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 go 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! 


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




This cozy cafe on the corner is a true hot spot in the already buzzing Noord district of Aruba. The secret of Cafe 080 may have to do with the Dutch owners' idea of combining authentic Dutch specialties like kroket (deep fried beef croquettes),...  Read More




Looking for a hot place to be cool or a cool place to be hot? Stroll along the postcard perfect Palm Beach and step onto the deck of Bugaloe Beach Bar and Grill at De Palm Pier. It's never a must, only helpful advice: a Caribbean vacation isn't...  Read More


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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


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 the Aruban Funchi Fries...  Read More




South Beach Mall has a great-to-know bar scene happening, and the Saloon Bar is a welcoming addition to the Palm Beach nightlife strip. This Wild West Country hub might not conjure Old West gun fights, gambling and outlaws - thank goodness! -...  Read More


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Downtown


The once known and very popular Jimmy's Place in downtown Oranjestad, has metamorphosed into an exciting new neighborhood venue called @7. Celebrating diversity has never been this varied with @7's Le club, La Terrasse, private lounges, the Gin...  Read More


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L.G.Smith Boulevard


Heart Music Bar and cafe is such a cozy roadhouse hang out, especially for House Music fans, art lovers, or maybe both. Located at the Corral Mall, on the Sasaki road to the resorts or heading to Oranjestad, where local and foreign generations...  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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