The Best Places to Get a Drink on Savai’i
You may have been sold on Savai’i as a “traditional” island in the South Pacific, but… When the sun goes down…
We’re serious! Savai’ians know how to party and even have a couple of vibing nightclubs to prove it! If dancing into the wee hours isn’t your thing, then it’s likely that sundowner cocktails are and there are a couple of excellent resort bars that will do just the trick. So, join in on some karaoke or kick back with a Taula or Vailima beer at one of the best bars on Savai’i.
For more Savai’ian bars and after-dark shenanigans, check out The Guide to Savai’i Nightlife + 5 Things to Do on Savai’i at Night.
1. Harbourside Cafe & Pizza Bar
Eatery by day; karaoke lair by night… Well, at least on Friday nights. Harbourside Cafe & Pizza Bar is the go-to in 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 6 pm to 10 pm. For more on Harbourside’s food, check out The Best Places to Eat on Savai’i.
Location: Salelologa main road, a 2-minute walk north of the ferry terminal. You won’t miss the pink neon sign.
2. Hans Poolside Bar
With a relaxed yet upmarket feel (perhaps to impress that special someone), Hans Poolside Bar is the bar of Le Lagoto Resort where outside guests are welcome. Sat behind a west-facing beach in Fagamalo, the bar is ideally situated for sundowner cocktails or Vailima beer. Happy hour is between 4pm and 6pm for 20% off all bees and cocktails. On Fridays, happy hour is extended until 7pm – woohoo!
Location: Fagamalo, along the main road on the northeast coast.
3. Lava Rock Bar
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.
Location: Saleaula, signposted along the main road on the northeast coast.
4. Barefoot Bar & Restaurant
On the lagoon’s edge, you couldn’t be closer to the ocean than Barefoot Bar & Restaurant. The restaurant and bar of the Savaii Lagoon Resort (and right next door to Le Lagoto Resort; bar-hopping, anyone?), is primarily a restaurant setting but their cocktail, beer and smoothie list just beg for drinks on a lazy afternoon or while watching that stellar sunset. Their highlights are pina colada and Vailima beer.
Location: Fagamalo village, along the main road on the northeast coast.
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).
Location: Salelologa, in the commercial centre on the western side of town (turn right at Lusia’s Lagoon Chalets).
6. Le Laulua Bar
If you really want to party like a local, head to the far-flung western village of Asau for drinks and local music at Le Laulua Bar. Lounge at the tables with your favourite Samoan beer, play a game of pool, and by the end of the night, we challenge you not to be dancing! Again, it’s best to go as a group; ask your hotel staff (Va-i-Moana or Vaisala are nearby) if they’re heading there to go with them. Look out on the “Melisa Band” Facebook page for upcoming events.
Location: Asau village, along the main road (N Coast Rd) near the Asau Service Station when leaving on the east side.
More About Bars on Savai’i
Need more of a bar fix on Savai’i? There are bars in some of the island’s restaurants and cafes, which we cover in the following articles:
- The Best Places to Eat on Savai’i: 10 Best Restaurants on Savai’i
- The Food Guide to Savai’i: Places to Eat & Food Tours
- The Ultimate Guide to Samoa Nightlife
Finally, don’t forget to check out what drinks to try in the 10 Drinks in Samoa You Have to Try.