Nightlife In Goa: The Adventurous You Should Be Smiling Already!
Are you someone who believes that Goa is just about golden sands and delectable cuisine? Think again! For decades now Goa has been hailed as a must visit point on the map for numerous travelers and tourists. Despite being India’s smallest state, it brings in over 2 million visitors every year, more them half of whom are foreigners. It is safe to say that Goa is a tourism magnet and this can be not only attributed to the alluring coastal sand beaches, authentic Goan food and the lovely churches and temples but also the partying, vibrant nightlife and revelry that is unparalleled anywhere else in India.
Planning a bachelor or bachelorette party for your best friend’s wedding? A sudden group trip with your college friends? Or maybe you are organizing a romantic gateway with your partner? Whatever be the cause for celebration, Goa is the perfect destination to venture into total excitement while letting yourself loose for once!
Despite being the smallest state in India, Goa is impressively ranked 6th in the list of top 10 nightlife cities in the world! The Portuguese influence on Goa’s cultural and social environment can be felt in every nook and cranny, ushering a unique and liberal atmosphere all over the state.
So when the sun goes down on the horizon, the night-time skies breathe new life into Goa’s electrifying atmosphere. From the most happening nightclubs, romantic night cruises and inviting shacks dotted along the beach to charming night markets which sell a wide assortment of handcrafted and local items, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
You can party hard all night on the moonlit beaches or even try your luck at gambling in any one of the Goan casinos (which are legal!). Here are a few things to do in Goa once the sun sets:
Hit the Clubs
Partying at the bars & clubs in Goa is the most sought out activity. Go clubbing with mouth-watering food, unique cocktails and dizzy dances! Goa has a thriving music scene with world famous DJs spinning EDM, psychedelic trance, house music and retro remixes. Bollywood nights, Karaoke nights and ladies nights mix things up along with some clubs even putting out laser light shows and open air parties. Don’t miss out on some of the best clubs in Goa including Tito’s Bar and Club, the exotic LPK (love, Passion, Karma) Waterfront, the swanky SinQ Night Club located near the Taj Holiday Village and the stunning UV Bar. You should definitely check out The Silent Noise club where famous DJs play music on headphones with different channels.
Drink the Night Away at Pubs
While Goa tends to be a slightly expensive destination, thankfully the alcohol is cheap! From local cashew or coconut based liquor Feni to domestic and foreign brands of rum, whiskey, vodka and more, you can drink and have a pleasurable time in the numerous pubs and bars. Some reputable options to jazz out your nightlife in Goa are the Shores bar and Guru Bar at Anjuna Beach, Found Things at Palolem Beach, Zanzibar at Baga Beach and Mambo’s café to name a few. You can accompany the drinks with fresh seafood and snacks.
Visit the Beach Shacks
Clubs and Pubs are not the only places to enjoy the party vibe. For those of you looking to enjoy the sea breeze under the night sky, the charming and rustic beach shacks are the perfect place to hang out with friends and family. Sip on a cocktail, try out some appetizing food and groove to the music at popular joints like the Sublime at Anjuna Beach, The Curlie’s beach shack at little Anjuna beach, Britto’s shack at Baga Beach, Bobby’s shack at Candolim Beach and many more.
Explore the Night Markets
Your Goa trip is incomplete without shopping at the famous flea markets. Beat the heat and explore the quirky Night Bazaars of Goa under the twinkling stars. The stalls and boutiques housed in the Night markets sell everything from food items and drinks, local handcrafts, jewellery, sarongs, scarves and clothes to exotic spices and even tattoos! The Arpora Saturday Night Market and the Makies Night market are a food lover’s paradise and the most visited ones selling even designer clothing and featuring live performances. These night flea markets are a great way to get a taste of Goan culture, cuisine and music in a snapshot.
Cruise Down the River
There is no reason you need stay on the beach all night. Be it a romantic river cruise on river Mandovi or an all-night party on the decks floating on the river, you can always make your night special. There is great music, food and entertainment on board. Families can opt for the Dinner cruise which is an hour cruise on the river Mandovi which offers breath-taking views, refreshments and dinner accompanied by music and famous local folk dances dekhni and fugdi.
Attend a Beach Rave
Let loose your wild side and dance the night away on the moonlit beaches of Goa with the coolest DJs playing intoxicating music and beats. Drinks and snacks are available in abundance. Some of the hottest beach raves to attend are on the White Rock Beach in Vagator, Bamboo Forest in Anjura, Monkey Valley in Chapora, Arambol Beach and Morjim Plateau.
While Goa is a popular tourist destination for domestic and international tourists, you must keep a few general safety tips in mind, especially when you are venturing into the night. Avoid getting into the water at night, take care of your belongings, do not under any circumstance accept drinks or rides from strangers and beware of travel guides at night. In case of any emergency, there are 24×7 toll free emergency lines for police (100), fire (191) and medical (108) situations.
Enjoy your Goa trip to the fullest by checking out the party scene and shop till you drop at the busy night flea markets with your friends and family in tow. Plan your Goa trip today!