Nightlife in Goa: 10 Best Nightclubs, Raves and Party Places in Goa

Nightlife in Goa: The best nightclubs, raves and party places in Goa – India’s nightlife capital.

Nightlife in Goa is legendary, from all night raves on the beach to swish nightclubs and everything in between – there’s a good reason why Goa is called India’s nightlife capital!

Ever since the days of the hippie trail Goa has become world famous for wild parties and a vibrant night life scene. Most of the best raves, party places and nightlife in Goa center around Psytrance (or Goa Trance) and the days of all night raves on the beach are back and age is no barrier – you might still see some of the old hippies from the days of the hippy trail raving the night away!

Goa trance party

Goa trance party. Photo Credit: Last fm

But it’s not all about psytrance, there really is something for everyone in Goa. Techno is also popular, you can find live music in bars and restaurants and commercial club classics and Bollywood hits.

The best beach for nightlife in Goa depends on what kind of music you’re into – for commercial and Bollywood music head to Baga and Calangute, for pystrance head to Anjuna and Vagator. In the peak tourist season (Nov – March) the party never stops in Goa – its just a choice of where to go to find the best party places in Goa!

Over Christmas and New Year Goa is crazy busy and there are so many parties on, there is even a massive 3 day festival in Vagator between Christmas and New Year. New Year’s Eve in Goa is super popular but it’s also really busy, traffic is crazy and everything is more expensive. Make sure you plan ahead if you come at this time. Check out these tips for New Year in Goa by Hippie in Heels. 

For more Goa tips check out my perfect 1 week Goa holiday itinerary and my recommendations on the best places to stay in Goa – staying in one of Goa’s lively backpacker hostels is a great way to save money, meet new people to party with and have a fun stay. 

You can also pick up a Lonely Planet Goa Guidebook for more info or the Love Goa Guide . Top blogger Rachel from Hippie in Heels has lived in Goa for years and recently put together the Insider’s Guide to Goa E Book This is the most comprehensive book about Goa out there, it’s 169 pages packed with all her amazing insider knowledge and local tips for Goa, including the best places to party. Get it here. 

For more Goa tips check out my Insider’s Guide to Goa.  If you want somewhere fun, cheap and sociable to stay where you can meet other travellers to party with then check out my pick of the best backpacker hostels in Goa.

Here are 10 of the best clubs, raves and party places in Goa from a long term expat.

Best Party Places in Goa for Psy Trance Parties

Hilltop nightclub in Vagator best nightlife in goa

Hilltop Nightclub – one of the best places for nightlife in Goa. Photo Credit: The Trippy Indian

Hilltop, Vagator

Hill Top is Goa’s legendary,  iconic party destination and a place that all trance lovers simply must check out when in Goa. Every Sunday from 5pm Hilltop hosts a pumping party where you can dance under the neon palm grove while international DJs play the pulsing beats of Goa psy-trance. On special events like Christmas and New Years Hilltop hosts special psychedelic raves that attract thousands and the parties last for more than 24 hours. 

For more info and whats on check – www.facebook.com/hilltopgoa/

Curlies, South Anjuna Beach

Curlies, on South Anjuna Beach, is one of the original and most famous beach shacks and party hotspots in Goa. By day the beach is great for lounging by at sunset Curlies really starts to come alive, there is a huge menu covering all cuisines and a nice deck area on top to chill out or you can party under the florescent deco until the sun comes up. Thursday nights is a big psy trance night, mondays are techno and weekends are varied but Curlies is always a popular spot.

For more info and whats on check – www.facebook.com/curliesgoa/

Shiva Valley, South Anjuna Beach

Known as the temple of trance. This large shack on South Anjuna Beach, next to Curlies, holds an ever popular all night psy trance party every Tuesday where hippies and ravers dance until sunrise on the shores of the Arabian Sea. This is one of the best places to hear old school Goa trance. Also check out 9 Bar in Vagator and UV Bar in Anjuna for more psy trance parties.

For more info and whats on check – www.facebook.com/pg/Shiva.Valley.Records/

Best Party Places in Goa for Techno Parties

Waters Beach Lounge and Club in Vagator. Photo Credit:

Waters Beach Lounge and Club in Vagator. Photo Credit: Eyal Levkovich at Lifesplice.in

Waters, Vagator

Waters is another swish venue located on Vagator cliff. Waters has a stylish daytime beach club with swimming pool, lounge bar and all day restaurant and grill. Waters has popular techno party nights on Fridays where you can party on 3 floors overlooking the ocean and inside the indoor soundproofed nightclub and has popular techno nights on Fridays.

For more info and whats on check out www.facebook.com/watersbeachlounge

Chronicle, Vagator

Chronicle is an impressive multi-level venue with a stunning view overlooking the rocky Vagator cliffs and ocean. Chronicle has a pretty fancy restaurant, cocktail bar and open-air dance-floor that is spread across its five levels and hosts regular, popular techno parties at weekends and other special events.

For more info and whats on check out www.facebook.com/chroniclegoa/

Best Party Places in Goa for Commercial Parties

club cubana

Club Cubana in Arpora. Photo Credit: Thrillophilia

Club Cubana, Arpora

Club Cubana is one of the best night clubs not just in Goa but in the whole of Asia. This huge, multi level, open air night club is situated between Baga and Anjuna on the Arpora Hill near to the Saturday Night Market and is known as ‘the night club in the sky.’ Club Cubana is a bit of maze with a pool, many dance floors and chill out areas all under the twinkling lights. The cover charge includes unlimited drinks so it’s sure to be a big night out. Wednesday is Ladies night, the club’s biggest evening that offers free entry and drinks for girls.

For more info and whats on check out – www.facebook.com/clubcubanagoa/

Tito’s Lane, Baga

The beaches of Baga and Calangute are the most popular is Goa and Tito’s Lane in Baga is the most famous clubbing strip in Goa which is lined with bars, restaurants, tattooists and souvenir shops blasting out the latest commercial and Bollywood hits. Start with drinks at Hype or Cocktails and Dreams and move on to popular Cape Town Café, iconic Tito’s and it’s sister club Café Mambo’s. Every night is ladies night at Titos, which means free drinks and Cafe Mambo’s is one of the hottest venues for full on nights of house, hip hop and r ‘n’ b.

For more info check out www.facebook.com/clubtitosgoa/ and www.facebook.com/cafemambogoa/ and www.facebook.com/ctcbaga/

LPK, Nerul

LPK (Love Passion Karma) is an amazing, opulent waterfront nightclub that plays all the latest commercial and Bollywood hits on LPK’s specially sculpted indoor dance floor. Also check out SinQ Nightclub in Candolim, its also rated as one of the best nightclubs in Goa.

For more info and whats on check out – www.facebook.com/lpkwaterfront/ and www.facebook.com/SinQGoa/

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Leopard Valley, nr Palolem

Leopard Valley, situated between Palolem and Agonda, is a large open air night club and party venue. It was opened in 2013 and has grown into South Goa’s biggest and best nightlife spot. Parties happen most Friday nights in season with international DJs playing EDM. Check out www.facebook.com/leopardvalley/ for more info and whats on.

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Saturday Night Market in Arpora

Also, any article about nightlife in Goa can not miss a special mention for the incredible Saturday Night Market in Arpora. Every Saturday in season from 6pm – 2am this huge and amazing market is not just a treasure trove of souvenirs, spices and saris, there are many interesting stalls run by hippies selling boutique fashion and handmade jewellery as well as food joints, bars, live bands and 2 dance floors that rave on until the early hours of the morning. The Saturday Night Market in Arpora must be one of the best markets in the whole world and is like a party in itself. Don’t miss it when in Goa!

Saturday night market in Aprora, North Goa

Saturday night market in Aprora, North Goa

Underground Parties and Raves in Goa

Some of the most exciting parties and events in Goa are the more underground parties and all night beach raves mostly  in the Vagator,  Anjuna and Chapora area and also a few in Morjim and by the sweet lake in Arambol.  Look out for the posters and flyers advertising whats on, ask around or check out Facebook groups like Whats Up GoaGoa Parties, and others to find out about the random but most happening underground parties and raves to party old school style in Goa!

Nighlife in Goa in Monsoon

Most of Goa’s parties are held outdoors, especially psychedelic parties, so outside the main tourist season, especially in monsoon (June – Sept)  many clubs are closed although many of the indoor clubs in Baga are still open. Check whatsupgoa.com to see what is happening –  Most of the pubs in Titos’ Lane in Baga are still open in monsoon. Waters in Vagator  has techno parties on Friday nights. UV Bar and Curlies in Anjuna are also open during monsoon and host some parties, although the parties at Curlies are held inside not outside which is not so good. Sometimes Hilltop has a special monsoon party but it’s not open regularly after mid April. 

Also be aware that sometimes India and Goa has a code of conduct‘ and dry days around election times. During code of conduct clubs have to close at 10pm and alcohol cannot be served after 10 pm and then there are a couple of totally dry days closer to the election day. This happened for 40 days in Jan 2017 because of elections but many places held day parties instead. 

For all my insider tips of Goa including the best beaches, where to stay and eat and things to do as well as practical tips check out my Insider’s Guide to Goa.   If you want somewhere fun, cheap and sociable to stay where you can meet other travellers to party with then check out my pick of the best backpacker hostels in Goa.

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71 Comments

  • AvatarGinza George says:

    You’ve fantastic information here. Keep it up. Thank you!

  • AvatarAndy Smith says:

    Please send me information about India.

  • AvatarArjun says:

    I am coming to Goa with my friends on 3 June 2017 for 5-6 nights. Can you tell me some amazing places to go to.
    Specially for psychedelic and the trance music to party all night.

  • AvatarShubham Passi says:

    Hi Anna. We are two guys in Goa. Planning to spend Saturday night having some fun. Can you suggest some place for partying.

  • AvatarAgnes Dylan says:

    Hey Anna,

    I visited Goa during Jan 2017 because of the Elections the pubs were not open after 11pm. Hoping to party at Shiva valley and Curlies during my visit in June.

    This was a very helpful blog.

    Cheers to travelling.

    Love,
    Agnes Dylan

    • AvatarAnna says:

      Hi Agnes, what bad timing – January was a bit boring nightlife wise. The monsoon comes to Goa in June so most things will be shut, Shiva Valley and Hilltop are now shut but there may still be something happening at Curlies or Waters a one off monsoon party but its a quiet time. January is normally one of the best times to visit just this year they had the elections. Hope you get to experience a proper party in Goa soon!

  • AvatarSooraj says:

    I am planning to come this junr 24th so which pyschadelic party are available over there! Bcoz i am eagerly waiting for that party in goa this time! Please could you suggest a nice place to beat the heat in those cold nights

    • AvatarAnna says:

      Hi Sooraj – as your coming in monsoon not everything is open, especially the psychedelic outdoor parties for obvious reasons but I’ve just updated the post with whats open during monsoon – hope you find a good party and have a good time in Goa.

  • AvatarAmit banerjee says:

    Amazing Goa. Thanks for sharing. Here are some best nightlife places of Kolkata check them if you’re planning of coming in Kolkata.

  • Also, Do Checkout Café Mojo India’s first eBeer pub where you pour beer and pay by the ML and not by Glass. You should definitely visit Café Mojo.

    Café Mojo is a pub in Goa where you will find events happening every day with different themes. Every night is different with the atmosphere set at the party.

    For more details please visit : http://www.cafemojo.in

  • AvatarNick says:

    Hi Anna,

    Amazing blog, thanks for all the useful info!!!!

    I’ve just been reading about a big crackdown on late night raves. Have you found this to be the case recently?

    • AvatarAnna says:

      Hey Nick

      Yes there are not so many big parties at the moment – I think they are waiting for the permits. Hopefully the parties will be in full swing soon!

  • Avataralejandro says:

    Hi Anna,
    I am musician from Germany and I am going in february with my electronic duo to Goa. I would like to play in some venues, but I don´t know where my music could fit. You know the place better as nobody, maybe can you tell me venues.
    These are two of my music projects:
    SAN IMA http://sanima.net/
    SINGLE JUSTICE http://www.singlejustice.com/
    I hope, you can help me!…it could be wonderful
    thank you,
    Alejandro
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    • AvatarAnna says:

      Hey Alejandro

      Sounds cool, I think you need to explore and approach the venues in person really and it would be best to come before the start of the season if you want to play.

      Sorry I can’t help more.

      Good luck and hope you have a good time in Goa. 🙂

  • AvatarGaurav Agarwal says:

    Hey Anna. Its an interesting and a helpful blog. Really thanks for sharing. I m coming to Goa on Nov 18 for a week. I run a restaurant in Rishikesh so not much looking for yoga n spirituality. Can you suggest me few things n you have time someday, i would love to catch up with you.. Take care

  • AvatarPapa AJ says:

    Hi Anna .. my wife and me will be in GOA in the mid March 2018 . We love to party and love Bollywood music so much .. Can suggest a best or convinience place to stay so we can enjoy party and get back to hotel walking without taking any transport ..

  • AvatarDashu says:

    Hi anna we are 7 friends coming in goa from 18jan to 21 jan 2018 pls suggest night club for booking

  • Avatarsahitya says:

    These are really amazing places to enjoy the night life of Goa. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Avatardev says:

    where is rave party today or tomorrow

  • AvatarGuru says:

    In april i come in goa for bday …
    Soo any rave party infrmtion ….!!!

  • AvatarJohn says:

    Hey Anna, does Anjuna market and parties happen on Wednesday or Thursday?. I loved your article.

    • AvatarAnna says:

      Hey the Anjuna flea market happens only on Wednesdays. Shiva Valley has a big party night on Tuesdays but (depending on season and police) there should be a party happening most nights in Anjuna. Have fun 🙂

  • Avatarmarshal says:

    will there be a night party on sept 21

  • AvatarSid says:

    Hi 👋 could you please help us with some raves happening on the weekend of 10th to 12th August and also some good parties to attend if you suggest we are 4 couples

  • Avatarrocky says:

    hy guys i am traveling to goa this weekend, can you sugges good undergrund rave party place

  • Hello, I see you have a great list here, but have you heard about Lalaland festival happening in Goa, on the 19th and 20th of October 2018 yet?

    Its a magical journey, check out http://www.lalalandfestival.in for more details.

    At LaLaLand you will find magic and happiness in every corner of our garden and theatre. LaLa For everyone! LaLaLand is ready with a lineup full of national and international artists, exciting up-and-comers, and lots of surprises.
    Expect excitment in the lush green garden, love in the LaLa theatre, soul-stirring music scene, mouth watering food from various vendors, riveting slack rope workshop, pop up by chop shop to transform your style, games that will bring out the kids in you and sustainibilty for all.
    And this is just the beginning. Be there at the festival, and we shall share our secrets.
    Head over to http://www.lalalandfestival.in

  • AvatarShiyas says:

    Looking for rave party in goa to welcome new year

  • AvatarAmanda says:

    I have visited tito’s, and I must say it is one of the best places to party in Goa. The tickets at the counter are a bit more expensive than the ones online, so i would suggest you to purchase them online on titos.in

  • AvatarAdam says:

    there is pool parties in Morjim resort in morjim Goa, its day party and I just love it … next party will be around 28 December … must go for day pool party …

    the location is near papa jolly’s morjim

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