Aruba’s Best Bar Stops on and off the Bar-Hopping Tour



Nightlife among Aruba’s locals has always been and still is up to this day, the ban dal un bitter (let’s take a shot) at one of the many modest and inexpensive rum shops (or stores) around the island. In past times people used to buy and carry their liquor in a brown paper bag at the nearby convenience store, where they would hang out and consume alcohol as discretely as possible. Later on, some of the convenience stores became the more explicit rum shops and modern supermarkets took over the non-alcoholic inventory.
Much has changed over the years with the island’s economic development and growing tourism industry. Nowadays, Aruba is able to offer its visitors and residents a large and diverse selection of nightlife options, including night clubs, cafes, pubs, party buses and boats, festivals, shows, events, and the all-time favorite bar hopping tours.
This following list of Aruba’s best bars is based on the present diversity in age group, taste, preference, budget, culture on the island, without disregarding typical or historical spots like Fermin’s Bar BQ in Noord and Charlie’s Bar and Restaurant in San Nicolas. By adding live entertainment, skillful bartenders, salsa workshops, karaoke nights or a funky interior, this basic concept turns into so much more than just hanging around a counter across which alcoholic drinks are served. Cheers! Salud! 




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Fermin's Bar BQ
Photo courtesy of Albert Braamskamp


For more than forty years, Fermin's Bar BQ in Aruba's Noord district, has been a fixture. First, as a local rum shop on a hot corner, then came the outdoor seating, the parasols, the wood fire smells and grills, and a brand-new (much bigger)...  Read More


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Palm Beach


A lively and entertaining bar, restaurant and souvenir shop where the motto is simply to "Have fun and let yourself go!" Sing, dance and meet new friends at this energetic nightspot. Senor Frog's is located in Aruba's shopping and lifestyle...  Read More


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Palm Beach


This open-air cocktail lounge right in the middle of the Paseo Herencia Mall at Palm Beach screams urban chic with its contemporary light fixtures, comfortable seating at the bar, its lounge chairs around the pool, fancy lounge beds and...  Read More


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Palm Beach


How to make a happening on a tropical island? Easy! Take a gorgeous sandy beach, add huge palapas (shade huts) and a lot of lounge chairs and tables. Bring in plenty of Coconut Rum, Blue Curacao, Tequila and Peach Schnapps, plus a friendly...  Read More


5
Downtown


Serene and stylish in blue and white, the Renaissance Resort's lobby bar is ideal for drinks and conversation from the time it opens up to the time it closes down. The staff are infectiously friendly, the cocktails are well-mixed and the overall...  Read More




This trendy piano bar is nestled amongst the high rise hotels, right in the center of the lively Palm Beach scene. Just look for Aruba's Arawak Garden and visit one of the coolest piano bars in the world. Try a Bikini Martini and kick back with...  Read More




Chupito is the Spanish word for "a shot" of alcohol, and Chupitoz Shot Bar in downtown Weststraat is Aruba's one and only interactive shot bar. With a wide selection of memorable shots catered to every taste bud available, Chupitoz aims to...  Read More


Charlie's Bar & Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Albert Braamskamp


This bar, founded by Dutch couple Charles and Marie Brouns, has been an island legend for more than 70 years. Many people visit just out of curiosity or to study the outrageous decor: banners, pennants, posters, stickers and bric-a-brac cover...  Read More


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Palm Beach


Not really a store, but definitely local - including local and craft beers, snacks, prices and very friendly people: locals. Souvenir store? Local bar? Or just one happy spot to check out, any day of the week. Start with an Aruban Chicken...  Read More


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Meet Liliana Erasmus

Born and raised in Aruba, Liliana moved to the Netherlands to continue her college education in Marketing. Since 1998 she’s been back on her beloved island, where she is working as a...  More About Liliana

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