BLUE Bar at Renaissance Marina Hotel

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L. G. Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad, Aruba
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BLUE Bar at Renaissance Marina Hotel - 'Lynchburg Lemonades', BLUE Bar at the Renaissance Marina Hotel, Aruba.
BLUE Bar at Renaissance Marina Hotel - BLUE Bar at the Renaissance Marina Hotel, Aruba.
BLUE Bar at Renaissance Marina Hotel - BLUE Bar at the Renaissance Marina Hotel, Aruba.
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BLUE Bar at Renaissance Marina Hotel Oranjestad Reviews

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Happy Hour cocktails in a swanky hotel bar! Feb 04, 2017
We visited BLUE Bar at the Renaissance Marina Hotel for cocktails one afternoon during our stay in Aruba in May 2015.

This swanky lounge bar is located between the hotel's lobby and its outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace. There is a casino and a fancy restaurant just along the corridor and most of the clientele are smartly dressed. We were returning from a day at the beach; I was wearing shorts and a vest top and had that unmistakable aroma of sun tan lotion! Despite feeling somewhat under-dressed, we were made to feel welcome as we perched ourselves on high stools at the bar.

BLUE's menu contains a long list of cocktails, frozen cocktails, martinis and beers. Most of them are priced at $US 7.50, but a few are priced at $US 9. However, during "Happy Hour" (which runs from 4:30pm to 6:00pm daily) all cocktails are 2-for-1. At $US 3.75 / $US 4.50 each they are pretty good value for money.

Unlike other Happy Hours in Aruba, the cocktails here are strictly "2-for-1" and not "half price". That is, you must have two of any chosen cocktail. So, Emma and I faced the choice of finding a cocktail that we both liked and having one each...or having two cocktails each. Guess which option we chose!?

I opted for:

2 x Lynchburg Lemonades - Price: $US 7.50

A potent combination of Jack Daniels Bourbon, Triple Sec, lime juice and Sprite.

Emma opted for:

2 x Pina Coladas - Price: $US 7.50

Chosen from the "frozen" cocktails section of the menu – a pre-mixed Pina Colada ice mix topped up with Bacardi rum.

Despite the bar's upmarket feel, the cocktails were served in plastic cups. I didn't feel quite so under-dressed now!

The atmosphere was fairly casual and laid-back in the late afternoon; there were still people sitting around the pool enjoying cocktails in their swimwear. As the night progresses, things apparently get more lively with live DJs and a dance floor.

A 15% service charge (as is common in Aruba) was automatically added to our bill.

I added a footnote to my travel notes that we would come back (better dressed) for more Happy Hours during our stay....but we never quite found the time.

A swanky hotel lounge bar with great value Happy Hour cocktails!
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