Nightlife on Curacao

Nightlife on Curacao is anything but laid back

Photo credit: © Curacao Tourist Board

Curaçao Nightlife
 

The day is coming to an end, but you're adrenaline is still pumping from your time spent exploring Curacao.  Don't go back to your resort and hop into bed just because dusk dictates it be so.  Make the most of your vacation time by enjoying the island's nightlife.

Curacao has a pretty outstanding night time scene, perhaps the most impressive in all of the ABC islands.  There are numerous bars and clubs to visit, but if you want to visit the hottest spots, head to the nearest tourism office and pick up a copy of K-Pass, a weekly publication that outlines that weeks happening events and locales. Or, you can play it safe and head over to the Salinja district, where most locals will agree has the most pumping nightlife. 

Bars

Beach Bars are a common hang out choice for vacationers, because it allows them the close proximity to the beach that they crave.  Baya Beach Lounge is one such bar that features a deck where patrons can soak up the sea breeze while they drink.

If visiting a traditional Dutch bar interests you, check out Cafe Old Dutch.  Meanwhile, each weekend live music (mainly salsa) is the attraction at Chobolobo

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The Christoffel Sunset Lounge in Westpunt is considered one of the best places on the island to watch the sunset.  The bar has a completely laid back feel, with snacks and sports on the big screen setting the tone. 

The hot place to be on Wednesday nights is De Gouverneur, where jam sessions make up the entertainment.

Cocktail hour is every hour at Fort Waakzaamheid Tavern, which also features breathtaking views of the island.

If you are interested in sampling a local brew, head to Grand Café de Heeren, where Amstel Bright is served.

Not many bars on Curacao have the requisite pool table that American's are used to, but the Hook Hut in Piscadera Bay does.  Despite it's poor shape, you can rack em and shoot em while throwing back a few beers. 

Lyric's Cafe is Curacao's only gay bar.  The bar features a lounge, bar, and dance pole, and spins a mix of Latin and pop music.  

Named for jazz legend Miles Davis, Curacao's new jazz cafe Miles features sophisticated cocktails, a relaxing yet hip atmosphere, and of course, jazz music.

In Rif Fort Village is the Piano Bar.  Each night features live music by local and international artists on the piano, dancing, and mixed cocktails. 

On the property of Plaza Hotel Curacao in Punda is Shooters Bar.  Monday's and Friday's feature live musical performances, but the rest of the week patrons usually show up for the mixed drinks and views of St. Anna Bay.

Though the word “club” is right in the title, the Wet & Wild Beach Club is more bar than night club.  There are nightly drink specials, free barbecue during Friday's happy hour, and a DJ spinning hits on Saturdays. 

While there are many stand-alone bars, a few also exist in conjunction with popular restaurants.  At these locations you can grab a bite to eat before grabbing a stool and hanging out at the bar.  A few worth mentioning include Asia de Cuba, Blues at the Avilla Beach Hotel in Penstraat,  Avalon Social Club, Kasbinini Cafe in Willemstad, Mambo Beach at the Seaquarium Beach, and Ole Ole Jazz Club and Restaurant in Willemstad.

Nightclubs

Bermuda is a great place to visit for those who want to be able to hold a conversation without screaming, but hit the dance floor as well.  The dance floor is alive with top of the line sound and lighting effects, but the lounge is a casual place to catch up with friends. 

One of the most popular nightclubs on Curacao is Club X-Clusive, where lighting effects and a DJ make dancing exhilarating. 

While nightclubs tend to be frequented by a younger crowd to begin with, Club Zen is especially popular with those who have just come of clubbing age.  Music alternates between being spun by a DJ and performed by local bands.  Facade, meanwhile, is a dance club frequented by guests of all ages. Three dance floors and a huge bar are the draws here.

On weekends, dancing is fun at Emerald Lounge, where Friday has been dubbed “salsa night.”  Saturdays the DJ breaks out the jazz and soul classics while patrons sample their signature frozen mojito and dine on appetizers of sushi.

Other After Dark Entertainment

...there is so much to do after dark.

 

You don't have to spend your night drinking and dancing to have a good night on Curacao.    Movies are a common go-to, especially for families.  The Cinemas and the Movies Curacao are two options, both located in Willemstad.  Teatro Luna Blou also shows films in a limited basis, though they specialize in live theatrical and musical performances. 

Another family friendly option is bowling.  Tropical Bowling Club 3000 in Willemstad has 10 lanes as well as a restaurant and bar. 

Early bedtimes are unheard of for Curacao's vacationers, since there is so much to do after dark.  Have a drink by the beach, dance all night, or spend some family time bowling, but whatever you do, make it count.  Every moment spent on Curacao is a memory waiting to happen.

Entertainment and Nightlife
Name Type Phone Location
Amigo's Bar Terrace Bar (599-9) 767-9533 / (599-9) 767-9560 Willemstad
Anchor Bar Bar -- Otrabanda
Bermuda Caribbean Discotheque Night Club -- Downtown Willemstad
Blues Bar Bar -- Willemstad
Board Room Beach Bar Bar -- Piscadera
Chill Beach Bar Bar -- 2.6 mi. Southeast of Willemstad
Club Facade Night Club (599) 9 461-4640 Willemstad
Da Club Bar (599-9) 512-1245 Piscadera Bay
Emerald Lounge Lounge -- Piscadera
Grand Cafe de Heeren Bar Bar -- Punda
Hemingway Beach Bar Bar -- 2.6 mi. Southeast of Willemstad
Hilton Beach Bar Bar -- 0.3 mi. West of Piscadera
Hurricanes Disco Night Club -- 2.2 mi. Southeast of Willemstad
Iguana Cafe Bar Bar -- Downtown Willemstad
Infinity Beach Bar Bar -- Downtown Willemstad
Karakter Beach Lounge Bar -- 9.4 mi. Northwest of Piscadera
Kokomo Beach Bar (599) 9 868-0908 3.9 mi. Northwest of Piscadera
Landhuis Chobolobo Bar Bar -- Willemstad
Mambo Beach Night Club -- 2.4 mi. Southeast of Willemstad
Miles Jazz Cafe Lounge -- Willemstad
Motown Soul Bar Lounge (999) 462-5999 Otrabanda
Ocean Bar Bar -- Willemstad
Ole Ole Jazz Club Cigar Lounge -- Willemstad
Omundo Wine Lounge Lounge (999) 738-8477 Downtown Willemstad
Papagayo Beach Club Bar Bar (599) 974-7433 ext. 283 Jan Thiel
Schooner Bar Bar -- Willemstad
Shooters Bar Bar (599) 9 461-2500 Downtown Willemstad
Sopranos Piano Bar Bar (599-9) 465-4007 / (599-9) 567-0007 Punda
Tantra Lounge Lounge (599-9) 461-4545 Punda
Wet & Wild Beach Club Bar (599) 9 561-2477 2.5 mi. Southeast of Willemstad
Whiskey Bar Bar (599-9) 540-7447 Punda
Zanzibar Beach Bar Bar -- Jan Thiel
 

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