Pubs in Goa – Holidaying in Goa has something for everyone. If you fancy the idea of grooving to the beat, and love the sound of clinking beer glasses – you’ve come to the right place!
Although Goa’s nightlife is extremely popularized with its numerous clubs, the pub scene is a refreshing twist. The difference? Fewer crowds, lower volumes, lively ambiance, and refreshing music.
These famous pubs in Goa will have you singing and dancing till dawn!
Here’s a list of 5 of the best pubs in Goa
Cohiba – Where music meets good food, great energy and a lively ambiance
Cohiba has one of the liveliest ambiance and is undoubtedly one of the best pubs in Goa. It is loved by both tourists and locals alike. Cohiba creates a harmonious combination of music, great energy and good food. Has an outdoor and indoor seating area, both with its very own bars.
Cohiba has some of Goa’s best bands performing live, popular DJ’s and even themed dance nights! Do try their Cosmo Wednesdays and Reggae Fridays. Live bands belt out popular songs that get the whole crowd singing in unison.
The only thing to remember is entry is restricted to couples or groups with an equal number of male and female persons. Ladies don’t have to worry as entry is open to them always. But groups of men or stag entries are not allowed in. Many of the pubs in Goa do this as a safety precaution and to maintain harmony.
Where: Lighthouse road Sinquerim, Candolim, Goa
Open till: 4 am
Soro – The village pub
Another famous pub in Goa is Soro – The Village pub. A cozy pub camouflaged by a broken-down wall lit up by tiny ferry lights. From the road, this place looks small, rustic and uneventful, but don’t be fooled! Its rustic charm is what gives away to an almost ethereal beauty within.
Soro has gained popularity for its food, drinks, ambiance and zestful music. The atmosphere here is calm and relaxing yet exciting.
Soro has some really great themed nights like Techno Tuesday and Boshed. It is one of the pubs that keeps the partying going even on weekdays. Latin nights held on Sundays are one of the most exciting nights at Soro. You will see popular latin dances like salsa and bachata fill up the dance floor. With twists, turns and dips, it is a beautiful site to watch. You could join in too! They usually have a short crash course of the dance form before the music begins.
Location: Badem junction, Siolim Road, North Goa – Assagoan
Open till: 2 am
Soho – among the best pubs in goa
Soho is one of the newest pubs in Goa. It embraces a vintage vibe and has sort of an old-world charm. The place is bustling with energy on most weekends. Soho also has a small outdoor balcony area that overlooks the beautiful street below. It’s a great place to hang out with friends, grab a drink and try out some delectable food. Soho serves up a comforting menu that is no less than a treat to your taste buds. It also serves up an impressive range of cocktails. The music is mostly DJ, and the crowd here is always ready to dance.
Where: Panjim, North Goa
Open till: 3 am
Café Mojo pub and bistro
Café Mojo is one of the oldest pubs in Goa and remains a favorite to many. Mojo has an amicable vibe and a rustic charm. The name Mojo itself means charm and the pub stands true to its name. What makes this pub special is beer on tap, good music, and a whole lot of dancing. Even the bartenders here have a skip in their step. The staff is friendly and the bar is never empty.
Mojo also has screens that showcase the football matches. And when a popular game is on you will see fans dressed in jerseys of their favorite teams. Beer mug in hand, shouting or rejoicing at the screen.
One of the smaller pubs in Goa, Taverna promises a night filled with good music and flowing spirits. Best on weekends, Taverna houses some real good live music performances as well as DJ nights. Its bar menu has a choice of beers and breezers, local feni and the much loved Bira.
Spread out over two floors, the drinks, food and music are what draws people to this quaint little pub over and over again. The dance floor is small, but that doesn’t stop people from getting off their chairs and moving to the beat.
Where: Pinto Arcade, Opp Panjim Gymkhana, Campal, Panjim, North Goa
Open till: 2 am
Add a spark to your night with the lively karaoke nights at Watsons in Candolim. You don’t have to be the best singer in town to have a good karaoke night here. Watsons also houses live band performances and exciting DJ nights. It gives off an almost elegant ‘beach shack vibe’ with its cane furniture and décor. Its walls are filled with quirky posters that tickle your humour. Watsons gives in to your cravings with lip smacking treats and a wide range of cocktails that are continuously updated. It’s the place to be for a fun filled, yet relaxing night of good food and music.
Where: 1st Floor above Delfino supermarket, Candolim, Goa
Although all the above pubs sound exciting, pick and choose the one you want to sample or visit them all! Since most of them are in close proximity to each other, pub hopping could be the call of your night provided you have transport of your own or hire a self-drive car to get around more easily.
What’s great about these pubs in Goa is that each pub has its own theme and vibe. And although situated close to one another, they each has something different to offer.