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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

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

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

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

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 – Saturday 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM *Closed on Sundays
*please note that this venue has additional opening hours for special events and courses 

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

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

UPDATE: please note that unfortunately this venue is no longer operating for the public 

6. On the Rocks Cafe

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

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: 7 AM – 9.30 PM, Daily

Happy Hour: 5.00 PM – 7.00 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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