10 of the best bars to jazz up your Goa experience!

Live music, especially jazz, is best enjoyed at any one of these 10 amazing restaurants and bars in Goa.

Cavala Seaside Resort, Baga

One of goa's favourite bars for live music and great food, cavala should be on your must-visit list.
One of Goa’s favourite bars for live music and great food, Cavala should be on your must-visit list.

Cavala has long been one of Goa’s favourite watering holes. The quaint hotel is run out of an old Portuguese structure by second-generation owner Marius. The place is often crowded, which seems hardly unsurprising given the number of popular brands that play here week on week. 

Bars are available both inside and outside and provide ample opportunity to load up on their delicious cocktails, but make sure you don’t miss out on the food (the seafood platter is especially recommended). Different bands perform on different nights and the genres on offer include R&B, pop rock and some preppy mixes by local DJs. Every week they feature Piano Sundays as well! Given the immense popularity of the place, it truly is an institution.

Hideaway Café and Bar, Vagator

When it comes to taking live music seriously, there’s probably little else better than the cosy little Hideaway in Vagator. Mostly buzzing on gig nights, they ensure that the focus never really shifts from the artist and every music lover has a great time. 

There’s an extensive variety of artists too, right from Grammy winning musicians to independent songwriters and singers, jazz bands, solo artists and even electro or hip-hop. Alfresco seating combined with an aesthetic soft lighting lends itself nicely to the cafe. 

Mustard Cafe & Bar, Sangolda

Their revamped avatar mustard cafe and bar is one of the most happening spots for live music in goa.
Their revamped avatar Mustard Cafe and Bar is one of the most happening spots for live music in Goa.

Revamped this year, their latest avatar Mustard Cafe & Bar features a mix of our old French & Bengali Classics, infused with the exuberance of our new dishes.

The all day dining experience is now in a brand new location closer to Assagao’s booming restaurant scene. Since then, they’ve been enjoying quite a few totally-packed band and bar nights. The family-friendly vibe, great food and live music means the place is hard to get a reservation at on weekends. Post 8 pm, they usually have live gigs on Fridays and Saturdays and a big lunch thali plus afternoon music on Sundays. Recently, they’ve also launched a whole range of Vegan & Gluten Free offerings, so that there is something for everyone to savour.

The Rice Mill – Cafe and Bar, Morjim

The rice mill cafe and bar, goa.
The Rice Mill Cafe and Bar, Goa.

Located in the heart of Morjim village, this cute little spot is designed to fit into an old mill. The Rice Mill Cafe and Bar is the centre of all culinary and social interaction in Goa. They serve food inspired by local ingredients, freshly ground coffee, an array of alcohol and delicious cocktails. Although they host gigs just once a week, and that’s only because they’re focused on bringing the best jazz musicians (both locals and long stay foreign tourists) to perform every Thursday and Saturday. 

Soro – The Village Pub, Assagao

The first of its kind in Goa, Soro is a new take on the retro pub experience. The place is named after the Konkani word for alcohol, and is housed in a refurbished old corner store. 

What was once a rustic place now has a hip, industrial upgrade. And of course, the signature great food and a bar that just won’t quit. The hub for tourists and party-goers alike, the place is slowly but surely drawing in the crowds. There is a sizable dance room too, so whether it’s deep house, hip-hop or salsa, this is the get-down spot in the village.

Titlie Culinary Bar, Vagator

Titlie, quite literally butterfly in Hindi, is the epitome of metamorphosis of a bar in Goa. Since their launch in 2020 it’s been creating quite a stir. 

Strategically poised, the bar overlooks the rolling green hills of Vagator on one side and Ozran Beach on the other. When it comes to snapper and steak cravings, this is the place for you. In addition to their constant flow of great gigs and a space packed with the best vibes, it’s also a great romantic spot in Goa.

It’s amazing to watch the place go from being a vibrant beach restaurant in the day to a groovy tapas bar by night. The feni, craft gin and local whisky cocktails are to die for, and are perfect company as you sway through the night. 

Cantare, Saligao 

We love when bars in Goa take a piece of heritage and make it one of the more happening locations. A popular, formerly hidden gem in Saligao, the place is known for great live music, amazing talent & delicious food. 

Essentially, a local village tavern with a twist, the name actually means ‘to sing’ in Italian. And they more than live up to it, what with popular jazz bands playing on Mondays and Fridays. They also have rock and retro music playing on Thursdays, and is the best spot for those living around Porvorim or even Baga-Candolim-Calangute when looking for a quiet time with some of the best live music in Goa. 

Habanero, Baga

Tex-mex meets the best of cocktails at this bar in goa.
Tex-Mex meets the best of cocktails at this bar in Goa.

Habanero is the best you’ll find in Goa when it comes to finding an authentic Tex-Mex restaurant. The place is most peoples’ go-to when it comes to nachos, salsa, and guacamole. 

Their menu features hearty vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare such as fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, and burgers among other classics. Classic Tex-Mex drinks such as margaritas and beer also go perfectly with the cuisine. With flat-screen TVs and a performance area, this is the ideal spot for friends to gather and watch a sporting event or enjoy live music.

Tereza Beach House by Sly Granny, Reis Magos

Nestled in a beach house on the waterfront of Coco Beach, this is a beach shack unlike any other in Goa. A thatched roof, cane furniture, hand-made lamps, neutral shades of earth give you the shack-like feeling with far better food. 

This open-air 136 seater also houses a central square for live performances, where you’ll often find some of the best jazz bands setting the mood. Add to that a well-defined bar for those who’d like a cocktail or two, and you’ve set the stage for a perfect evening.

Guru Bar, Anjuna

Live gigs every other day make this grungy looking beach shack the place to be! The variety of genres is also pretty expansive with retro, Bollywood, Sufi, reggae, rock n’ roll, blues and more. Allegedly one of the oldest bars around, this place has witnessed the real hippie culture make its way into The Sunshine State. This trippy place is also where you’re most likely to run into Israeli backpackers and young Indian musicians waiting to perform at open mics.

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