Coming to Goa and sticking to expensive beach bars isn't our jam. Give us local bars, local folks and cheap liquor instead. Feel yourself agreeing? Bookmark our list of affordable bars across Goa for a true watering hole experience.
Drink Like A Local At These Goan Bars
Joseph Bar located in Fontainhas, the old Latin Quarter of Panjim, has been our go-to place for any Goan liquor. For a hole-in-the-wall place, this bar has a lot of character and loads of local drinks, including Susegado and Eight Finger Eddie (locally crafted beers) on tap. They have homemade Feni or Urak and Gundu, the main man here, will serve you all with a smile. Needless to say, because this is a favourite with a lot of Goans and old-timers who moved here, it's one of the cheapest and most loved bars in Goa.
Amancio Classic is a cherished, hidden-away joint in Siolim. This is the place to head for some unusual and innovative cocktails made with Feni. Their bar is well stocked and while it may not be shockingly cheap, it's perched on that thin line between dirt cheap and kinda un-affordable. So, if you're a basic beer person or no-fuss drinker who likes the local experience away from touristy beach bars, this will make you happy.
Bobby Bar & Restaurant
Bobby Bar & Restaurant is another local favourite, especially for their aged Feni that is not available everywhere. Of course whilst there, you can always slip back to the usual Kingfisher, but the Feni and Urak is what this is known best for. The next time you are in Assagao, forget the fancier spots (sorry Soro, we love you but...) and head here to save your pocket money.
Bhatti Village is another local restaurant that has a variety of regional drinks. Most tourists who know of the place, go there for the amazing food, but it is also a great place to sample local drinks at reasonable rates. From Port wine to Feni, they serve everything out of the tiny but well stocked bar, super affordable bar.
Mafia Cocktail Bar
This hidden gem in Dona Paula is literally that – a bar and restaurant on the roof of a white house. They specialise in Goan food (it's just the place to try Goan prawn curry, chicken cafreal or pork vindaloo) but also have a bar to help you wash down all the grub. A meal and a few drinks here will not set you back by an obscene amount either. Now go, embrace gluttony and enjoy views from their terrace as the sun sets in the distance.
Boomerang Beach Bar
With some of the most gorgeous beach views and a lively vibe, Boomerang in Colva is chill hangout spot. Whether you've got a night of drinking planned or just want to watch the sunset with some pints of beer, this South Goa place won't disappoint. Barefoot walk by the beach and beer to call it a day, then?
This time-tested restaurant in Candolim is buzzing with old-timers who swear by Mikey's amazing service and food. From seafood to North Indian, the menu is fairly diverse but they seem to do most dishes well. So, if you're staying around Candolim beach, hop over for some cheap beer, music and fish!
This cosy, homestyle bar in Vasco makes for a great pit-stop while on your way to or from the airport. Both locals and in-the-know Goa tourists will vouch for Sheela's local food preparations (butter garlic prawns FTW) and cheap drinks. Its location, overlooking the Zuari river is beautiful and the xacuti and cafreal here go pretty well with that frothy mug of cold beer/rum and coke. Drinkey drinkey!