The din gets louder, peaking at Christmas and New Year. it is that time of the year when businesses pull out all the stops to lure travelers stroll past and you will see every shop spruced up with lights and colour, each with a different genre of music to invite you to its doorstep. Go to the most happening shack or restaurant, the crowed will tell you whether walk in or not. Club Cubana, a nightclub atop a hill in Arpora, is a must see. It is a place where the creme de la creme of society let their haii- down. You can do a bit of stargazing and spot Bollywood stars like Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, famous cricketers, celebrities like Gautam Singhania, Malini Ramani and top-notch CEOs. Incidentally, Friday, Saturday and Sunday have different theme nights, so call and confirm. Entry is around Rs800 per couple, with drinks included. The relaxed atmosphere, with a pool gleaming on the hill, and a quaint tiled discotheque with different bars on either side will help you unwind. Order a Souvlaki and saunter towards the comfortable balcaos, beanbags and sofas.
Goa Night ClubsTito's, a legend that started the party fever in Goa, is usually jam-packed with people. The disco at Baga plays hip-hop, rock, pop, R and B and lots more. A cover charge will get you in. Ask for the menu to get the prices right. If you prefer open spaces, there is always Tito's restaurant where you can chill out with a martini. Mambo's, the shack next door, also gives you enough music and dancing that carries on till the early hours. You might run into local and national celebrities here too. Kamaki, just down Tito's lane, is a bar usually filled with stags, so stay away, if you aren't feeling overly sociable. On the Rocks, also at Baga, is a lounge bar with quaint tents, plush sofas and an AC disco. La Calypso's Club Blue, at Baga, is the scene of much action, though the crowd might get a little on the wild side. The cover charge is usually Rsl50 per couple.
In Candolim-Sinquerim, Vanilla Lounge is where the music and spirits never cease. Retro is what the nights are all about. Live music and acclaimed DJs are its forte. Laser lights dance on the barge run aground, making it quite a setting! Though there have been many attempts to dismantle the ship, the government's lackadaisical attitude coupled with endemic corruption have led to no action being taken. Incidentally, the ship has become quite a landmark even though protests rage on in many quarters. Thus, the ship remains an eyesore for locals and a tourist attraction for others.
The lounge bar at Kama Sutra, in Baga, is known for its weekend theme evenings and delicious cuisine. There is also Sweet Chilli near Aguada that overlooks the backwaters and has live music throughout the week. To get a feel of other places to party, check out Matrix, a disco underwater at Arpora, or Club West End at Saligao and Fahrenheit at Calangute (not highly recommended). Nine Bar at Vagator is worth a mention as it is the place to see' a perfect sunset. The flip side is that it closes early. Each discotheque has a special day set aside for ladies night, so check out what's convenient and hop in. The Boomerang Bar at Club City in Calangute is open 24-hours and gives you space to relax, enjoy food from a well-stacked food court, a pool table and great company.
North Goa DiscosIn Goa, the beach is where the festivities get louder! Shacks like the Boat Shack, Big Zappa, Claudina's (one of the only shacks that play live music) and Spotty's at Candolim Beach, down the main Candolim Road, always have something interesting on the cards. Club 21, known for its food and atmosphere, also rocks during the season with the owner, Pele, a football fanatic, who regales you with English League highlights! Calamiri's at Sinquerim also deserves a mention. If you want the atmosphere of a shack in a classy set-up, Ceumar on Candolim beach is the place for you. Known for its sensational cocktails, this shack-restaurant is set on stilts and has a wooden deck for those who don't want to get their feet dirty. Bosco's and Big Banana, down CSM Road, are filled with tourists soaking in the sun. And down Tito's lane are Zanzibar, Marine Shack (with a Fooseball table) and Lucky Star for a night under the stars.
Restaurants like Britto's at Baga, Souza Lobo at Calangute and Palm and Sands at Sinquerim have live music on specific nights in a family atmosphere. Most shacks have barbecue nights, an amazing array of fireworks, limbo dancers and fire-eaters, so each shack has its own special evening.
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