocktails. With daily live music to dance to.

Daily 12 pm – 10 pm. Calle 62 #415 x 49, Centro.

La Perdida Cantina

A cantina-type bar in the north part of the city, with daily promotions and special menus with typical dishes (Lomitos de Valladolid, Poc Chuc and Longaniza). Local rock, pop and alternative groups will add to your visit.

Tuesday 1 pm – 6 pm / Wednesday to Saturday 1 pm – 3 am. City Center Mall.

El Pipiripau, Salón de Fiesta & Cerveza

A relaxing option to end a busy day. The nachos with or without meat are excellent, as are their special drinks with mezcal, gin, and, of course, beer. With musical groups that get everyone dancing.

Daily 1 pm – 2:30 am. Calle 62 x 53 y 55, Centro.

Create your own cantina tour, we are sure you will want to go to more than one!

Other cantinas in Mérida:

Bar Alonzo
Calle 10 x 13 y Circuito Colonias, Col. Itzimná
Tel. (999) 127 1510
Monday to Saturday: 12 pm – 10 pm
Solo hombres

Bar Berreteaga
Calle 65 x 54 y 56
Centro
Daily: 12 pm – 10 pm

Bar Campeche
Calle 64 x 61 y 59, Centro
Tel. (999) 405 1194
Daily: 12 pm – 10 pm
FB: Bar Campeche

Bar El Gatito Negro
Av. Itzáes x 69, Centro
Daily: 12 pm – 10 pm
Tel. (999) 286 0736

Bar El Perico Marinero
Calle 61 x 44 y 46, Centro
Tel. (999) 338 2941
FB: Sport Bar El Perico Marinero

Bar Guerrero Negro
Calle 46 x 71, Centro
Tel. (999) 923 9312
Daily: 12 pm – 10 pm

Bar Latino
Calle 59 x 52 y 54, Centro
Monday to Saturday: 12 pm – 9 pm
Tel. (999) 923 1844
FB: Bar Latino Mérida

Bar La Gatita Blanca
Av. Itzáes x 69, Centro

Bar La Gloria
Calle 66 x 73
Centro
Daily: 11 am – 10 pm

Bar La Ruina
Calle 69 x 70 y 72, Centro
Tel. (999) 923 6732
Daily: 12 pm – 10 pm
FB: Bar La Ruina

El Chemisse
Calle 65 x 48
Centro
Daily: 12 pm – 11 pm

El Estado Seco
Calle 66 x 47, Centro
Monday to Saturday: 12 pm – 10 pm
Tel. (999) 236 7516
FB: Bar Estado Seco

El Grillón
Calle 56 x 63 y 65, Centro
Daily: 12 pm – 10 pm
Tel. (999) 928 5243

El Pocito
Calle 23 x Av. Alemán,
Col. Jesús Carranza
Daily: 12 pm – 10 pm

El Porvenir
Calle 52 x 53
Centro
Monday to Saturday: 12 pm – 9 pm

El Ratón
Calle 52 x 63 y 65
Centro
Daily: 10 am – 10 pm
Men only

Excelsior Bar
Calle 66 x 45, Centro
Tel. (999) 900 7698
Monday to Saturday: 1 pm – 10 pm
FB: Excelsior Bar

La Carmela Mezcalería y Galería
Calle 60 x 53 y 55
Centro
Tuesday to Sunday: 8 am – 4 pm

La Casita de Paja
Calle 55 x 44, Centro
Monday to Saturday: 12 pm – 10 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 8 pm
Tel. (999) 922 7945
FB: La Casita de Paja

La Flor del Bazar
Calle 58 x 65 y 67
Centro
Men only

La Gran Bombilla
Calle 52 x 67 y 69
Centro
Tel. (999) 928 0041

La Pulquerida Cantina Latina
Calle 70 x 57 y 59
Centro
Monday to Saturday: 6 pm – 3 am

La Sabrosa
Calle 54 x 53 y 55, Centro
Tel. (999) 129 7538
Monday to Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm

La Sombra
Calle 52 x 45 y 47
Centro

Parroquianos Restaurant Bar
Calle 54 x 67 y 69
Centro

Restaurante Bar La Gran Toma
Calle 52 x 65 y 63
Centro
Monday to Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm

Restaurante Bar La Sirena
Calle 65 x 48 y 50
Centro
Daily: 12 pm – 3 am

Restaurante Bar Los Flamboyanes
Calle 69 x 54 y 56
Centro
Daily: 12 pm – 2 am

Toma 2 Restaurante
Calle 67 x 62 y 64, Centro
Tel. (999) 924 5556
Daily: 11 am – 11 pm

Toma Libre II
Calle 64 x 63 y 65
Centro
Daily: 12 pm – 9:30 pm

By Violeta H. Cantarell