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Photo by Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

7 Groovy Places in Aruba to Catch up with Friends

Do you know what’s about as tough as eating only one pastechi when there’s a table full of pastechis? Deciding where to go to meet up with friends to have your catch-up-on-life sessions.

OK, so maybe it’s easier to just give in and eat another pastechi, but when it comes to picking a place for life talks with your bestie, there are so many factors ta keep in mind.

To help you solve this social dilemma, I’ve compiled a list of groovy spots in Aruba that are perfect for catching up with friends! 

What makes a spot groovy? Well, first of all they MUST ‘check yes’ for all of the following criteria:

✨ Cool Ambiance

🍹 Good Drinks

🌮 Yummy Food to Refuel

😃 & last, but not least, Friendly Customer Service

Check out 7 Groovy Places to Catch up with Friends in Aruba below:

1. Divi’s Beach Bar

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Photos by Divi Aruba All Inclusive

Statement from the Spot:Divi’s Beach Bar is perfect for a delicious cocktail or bite to eat while enjoying a lively atmosphere just steps from the beach!

Location: Druif Beach next to Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive

Opening Hours: 10.00 AM – 8.00 PM, Daily

Happy Hour: 5.00 PM – 6.00 PM, Daily

Something Special: Besides the gorgeous view? Sometimes they host special events with LIVE music too

Food for More Fuel: Small bites available such as paninis and salads

View more Divi Aruba info

2. Maroc Restaurant & Tapas

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Photos by Maroc Restaurant & Tapas & @jennajordan via @maroctapasbar

A Statement from the Spot:A hip “casual” place down town Oranjestad in Aruba, to meet up with your friends or family for delicious Mediterranean foods, or just a nice glass of wine at our wine bar.

Location: Downtown Oranjestad next to El Gaucho

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 4.00 PM – 10.00 PM and Sundays 5.00 PM – 10.00 PM *Closed on Mondays

Happy Hour: Tuesdays – Saturdays 4.00 PM – 7.00 PM and Sundays 5.00 PM – 7.00 PM

Something Special: They host semi-daily themed nights with specials such as Local Fish Night and Girls Night Out

Food for More Fuel: Tapas, tapas, tapas! Some tasty ones include Stuffed Mushrooms and Black Olive Tapenade with their Homemade Pita

3. Lucy’s Retired SURFERS Bar & Restaurant

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Photos by Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

A Statement from the Spot:Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant aims to provide a laid-back, beach vibe, complete with the coldest drinks and the hottest menu around since 1992.

Location: Downtown Oranjestad across from Renaissance Mall

Opening Hours: 11.00 AM – ‘till the fiesta ends, Daily

Happy Hour: 4.00 PM – 7.00 PM, Daily

Something Special: They have various special themed days on a weekly basis such as their Taco Tuesdays, Florin Fridayz & Yappy Hour (this one includes treats for our doggy firends), AND let’s not forget their famous scorpion shot challenge

Food for More Fuel: Blackened Fish Tacos, Rip Curl Calamari and the Catch of the Day

View more Lucy’s info

4. BAZ-RRR Galleria & Brasserie

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Photos by BAZ-RRR Galleria & Brasserie

A Statement from the Spot:BAZ-RRR offers a unique concept that aims to create a new culture and unite the Community by becoming a business with purpose.

Location: Downtown right before Mainstreet Oranjestad

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 8.00 AM – 5.00 PM, Fridays 8.00 AM – 9.00 PM and Saturdays 9.00 AM – 6.00 PM *Closed on Sundays

Something Special: They frequently host fun pop-up events and exhibit local art

Food for More Fuel: They release weekly menus with a diverse assortment of goodies including local dishes (like the famous Yambo) with twist. They also always make sure to include colorful vegan options on their menu

5. Picnic Aruba

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Photos by Picnic Aruba & @juantorresdirector via Picnic Aruba

A Statement from the Spot:Take a moment to take in the spectacular setting of the Picnic terrace where you can enjoy a round or two of pre-dinner drinks. We add to the occasion.”

Location: Paseo Herencia Mall in Palm Beach

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 7.00 AM – 11.00 PM *Closed on Mondays

Happy Hour: 6.00-9.00PM, Daily

Something Special: They frequently offer lunch and local specials

Food for More Fuel: Delicious desserts like their Brownie with Chocolate Mousse & Salted Caramel and Macarons

6. On the Rocks Cafe

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Photos by On The Rocks Cafe

A Statement from the Spot:Drinks/Food/Music/Sports. We have it! Enjoy a variety of Angus Beef Burgers and our local-spiced wings.

Location: Downtown at the end of Mainstreet Oranjestad

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 3.00 PM – 11.30PM (or later) *Closed on Mondays

Happy Hour: 5.00 PM – 7.00 PM, Daily

Something Special: This place has a very local fan base and all of their sauces are locally crafted

Food for More Fuel: Shrimp Pinchos, Conchi Berdura Salad and Rocks Bourbon Burger Sliders

7. Santos – Coffee with Soul

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Photos by Santos – Coffee with Soul

A Statement from the Spot:Come in for a nice cup of coffee and a little bite to eat, as you watch the people walking by. As you relax, forget that you are on Aruba for a while and be embraced in the atmosphere that feels as though you were teleported to another part of the globe.

Location: Across from Alhambra Mall

Opening Hours: 6.30 AM – 9.30 PM, Daily

Happy Hour: 6.00 PM – 8.00 PM, Daily

Something Special: This groovy spot is just a small walk away from Divi Beach and Manchebo Beach

Food for More Fuel: Brie with Walnuts and Honey Sandwich, a variety of fresh-baked bagels, pies, and bread-bowl soups

View more Santos info

Happy Hanging out with Your Amigos in Aruba!

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