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Oceania Riviera Bars & Nightlife

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Oceania Riviera Bars & Nightlife

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The Oceania Riviera bars and nightlife offer something for everyone. There are lively lounges, shows in the theatre and live music venues.

By Published On: 8 Oct 2019

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Horizons Lounge

Horizons is Oceania Riviera’s elegant observation lounge. It has floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views over the bow.

The Horizons Lounge is the most popular Oceania Riviera bar.
Horizons Lounge has great views.

It’s one of the most popular Oceania Riviera bars, especially at sail out. The atmosphere is relaxed and at sunset the waiters glide past with trays of drinks and canapés.

Later, horizons takes on a party atmosphere. There’s live music and couples take to the dance floor. It all makes for a great night out onboard Riviera.

Martinis Bar

Martinis is a signature Oceania Riviera bar that specialises in making great martinis.

It reminds me of the Beaufort Bar in the Savoy Hotel in London. There is a sophisticated ambiance, plush sofas and a pianist tinkling the ivories. It’s the ideal place to further your knowledge of the classic American cocktail.

Maartinis bar on Oceania Riviera.
Martinis has live piano music every night.

In fact there are 25 different martinis on the menu, including the Classic, the Dirty and the Monneypenny’s which served with Absolut Citron, Chambord and Cranberry Juice.

There is also a great selection of other cocktails too, as well as wine and champagne.


With sweeping views over the pool deck, Baristas is the place for coffee on Riviera. In fact, I think Baristas serves the best coffee at sea.

Baristas on board Oceania Riviera.
Baristas has great views and even better coffee.

You can enjoy your coffee Italian style, standing up at the bar, or relaxing in the lounge.

In the evening Baristas continues the Italian theme with aperitivo – a range of classic Italian pre-dinner drinks.

The Grand Bar

The Grand Bar is located in the hall outside the Grand Dining Room. Indeed, it is not a bar per se, but rather an opulently furnished space with bar service.

The Grand Bar on Oceania Riviera
The Grand Bar has ocean views.

It is a lovely place for a pre-dinner glass of champagne or a cocktail, especially when the string quartet are playing.

That said, the Grand Bar doesn’t have the lively ambiance of its namesake on the smaller ships in the fleet.

The Casino Bar

The Casino Bar is one of the smallest Oceania Riviera bars, but it is also one of the most exciting.

It has a chic Parisian decor and an ebullient atmosphere, where new-found friends share stories and try their luck at the tables.

The Lounge

The Lounge is the theatre on Oceania Riviera. It has production shows, as well as enrichment lectures and even movie screenings.

Most nights the resident cast or guest entertainers perform in the Lounge. There is usually just one show at 9:30pm which is advertised in the daily Currents newsletter.

The cast shows include productions like “Broadway In Concert” and “Lights, Camera, Music”. Sadly, they are not good. At best these shows seem cliched, while at worst they are dull. These cast shows were not well received by audiences on my voyage.

That said, there is attentive bar service in the Lounge at show times.

The Library

The Library is a relaxing retreat where you can find a good book or read the latest international newspapers.

The Oceania Riviera library.
Enjoy a good book in the Library.

It has quiet nooks with deep leather armchairs as well as ottomans. The shelves are filled with fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as a large selection of travel guides.

Waves Bar

Enjoy gentle sea breezes by the pool at Waves Bar.

Waves Bar has a wide variety of refreshing libations, including poolside cocktails like Piña coladas and Mojitos as well as wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages.

Read the Wellness section of my Oceania Riviera review by clicking the button below.

The author sailed as a guest of Oceania Cruises.

About the Author: Jason Kerr

Jason is the founder and Managing Editor of The Luxury Cruise Review. He has a passion for travel, a weakness for espresso coffee and a love of Greek cuisine.

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