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5 Best Bars in Aitutaki

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The Best Places to Get a Drink on Aitutaki

Get your cocktail fix on Aitutaki with ease thanks to this list of the best bars on Aitutaki! Admittedly, it’s not the longest list, but if you’re in the market for a tropical cocktail, refreshing beer or something stronger, then these are the best places to go for a casual drink. Remember, the legal drinking age is 18 years old.

Looking for more stuff to do on a night? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Aitutaki Nightlife.

1. The Boat Shed Bar & Grill

At the end of the Ootu Peninsula, The Boat Shed Bar & Grill is not only a popular local hangout but perfect for visitors too. There’s a choice of indoor and outdoor seating, with the interiors adorning sporting and maritime memorabilia from all over the world. As for drinks, choose from a wide selection of cocktails, as well as beers, wines and spirits. Pop in on a Saturday for karaoke night after the sun goes down. They are also open on a Sunday.

Location: Ootu Peninsula, go straight once you reach the southern end of the Ootu Peninsula Road toward Popoara Ocean Breeze Villas.

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2. Black Rock Bar

For a flair of sophistication, choose the Black Rock Bar at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki. Set between the pool and a sunset beach, Black Rock Bar is an idyllic place to unwind with a drink and watch the sunset. All of the drinks menus are rather extensive, between the cocktails to the cognac to even sake. Whatever you’re hankering for, this five-star resort is likely to have it. The bar also has the added benefit of only being open to guests of a more mature age range (no under 12s), truly setting the tone. Plan more of an adults-only getaway using The Adults-Only Travel Guide to Aitutaki.

Location: Pacific Resort Aitutaki, main road on the west coast, just north of Amuri.

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3. Flying Boat Beach Bar & Grill

Set on the private island of Akitua, all it takes is a two-minute ferry to get to the Flying Boat Beach Bar & Grill. Named after the famous boat planes of the Coral Route that once used to land in Aitutaki, the bar of the Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort sits in the prime viewing position of the lagoon where you can even feed the fish from the bar’s deck. While a highlight is their menu of cocktails, mocktails and smoothies, there is still plenty of liquors, beers and wines to satisfy any craving. Again, this is an adults-only resort (16 years+) so just bring your adult friends.

Location: Take the ferry from Ootu Beach. Take the turn off just before the Koru Cafe when heading south. There is a phone at the small waterfront car park to call the resort ferry. Otherwise, book a table at the bar and they’ll know to pick you up.

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4. Blue Lagoon Bar & Restaurant

Sitting on the edge of the Aitutaki Lagoon, right on the shores of Ootu Beach, Blue Lagoon Bar & Restaurant is another worthy destination for your cocktail fix. The casual restaurant also serves up a range of beer and wine. Return visitors to Aitutaki might know this bar as Samade’s.

Location: Ootu Beach, opposite Aitutaki Village.

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5. The Cove Bar

Offering some of the most competitive cocktail prices on the island, The Cove Bar is the place to be between 6pm and 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (hint: that’s their happy hour). Relax under the fairy light-dappled verandah of this open-air bar that pours a selection of cocktails, miscellaneous beverages and light food. They put on occasional events and live music so ask around for the latest events once you arrive on the island.

Location: Paradise Cove Lodge, main road on the west side of Aitutaki, opposite the Maunga Pu hike.

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More About Bars on Aitutaki

Need more of a bar fix on Aitutaki? There are bars in many of the island’s restaurants and cafes, which we cover in the following articles:

Finally, don’t forget to check out what drinks to try in the 10 Drinks in the Cook Islands You Have to Try.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Cook Islands Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. Robin works and consults regularly with Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, a local government body representing the tourism industry. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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