What’s the nightlife like in Barbados?

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The nightlife in Barbados is extensive and varied, with entertainment for every taste.

The island is home to every kind of nightlife venue, from flashy cocktail bars and beach clubs, to no-frills rum shops, fish frys and full-on festivals. There are an abundance of bars and clubs in the St Lawrence Gap area on the south coast. On the west coast there are a selection of more upmarket bars and cocktail loungers on First and Second Streets in the heart of Holetown.

Our top picks for nightlife in Barbados are:

  • Oistin’s Fish Fry – This is a fish market/street party in the village of Oistins every Friday evening. There’s plenty of fresh fried fish to eat and lots of drinking too, plus live calypso and reggae music. It’s open to everyone from teenagers to OAPs and goes on until the early hours.
  • Scarlet – This upmarket cocktail bar and restaurant is located in a chattel house behind Paynes Bay on the west coast. The decor is scarlet and black, anf there’s along list of cocktails and delicious Asian/Bajan food.
  • The John Moore Bar – An unassuming rum shack in Weston, St James, with picnic tables, drinks and music on a stunning stretch of powder-white beach.
  • The Harbour Lights Club  – This is a large open-air nightclub on the beach just south of Bridgetown. There’s a Beach Extravaganza dinner show every Monday and Wednesday featuring BBQ food, dancing and amazing live performers. Plus there’s a nightclub on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Cafe Sol – This lively mexican restaurant and bar features great ‘Tex-Mex’ food, a massive margarita list, regular happy hours and lots of live music. It’s located in the bustling St Lawrence Gap area.
  • Crop Over Festival – This is the island’s largest and most popular festival – a summer-long celebration of local culture with lots of food, music, dancing and parties.

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