10 Best Bars at Sea

by Dana McMahan

10 Best Bars at Sea

by Dana McMahan

Cocktail culture and the craft beer movement have arrived on board cruise ships. Today, ships offer a bar experience for every taste, and the choices are growing more intriguing all the time. Check out our picks for the best bars at sea right now.

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Royal Princess's Sea View Bar / Princess Cruises / Steve Dunlop
District Brew House
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District Brew House

Found on: Norwegian Escape
Fans of craft beer can finally find a pour to satisfy at sea. This new craft beer hall offers 24 draft beers on tap, a keg room, and more than 50 bottled beers. The urban style beer hall also serves up craft cocktails and tasty gastropub fare (such as bacon-wrapped dates and mini sliders), so there's something for everyone — including tabletop beer-pong games and a photo booth. 

Found on: Norwegian Escape
Fans of craft beer can finally find a pour to satisfy at sea. This new craft beer hall offers 24 draft beers on tap, a keg room, and more than 50 bottled beers. The urban style beer hall also serves up craft cocktails and tasty gastropub fare (such as bacon-wrapped dates and mini sliders), so there's something for everyone — including tabletop beer-pong games and a photo booth. 

Bionic Bar
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Bionic Bar

Found on: Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas 
Who doesn't want to watch giant robots mix a drink? The bionic arms at Bionic Bar can muddle, strain, shake, and yes, stir your favorite cocktail, in graceful movements inspired by ballet. Order a classic or choose your own adventure from the tablet listing all 30 spirits and 21 mixers, then sit back and enjoy the show. 

Found on: Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas 
Who doesn't want to watch giant robots mix a drink? The bionic arms at Bionic Bar can muddle, strain, shake, and yes, stir your favorite cocktail, in graceful movements inspired by ballet. Order a classic or choose your own adventure from the tablet listing all 30 spirits and 21 mixers, then sit back and enjoy the show. 

Svedka Ice Bar
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SVEDKA/Inniskillin Ice Bar

Found on: Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway
Chillax — after you bundle up — in this 17-degree chamber, where everything from the seats to the bar itself is carved of ice. The gorgeous drinks, made with vodka and ice wine, will take your mind off the cold. Reserve ahead, and definitely take the hooded coat and gloves on offer.

Found on: Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway
Chillax — after you bundle up — in this 17-degree chamber, where everything from the seats to the bar itself is carved of ice. The gorgeous drinks, made with vodka and ice wine, will take your mind off the cold. Reserve ahead, and definitely take the hooded coat and gloves on offer.

Motu Mahana
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Motu Mahana

Found on: Paul Gauguin 
For the best cruise bar not on a ship, step ashore at Motu Mahana, the private island in French Polynesia that belongs to Paul Gauguin Cruises. At their island bar, choose from 18 tropical cocktails served in — what else? — coconuts. Or, if you don't feel like getting out of the water, order a drink from the floating lagoon bar. 

Found on: Paul Gauguin 
For the best cruise bar not on a ship, step ashore at Motu Mahana, the private island in French Polynesia that belongs to Paul Gauguin Cruises. At their island bar, choose from 18 tropical cocktails served in — what else? — coconuts. Or, if you don't feel like getting out of the water, order a drink from the floating lagoon bar. 

World Class Bar on Celebrity Eclipse
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World Class Bar

Found on: Celebrity Cruises' Solstice-class ships
This partnership between spirits giant Diageo and Celebrity takes serious mixology to the sea in a luxe bar where premium spirits are showcased in high-end craft cocktails. Try an elevated Old Fashioned or the Celebrity No. Ten, made with gin, fresh raspberries, bitters, and crème de violette.

Found on: Celebrity Cruises' Solstice-class ships
This partnership between spirits giant Diageo and Celebrity takes serious mixology to the sea in a luxe bar where premium spirits are showcased in high-end craft cocktails. Try an elevated Old Fashioned or the Celebrity No. Ten, made with gin, fresh raspberries, bitters, and crème de violette.

Champagne Bar on the Queen Mary 2
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Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar

Found on: Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria
To relive the days when travel was glamorous, head to this Champagne bar. In the intimate Art Deco-style lounge, you can sip the legendary bubbly (perhaps even a vintage), enjoy some pre-dinner snacks, and toast to traveling in style.

Found on: Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria
To relive the days when travel was glamorous, head to this Champagne bar. In the intimate Art Deco-style lounge, you can sip the legendary bubbly (perhaps even a vintage), enjoy some pre-dinner snacks, and toast to traveling in style.

The Tube on Disney Fantasy
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The Tube

Found on: Disney Fantasy
Inspired by the underground train stations in London, this high-energy club celebrates England with English phone booths and an illuminated Union Jack dance floor. Grab one of the fun cocktails — we like the 1863, made with vanilla vodka and Imperial English breakfast tea.

Found on: Disney Fantasy
Inspired by the underground train stations in London, this high-energy club celebrates England with English phone booths and an illuminated Union Jack dance floor. Grab one of the fun cocktails — we like the 1863, made with vanilla vodka and Imperial English breakfast tea.

SeaView Bar
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SeaView Bar

Found on: Royal Princess and Regal Princess
Care to sip your drinks 128 feet over the ocean watching the waves through a glass floor? Head to the SeaView Bar on the Royal Princess or Regal Princess for dramatic views. Bartenders show off their bottle-tossing skills in between mixing up tropical beach-inspired cocktails.

Found on: Royal Princess and Regal Princess
Care to sip your drinks 128 feet over the ocean watching the waves through a glass floor? Head to the SeaView Bar on the Royal Princess or Regal Princess for dramatic views. Bartenders show off their bottle-tossing skills in between mixing up tropical beach-inspired cocktails.

Vintages
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Vintages Wine Bar

Found on: Royal Caribbean
Here's your chance to sample wines that are usually only available at the winery. In a relaxed setting reminiscent of an Old World wine cellar, you'll find dozens of wine by the glass paired with tapas. 

Found on: Royal Caribbean
Here's your chance to sample wines that are usually only available at the winery. In a relaxed setting reminiscent of an Old World wine cellar, you'll find dozens of wine by the glass paired with tapas. 

Alchemy Bar on Carnival Freedom
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Alchemy Bar

Found on: Carnival Cruise Line
Step into a “vintage pharmacy” onboard Carnival ships in their fleet-wide Alchemy Bar, where a lab coat-clad bartender will serve you “Today’s Rx”. Sip your energizing elixir or healing concoction among mismatched bottles, antique books, and a vintage periodic table. 

Found on: Carnival Cruise Line
Step into a “vintage pharmacy” onboard Carnival ships in their fleet-wide Alchemy Bar, where a lab coat-clad bartender will serve you “Today’s Rx”. Sip your energizing elixir or healing concoction among mismatched bottles, antique books, and a vintage periodic table. 

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