Goa is one of the top tourist destinations in India. What makes it so special? It is the many experiences that all kinds of tourists can enjoy. There are historic sites, pristine beaches and a buzzing nightlife that is unique to this state. If you are going on holiday, be sure to check out these 12 ways to explore Goa night life.
The Best Ways to Enjoy Goa Nightlife
1. Beach Shacks
If there is one thing that Goa is famous for, it is its beach shacks. During the tourist season that begins in October, you will find beach shacks springing up across all the beaches. While most of them operate as restaurants, there are some that are nightclubs that are open till about 5 am in the morning. For any party lover visiting Goa, these shacks are a blast to be at.
- Famous Beach Shacks: Curlies, La Plage, St. Anthony’s Beach Shack, Johncy’s Beach Shack, Pina Colada Beach Shack
2. Beach Parties
During the tourist season, you will find many beach parties being organized at private villas or beach shacks. These parties are usually held in the evening and trance and house music is played. Beach parties are popular with foreign tourists; however, there are also an increasing number of domestic tourists who enjoy dancing the night away to electronic music too.
- Famous Beaches for Parties: Anjuna, Baga, Morjim, Palolem
3. Nightclubs in Goa
Besides its beach shacks and parties, Goa is popular for its nightclubs. In North and South Goa, you will find famous nightclubs that are packed to capacity with screaming party lovers who drop in to enjoy excellent music. DJs from India and across the world come to perform at Goa’s nightclubs. Goa Gill, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike have all performed at the nightclubs in Goa.
- Famous Nightclubs: Titos, Mambos, LPK, SInQ
4. Bars & Pubs
If you are the kind of tourist who takes your alcoholic beverages seriously, you will love Goa’s bar and pub scene. From bars at the beaches to bars in cities like Mapusa and Panjim, in Goa there are many types of places where you can enjoy a soothing drink.
You can choose from the regular bars and pubs – either old-school establishments where the locals folk or newer touristy party spots – or shacks that double up as bars.
- Famous Bars & Pubs: Brittos, Zanzibar, Cavala
5. Night Markets
Apart from drinking and partying, another great Goa nightlife experience is visiting its night markets. These markets sell quirky and amazing things. From clothes, to antiques, masalas, junk jewellery and bikes, you can find a variety of products here. There is also plenty of entertainment with live music and performers, and food stalls serving local Goan fare to indulge in.
- Famous Night Markets: Anjuna Flea Market, Saturday Night Market, Arpora Saturday Night Market
6. Night Cruise Parties
Goa is one of the few places in India where you can party on a cruise. From the Mandovi River, near Miramar, there are many ferries that host parties. Rides last for about two hours and there is food and alcohol served onboard. Cruises leave from the banks of the Mandovi River from 7 pm onwards.
- Entry Fee: Begins from Rs. 300 per head.
7. Go Karting @Track II
Another great way to spend an evening in Goa is to race around on its famous go-karting track. Track II in Arpora is well-known in North Goa. The sport is supervised by experienced trainers who brief you on the safety measures to take before putting you in the car. The cost for a ride is Rs. 300 for 10 laps.
- Location: Arpora
8. Street Food in Goa
When you think about street food in India, you would not put Goa up there with its neighbours Mumbai and Bangalore. But, Goa does surprise you with its street food offerings. Goa has lanes that transform into street food hubs in the night.
From the local favourite Chorizo Pav to Chinese, Shawarma, and even Biryani, you will find it all on Goa’s street food scene.
- Famous places for street food: Mapusa (near the bus stop), Panjim, Calangute main square, and near the Margaon main market
9. Karaoke Bars
If you love to sing or think you are the next Indian Idol, head out to Goa’s karaoke bars. You will find them near the beach and in cities like Panaji. Karaoke is generally held during the week and not on weekends. Choice of music ranges from top English tracks to Hindi music.
- Famous Karaoke Bars: St. Anthony’s in Baga, River House in Baga and Case Mojo in Panaji.
10. Late Night Bike Rides
The best part about visiting Goa is that you can rent out a vehicle. Whether it is a bike or a car, you car hire one easily to ride or drive around the city. At night, there are some fabulous places for late night drives. You can drive to Miramar, on streets of Panjim or driver along the riverfront near the Arpora-Baga border.
11. Gamble At A Casino
Try your luck at Goa’s casinos. Held on cruise ships, visiting the casinos in Goa is a must-do for all adults. The have exciting slot machines, poker games and a lot more. Please note, there is a heavy tax on prices and gambling at a casino is not allowed for anyone below the age of 18.
- Some famous casinos: Deltin Jaqk, Deltin Royale and the Casino Pride. Most of Goa’s casinos are on a cruise ship, docked near the Mandovi river.
12. 24/7 Coffee Shops
If you are the kind of person who loves going out but prefers not to party or dance, then chilling out at a coffee shop may just be the thing for you. In Goa, there are a few coffee shops that are open all through the day.
- Famous 24/7 coffee shops: Aunty Maria’s at the Fidalgo hotel in Panjim, Thirsty Bear in Bambolim, Kavana in Margao, The Temptation in Vasco
Make the most of your holiday in Goa by choose from these great suggestions on how to spend a fun evening and night out. Got any questions on the Goa night life? Do let us know in the comments.