The best bars on board superyachts

From IJE's high-tech nightclub to the iconic "Ari's Bar" on board classic Christina O, BOAT rounds up the best superyacht cocktail bars for celebrating, socialising and sipping while on a superyacht holiday this festive season...

IJE

Credit: Ray Main

The marble-topped bar on board 108 metre Benetti superyacht IJE is located within the atmospheric nightclub. Styled by interior designer RWD, the room features plush sofas offset by darker colours to set the scene, as well as excellent sound insulation to turn up the tunes and party the night away with a drink in hand from the well-stocked bar. The area also features a custom-made “virtual aquarium” designed by tech company Nextworks for extra effect, which displays realistic imagery of tropical marine life visible through five faux portholes.

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IJE

Benetti   108 m •   2019

Solandge

Credit: Jim Raycroft

Fitting in perfectly with the rest of the opulent interiors on board, the cocktail bar on 85 metre Lürssen superyacht Solandge is decked out with lavish stonework and ornate high chairs. Serving as a socialising space in the main saloon, the bar is finished with lilac-coloured amethyst and honey onyx. The room is also outfitted with a Bechstein piano, carefully engineered Schonbek chandeliers dripping with rose-coloured crystals and a high-end karaoke system that will rival those found in the best clubs.

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SOLANDGE

Lurssen   85.1 m •   2013

Christina O

Credit: Stef Bravin

Christina O's sixties-style, Madmen-esque bar is one of the few spots on board preserved since the yacht was famously owned by Greek magnate Aristotle Onassis. This means 'Ari's bar', as it's referred to, still features engraved orca teeth for guests to hang their handbags on, as well as the large piece of sunken Spanish galleon timber that forms the bar and, most famously, the whale foreskin that covers the bar stools. 

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CHRISTINA O

Canadian Vickers   99.15 m •   1943

Ragnar

Credit: Burgess

The main saloon and dining room on 68 metre Ragnar have room for up to 14 guests, while hosting a British pub-style bar. Guests can draw back curtains to reveal an ocean view or, alternatively, keep them shut when the lock-ins seep into the small hours.

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RAGNAR

Royal Niestern Sander   68.2 m •   2012

Boardwalk

Credit: Kristina Strobel / Superyacht Creative

Boardwalk's beach club bar has a TV above the drinks-making area so that guests can watch afternoon sports matches and enjoy a dip in the sea at halftime. This comes as no surprise given that its owner is quite the sporting fan and even owns an NBA team. Opposite the bar, four Ferrari-red SeaBobs hang side by side on the wall like a work of art. 

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BOARDWALK

Feadship   76.5 m •   2021

La Datcha

Credit: Edmiston

The 77 metre "bronzed explorer" La Datcha's main saloon bar is an incredible, iceberg-looking structure. Its four stools have a sea-view and the alcohol-station is flanked by geometric wall designs. The ice-like bar is perfect for the northerly locations the yacht sails to, but not if guests are easily triggered by James Cameron's Titanic

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LA DATCHA

Damen Yachting   76.9 m •   2020

Ace

Credit: Klaus Jordan

Ace's instantly recognisable interiors were penned by Andrew Winch and include a striking bar area that doubles up as a nightclub. Situated on the top deck, with a wide ranging view out onto the ocean, glamorous upholstery sits well alongside curtains and candle-style lighting. 

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ACE

Lurssen   85 m •   2012

White Rabbit

Credit: Neal Pritchard / Mark Stothard

The world's largest trimaran, the 83 metre White Rabbit, features Art Deco references throughout her interiors. These are on full display around the huge bar in the main saloon, which is headed by a spectacular light feature that cleverly doubles as glass storage. The bar fully embraces the yacht's name with a gold leaf Alice in Wonderland scene in the ceiling.

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WHITE RABBIT

Image Marine   36 m •   2001

Elysium

Credit: Blueiprod

The bar on board Sunseeker superyacht Elysium has been thoughtfully designed as the perfect place for al fresco pre-dinner drinks. The elegant, sweeping space is larger than usual for yachts of this size and is situated on the sundeck, overlooking the spa pool.

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ELYSIUM

Sunseeker   40.05 m •   2018

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Amadea

Credit: Guillaume Plisson

The biggest space on board 106 metre Amadea is dedicated to the owner’s cosy saloon, bar and dining area. Backlit bottles of whiskey, brandy and rum characterise the colourful bar in the main deck, which is topped off with a popcorn machine for movie nights or a happy hour snack.

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AMADEA

Lurssen   106.1 m •   2017

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