20 Best Beach Bars in the World
Alongside, Paihai, New Zealand
Find a couch at the end of a day spent hiking to waterfalls and chasing dolphins in the Bay of Islands with a plate of Orongo Bay oysters and a Pohutukawa cocktail on the deck at Alongside, located on the waterfront of Paihai on New Zealand’s North Island.
Whale Bar, St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
The Whale Bar at the newly opened St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is an instant contender for world’s most beautiful watering hole: this overwater lounge offers the impression of sitting in Moby’s mouth while you gaze out at the Indian Ocean. Jonah never had it this good.
La Susana, Uruguay
Lounge away a lazy afternoon Uruguayan-style at this toes-in-the-sand beach bar and club in José Ignacio sampling locally sourced wine and cuisine from Executive Chef Marcelo Betancourt. The “La Susanita” lounge keeps the party going late with music, tapas, and cocktails.
Lola’s, Costa Rica
Palm-shaded hammocks at Lola’s invite you to settle in for a day just hanging around Costa Rica’s surf-crazy Playa Avellana. Morning yoga can enhance your chill, or just take a cue from the bar’s namesake pig, who spends her days wallowing in the surf and sand. Awesome ceviche will power you through until the nightly beach bonfire.
Papaya Playa Project, Tulum, Mexico
Rustic style aside, this beach bar in trendy Tulum offers comforts aplenty—hanging beds, shaded palapas, and couches arrayed around the edges of an upstairs bar that delivers endless views of the Caribbean. Monthly full-moon gatherings spin up the party vibe with live bands and traveling DJs.
Rick’s, Negril, Jamaica
Whether your idea of a good time is watching the sun set with rum drink in hand or plunging into the Caribbean from a 35-foot cliff (10- and 25-foot dives are also options), Rick’s has you covered. Splash down in the afternoon at this legendary Negril bar and absorb the adrenaline rush and live music from the restaurant deck or swimming pool.
Single Fin, Bali
The Sunday session at Single Fin is the hottest party in Uluwatu, and the bar’s expansive patio is the best vantage point in town for watching surfers challenge legendary peaks like the Racetrack and Temples.
Baba Nest, Phuket, Thailand
Lava Lava Beach Club, Hawaii
Break away from the Big Island mega-resorts for Mai Tais, pineapple rice, and hula dancing at this chill beach bar on Anaeho’omalu Bay, located at the equally low-key Waikoloa Beach Resort.
Tropicana Club, Mykonos
Mykonos’ legendary beach scene is distilled like a fine ouzo at the Tropicana Club, where the rich, tanned and beautiful gather from all over the world for the wildest party in the Aegean Sea.
Shimmy Beach Club, Cape Town, South Africa
The stylish Shimmy Beach Club has indoor-outdoor dining in one of South Africa’s top restaurants, a whiskey bar, sun decks, and an infinity-edge pool stretched along the edge of Cape Town Harbor.
Ushuaia, Ibiza, Spain
Brilliant white loungers and beds dot the beach at this Ibiza hotel that’s famed for its high-energy poolside concerts. You don’t have to be a VIP to indulge at the oyster and caviar bar, but bring plenty of Euros.
Woodstock ’69, Bloemendaal aan Zee, The Netherlands
A tropical beach bar named for an iconic hippie happening, an hour outside of Amsterdam? Somehow it all works at Woodstock ’69, a ramshackle arrangement of bars, beach chairs, and fire pits arrayed along Bloemendaal beach — ideal for cherishing fleeting North Sea summers.
Flora-Bama, Perdido Key, Florida
This rambling roadhouse straddling the Florida-Alabama border is the quintessential American beach bar—big, loud, a little crass, and a lot of fun. Head out back to the beachfront deck to shuck some Cajun oysters and drink your fill of Southern hospitality.
Phi Beach, Sardinia
Built around natural rock formations and the stone walls of Sardinia’s Forte Cappellini, Phi Beach invites you to relax in hidden grottos and oversized lounge chairs to await the sunset over the Mediterranean — and the nightly party to follow.
Eden Plage, St. Tropez, France
Yacht over from Cannes or Monaco and you’ll spy the lavender beach umbrellas marking the territory of this Chemin des Tamaris beach club and restaurant. Reserve a lounge chair and relax to all-day music and attentive beachside cocktail service.
Republica, Melbourne, Australia
Stake out one of the hanging chairs at this St. Kilda’s Beach bar/restaurant and you can spend hours sipping cold Wild Yaks or Carlton Draughts while sun-bleached Aussies show off their volleyball skills on the nearby sands.
Basil’s Bar, Mustique
Rub elbows with royals and rock stars at this legendary Mustique bar, perched on stilts over the softly lapping waves of the Grenadines. Basil’s signature rum punch is the way to go for washing down grilled suckling pig at the Wednesday barbecue.
Catch Beach Club, Phuket, Thailand
Phuket has dozens of beach bars to choose from, but Catch Beach Club scores with a mix of fine dining, family friendly beaches, and poolside cabanas, plus sizzling nightlife on Bangtao Bay.
Tanjong Beach Club, Singapore
Buttoned-up Singapore lets its hair down at this Sentosa hideout. Don’t let the ordered simplicity of Tanjong’s mid-century architecture and carefully arrayed beach loungers fool you — there’s a place here for beer pong and all-night dance parties, too.