16 Beach Bars Every Drinker Needs To Visit
A famous American crooner called Frank Sinatra once said, "Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy."
So what better way to get acquainted with the enemy than by taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to one of these 16 beach bars? Each comes with their own unique qualities and provide drinking experiences like no other.
1. Pelican Bar, St Elizabeth Island, Jamaica
A short boat journey from mainland Jamaica brings you to St Elizabeth Island, where, perched nearby, is the floating Pelican Bar.
Once a resting place for local fisherman, the bar has since been transformed into one of Jamaica's foremost attractions. A refreshing beer and their signature lobster curry is a must.
2. Baba Nest, Phuket, Thailand
Thailand isn't short of spectacular scenery, and the panoramic views offered at this stylish rooftop bar in Phuket- especially at sunset- will keep you drinking for hours.
Belonging to the Sri Panwa resort, the bar also has an infinity pool circling the bar, with bean-bag cushions spread across the veranda.
3. Rock Bar, Bali, Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia is a backpackers paradise, but you'll be hard-pressed to find many dining at Bali's exclusive Rock Bar.
Perched above the glimmering waters of the Indian Ocean, the bar offers magnificent sunset views and hosts parties that often last well into the early hours.
4. Fasano, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The views don't get much better than at Fasano, one of Rio's premier drinking spots.
And while it is only open to hotel guests, watching the sunset over the world-famous Ipanema Beach as you paddle in the pool or get high on yet another pina colada is certainly a price worth paying.
5. Da Conch Shack, Turks & Caicos Islands
The Carribean is a haven for beach bars, but one of the best is located on the bronze sands of Providenciales island.
Surrounded by palm trees, the bar offers some of the best rum punch around.
6. Barasti, Dubai
Dubai is a place that divides opinion, but there's no doubting the modern metropolis' wide array of amenities.
Just take the fashionable Barasti. Located in Dubai Marina, Barasti has two floors. One is less intense and offers a more chilled vibe while the second floor often comes with a live band and plasma screens airing sporting events.
7. Z-Plage, Cannes, France
A favourite haunt for Hollywood bigwigs during the prestigious Cannes film festival, Z-Plage may be your only chance to chat up your favourite celebrity.
Belonging to the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez, the seaside location offers scintillating views of the Med and comes equipped with cosy lounge chairs. So relax, and be prepared to spend, spend, spend.
8. Soggy Dollar Bar, British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands isn't only home to the British billionaire, Richard Branson. Soggy Dollar Bar, found on the laid-back island of Jost Van Dyke, is probably as serene as drinking spots come.
Nearby, customers can rest on one of the many hammocks hung along the beach. So why not grab one of their famous rum cocktails and admire the clear waters? It would be rude not to...
9. Hula Hula Beach Bar, Hvar, Croatia
In recent years, Croatia has become one of Europe's go-to destinations, with Dubrovnik arguably its crown jewel.
But take a trip to the lesser-known island of Hvar, and you'll come across Hula Hula. Once visited by Beyonce and Jay-z, Hula Hula is ideal for both partying and relaxation. You can also order food from the bar’s adjoining sister restaurant, Bubba Gump.
10. Finch Bay Hotel, Galapagos Islands
It's not every day you go to the Galapagos Islands, so If you're lucky enough to be there, then Finch Bay Hotel's beachside bar will have all your drinking needs covered.
For those keen on swimming in the sea, you'll probably see a ray swimming in the sea. If you're more of a sun-lounger type, then don't be surprised to see the odd heron sunning itself nearby.
11. Shimmy Beach Club, Cape Town, South Africa
If you fancy mixing it with the young and trendy elite of Cape Town, then where better to do it than at Shimmy's Beach Club.
Offering sweeping views of the sea, guests can hire out our loungers and gazebos and live without a care in the world.
12. Is Fradis Beach Club, Sardinia, Italy
Nestled away from the crowds, guests at this quaint Calgary beach bar can partake in daily morning yoga classes before a hard day's drinking.
Or they can sleep in until the bars open. We know what option we'd choose.
13. Moonshadows, California, America
Drink in the sights and sounds of the crashing Pacific waves before heading inside for a culinary feast.
Italian-owned, the food blends Italian, American and Asian flavours together, leaving those lucky enough to go with an experience they'll never forget.
14. Theros Wave Bar, Santorini, Greece
Perched atop a volcanic rock, Theros Wave Bar is undoubtedly unique.
Crafted from volcanic rock; a whole host of amenities are on offer, including wedding receptions. Like with any place in Santorini, watching the sunset is a must, and with a cocktail in hand, it's an even better experience.
15. Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Australia
For all you ardent wave/beer lovers, Bondi Iceberg's pool on Sydney's famed Bondi Beach will leave you coming back for more.
If you're in the area, it's best to plan ahead due to the ever-changing weather patterns. If drinking isn't your thing, dine on the beautiful balcony at breakfast as you feast on fresh coconuts and organic eggs.
16. Beach Tree Bar, Hawaii
Overlooking the expansive blue waters of the Pacific, Hawaii's Beach Tree Bar is arguably the island's best eatery.
Boasting an impressive alfresco dining area, customers can enjoy the mellow sounds of crashing waves as they tuck into a juicy steak and sip from one of the bar's many cocktail offerings.