How to Enjoy Goa's Nightlife off the Beaten Path

Goa Nightlife © cell105 / Flickr
Goa Nightlife © cell105 / Flickr
Photo of Poonam Binayak
India Writer14 July 2017

Since the 1960s, the smallest state of India has attracted people from all around the world with its beaches, sun, sand, and lively nightlife. And when we say lively nightlife, we don’t just mean drinking and dancing. Once the sun sets in Goa, there are a plethora of other enchanting things to do. Here’s how you can experience, embrace and enjoy Goa’s nightlife off the beaten path.

Dance to your own tunes at Silent Noise Parties

Sundowner, at Palolem beach, South Goa hosts Silent Noise Parties every Saturday till midnight. Patrons can soak up the vibe of a completely noiseless but totally exciting party. Just plug in your headphones and groove to the music of your choice. The music is performed live by three international DJs and spans different genres, such as trance, hard rock, edm, bass, pop music or Bollywood music. The spectacular views of Palolem Beach add to the surreal experience.

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Some “me time” under the stars

Goa boasts numerous beaches, and the true magic of these unfolds after the sun sets. The waves caress the beach and stars light up the sky, so why not just laze on a sandy beach, marvel at the sky, camp under the stars, soak in the relaxing sounds, taste some Goan Feni and enjoy some quiet time away from the hustle of Goa. Perfect therapy for your body and mind.

Saturday night flea market

Want to take a little bit of Goa home with you? Then visit the Saturday Night Flea Market, which is a heaven for shopaholics, foodies and music lovers. This market has a carnival-like atmosphere with a wide array of clothes, accessories and souvenir stalls to browse, as well as food stalls and live music. Goa’s Night Flea Market is all about enjoying yourself, soaking in the Goan vibe, socializing, retail therapy, and experiencing a cultural and culinary smorgasbord.

Saturday Night Market Goa | © Ashwin Kumar / Flickr

Free alcohol nights

What’s better than sipping your favourite drink on a beautiful evening and until early morning? Doing so for free! In August, several nightclubs in Goa serve free booze till late in the morning, including some nightclubs on Tito’s lane, Guru Bar and Shore bar at the Anjuna beach, The Found Things at Palolem beach and Britto’s at Baga beach are among the few nightspots that serve free alcohol.

Catch a performance at Tiatr Theatre

Tiatr Theatre, the traditional Konkani theatre of Goa, allows patrons to experience a whole new side of Goan history and culture. The Tiatr Theatre showcases riveting performances that focus on current social, political and economic issues. The shows go on until 11pm.

Tiatr Theatre Goa | © Fredericknoronha (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Go for a night bike ride

The Portuguese colonial-era structures of Goa shimmer at night, the streets of Goa pulsate with energy, and the smells and sounds coming from the night markets are enticing. The sea breezes cool things down, and evening views of the Arabian Sea are mesmerizing. Enjoy all of these sensations by biking around at night. Biking around Goa is not only fun, it’s also affordable. Bikes are easily available to rent.

Panjim Church at Night | © Subhash Chandra / Flickr

Cruise along the Mandovi River

Spend the night on the water on a party cruise from the Mandovi River, Panjim. Party cruises have delicious food, drinks, music, and dance. In fact, you can spend the night on the cruise. This journey is spectacular at sunset. The major party cruise providers in Goa are Champions Yacht Club and Paradise Cruises. These cruises start in the evening around 6 pm and run throughout the night.

Cruise Goa | © Karunakar Rayker / Flickr

Laze in a floating tent

Camp around Mayem Lake near Bicholim in the most literal way: on the water. The floating tents are one-bedroom tents that float among restaurants. You can satisfy your adventurous desires by enjoying bumper boat rides, electric speed boats, pedal boats, Kashmir-style shikara rides and more. The experience of lazing atop the water and under the starry sky is beautiful.

The floating tents operate from 7 am until 11 pm, and if you wish to spend the night on water, there are cruises available. The cost of these vary depending on the hours you stay on them and activities you indulge in. Bookings for the floating tent can be made at the Champions Yacht Club, GTDC Residency, Mayem Lake.

Floating Tent Goa | © Gazal Aga (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Try your luck at a casino

Gambling is legal in Goa, and the state is home to several casinos that operate 24 hours. Many are permanently anchored along the Mandovi River, as well as located at beaches and upscale hotels and resorts. The beautiful architecture, splendid views and a full array of low and high-limit games provide gamblers with a memorable experiences. Live entertainment and numerous restaurants are also on the premises. Some popular casinos near the Mandovi River are Deltin Jaqk, Deltin Royale and Casino Pride. Undoubtedly, Goa is a gambler’s mecca.

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