Explore Our Favourite Nightlife Spots

Posted on 13/11/2022

With a fair balance of adventure and romance, it’s impossible not to get swept up in the fun and exciting nightlife.

Fabulous local cuisine via candlelight or catching a traditional island night show. Indulge in the abundant cuisine options that the local Muri night markets have to offer.  Or simply soak up the spectacular sunset views whilst sipping exotic tropical cocktails at our many atmospheric beach bars. The Cook Islands offer one of the best nightlife experiences in the South Pacific!

Check out our top picks for unmissable nightlife experiences – from the coolest local hot spots to the unique restaurants and bars there’s something for everyone.


The multitudes of cafes and restaurants around the island just have to be experienced. The food is phenomenal, from a casual fish burger to a complete gourmet meal, the options are endless!

Little Polynesian Restaurant offers a luxurious evening setting especially suited for those that desire intimate dining.  Experience a perfect blend of romance, sea and evening moonlight, ensuring it is the perfect place to finish the day.  Overlooking the infinity pool and Titikaveka beach, you’ll enjoy some delicious local and international dishes prepared by our expert chefs.

Be tempted by succulent fresh local seafood, tasting Pacific and international dishes at Sandals Restaurant located at Pacific Resort Rarotonga. For something casual, Barefoot Bar offers light meals from the all-day menu, enjoyed from courtyard seating or sea view booths.

Dining at Pacific Resort Aitutaki offers elegance and only the finest food including local fresh Aitutaki ingredients. The restaurant will astound you with its elegant menu and service matched by no other establishment in the Cook Islands.



With fragrant aromas gliding along Muri Beach Village, Muri night markets are a great way to curate your own dinner from the various food stalls and stands.   It’s a great location to mix and mingle with tourists and locals alike.

Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings from 5pm, offering a wide selection of food ranging from local BBQ meals, seafood, chicken curries, fresh drinking coconuts, wok-fried noodles, pizza, fruity ice creams, desserts and more.

Cultural nights

Highly entertaining and fun for the whole family, a visit to the Cook Islands is not complete without an ‘Island Night Cultural Show” for an unforgettable experience. A variety of resorts and cultural centers across Rarotonga and Aitutaki treat guests to vibrant local music, history, dance traditions and our most renowned local cuisine.

Sunset Cocktails

Sipping cocktails at a bar fronting the west as the sun slowly slips below the horizon is a highlight. There is truly no better way to say farewell to a very special day in paradise.

When in Rarotonga, visit Little Polynesian Resort to sample exotic tropical cocktails at their bar. Their friendly staff will surely mix the perfect concoction for your pleasure.

Rapae Bay at Pacific Resort Aitutaki offers an array of luxurious cocktails that match perfectly with the striking lagoon view.

Side note: be sure to try the flavour bursting local beer, Rarotonga lager found at Pacific Resort Rarotonga

Clubs & Events

If you can’t settle with just one place – bar and pub hopping via Rarotonga’s infamous Party Bus is a great way to experience the nightlife by visiting the best clubs in just one night. Party like locals and experience the laidback island-style feel, friendly staff, and great music while you dance the night away.

Looking for good vibes and amazing sounds by the beach – be sure to catch one of the Coco House Bros gigs, this Cook Islands based international DJ trio, boast a long and successful trajectory in the electronic music scene and know how to rock a party.