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Our Favorite Bars and Nightlife on Icon of the Seas

April 2, 2024

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Trip Concierge

Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas set sail earlier this year, and our agents were on board one of the very first voyages. While on the largest cruise ship in the world, the days were action packed and full of unforgettable experiences. And the nights kept the energy up with plenty of options, many adults only. In all, there were 15 buzzing spots and live music venues on board, each with a unique way to turn up the volume and bring on the vibes. Keep reading to discover our agency’s favorite nighttime experiences on The Icon of the Seas

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They're playing your favorites at Dueling Pianos


Let’s get this straight: Dueling Pianos is not your average piano bar. It’s more like a heavyweight boxing match between two talented contenders, each armed with a beautiful baby grand. Located in the lively Royal Promenade, here you’ll find two pianists taking your song requests and turning them into hilarious acts of spontaneous one-upmanship. You can’t help but tap your toes and sing along as you sip on a Snap Crackle Pop — Beefeater gin, lime juice, simple syrup, grenadine and pineapple juice with a side of pop rocks.


Tucked away in the corner of Central Park® is Lou’s Jazz ‘n Blues, the place where all the cool cats hang out. Decked out in shades and fedoras, the house band fills the room with jazzy pop and soulful jazz, making it the ideal place to chill at the end of a long, fun night. We loved hanging out in the wide corner booth sipping a Somm's Solo Sour, which is made of Jack Daniel’s rye whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup and aquafaba topped with cabernet sauvignon.

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Excellent views and drinks at Rye & Bean


The Rye & Bean transforms throughout the day from must-hit coffee shop to can’t-miss coffee bar. During the day, we’d order flat whites, and at night we went with a Stout Espresso Martini made with Absolut Vodka, Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur, cold brew coffee, simple syrup and Guinness stout. We liked to go here early in the evening, because their coffee-infused cocktails kept us properly caffeinated throughout the night.

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A moment of serenity at the Overlook Lounge


The AquaDomeSM is a transformative space with two levels of floor-to-ceiling wraparound windows. The Overlook Lounge is the best way to enjoy this distinctive area at night. Make your way to the chic Overlook Pods for an elevated hangout spot or cozy up with a cocktail before catching a show. We personally loved the Overlook Spritz — Hard Truth coconut rum, Lagoon Bay liqueur, coconut syrup, lime juice and Living Coral sparkling rosé.


For those looking for a party vibe, the Music Hall delivers every night. Whether they were playing Metallica or Journey, the rockin’ cover band kept the energy up and the dance floor packed. The lead singer sounded great, and he was often backed up by the singing patrons who knew the words to every song they played. There’s just something special about singing “Sweet Home Alabama” while drinking a Sweet Home Alabama made of Tito's vodka, peach puree, lemon juice and fresh-brewed iced tea.

The best way to experience all these late-night thrills on Icon of the Seas yourself is with the help of a trusted travel advisor at Trip Concierge. Our agency knows Royal Caribbean well, so we can give you real-world advice and vacation-enhancing insights. Contact us today to start planning your Icon of Vacations.



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