Reviving old Aruban customs by gathering on the front patio or partying on the terrace in the backyard. At Patio 15 is where locals come together to keep their traditions alive and ever-evolving. Get acquainted with favorite late-night bites like the Mini Crispy Saco, a paper bag filled with fried chicken, ribs, pork chops, plantain and Johnny cakes. The tapas at Patio 15 offer a great opportunity to get a whiff of an authentic Aruban celebration, including snacks, monumental drinks and great local prices. Ever wondering where the local musicians perform? Head over to the backyard on weekends and sing, dance, or just bring a toast to an unforgettable evening of taste, sip and play.
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Patio 15 has transformed an abandoned monument into a lively meeting point downtown.
Liliana's expert tip: Follow Patio 15 to stay up to date with their latest events like the Late Night Brunches and live backyard concerts.
Fireson Brewing Company is a cozy family owned and operated microbrewery, bar and restaurant in one. Head brewer and owner Tony van Vuurden (Vuur meaning Fire in Dutch) sure knows how to turn (n)ice cold beer into the hottest item on the menu. And what a menu! Fireson's Aruba-inspired beers are not only free of preservatives and as fresh as beer on tap can be, but they also come in amazing flavors. Brews like the popular Bao Palo (Under the Tree) and Preto di Wowo (Apple of My Eye) Stout taste even better with local tapas like Funchi cu Keshi (fried polenta fries with cheese) or Wings with hot Papaya sauce. Mix and match away!
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Fireson Brewing Company is the only craft beer brewery on the island and serves quality craft beer and wonderful dishes for pairing.
Liliana's expert tip: Fireson Brewing Company also serves delicious cocktails and wines for non-beer drinkers.
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! - but it surely can stir up your party instincts and dance moves. A dive bar to enjoy friendly priced drinks and beers, music to take anyone on a trip down memory lane, and just plain ol' good times together. Attention nightlife hunters: bar-hoppers wanted! Alive and singing... So saddle up and get ready for a long night of hoedowning at the Saloon.
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Saloon Bar Aruba has a unique country style atmosphere and very affordable beers and cocktails.
Liliana's expert tip: On Fridays live music till 3 am and happy hours from 9pm till 11pm.
What better way to enjoy good company and great food than with a perfect glass (or bottle) of wine. Uncork and unwind at The Wine Room, situated just around the corner of the Antraco building on L.G. Smith Boulevard. The wine list covers an exquisite range of labels from different regions to a variety of bodies and bouquets. To pair with mouth-watering tapas, or for sipping the night away. There's a nice selection of German craft beer for the beerdrinkers. And if there's still 'room' left for dessert, try The Wine Room's sweet treats, special coffees or a premium digestif.
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: The Wine Room is a lovely, elegant venue to enjoy a more laid-back or romantic night out.
Liliana's expert tip: For special requests, contact The Wine Room directly.
Mucho gusto means "it's a pleasure", and Gusto will do its utmost to make everyone's night as pleasurable as possible. That's why they serve more than just drinks. A welcoming atmosphere, skilled bartenders who craft amazing cocktails, the hottest DJs on the island... If it's going to be dancing all night, chilling on a cozy terrace, or just socializing and toasting with friends, Gusto is an excellent choice for a long and delightful night out. Attention: Happy Hours are from 9 pm till 11 pm, so get ready to party like a star, and have your photographs taken as proof.
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Gusto bar is one of the few nightlife spots in Aruba that offers all the excitement of a stylish nightclub in a relaxing ambiance.
Liliana's expert tip: Age limit is 21+.
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 an authentic Caribbean vacation without the happy hours, the dancing, the mingling, the savoring and celebration-ing. That's why Aruba offers the most gorgeous beaches, the sunniest weather and memorable spots like Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill to welcome its visitors. Colorful cocktails, live entertainment, breathtaking sunsets, perfectly grilled catches and many hours of happiness await you here.
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Bugaloe Beach Bar and Grill has the looks, charming personality and perfect location for sipping, savoring and swinging the night away.
Liliana's expert tip: Every Wednesday is karaoke night from 8:00pm - 11:00pm.
Aruba Salsa Dance Company offers complimentary Salsa workshops to tourists from all ages and from every corner of the world, at several locations throughout the island. Learning how to move your hips the Latin way has never been this spicy. With more than 23 levels of Salsa moves, lessons in Merengue, Kizomba, Bacahata and many more Latin dances available, no one should become a wallflower. Grab your dance shoes, hit the floor and put your trust in these awarded dance academy's hands. There will be no regrets, only the best times ever. 'Echale ganas' (Pour all you got into it!)
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Aruba Salsa is one of the best and friendliest Latin dance schools around, offering a wide variety of moves.
Liliana's expert tip: Take a free Salsa class to get a feel before committing to private lessons.
No need to designate a driver when you take this dinner and barhopping tour. A wildly painted 1957 Chevy bus picks you up at your hotel and transports you to Arashi Beach for a glass of champagne and a Caribbean sunset. Throughout the course of the evening, you will visit three local bars and have dinner at a traditional Aruban home or restaurant. The cost of an evening includes hotel pick up and drop off, dinner, and one drink at each stop. For the Pub Crawlers there is a Happy Hour tour, including specialized Kukoo Shot Glasses and a free shot at every stop!
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Kukoo Kunuku has been entertaining and celebrating special occasions and happy passengers for more than 25 years and counting.
Liliana's expert tip: For online discount visit www.kukookunuku.com
Celebrated comedian, talk show host, actor, producer, writer, director Ray Ellin returns to Aruba with mind-blowing lineups of America's top comedy entertainers. Looks like Aruba Ray's Comedy Show is a keeper! Previous island presentations, featuring star performers from several hit tv shows like Comedy Central, Saturday Night Life, The Tonight Show, Late Night, received rave reviews. No wonder the island crowd is begging for more, more, more. The Aruba Holiday Inn Resort is the club's new home presenting sensational seasons of belly-shaking nights. For a couple of months, the renovated ballroom will be bursting with standup comedy fanatics and uncontrollable laughter from 8:30pm on. Check out arubacomedy.com for tickets and information.
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Aruba Ray's Standup Comedy Show is an invaluable rarity of its kind on the island.
Liliana's expert tip: Try the optional Three-Course Pre-Show Dinner Package at the Seabreeze restaurant, which includes ticket, dinner, tax & service charge.
Being the only jazz and blues cafe in Aruba is not reason enough to walk in and explore Aruba's jazz club scene. Hardgrooves Jazz Cafe has so much more to offer than jazz, blues and funk alone. This cozy music lounge celebrates Aruba's Dutch Caribbean roots by staging live performances by a diverse selection of local musicians. Add some booze and authentic Dutch sandwiches or snacks to the evening, or just coffee and homemade apple pie, and you're ready to get up and in the groove. Tuesday and Thursday is jam session night, and Saturdays local favorites like Frankie & The Flatz or Rebel Rockers will bring the place down. Got talent? Bring it!
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: Hardgrooves Jazz Cafe is an unpretentious offbeat club promoting talented local musicians and entertaining an appreciative audience.
Liliana's expert tip: Every Wednesday night at 8 p.m., it's Music Bingo with great door prizes.