8 Of The Best Bars In Aruba To Refresh With A Splash

In need of bar recommendations on your trip to Aruba? These are some of the best places to refresh on this One Happy Island.

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, and when in Aruba, it tends to be Happy Hour all the time. The island vibes and warm weather make this an oasis of a destination, but the factor that completes the puzzle is Aruba’s fantastic drink options. There are numerous bars scattered throughout the island to make your trip that much sweeter.

MooMba Beach Bar

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 230, Noord, Aruba

MooMba Beach Bar
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MooMba Beach Bar is a must-visit when trying to find the best bars in Aruba. Located right on Palm Beach, this beach bar offers classics: piña coladas, margaritas, tropical martinis and a special MooMba Blues that consists of Bacardi rum, Peach Schnapps, Myers Dark Rum Swirl, and mango puree. MooMba is also famous for its delicious food, so stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 79, Noord, Aruba

Bugaloe Beach Bar
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Bugaloe Beach Bar is another popular spot located on De Palm Pier. If you are looking for a lively spot full of entertainment, come to Bugaloe where there is never a dull moment with singing waiters, karaoke on Wednesday and Saturday nights. On the drink menu, you will find Bahama Mama, Blue Hawaiian, and the Bugaloe House Special made up of Rum, Peach Schnapps, and Peach Mix topped with Sangria. It also features local Aruban beers, like Balashi, Chill, and Magic Mango.

Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 79, Noord, Aruba

Bugaloe Beach Bar
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Bugaloe Beach Bar is another popular spot located on De Palm Pier. If you are looking for a lively spot full of entertainment, come to Bugaloe where there is never a dull moment with singing waiters, karaoke on Wednesday and Saturday nights. On the drink menu, you will find Bahama Mama, Blue Hawaiian, and the Bugaloe House Special made up of Rum, Peach Schnapps, and Peach Mix topped with Sangria. It also features local Aruban beers, like Balashi, Chill, and Magic Mango.

Surfside Beach Bar

LG Smith Boulevard z/n Surfside Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba

Surfside Beach Bar
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Situated on Surfside Beach, Surfside Beach Bar is where amazing airplanes fly overhead when landing in Aruba due to its close proximity to the airport. You can rent umbrellas and beach chairs through the beach bar if you choose to unwind on the sands of Surfside. The bar menu features Mojitos, a Boozy Surfside, Aruba Aribas, Surfside Blues, and Daiquiris. It also offers a good selection of different beers and wines.

Charlie’s Bar & Restaurant

Bernard van de Veen Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba

Charlie's Bar & Restaurant
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If you’re in the San Nicolas area, Charlie’s Bar & Restaurant is a must-visit. The eccentricity of decorations and delightful personality of its staff make this the perfect destination for travelers looking to capture a deeper look into the island.

Charlie’s has been operating since 1941, its quirky atmosphere shows through a worldly interior decor that consists of gifts from visitors located all around the globe. At Charlie’s, you will find a great selection of different drinks and food, and you cannot go wrong with any item.

Rum Reef Bar & Grill

Baby Beach, San Nicolas, Aruba

Rum Reef Bara & Grill
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Rum Reef Bar & Grill is another bar located in San Nicolas, specifically on the beautiful and calming Baby Beach. At Rum Reef, you will be surrounded by the gorgeous views of the sea in addition to the bar’s own infinity pool. On the cocktail menu are: Aruban Lady (consisting of White Rum, Vodka, Kahlua, Coco Lopez, Chocolate Syrup, and Cherry) and Baby Beach which is made up of Dark Rum, Pina Colada Mix, Blue Curacao, and Cherry. You can also find different types of beers, wines, liquors, and a selection of shots.

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad, Aruba

Matthew's Beachside Restaurant
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Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant sits in the Casa del Mar Beach Resort in Oranjestad and exudes an island atmosphere that will have you feeling as if you are in a calming oasis. It offers a great selection of cocktails and other drinks, as well as daily happy hours three times a day. It hosts numerous events, such as all-you-can-eat spare ribs on Tuesdays, karaoke on Wednesday evenings, and Tapas & Wine Night on Fridays.

The Beach Bar

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 87, Noord, Aruba

The Beach Bar
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The Beach Bar certainly lives up to its name, as it is located right on Palm Beach, creating the perfect atmosphere for paradise. This bar features a daily Happy Hour which lasts from noon until 7 p.m. And 2-For-1 deal where you can find drinks such as Rum Punch, Sea Breeze, Mango Madness, and Beach Bar Coladas.

Pelican Nest Bar & Seafood Grill

On Pelican Pier, J.E. Irausquin Blvd 237, Noord, Aruba

The Pelican Nest Bar & Seafood Grill
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It’s necessary to visit Pelican Nest Bar & Seafood Grill when in Palm Beach, you can find it on Pelican Pier with 360-degree views of the most beautiful blue waters. Pelican Nest is well-known for its amazing drinks to pair with fresh seafood. You will find a wide selection of cocktails such as Mai Tais, Isla Mules, Mojitos, and Pelican Surprise that is made up of coconut rum, melon liqueur, fresh lime juice, pineapple & orange juice. There’s also a selection of beers, frozen cocktails, mocktails, and a mega cocktail called Summer Love which consists of tequila, triple sec, vodka, passion fruit, mango & beer.

Kennedy Kollar

Content Associate

Kennedy is an entertainment junkie hailing from Pennsylvania. When she is traveling, you can find her searching for the best gluten-free foods as well as matcha and chai teas. She loves immersing herself in new cultures and wishes to visit the less-traveled hidden gems.

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