Whenever visiting a new country or city, don't forget to wander around on foot... you tend to discover many hidden treasures! Of course, as mentioned on my introduction page, I planned our trip to Goa almost solely by VT-tips and members' suggestions, but sometimes it is great to go exploring by yourself. Nirvana was one of these hidden treasures.
We passed this establishment on our way from the beach to the main road in Calangute, and (like any fun-loving & efficiently-travelling female) noticed the sign for Happy Hours & speciality cocktails straight away. Knowing that in case all goes well (or horribly wrong!) we would be able to "crawl" the 50 metres back to our hotel, we decided to try it ;-)
Every day, between 06:00pm - 08:00pm they offer "buy one get one free" on their extensive cocktail menu. The prices range from 160 - 250 Rupees per cocktail, and they are truly dangerously delicious! All the seating & tables at Nirvana are outside, with either tables & chairs for dining, or comfortable sofas for stretching out and sipping fruity delights. Under the roofed area which also houses the kitchen and washrooms, you'll also find 2 pool tables to keep you occupied.
Mosquito coils & incense are provided to shield you from those munching beasts, and the waiters speak good English and are knowledgeable about their food & drinks selection.
Dress Code: Walk-off the beach & come as you are!
I am not a huge "drinker" (even though my pages may give this impression) but the forced partial deprivation of living in a Muslim Arab country does indeed breed an increased desire whenever possible. So before you start thinking that I'm a raving alcoholic, let me talk about the food:
they serve local (from their own tandoori oven) as well as international dishes. We tried lots of different things (in an attempt to assist our stomachs to retain all the lovely cocktails!) but our favourite choices are definitely their selection of pizzas, and their sweet pancakes! They also offer full English, American or Continental breakfast which is always welcome after an "excessive night"... LOL!
The food is also reasonably priced and was always fresh and nicely prepared.
This little bar in Calangute is virtually next to the Hotel Dona Terizinha. You go up stairs to the side...and its a great place to while away some time, with cold beers...to people watch on the passing crowds below!
Whilst in Goa try the local drink which is Feni...distilled from either cashews or coconuts. You'll either love it or hate it.
All the locally produced spirits are very cheap...I love the Honeybee brandy, and also the coffee liquor!
Local bar , visited on an afternoon/evening as A welcome refreshment stop after walking up and down Baga and Calangute Beach.
Small bottles of Kings are good value.
Sit and watch the hectic world go by in Calangute.
This is also an Off Licence selling Alcohol , which is very reasonable to buy.
We also saw people bringing their plastic bottles back to get refilled with water.
Beach parties in South Goa are mostly about eating and drinking. Shacks in a beach decide between themselves about the order, in which they held their parties, so that each of them has a chance to have the best profit once a week. A party also includes a fireworks show.
Dress Code: No dress code, but wear something warm, as it can be chilly at the sea front at night.
At night its great to pick out a Shack where you can sit outside with a cold bottle of Kingfisher and watch the stars...best to get a shack away from the crowrds...just walk ten minutes away in any direction for peace and tranquility! Most shacks do bbq's and have fireworks on certain days of the week...great fun!
A good bar to have a drink is the sunrise opposite titos road as you can sit and watch the world go by.At xmas the roads are jam packed which results in a traffic jam which can be entertaining.The staff as in every bar/resturant are friendly and the food is ok as well as reasonably priced.Titos nightclub is only 2 minutes walk away.They are open until the last person leaves which can be quite early in the morning.
KARAOKE BAR .YOU HAVE TO VISIT THIS PLACE & BE SERENADED BY THE GREAT IFFY WHAT A GUY .HE NEVER FAILS TO ENTERTAIN,FROM BUFFALO SOLDIER TO KINGSTON TOWN. THIS GUY SHOULD HAVE A RECORDING DEAL,HE MAKES ME SMILE EVERYTIME I THINK ABOUT HIM.GET DOWN THERE AND YOU WILL SEE WHY!
Dress Code: ANY
this place is a pub which is a part of the hotel i stayed in. its called cavala beach resort, baga.
there r a good local crowd with nice sence of music. a must visit to all.
the greatest thing about this place is that the owner himself mingles with the crowd to make u feel at ease
Dress Code: anything
Banana Moon in Calangute is the place to be. The owner Abo is English and very helpfull. There is live music nearly every night. And the food is cheap and very tasty. But go early as the place gets packed.
Dress Code: No special dress code required
Cleopatra's is a great little place in Palolem for a late night drinking session. its got a good pool table and the boss is a really sound bloke. we had many memorable drunken nights there was probably loads that i cant remember as well!
Dress Code: anything goes
Head down to the beach shacks if you are after a relaxing evening listening to the waves and staring at the stars.
There is occasional entertainment from local children who visit each shack on the beach performing various singing, dancing and juggling acts.
I have seen countless shooting stars when sat at the beach at night....really a spectacular sight!
Dress Code: As casual or as dressed up as you like!
Situated on the Baga Road, just past the CSM road, near the CASA GOANA restaurant and Santiago Hotel.
This is a bar aimed at the British tourist. There is a large wide screen television which shows Premiership football. Monday night is the popular quiz night. Thursday night is TV comedy night , showing popular TV comedy shows such as Father Ted, Only Fools and Horses etc.
If you miss home, and want a British pub, then this is ideal. If you have come to Goa to get away from football and all that, then stay away, or go early. They have a cocktail happy hour between 4-7PM.
If you want a British pub showing sports in Calangute, then go here.
There are other larger bars, such as the big one in Candolim, but this was local and in staggering distance to our hotel. It also has more of a pub feel to it, and is not quite as big or as busy as the sports bar.
If you don't like sport, then stay away.
Certainly a British pub feel to it, which again appeals to some people, but not to the wife.
It stays open late, so a good place to watch the late kick offs.
Dress Code: You wouldn't feel out of place, wearing an England top or other football top,
Normally held every Monday evening from 7.30pm. Sing along to your favourite tunes. Everyone who sings gets a FREE VODKA.
It is open air around the pool. There is a tandoori oven for lovely food. A wide menu , which is very good value. Bar prices are also very reasonable. Only 50rp for a large Kingfisher or 25rp for a kings.