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Famous Goa Bars & Nightclubs ...

An Anjuna, Paradiso is undoubtedly Goa's most awesome club - a huge terraced place with several levels overlooking the beach. It attracts top Goan and international DJs.

At Calangute, roughly where it creeps into Baga beach, Tito's is Goa's longest-running and most famous bar and nightclub. There are many other bars in the area, but none come close to Tito's.  Further inland, at Saligao, Club Westend is a party place with raves a couple of nights a week.

In a spectacular hilltop location in Arpora, Club Cubana is something different again - a late night bar and club (with swimming pool) where you pay an entry fee and all drinks are free.

 

Rave Parties in Goa ...

As much as the average Goan would hate to admit it, one thing that has made this tiny state famous is the all-night, full-moon rave parties that took root here in the hippy days almost 30 years ago. The parties, mostly staged around Anjuna and Vagator, evolved and developed into mainstream events attracting hardcore European and Israeli ravers gyrating to the distinctive Goa Trance. Over the Christmas-New Year period organisers manage to get around the laws banning loud music after 10pm, but at other times the plugs regularly get pulled on parties.

 

Favourite Goa Nightlife Spots...

CAFE MAMBO'S
Location: Near Tito's
Tel: 0832-2275028, 2276154

CLUB CUBANA GOA
Location: Arpora Hill, North Goa
Tel: 0091-832-2279799 / 2277131

Cruise the Mandovi by Night

Another thing you could be doing is taking off up the Mandovi on a party cruise. There is music and dancing and food and drink are in the ticket price, and you have lovely views. If you want something a lot quieter and fancier, the super Solita, Sucheta Potnis' luxury yacht, is a lovely way to spend an evening, floating down the quiet Mapusa River past the Salim Ali Sanctuary at Chorao and the villages of Salvador Do Mundo and Brittona. The cruise also takes you down the Mandovi, past the bright lights of Panjim-Miramar on one hand and the quiet beauty of Reis Magos and Aguada on the other.

 

Gamble Away the Evening

Otherwise, you can gamble in the casinos of Goa, including India's only floating casino, the Caravela. You can hang out at your hotel and watch the young folks flocking past to their assignations. You could also go raving, but these exist on the fringes of the law and you'll have to ask around when you get to Goa. The Northern beaches are epicentre of the rave scene; go down there and take a look around. If you're an insomniac and need that last drink, stop by Simba's in Calangute, a short way off the Calangute-Arpora Road, past Pousada Tauma Resort, where the reggae mood never stops and the view of fields is very calming especially as the sun comes up.

 

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