4 Best Bars in Willemstad, Curaçao

Mundo Bizarro

Pietermaai Fodor's choice

As the name suggests, the décor here is a hodgepodge of paraphernalia with no rhyme or reason but a lot of creativity. Locals and visitors alike flock here for an unparalleled offbeat atmosphere, super signature cocktails, great happy hours, and live-music every Thursday and Saturday. This venue also serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Salsa dancing is also big here.

Punda Thursday Vibes

Punda Fodor's choice

This Thursday-night Punda festival takes place in the area around the Queen Emma Bridge, as well as nearby backstreets, alleys, and the Gomezplein square. Happy-hour celebrations begin as early as 4 pm in the resident bars, but things really kick into high gear around 6 pm, when musicians, dancers, arts-and-crafts kiosks, food stalls, pop-up bars, and even a temporary children’s playground transform the entire neighborhood into a fabulous alfresco party. Stores in the area also stay open late. The magical evening culminates at around 8 pm, with a fireworks display over the harbor.

De Heeren

This is a great spot to grab a locally brewed Amstel Bright and meet a happy blend of tourists and transplanted Dutch locals. Live music DJs keep it hopping after dinner.

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Saint Tropez Ocean Club

Part of the Saint Tropez Suites resort in Pietermaai, this unique day club is where French Riviera–style meets Dutch Caribbean cool. A gorgeous infinity pool crests a rocky coast with crashing waves and is surrounded by plush daybeds, private cabanas, and loungers. A trendy bar and open-air dining spot serves small bites and full lunch, and there’s also surf-side bottle service and tapas by the pool. Access is free to resort guests, and some neighboring hotels also have complimentary access; others must buy a pass. At night, it morphs into a cool open-air lounge and dinner spot often featuring hot DJs and special events.