10 Best Bars in Samoa ๐Ÿน [2023]
10 Best Bars in Samoa ๐Ÿน [2023]

10 Best Bars in Samoa ๐Ÿน [2024]

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The Top Bars, Beach Bars and Nightclubs in Samoa

Cooling yourself with a refreshing mojito in the hot Samoan sun or partying with friends, locals and a tower of Taula or Vailima: Samoa‘s bars come with all sorts of experiences to suit your vibe. Samoa’s capital, Apia, is an obvious go-to for late-night antics, but even some pretty epic nightclubs can be found on the more “traditional” island of Savai’i. On the other hand, this wouldn’t be the South Pacific without a cocktail in your hand and your toes in the sand, so there are plenty of bars for those sundowners too. Check out Samoa’s eclectic array of watering holes, and which ones to stop by on your island getaway, with this list of the best bars in Samoa!

Oh, and while you’re here, you might also want to get stuck into The Ultimate Guide to Samoa Nightlife for more advice to keep the holiday highs still going after dark.

1. The Edge Marina (Upolu)

If you were wondering where people go to party in Samoa’s capital, this is it! Your evening and late-night entertainment are sorted at The Edge Marina with three different bars/nightclubs to choose from: the Mixology Bar, NXT Nightclub and The Deck. Relax with a cocktail, local beer, spirits, wine or just about whatever floats your boat as you watch the, well, boats from The Edge’s deck. You can also get the best-priced cocktails in Apia during happy hour between 4 pm and 7 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, don’t miss the party at NXT Nightclub with local DJs and deck parties from 8 pm. Apia has many more nightclubs, so check them out in The Guide to Apia & Upolu Nightlife + 5 Things to Do on Upolu at Night.

Location: Matautu-Tai Road, Apia (by the Apia Marina).

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2. Vaiula Beach Fales’ Bar & Cafe (Upolu)

When looking for a beach destination for some sundowners or a refreshing local beer, check out some of Upolu‘s beach fale accommodations, many of which also have their own bar. Vailula Beach Fales‘ Bar & Cafe is a popular choice! Lining the sands of Tafatafa Beach, the beach bar with hammocks and picnic tables scatted between a shady deck and the sands serves a range of cocktails, seven different local beers and soft drinks. You can even sober up with a pizza, burger or toasted sandwich. Learn more about staying at one of their beach fales in the 20 Best Beach Fale Accommodations in Samoa.

Location: Note that Vaiula Beach Fales is not at Tafatafa village. The turnoff to the beach is signposted along Main South Coast Road at the Latter-Day Saints Church in Malaemalu on the south coast of Upolu.

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3. Harbourside Cafe & Pizza Bar (Savai’i)

Eatery by day; karaoke lair by night… Well, at least on Friday nights. Harbourside Cafe & Pizza Bar is the go-to in Savai’i’s main town, Salelologa, if you’re looking for fun but relaxed vibes for your Friday evening. Sit down with some Taula on tap, good food, and, hopefully, some good tunes complete with disco lights and all. You never know, by the end of the night you could be on your feet. Friday Karaoke is from 6pm to 10pm. For more on Harbourside’s food, check out The Best Places to Eat in Samoa: 20 Best Restaurants in Samoa.

Location: Salelologa main road, a 2-minute walk north of the ferry terminal on Savai’i. You won’t miss the pink neon sign!

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4. Ocean Club Maninoa Bar (Upolu)

Another laidback beach bar, this time on the sands of Maninoa Beach on Samoa’s main island, is brought to you by the beach fale accommodation, Ocean Club Maninoa. The Ocean Club Bar not only has you Samoan staples of Taula and Vailima beer, as well as vai tipolo lemonade, but they also have spirits, wines and cocktails on the drinks menu. For something non-alcoholic, delight in smoothies or soft drinks. If you need refuelling, they offer a little more than the average beach fale bar with Samoan oka and taro nachos, Filipino spring rolls, chicken adobo and crispy pork trotters/knuckles or the usual burgers and fish and chips. Learn more about visiting this beach, even if just for the day in the 10 Best Beaches on Upolu.

Location: Maninoa, signposted off Main South Coast Road between Mulivai and Siโ€™umu villages on Upolu.

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5. Lava Rock Bar – Bayview Resort (Savai’i)

Bayview Resort might be known for its unique lava field location and half-n-half open and closed fales (check out the 10 Best Resorts on Savai’i – they’re pretty cool), but its Lava Rock Bar happens to be one of the most popular bars on the island for locals too! You can’t deny the hospitality here, as the bar is officially open 24/7 (don’t worry, resort guests, people do go home eventually) but you really get the sense that this bar is for the people. Lava Rock is worth the venture on Friday and Saturday nights, usually with live DJs and/or karaoke, so check the “Bayview Accommodations” Facebook page for upcoming events. Check out how this bar compares to the island’s other watering holes in the 6 Best Bars on Savai’i.

Location: Saleaula, signposted along the main road on the northeast coast of Savai’i.

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6. Uncle Harry’s Poolside Bar – Sinalei Reef Resort (Upolu)

If you were looking for a more “sophisticated” establishment, somewhere you’d want to take that special someone, then head to the bar of one of Samoa’s most luxurious resorts. Uncle Harry’s Bar is the poolside bar of Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa, boasting an extensive drinks menu of wine, beer, spirits and cocktails including their signature ginger and coconut mojito. Discover how Uncle Harry’s compares to others on the island in the 10 Best Bars on Upolu.

Location: Maninoa, signposted off Main South Coast Road between Mulivai and Siโ€™umu villages on Upolu.

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7. Hans Poolside Bar – Le Lagoto Resort (Savai’i)

Over on the island of Savai’i, Hans Poolside Bar is a relaxed yet upmarket establishment and also the bar of Le Lagoto Resort. Sat behind a west-facing beach in Fagamalo, the bar is ideally situated for sundowner cocktails or Vailima beer. What’s more, outside guests are welcome. Happy hour is between 4 pm and 6 pm for 20% off all bees and cocktails. On Fridays, happy hour is extended until 7 pm – woohoo! For more happy hours, check out The Ultimate Guide to Samoa Nightlife + Happy Hour List.

Location: Fagamalo, along the main road on the northeast coast of Savai’i.

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8. RoSA Nightclub & Bar (Upolu)

The RSA club but not as you know it… No, New Zealanders, this is not your Royal Returned and Services Association. Known as the RSA Club or RoSA Nightclub, this is an Apia hotspot for late-night antics and partying into the wee hours. You know the drill: DJ sets, pool tables, beer towers and themed nights left, right and centre; what’s not to love? This is one of the places you want to be for New Year’s. For more clubs to consider, check out the 10 Best Bars in Apia.

Location: Mulinuu Road, Apia (opposite the Mall and BSP Bank, Tanoa Samoa, etc.).

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9. NightHawk (Savai’i)

If you’re looking for that “let your hair down and dance all night” vibe, this would be it. NightHawk is Savai’i‘s official nightclub, which is the most vibing on Friday and Saturday nights but look out on their Facebook page for party nights throughout the week. There’s usually a small cover charge to get into the Salelologa hall with lights spinning and a local DJ doing their thing. It’s recommended to go as a group; ask your hotel staff if they’re heading there to go with them (don’t worry, it’s not that weird). For more nightlife tips, check out The Guide to Savai’i Nightlife + 5 Things to Do on Savai’i at Night.

Location: Salelologa, in the commercial centre on the western side of town (turn right at Lusia’s Lagoon Chalets), Savai’i.

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10. Whitesands Casino (Upolu)

Unmissable on the Apia Harbour, mainly because it’s a multi-storey bright white building right next to the historic Aggie Grey Hotel, Whitesands Casino is Samoa’s only casino. The gambling joint is exclusively open to foreign passport holders, so take your passport to be checked at the door. On the flip side, there are gaming tables, slot machines and two bars, while live DJ sets usually add to the ambience on Friday and Saturday nights. The casino is open from 2 pm to 2 am daily. Samoa Scenic offers free transfers between Apia accommodations and the casino, should you need a ride.

Location: Beach Road, Apia (next to Aggie Grey’s Hotel).

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More Bars and Nightclubs in Samoa

That’s it for our list of best bars in Samoa. For more on Samoa’s nightlife, check out the following:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in our complete Samoan bar guide, The Ultimate Guide to Samoa Nightlife.

Author

Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Samoa Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. Robin works and consults regularly with the Samoa Tourism Authority, a local government body representing the tourism industry. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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