Ever heard of the Republic of Nauru? Well assuming you’ve either clicked on this link to get here, or have found us via a search engine, I will assume you have at least heard of the place, but I will give a quick rundown anyway. Nauru is the world’s smallest island nation, the third smallest population in the world, and by far the world’s least visited country by tourists. The tourists that do come here tend to be on the geeky country collector trail and spend a little less time here as possible. I didn’t, I decided to not only spend 5 nights and 6 days in Nauru, but also spend New Year’s Eve here. I now know Nauru!
So again, assuming you have arrived here via a search engine of some description, I won’t use the verb “to Google”, that is because so few people come here, very little is written about travel to Nauru. I now make this my aim to change all of that!
I propose to be the self-appointed guide to all things travel in Nauru, and these are my helpful tips on the best nightlife scenes in Nauru.
Are there bars in Nauru?
Bars? Do you want bars? Nauru has bars plural! It used to have 2, but now there are 3.5 bars on the island! How do you like that? The main bars are Bay View, Jules Bar, Menen Hotel Disco, and the Od’n Aiwo Hotel. There are also numerous restaurants that serve booze, but as for restaurants, these are your three.
Which is the best bar in Nauru to meet expats?
Bay View is the place in Nauru to go if you want to catch some expats having a sundowner. This is also the quintessential restobar, serving some of the best Western and Indian cuisine in Nauru.
What is the best local bar in Nauru?
When best and only are the same things, it is hard to write something properly, but for a local bar in Nauru, the place to go is Jules Bar. We actually tried to visit Jules Bar three times but it was closed the first two times. On our third try, it was not only open, but had great cocktails, a beautiful sunset, and a night of live music. We didn’t stay for it, but apparently, the parties here used to get so wild that many expat workers got into so much trouble they are no longer allowed to visit. I wish we had the chance to try it out, maybe next time we won’t miss it.
Is there a dive bar with pokeys in Nauru?
Yes, there is at the Od’n Aiwo Hotel bar they have pokeys AND a pool table, BUT they had had their license revoked on our visit, so didn’t have any beer. That being said they didn’t mind us buying beer from the Chinese restaurant next door and bringing it in.
Is there a club on Nauru?
The closest thing to a club in the disco at Menen Hotel (Hotel Nauru), which blasts out top tunes from Monday to Saturday. We only popped in there once, and “banging” would not exactly be the way to describe the nightlife in Nauru.
How do you spend New Year’s Eve in Nauru?
After learning I was to spend New Year’s Eve in Nauru, I was instantly wondering how do Nauru celebrate New Year? Would there be fireworks? Do they have a mini Times Square? Well, the first two points were a NO. Also, New Year’s Eve was on a Sunday, and with the people of Nauru being god-fearing folk that meant the bars were closed. We ended up buying drinks from the restaurant at Menen Hotel (before it closed at 12) and drinking with the partying refugees and foreign workers by the pool. Not a bad way to see in New Year.
Later that evening I was bold enough to gatecrash a local party, which seemed to be the big thing locals were doing, celebrating their own Nauru New Year’s Party. It was late when I started to enjoy it, but was pretty good, I got to try the coconut sap moonshine, and even had a little scooter ride (on private property tabloid press).
Thoughts on the Nauru nightlife?
Not exactly eclectic, but not bad for such a small place. And at a worst-case scenario, there are a few bottle shops in Nauru where one can buy a bottle of Bundaberg and Coke, grab a plastic cup, find a quiet place and do rum and coke, and simply sit chilling on the beach watching a Nauruan sunset.