Dreamy Beach Bars That Deserve a Sip
Baba Nest is more than just a beach bar. This sexy gathering spot is located on the roof of the Sri Panwa Resort, overlooking the stunning Andaman Sea in Phuket, Thailand. Sip high-end cocktails on a deck encircled by an infinity pool offering 360-degree views of the surrounding islands.
Hula Hula Hvar Beach Club
Lounge on the deck and watch sailboats go by while sipping a Bahama Mama at Hula Hula Beach Bar in Hvar, Croatia. The bar offers a full range of drinks—including classic cocktails—while the beach club itself offers sunbeds and open-air massages. Things heat up at night at the bar's Pink Champagne Club.
The Rock Bar
The Rock Bar in Indonesia offers a unique take on the Bali beach bar experience, suspended almost 46 feet above the Indian Ocean. The views and the sunsets are dramatically unparalleled, and the after-dark ambiance intensifies from the DJ booth carved into the cliff face.
Stroll the sandy white beaches of the French Riviera at Zplage Beach Club and Restaurant, perched on a private beach in Cannes. The Bar La Rotonde adjoining the restaurant serves up smoothies and fresh fruit juices during the day and sophisticated cocktails with a live DJ backbeat all night.
Tropicana Club on Paradise Beach
If a beach bar means party, then the Tropicana Club on Paradise Beach in Mykonos, Greece, is everything a beach bar should be: funky beats, beach bods and icy drinks on the sands of the Aegean Sea. Mykonos is known for its summer beach parties, and this club is one of its main players.
Can't decide whether to swim or have a cocktail? Do both in Bora Bora at the St. Regis resort as 10 seats at the Aparima Bar are in the resort pool. Order the bar's signature Hina cocktail—served in a coconut shell, no less—and lounge on the main beach just steps away.
Nikki Beach Miami Beach
Music, cocktails and lounge beds make up the beach experience at Nikki Beach Miami Beach, Florida, but this beach club takes it one step further. Partying at Nikki Beach may include a performance or a chic art installation to go with your cocktail and beach lounging.
Da Conch Shack and Rum Bar
Da Conch Shack—with its sky blue and flamingo-pink beach decor—fits the image of a classic island bar in the British West Indies. The fare, however, is anything but classic: This bar harvests the conch right in front of you and serve up in every way imaginable alongside a brimming rum menu.
The Whale Bar
This whale shark-inspired beach bar—part of the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort—is surrounded by the Indian Ocean. The signature cocktail is the Island Mary—the resort's take on the bloody mary—and it is best enjoyed on a plush sofa on the open air terrace.
It doesn't take much to get us dreaming of seashells and rum-and-sun soaked afternoons. And who can argue that nothing tastes better than an icy cocktail complemented by warm, salty air?
There are, however, different variations on the beach bar theme. Some of the best bars are little more than shacks serving up the freshest seafood and most delicious rum drinks this side of the Caribbean. Others offer the best beach party, beginning each day as soon as the hangover wears off. There are also a newer crop of beach bars offering all the deliciousness of a day at the beach artfully mixed with posh sophistication. No matter your flavor, these are a few of our favorite beach bars around.