Where to Get a Drink in Niue!
Niue is not an island with nightclubs and dancing until 4 am. It is, however, a damn good place for sundowners (seriously, you’ll see some of the best sunsets here) with bars strategically placed on west coast clifftops to make the most of it. From cocktail bars to pool bars to honesty bars, Niue might only have a small selection of drinking holes, but man, it’s varied! See what you’re in for with this list of the best bars in Niue.
1. All Relativf
Located in the Swanson Complex, All Relativf is the place for good cocktails, good music and good people. The owner, John, mixes up an array of refreshing cocktails using fresh ingredients – and you can really tell! The menu has pictures, should you be out for the most Instagram-worthy drink, but whatever you pick, know that the cocktails are definitely not too light on the alcohol! Non-alcoholic mocktails, smoothies and other drinks are also available.
Location: Swanson Complex, Tapeu-Porritt Road (near the airport), Alofi.
Bar opening hours: From 2 pm till late, Monday to Saturday (but schedules change all of the time in Niue, so check out Opening Hours in Niue: Things to Know for more advice).
2. Avi’s Ark
Perched behind the popular Kaiika Restaurant in a quirky renovated boat is Avi’s Ark. Home to Niue’s only beer on tap, Avi’s Ark is where you can sample a range of Inu Hake creative craft beers on tasting trays (learn more in the 5 Drinks in Niue You Have to Try), as well as your usual range of spirits and wine. Thursday night is karaoke night, so stick around for good (and not-so-good) singing, as well as a chance to mingle with locals, expats and fellow travellers alike. A small cover charge applies.
Location: Behind Kaiika, Alofi town centre, central west coast of Niue.
Bar opening hours: Thursday from 7 pm, but check at the Visitor Information Centre for a weekly schedule.
3. Vaiolama Cafe & Bar
Start your Thursday evening at the Vaiolama Cafe & Bar, famous on the island for its all-evening happy hour starting from 5 pm. The idyllic clifftop location provides stunning views of the sunset to go along with your wine, beer, soft drinks, smoothies or juice. Vaiolama is typically open for dinner and drinks from Wednesday to Saturday, and for lunch most days – see the 10 Best Cafes in Niue for more details on the latter.
Location: Signposted opposite Alofi Rentals, Alofi town centre, central west coast of Niue.
Bar opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Again, it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive in Niue.
4. Hio Cafe & Bar
A rustic red container on the clifftops of Tuapa, it’s well worth the journey to the Hio Cafe & Bar for a drink or two. Although the cafe is sporadically open for lunch and dinner throughout the week, don’t miss their Friday happy hour (see When is Happy Hour in Niue? for more details). Treat yourself to real-fruit smoothies and cocktails or your favourite beer or cider. Learn more about their food in The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue.
Location: Along the main road, Tuapa, west coast of Niue.
Bar opening hours: Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Things change all the time in Niue so it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive.
5. Pool Bar @ Scenic Matavai Resort
One you can pretty much rely on any day at any time, the Scenic Matavai Resort has its very own Pool Bar, which you can either swim up to order from the pool or enjoy your drink dry on the elevated decks overlooking the Pacific Ocean. They have an extensive cocktail and mocktail menu, as well as beers, ciders and premium New Zealand and international wines. If the Pool Bar isn’t open, then you can always get drinks from the bar at the on-site Dolphin Restaurant. The Scenic Matavai Resort bar is open all day, seven days a week. Check out when happy hour is in When is Happy Hour in Niue?
Location: Scenic Matavai Resort, just south of Tamakautoga village, southwest coast of Niue.
Bar opening hours: From 12 pm every day!
6. Washaway Cafe
For something a little quirky, head down to the Washaway Cafe at Avatele Beach to help yourself at this serve-your-own bar! Exclusively open on Sundays, the Washaway Cafe has fridges and chests full of soft drinks, juices, beer, wines and spirits. Once you’re done, tell the staff what you had and pay for it. Simple.
Location: Avatele Beach, signposted in Avatele village, southwest coast of Niue.
Bar opening hours: Sunday from 11 am until everyone goes home. Check out some things to do beforehand in the 10 Things to Do in Niue on a Sunday.
7. Pacific Way Bar
Located in Amanau in Alofi South, the Pacific Way Bar is a favourite watering hole for locals, open most evenings. Pop in for a drink with the locals, enjoy cheaper drinks at happy hour, play bingo once a fortnight and sing the night away at the occasional karaoke night.
Location: The sign is easy to spot along the main road in Amanau, Alofi South (near the Amanau Sea Track), west coast of Niue.
Bar opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 4:30 pm to 8 pm. Things change all the time in Niue so it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive.
8. Clayton’s Bar
Another local go-to in Alofi, Clayton’s Bar is located inside the unique hexagonal structure of the historic Niue Hotel. The bar is typically open for weekly and fortnightly events, like bingo, darts and the occasional disco. You can usually tell the bar is open if there are cars parked outside. A small cover charge might apply.
Location: The white hexagonal building in Amanau, Alofi South (near Pacific Way Bar), west coast of Niue.
Bar opening hours: Typically every other Friday from 4 pm. Things change all the time in Niue so it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive.
9. Niue Golf & Sports Club
After the Saturday tournament is done and the Niue Golf & Sports Club has wrapped up its weekly meeting, it’s time to drink and be merry at the clubhouse! Mingle with the locals with drinks of cans of Lion Red, Coruba and Long White and watch a game of darts. The best time to arrive is at 5 pm and the bar closes when everyone goes home.
Location: Tapeu Porritt-Road, opposite the airport (just park outside of the clubhouse), west side of Niue.
Bar opening hours: Saturday from 5 pm onwards.
10. Alofi Rugby Club House
Better known as “Club House“, this is your big night out on Niue! Only open on Saturday nights, the Alofi Rugby Club House comes alive with good tunes, good drinks and lots of dancing as the night progresses. A small cover charge might apply.
Location: Signposted along Alofi-Liku Road, east of the school, west side of Niue.
Bar opening hours: Saturday from 7 pm onwards.
11. Bo’s Bar by the Runway
The final bar you’re likely to encounter in Niue is Hanan Airport’s very own Runway Bar. After passing through airport security to the Departure Lounge, you’ll find Bo’s Bar by the Runway selling beer, wine, soft drinks and drinking coconuts, as well as snacks. See more about your final day in Niue in the Leaving Niue: The Niue Airport Departure Process.
Location: Departure Lounge, Hanan Airport, Tapeu-Porritt Road, west side of Niue.
Bar opening hours: Before departure flights, plane days – see Which Airlines Fly to Niue? for the latest flight schedules.
More Bars in Niue
That’s it for the best bars in Niue. For more tips related to bars in Niue, whether it’s the island’s restaurants or other things to do on an adults-only escape, check these out:
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