Partying is one of the main reasons to travel to Goa. Whether you fancy a view of the sea along with a cocktail, a cozy place to grab a drink and relax with friends, or a happening spot with a blend of innovative creations and live music, Goa has you covered. Sift through our list of the best bars to grab a drink in India’s smallest state.
On popular Anjuna Beach, Cafe Lilliput is the most coveted beach shack. International DJs often play here. Another major crowd puller is its impressive selection of spirits and wines, accompanied by local and international cuisine. The decor is simple, with metal and wood structures, and the vibe is laid back. There’s live music on Tuesday, Wednesday is Psychedelic Techno, Friday is Beach Party night and then there’s Grooving Saturday; no two nights at Cafe Lilliput could be boring.
Tease Bar is one of Goa’s most stylish bars, and can be found at one of its best hotels, Vivanta by Taj. This bar boasts many creative cocktails, plus great music, from lounge to hi-energy. It racks cocktails from Indian liquors to International and Exotic spirits, and even offers mood-based cocktails, too, like Pink Passion, No Monkey Business, Breeze of Hawaii, etc.
India’s first ebeer pub (or self-service pub), Cafe Mojo is a must stop for beer fanatics. It boasts a variety of Indian and international liquors and cocktails. Another great thing about Cafe Mojo is that you don’t pay not by the glass but by how many millilitres you consume (after pouring it for yourself). There’s also pool tables, foosball and a jukebox for your entertainment.
Run by the makers of ‘Cazulo’, the very famous Goan Feni brand, the Firefly Goan Bistro Bar is a sure bet any night of the year. Its firewater-based cocktails, lip-smacking Goan cuisine, live music and a short walk to the sea are major drawcards. The music spans different genres, from Indian classical to contemporary, funk, jazz, and rock and retro.
If you like drinks with a view, Curlies is the place for you. Curlies is a beach shack with a rooftop lounge bar and a garden restaurant. It is a perfect place to enjoy authentic Goan, Indian and international cuisine, linger over a cocktail or party to psychedelic trance tunes pepped up with laser effects and lights. The cocktail and liquor menu is wide, from classics to creative concoctions.
The first thing that you will notice about Soro – The Village Pub is its exterior that exudes old-world charm; inside, you’ll find industrial-looking interiors with soft lighting, brick walls, heritage tiles and vintage graffiti, thus giving the place a rustic feel. Soro in the local Konkani language means ‘alcohol’ and it lives up to its name with an extensive list of brilliant cocktails. Hungry? Then try the classic Goan food. Live music and comedy shows add to the lively experience.
The Mango Tree has a laid-back and cheerful feel, with dark wood furnishings, a broad range of imported and domestic cocktails, and a fantastic food menu full of mouth-watering delights, like Goan specialties, seafood, Thai, Isreali, Mexican, Chinese, Indian and Western cuisine. A few of the popular cocktails are the White Russian, Singapore Sling, Piña Colada, Margaritas and Daiquiris. Everything at The Mango Tree is superb and relaxing.
Guru Bar pulls in locals and tourists for drinking and live music, along with a fabulous view of Anjuna Beach, the Arabian Sea and the sunset. The bar is furnished with bamboo and cane accents and a thatched roof, giving it a rustic look. A special emphasis is put on its cocktails. Grab a seat at the bar with a clear and beautiful view of the sea and enjoy domestic wines or Indian-made foreign liquors. The food menu offers a variety of cuisines, from Goan and Indian to Oriental, Italian, Russian and Mediterranean; everything is super delicious. The live music by foreign and Goan artists will keep you entertained.
Tucked into the seaside Cavala Resort, Cavala is an in-house watering hole that ranks high among locals and tourists. This always-bustling institution has a nice assortment of local and imported spirits, plus delicious food to accompany your drinks. Local bands play rock and retro music, should you want to dance, and there are soft piano melodies on Sundays.
One of the top bars to grab a drink and party hard in Goa, Tito’s Pub has an amazing selection of cocktails. The names and presentation of the cocktails are as innovative and exotic as the taste, for instance High Voltage cocktail, Devil’s Fizz, etc. In addition to Indian and International cocktails, it has vintage wine cellar from around the world. Just make sure to reach Tito’s on time, as this place fills up quickly.