From commercial nights at Tito’s to psy-trance raves at Hill Top, Goa has a party for every kind of tourist. Are you too heading to the Sunshine State and wondering where the action’s at? Have a look at this guide to the hottest beaches for nightlife in Goa!
Night Owls, These Are Goa's Best Beaches To Party Away
Candolim is home to Showbar Exchange and SinQ, two hot party destinations that are loved by all those who choose to visit North Goa. With both located right next to each other, they’re seen buzzing all through the week. If you’re coming here on a weekend, expect the party to go on till 3am. Another favourite is Cohiba for retro tunes and live music nights that are an epic way to party like the locals in Goa.
If however, you want to keep it low-key and by the beach, Calamari is one of the oldest shacks in Candolim, and is a highly recommended nightlife destination by locals as well as tourists. Visit to relish fresh seafood preparations for dinner, and stay back to dance to commercial tunes, with great cocktails to keep you going! LPK is great for those who like Hip Hop and commercial music. Weekends here are packed with party-goers, so be prepared to wait in line. The party here picks up around 11pm, and goes on until the wee hours of the morning!
Tito’s Bar and Club, Café Mambos, Anthony’s Shack, Britto’s, Capetown Café and Cavala are some of the popular names that put Baga beach on the party goer's map. One of the most popular beaches for nightlife in Goa, Baga is seen buzzing with tourists throughout the year, especially during season-time. If you are in the mood for commercial music, it doesn’t get better than Tito’s and Mambos. During weekends, the party here goes on till the wee hours of the morning. If you’re looking to enjoy dinner and drinks at a pub, Capetown Café is one of the best bets. They even have a dance floor that is filled with party-goers on the weekend. If live music is what you’re looking for, try Anthony’s Shack, especially on Tuesday when they have Karaoke Nights. Britto’s is a family friendly place by the beach that is great for enjoying live music and drinks. If you’d prefer live music and an older crowd, head to Cavala. This laid-back restaurant is set in a heritage house with a gorgeous garden and a courtyard bar. There’s live entertainment most nights, with Friday nights being the most popular.
Shiva Valley and Curlies make Anjuna a popular nightlife destination in Goa, especially amongst those who love techno, trance and house music. Shiva Valley is a hot nightlife spot at Anjuna beach, with Tuesday trance nights being the most popular ones. These apart, Hopping Frog, Dali Bar, Guru Bar (for Rock n’ Roll, retro and fusion music) and Captain’s Bar have some great music gigs that are a hit with not just the hostel crowd but everyone staying around North Goa. If you’re after the most popular haunts, Curlies, is one of Goa’s most legendary beach shacks, and known for its trance parties on Thursdays, while Mondays are reserved for those who love techno.
Hilltop Goa in Vagator is a big must-do on the tourist itinerary for a night of alcohol, music and partying. The gigs, markets and other events at Hilltop Goa make it a popular nightlife spot in Vagator. The parties here are only held on Sundays, so plan your visit accordingly. Chronicle is another hot club that is a big hit amongst those who love techno, trance and deep house. Part Italian fine-dine restaurant and part-cocktail bar, Chronicle boasts of an open-air dance floor and is spread over different levels, and even has its own beach! Fridays and Saturdays are great for sundowners here. 9 Bar in Vagator is another great place to party at, especially if you’re a fan of trance and psychedelic music. For a similar experience, Larive also hosts a whole bunch of parties.
For a more watering hole experience, we suggest Mango Tree and Don Rob’s bar in Vagator. Expect conversations with complete strangers and a chill party that goes on all the way till the morning hours.
Palolem is picture perfect during the day, and a party-lover’s paradise during the night. One of the best beaches for nightlife in South Goa, Palolem is popular for the Silent Noise Parties that are held here. Held every Saturday night, these parties are for those looking for a unique nightlife experience in Goa. Put on your headphones, select your genre, and be prepared to dance all night! If you love psychedelic trance, a visit to Leopard Valley is a must! The club has the capacity to fit in almost 3000 people, it gets a mad party crowd. Lasers, pyrotechnics and costume-clad dancers keep you company as you dance the night away, up until 4am. Friday and Saturday nights are the only nights it’s open. Sundowner is one of the most popular bars in South Goa, and is great if you’re looking to start drinking early. Go here for bohemian vibes and gorgeous sunset views.
Other than that, there are a lot of beach shacks playing retro tunes, trance and deep-house tracks and even commercial songs, where you can settle down to drink and eat to your heart’s content.
Arambol beach is flooded with bars and cafes, making it one of the best, most happening beaches for nightlife in Goa. There are endless options when it comes to eating and drinking- all the beach shacks provide music, great alcohol rates and soul-satisfying food. Arambol beach in itself is a hot nightlife spot as well. During the season it is common to see people setting up their drum circles every night, enjoying a night around bonfires, singing and dancing to tribal beats and trance. If music is what you’re looking for, pop in to Arkan Bar, and Ash Arambol. Ash Arambol is a popular nightlife spot, especially if you enjoy grooving to trance, house and reggae. It is in fact also a popular art venue and collaborative space that hosts live music performances, DJs and other entertainment in the open-air.