Everyone loves sinking a few froths at a rooftop bar with panoramic views, or enjoying a tranquil beer garden in the city, but it’s hard to beat a beach bar when it comes to the ultimate way to spend a lazy summer’s day. If sipping cocktails, feasting on fresh seafood or dancing on tables is too taxing, you can always take a dip in the ocean and recharge. What’s even better is the fact you can wear boardies with nothing else, and nobody will blink an eye.
From the dance music fuelled beach parties at Ibiza’s Blue Marlin to the laidback vibes of Jamaica’s Rick’s Cafe, here are our picks for the coolest beach bars on the planet.
Attracting a deep pocketed jet-set crowd, Nammos is your quintessential European summer scene. Good looking specimens can be found sunning themselves on blue and white loungers by the water, while the undercover areas are chock full of bronzed bodies sipping champagne, smoking shisha and devouring delectable bites from the Mediterranean-inspired menu. At around 3pm every day, the music turns up 10 notches, champagne is sprayed by Arab billionaires, and table dancing ensues. Very hard to beat.
Mrs Sippy, Bali
Nestled between the famous Potato Head Beach Club and Alila Seminyak, Mrs Sippy is a poolside paradise catering to everyone from lads on the lash to families on holiday. Boasting the largest saltwater pool in the Bali, a deluxe kitchen serving up Mediterranean-themed dishes and a sprawling open-air club hosting some of the biggest names in the music world, Mrs Sippy has everything you could ever want from a beach bar. Make sure you get there for happy hour, taking place every Monday to Friday from 5 pm to 6 pm with ‘2 for 1’ deals on spirits, slushies and Bintangs.
Carpe Diem, Hvar
The premier Croatian party destination, Hvar’s Carpe Diem is a busy cafe by day that transforms into a raging nightclub during the evening. There’s a chill vibe during the daylight hours as people frolic by the water or get involved in the many activities on offer, such as volleyball and snorkelling. Things really kick off at night when Carpe Diem turns into one big party, with drink specials and international DJs spinning tunes all night. There are also monthly full moon parties with a reputation for debauchery.
Cloud 9, Fiji
While not stritcly a beach bar, Fiji’s Cloud 9 definitely deserves a spot on this list. A two-level floating castle with a fully stocked bar of international brews serving mouthwatering oven fire pizzas, Cloud 9 is a unique way to experience the South Pacific. Only accessible by boat, the entire platform is hooked up to a state of the art surround sound system, with DJs on the decks performing live mixes as you soak up rays on the multiple sun decks. Cloud 9 also offers jet ski tours, parasailing and can be booked for functions or weddings.
Rick’s Cafe, Jamaica
Thrill-seekers will be all about Rick’s Cafe. Perched atop a 35-foot cliff, tipsy tourists spend all day jumping into the crystal Carribbean waters below*. If risking life and limb isn’t your thing, Rick’s is still a great spot to relax while in Jamaica. Order a can of Red Stripe as the Bob Marley cover band serenades the crowd and watch the local cliff divers expertly plunge into the ocean below as the sun slowly sets.
*don’t be an idiot.