When you walk around the hotel district of Cancun, you get slammed with people everywhere trying to pitch you on coming into their clubs and the multiple open bar specials. There is one place on the strip, though, that just SCREAMS ultra-cheesey at every turn: Coco Bongo.
Proof of the loosey goosey attitude regarding copyrights in Mexico, the show advertises using giant statues of The Mask, Beetlejuice, Spiderman and other pop culture icons all across town. On billboards for the self-proclaimed “Show & Disco” you can find photos of Axl Rose, Madonna and even Frank Sinatra. Based on their advertising, it was really hard to try and define exactly what the club offered.
Tickets are $68 American on a Saturday night, but I had coupons (supplied by the ExpoComics Cancun promotor) for only $25. Shannon and Angie went ahead to check it out – and Kim and I soon followed.
What we all saw was nothing short of amazing.
The inside of the club is gigantic. It’s one of those larger than life rooms filled with (literally) thousands of people dancing, partying, and watching the giant stage above them all. Basically, Coco Bonga is a dance club that runs a show from 11:15 PM to 3:00 AM (with the club itself closing at 5:00 AM) containing celebrity and character impersonators “performing” with stage dancers, an IMAX size video screen, and dance remixes of popular songs.
The ones I saw:
- Guns N’ Roses – complete with costume changes so the “Axl” was wearing the same costumes that appeared in the music video footage behind him… even the kilt.
- Shania Twain – she felt like a woman.
- The Mask – who kept pulling women onto the platform in the audience. As he was pouring shots of tequila in their mouths he pulled their skirts up so the audience could see their underwear… usually thongs.
- Madonna – same format as Guns N’ Roses; music videos, costume changes, backup dancers, etc.
- Spiderman – instead of describing the awesomeness of the acrobatic work, just watch:
During all of this, the bar was an OPEN BAR. Cheap beer and strawberry daiquiris (for Kim) flowed the whole night. On a regular basis, partiers were treated to giant balloons dropped in the audience, confetti, nitrous sprays (to cool everyone off), glow sticks and more. The effect was non-stop.
Just like Carlos & Charlie’s the night before, Coco Bongo is a MUST DO if you’re ever in Cancun… regardless of its cheeseball advertising. Shannon and I finally made it out of the club around 4:00 AM (and the party was still going.) Here’s me after a lot of beer and drenched in sweat doing the obligatory post-club food which, in Mexico, is tacos: