If you are building an itinerary to Andamans, you will notice how most days start early morning, sometimes as early as 5 AM. You might also have heard that when it comes to nightlife, Andamans is not a place to be. In Fact, most of the town retires after sunset.
While all that is true, Andaman still has a unique night culture that not many know of. Of course, it can never be Ibiza or even its half, and even the thought of this comparison is extreme, but we’re going to give you a list that will keep you on your toes.
This is your guide to ‘Andaman Nightlife’ – some offbeat, some romantic, some quiet, some adventurous, but a list of all our favorite things to do after sunset.
Nightlife In Andaman
1. One with Nature
Not really interested in hitting the bars or an exquisite dinner? Or thinking of a seaside walk? Or you’ve kids along? here is what we suggest:
Marina Park, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Port Blair
A walk down the seaside can be calming, energising, and fun. Head to Marina Park around 5 pm to catch the sunset and then stay there as late as you like. It’s a neat and tidy park, with an Andaman sea view. Renovated recently, it’s great for kids. Also, there are many budget eateries to satiate you (read happy belly food truck). It’s a nice place for a family outing. The Tiranga Memorial is about 1.5kms away and looks gorgeous at night – a must-visit.
Cost/person: free entry
Best time to visit: 4 pm – 9 pm
Joggers Park, Near VIP Road, Port Blair
It is at one of the highest points in Port Blair. While the name suggests otherwise, a jog is not all that it offers – we love to just sit and relax on the benches. Because the views you’re going to see from there (we repeat, the views you’re going to see from there) – of the illuminated city and the lit airport runway – are going to remain with you forever. Hands down, this is a favorite spot of many.
Cost/person: free entry
Best time to visit: 5 pm – 8 pm
Stargaze on the beach
This is not what everybody does/will do even after reading this. But this is the most simple and underrated thing to do for a memorable time in Andaman. With crystal clear skies dotted with a million stars, you stand a good chance of spotting many constellations you have only read about. So just pick your spot, and lie down there – and soak in the natural beauty of Andaman.
Recommendation: Vijay Nagar beach, Beach no. 5, Havelock
Note: You are only allowed to go to some beaches post-sunset, for security reasons. The ones next to your resort/hotels are most recommended. Always ask for beach timings from the security guard in charge.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie and wish to connect with nature at the night, there is nothing like jungle trekking. But a word of caution: If you make up your mind for it, do it with an expert, who knows the forests in and out. You can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to know more.
2. Scuba Diving at Night
If you’re a scuba diver, this is an experience you just cannot miss. Diving with a torch in hand at night in itself can be a ‘resume glorifying’ event, but what’s going to be memorable are the diverse varieties of marine life you shall spot down there. This is seasonal and is subject to weather conditions. You can enquire about this from established PADI Dive centres. You can alternatively contact go2andaman to know more.
3. Shopping in Port Blair
Looking for souvenirs for friends and family back home? Shopping can be a part of your list of things to do in the evening. Most souvenir shops (shell shops – called by locals) are open till 7 pm. You can start with going to Sagarika, then exploring the other shops nearby and finally going to Aberdeen bazaar (open till 10.30 pm). Aberdeen though, not great for souvenirs is recommended for the eateries there and for those who want a taste of a small chatty bustling market.
4. TSG Bella Bay Cruise
Party cruise, did we say? Yes you read it right!
TSG Bella is a luxury cruise offering a party experience with a panoramic view of the South Andamans complete with emcees, show-stopping singers and DJs who’ll keep you dancing all evening, this is an experience we highly recommend. To add to that, they have a mix of fun games, music and KARAOKE! All-in-all, a real winner of an evening that you won’t want to miss. A buffet, mix of International and Indian cuisines is available for purchase.
Cost/person: INR 1500
Location: Boarding from Junglighat Jetty, Port Blair
Duration: 2 hours
5. Bar/Restaurant Hopping
After a long, fun but often tiring day of sightseeing and adventure. What better way to unwind than to sit on the rooftop of a restaurant and enjoy some great live music, cocktails and food?! Port Blair, Havelock and Neil are the prime places if a good bar/restaurant is what you are craving. Here are the ones we recommend.
Amaya, Seashell, Port Blair
With a magnificent rooftop sea view in Port Blair, Amaya is a fine multi-cuisine restro bar. The outdoor seating overlooks the sea and is a perfect location to enjoy the sea breeze, an intimate candlelight dinner, or just sing along (to the live music) with your friends. Amaya offers excellent seafood, barbeque, sizzlers and cocktails. Live music, sets the mood. This place tops our chart of Restaurants in Port Blair.
Recommendation: Amaya Seafood Platter and Signature Flaming shots
Cost for two: 1500
Location: Seashell Hotel, Marine Hill
Nico-Bar, Fortune Bay Island, Port Blair
Nico Bar (the bar of a famous hotel in Port Blair) is a well-stocked bar with one of the best views of the islands. It overlooks North Bay island and one can see the lighthouse (behind the old 20 rupee note) from here. They offer various selections of spirits, wines and beers along with lip-smacking snacks (can get the main course at a family restaurant in the same hotel). They vouch on their fruity concoctions served in coconut shells – their barman’s speciality.
Cost for two: 1200
Location: Marine Hill, Port Blair, 744101
Pink Fly Lounge Bar, Port Blair
Port Blair’s only nightclub, this place is for those who like to party and dance the night away. They keep changing their night party themes to keep the regulars hooked. Situated on the ground floor of Hotel Shompen, it is adorned with pink lights and motorbikes that creates an electrifying ambience. Snacks are good and the bar is well stocked. If you still have some space left for food, you can visit ‘The Love Garden’, Hotel Shompen’s in-house rooftop restaurant.
Cost for two: 1200 INR.
Location: 2 Middle Point, Opposite Bengali Club, Port Blair
Full Moon Cafe, Havelock
A view of the beach, friendly staff and delightful food – there is no place that brings all these together like the Full Moon Café. This charming restaurant is set inside island Vinnies (Dive India) and has grown to be one of the most recommended places to enjoy a quiet dinner at the beach. The setting is cosy with comfortable sofas, dim ambient lighting and pleasant music. Though some of the dishes may seem pricier than those of other restaurants, we believe it’s a good value for money.
Cost for two: 1200 INR
Location: Dive India, Beach No. 3
Nemo Cafe, Havelock
If you’re in Havelock and are yearning for a sea view, a DJ night, commendable hospitality, lively ambience, lip-smacking food, and quick service, Nemo Cafe is the place to be. You’ll get pretty much everything here. They can do party arrangements in case you plan to surprise your better half or your friend(s). Candlelights are a plus. Enquire before you go to know, as some days the place is closed for large party bookings.
Cost for two: 1000
Location: Beach No.2, Havelock Island Beach Resort, Govind Nagar Beach, Havelock Island
Bonova Cafe and Pub, Havelock
Seashells in-house Pub is one of the best in Havelock. Its vibrant ambience owes it to its interior design and the occasional DJ nights. For food and drinks, Bonova cafe is an outstanding dining area that offers delicious snacks, cocktails and seafood. It’s a lot of fun, especially for large groups.
Cost for two: 1000 INR.
Location: Beach Number 2, Govind Nagar Beach, Havelock
Something Different – A beachside Cafe, Havelock
It’s a beautiful seaside cafe, located very close to the Havelock jetty. With low seating and beach murals on the wall, the interiors here are a fresh change from the several other restaurants that dot Havelock’s beaches. Multi-cuisine veg and non-veg dishes are available. With a 100 pax capacity, this cafe is perfect for lazy meals and large groups. To make your journey hassle-free, they provide free pick and drop from hotels. Upon prior request, they even cater to beach camping and bonfire requests. Best for families with children!
Cost for two: 1200 INR
Location: Beach No. 2
Venom Bar, Havelock
It’s a part of Symphony Palms beach resort and is one of the most happening and the oldest bars in Havelock. Famed for its drinks and ambience, the bar also boasts a stunning beach view. What makes it happen is that live music doesn’t lose its charm as they invite different artists every month. Generally thronged by travellers, it offers a good chance of meeting them and exchanging interesting travel stories.
Recommendation: Seafood and pancakes
Cost for two: 1000 INR
Location: Symphony Palms Beach Resort, Beach No. 3
Fat Martin’s Cafe, Havelock and Neil
There are some places where if you go once, you keep coming back. This is one of them. They have an interesting menu, sit down dining, live music (on most days), great vibes, and is comparatively easy on the pocket. They also provide free (but slow) wifi – a luxury in Andamans. Though we recommend you to try everything here, in case you cannot visit again, do not miss out on the dessert ‘Hello to the queen’.
Cost for two: 900
Location: Vijayanagar Beach, Havelock Island and Sitapur Beach, Neil island