Drinking and nightlife in Goa

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Panaji

    Cafe Mojo

    The decor is a dark cosy English pub, the clientele young and up for a late party, and the novelty is the e-beer system. Each table has its own beer tap and LCD screen: you buy a card (₹500), swipe it at your table and start pouring – it automatically deducts what you drink (use the card for spirits, cocktails and food, too).

  • Nightlife in Assagao

    Soro

    The 'village pub' is a welcome addition to the back lanes of sleepy Assagao, with pumping live music on weekends, salsa dancing on Sunday and a fun atmosphere whenever there's a crowd. Decor is part English pub, part American bar, with exposed brick walls, barrel tables and a pool table. There's bar food but this is more for drinking and dancing.

  • Nightlife in Palolem

    Leopard Valley

    South Goa’s biggest outdoor dance club is a sight (and sound) to behold, with 3D laser light shows, pyrotechnics and state-of-the-art sound systems blasting local and international DJs on Friday nights. It’s in an isolated but easily reached (by taxi) location between Palolem and Agonda. Check the Facebook page to see what's on.

  • Nightlife in Vagator & Chapora

    Hilltop

    Hilltop is a long-serving Vagator trance and party venue that’s deserted by day but comes alive from sunset. Its edge-of-town, neon-lit coconut grove location allows it, on occasion, to bypass noise regulations to host indoor and outdoor concerts, parties and international DJs. Sunday sessions (5pm to 10pm) are legendary.

  • Nightlife in Vagator & Chapora

    Nine Bar

    Once the hallowed epicentre of Goa’s trance scene, the open-air Nine Bar terrace, on the clifftop overlooking Little Vagator Beach, is fading but stills pumps out beats in its soundproof indoor space. It generally doesn't start until December; look out for flyers and local advice to see when the big party nights are on.

  • Nightlife in Panaji

    Soho

    Take the side entrance (behind the music shop) and climb the stairs to the top floor for this sophisticated little bar and music venue where, let's face it, the beautiful people hang out. With its icy air-con, backlit bar, balcony overlooking the Ourem River and party nights, it's part of the new wave of Panaji bars.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Calangute & Baga

    Keventers

    Had enough of the Kingfisher? Keventers, the famous Delhi milkshake maker, has set up in Goa and on Tito's Lane no less. The hole-in-wall joint serves up classic milkshakes in its signature glass bottles, or sample the more exotic Oreo, bubblegum or salted caramel. It's the perfect antidote to a big night out.

  • Nightlife in Colva

    Leda Lounge & Restaurant

    Part sports bar, part music venue, part cocktail bar, Leda is Colva’s best nightspot, though it operates as much as a restaurant, and even the bar closes in the afternoon. There’s live music from Thursday to Sunday, fancy drinks (mojitos, Long Island iced teas) and good food at lunch and dinner.

  • Nightlife in Anjuna

    Curlies

    Holding sway at South Anjuna Beach, Curlies mixes laid-back beach-bar vibe with sophisticated nightspot – the party nights here are notorious, legendary and loud. There’s a rooftop lounge bar and an enclosed late-night dance club. Thursday and Saturday are big nights, as are full-moon nights.

  • Nightlife in Vagator & Chapora

    Waters Beach Lounge

    Terracing down the hillside on the Vagator cliffs, this restaurant, bar and club is known for its loud party nights, with open-air dance floors overlooking the Arabian Sea and a soundproof room for late at night – as late as 5am. Top DJs come to play.

  • Nightlife in Vagator & Chapora

    Jai Ganesh Fruit Juice Centre

    Thanks to its corner location, with views up and down Chapora’s main street, this may be the most popular juice bar in Goa. It’s a prime meeting spot and, once parked, most people are reluctant to give up their seat. Juices ₹60 to ₹80.

  • Nightlife in Panaji

    Riverfront & Down the Road

    The balcony of this restaurant-bar overlooking the creek and Old Patto Bridge makes for a cosy beer or cocktail spot with carved barrels for furniture. The ground-floor bar (from 6pm) is an old-school nightspot with occasional live music.

  • Nightlife in Mapusa

    Pub

    Don’t be put off by the dingy entrance or stairwell: once you’re upstairs, this breezy place opposite the market is great for watching the milling crowds over a cold beer or feni. Eclectic daily specials make it a good spot for lunch.

  • Nightlife in Calangute & Baga

    Café Mambo

    Part of the Tito’s empire, Mambo is one of Baga’s busiest clubs with an indoor/outdoor beachfront location and nightly DJs pumping out house, hip hop and Latino tunes. Couples or women only; Friday is the popular Bollywood night.

  • Nightlife in Anjuna

    Cafe Lilliput

    Hovering over the beach near the flea-market site, Lilliput has built itself a reputation as one of the go-to nightspots, but it also has a good all-day restaurant and some interesting accommodation at the back.

  • Nightlife in Vagator & Chapora

    Paulo’s Antique Bar

    In season this hole-in-the-wall bar on Chapora’s main street overflows with good music and cold beer. In the late afternoon the few tables on the verandah are a fine spot to watch the world in miniature go by.

  • Nightlife in Palolem

    Neptunes

    On a rocky headland just south of Palolem Beach, this was Palolem's only remaining silent disco at the time of writing. Don your headphones and tune into three DJ channels. No entry unless you're dancing.

  • Nightlife in Panaji

    Joseph Bar

    This hole-in-the-wall bar is a place where locals and tourists gather streetside to chat and drink at tiny tables or perched on scooters. It's a warm and welcoming place with Goan craft beer available.

  • Nightlife in Panaji

    Taverna Panjim

    It's as much about the Goan food as the drinking at this bright two-level pub in the Campal district but we like the fun atmosphere, live music and weekend DJs. Wednesday is karaoke night.

  • Nightlife in Anjuna

    Shiva Valley

    At the very southern end of Anjuna Beach, past Curlies, Shiva Valley has grown from small beach shack to fully fledged trance club, with Tuesday the main party all-nighter.