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Entertainment & Nightlife in Barbados

West Coast

A lot of the evening entertainment around here revolves around the big resorts, many of which have lovely bars and many of which host bands and beach parties in the evening.

Some say the green-and-white Coach House, Paynes Bay, St. James (on the main Bridgetown-Holetown road, just south of Sandy Lane, about 10 km north of Bridgetown), is 200 years old. Attracting mostly visitors, this is a Bajan version of an English pub, with an outdoor garden bar. From 6 to 10 pm you can order bar meals, including flying-fish burgers, priced at $6 and up.

John Moore Bar, on the waterfront, Weston, St. James, is the most atmospheric and least pretentious bar on Barbados. Open to the sea breezes, and much weather-beaten, it's the nerve centre of this waterfront town, filled day and night with a congenial group of neighbourhood residents, and a scattering of tourists. Most visitors opt for a rum punch or beer, but you can order up a plate of local fish if you don't mind waiting.

One of the island's popular bars in Barbados is Olives Bar & Bistro, Second Street at the corner of Highway 1, in Holetown. Not only is it a fine restaurant but it's also a good place to spend 2 or 3 hours before or after dinner – maybe both. Found upstairs in a Casablanca-like setting of potted palms and whirling fans, it draws a convivial international crowd, mostly expatriates, Americans and English visitors in their 30s and 40s.


For the most authentic Bajan evening possible, head for Baxters Road in Bridgetown, where there's always something cooking Friday and Saturday nights after 11 pm. In fact, if you stick around until dawn, you'll find the party's still going strong. Some old-time visitors have compared Baxters Road to the back streets of New Orleans in the 1930s.

The most popular café on Baxters Road is Enid's, a little ramshackle establishment where Bajans come to devour fried chicken at 3 am. This place is open daily from 8:30 pm to 8:30 am, when the last satisfied customer departs into the blazing morning sun and the employees go home to get some sleep. Stop in for a Banks beer.

Boatyard Bar & South Deck Grill, Bay Street in Bridgetown, is one of the busiest and most animated of the youth-oriented bars in Bridgetown occupying an outdoor, beach-fronting building whose interior is lavishly decorated in Creole colours of bright yellow, blue, and pink. If you want food, the menu features simple platters of fish, chicken, or burgers. If you want to go swimming, the beach lies almost directly adjacent to the foundations of this place. Expect a 5-minute trek from central Bridgetown, hordes of dancers jiving to the DJ every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and lots of local gossip. Open daily 9 am to 1 or 3 am, depending on business.

Harbour Lights, Marine's Villa, Lower Bay Street, 2 km southeast of Bridgetown, is the most popular weekend spot for dancing, drinking, and flirting on all of Barbados. In a modern seafront building with an oceanfront patio (which gives dancers a chance to cool off), the place plays reggae, soca, and whatever else is popular until the wee hours nightly. The barbecue pit/kiosk serves up hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, fish, and hamburgers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The place attracts a large local following, with a few foreign visitors showing up.

South Coast

The bustling activity at Café Sol, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, attracts a very convivial crowd. As a speciality of the house, the bartender rubs the margarita glasses with Bajan sugar instead of the usual salt.

Plantation Restaurant and Garden Theatre, Main Road (Highway 7), St. Lawrence, Christ Church, is the island's main showcase for evening dinner theatre and Caribbean cabaret. It's completely touristy, but enjoyable nonetheless. Every Wednesday and Friday, dinner is served at 6:30 pm, followed by a show, Bajan Roots and Rhythm, at 8 pm. Expect elaborate costumes and lots of reggae, calypso and limbo.

The Ship Inn, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, is among the leading entertainment centres on the south coast. The pub is the hot spot: Top local bands perform most nights, offering reggae, calypso, and pop music. The place draws an equal number of visitors and locals.

The best sports bar, without equal, is Bubba's Sports Bar, Rockley Main Road, Worthing, Christ Church, which offers a couple of satellite dishes, a 3-m video screen, and a dozen TVs. Wash a Bubba burger down with a Banks beer. The longest bar on the island is at After Dark, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, where you can often hear live reggae, soca, Bajan calypso, and jazz.





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