The beautiful state of Goa is often referred to as the land of fish, feni and football. Indeed, feni as well as other alcoholic drinks like whiskies, beers, wines, cocktails and mocktails are very much an integral part of Goa’s gastronomy scene. The state is home to several popular bars which offer tourists as well as locals a nice place to hang out with their friends and enjoy a beautiful evening sipping on some innovative cocktail concoctions and other alcoholic beverages. In this article, we explore the top 5 best bars in Goa to visit in 2022.
Tesouro by Firefly, Colva
First on our list of the top 5 best bars in Goa is Tesouro by Firefly at Colva. It was named India’s Best Bar for 2021 in the annual 30 Best Bars India ranking, which was released last week. Tesouro (Portuguese for treasure) is a rambunctious bar in the generally tranquil beach village of Colva in South Goa. It is located near the Florida Gardens on the Colva-Benaulim road. It has become one of the most talked-about drinking establishments in the country in the last two years thanks to its popular drinks, such as the legendary Midnight Brekkie (made using gin, vermouth, watermelon, peanut butter, and strawberry compote). The bar was founded by Donovan Vaz, a scion of a Goan liquor distribution family, who quit his car racing career to become a restaurateur, along with mixologist Arijit Bose.
Tesouro offers a great selection of cocktails. The ambience of the place is very classy. They have an air-conditioned seating area indoors as well as an open-air seating area outdoors. The bar has got ample parking space and has a warm, welcoming feel to it.
The cocktails offered here are some of the finest you can find anywhere in India. Cocktails that are a must-try at this place include their signature Midnight Brekkie cocktail, G.O.A.T and Hapusa gimlet, as well as their Feni-based concoctions like Mr Spritzer, Terra Bebida, and Cafe Dukshiri. The bartenders, servers, and other staff at the bar are very polite and helpful. The bar is a must-visit for all cocktail enthusiasts when in Goa.
Next on our list of the top 5 best bars in Goa is Titlie in Vagator. This is a gastronomic bar and restaurant located on a cliff near Vagator beach. Visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of the gorgeous sea and the beautiful sunset during the evenings from this restaurant. The stunning location of the restaurant, coupled with the delicious food it offers, as well as its lively and electrifying atmosphere, makes it an ideal spot for a fun night out with friends.
Visitors must try their butter-poached prawns, curry leaf chicken, rock shrimp, and the clay oven tapas with broccoli, feta, walnuts, chilli, and watermelon. All of these are delicious and simply too hard to resist.
Purple Martini @ Sunset Point, Anjuna
Next on our list of the top 5 best bars in Goa to visit is the famous Purple Martini @ Sunset Point. This bar is situated on a cliff near Anjuna beach. Visitors can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Arabian Sea from this place. The bar is one of the best spots in Goa to enjoy a view of the beautiful sunset while sipping on some exotic cocktails.
The ambience over here is mind-blowing, with fantastic music playing in the background. When it comes to drinks, they offer a wide variety of cocktails, mocktails, liqueurs, and gins. Their signature Purple Martini shots and flaming Lamborghini fire cocktails are good and are must-tries. The food offered here is also very good. One must try their delicious Greek Veggie Delight Pizza, composed of feta cheese, fresh mushrooms, green peppers, black olives, onion, tomatoes and a special homemade pizza sauce. Their ultimate tuna burger is also worth a try.
This is a tapas bar in Anjuna that has flooring that is fitted with mosaic tiles. The interiors of the place are filled with hues of mustard and blue. The comfortable seating arrangement, as well as the lightning-fast WiFi, makes this place an ideal spot for people on a workcation in Goa.
The bar was founded by cousins Ashley Lobo and Marcelo Lobo. Their passion for good food, good drinks and good conversations led to them joining hands together, to start a place where people could hang out together and enjoy a nice chat while munching on some Goan-inspired late-night bites and beverages.
The bar menu features a wide range of cocktails, mocktails, gins, tequila shots and lots more. Must-try cocktails that are highly recommended at this place include the exotic pina colada composed of Bacardi, coconut rum, pineapple juice and fresh cream and the Margherita composed of tequila, Cointreau and fresh lime. Both are equally tasty and refreshing.
The food menu is also super interesting, with some delectable fusion dishes like grilled cheese poee, prawn ros omelette tacos and nachos, and the finest prawn pil pil you can find anywhere in Anjuna. Their chicken fusion taco is also a must-have!! The owners of the place are very warm and welcoming, and the staff are very kind and friendly. It is the best place for late-night drinks in Anjuna and stays open till 5 in the morning.
Jack Rabbits Bar And Restaurant, Benaulim
And last on our list of the top 5 best bars in Goa is Jack Rabbits Bar and Restaurant. This place is situated opposite Taj Exotica at Benaulim. It is a quaint hangout spot by the fields. If you are looking to spend some quality time with friends, this place is perfect for you. The place feels less like a restaurant and more like a house with a lively party going on, with lovely music playing in the background. The owner of the place is very kind, welcoming, and friendly. You can pick between a smoking zone outside or a non-smoking zone on the sofa.
The bar is stocked with a wide variety of liquors, wines, cocktails, and mocktails. The RDX cocktail and the pina colada are fantastic and very refreshing. Live musical performances are held at the bar on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Also, the food served here is very delicious. The Kahuna burger is mouthwatering and certainly a must-try. The pizzas served here are totally out of this world. They are cooked in a wood-fired clay oven with cheese imported from Italy.
With this, we conclude our list of the top 5 best bars in Goa to visit in 2022. So, on your next visit to Goa, head down with your closest buddies to one of these amazing bars and enjoy a beautiful evening while sipping on some incredible cocktails, tequilas, vodkas, and lots more! Cheers!
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