So the sun has set in Barbados but it’s not time to close the door and listen to the crickets chirping. After dark, the island is still a hive of activity. Family friendly dinner floor shows, romantic dinners, fish fry’s, bar hopping, clubs and moonlight walks on the cool beaches await you.
Indeed many locations are open in the late hours of the day, from cozy nooks to hip happening spots for the night owl in each of us. Bajans like to dress up, so to avoid being turned back steer clear of slippers and shorts at night. Club & dinner wear is typically elegantly casual so don’t forget to pack that little black dress for the night on the town.
If you are looking for an island hot spot then Oistins or St. Lawrence Gap are places that simply cannot be missed. Both located in the parish of Christ Church, these two spots are local favourites: one casual and the other a “dressier” stetting. St Lawrence Gap aka “The Gap” has several party stops including the Suga Lounge and it’s also home to several restaurants and Bars, hotels and arcades, some shopping areas and of course the picturesque Dover Beach. For a more casual place, Oistins is the spot to be. The massive open air Fish Fry takes place in one of the islands first towns and this popular weekend event is a perfect combination of food, music & entertainment.
Barbados is the island of culinary delights, ranging from true, Bajan delicacies to mouthwatering international epicurean feasts. Several suggestions come to mind; however a dinner show in Barbados is a must for every visitor and local to see at some point - beautiful Costumes, limbo and fire eaters on display and many prizes equals fun for the family and money well spent. Whatever your pleasure, Barbados has a restaurant for you. Pick from a popular spot amongst the locals or browse the full Restaurant List.
Top Restaurant Picks (After Dark)
Casual: Oistins & Lucky Horse Shoe
Semi-formal: Champers, Tapas, Zen
Barbados is certainly not in short supply of bars and pubs to sit and share drinks with friends and family or cheer for our favorite team while the game is on. Picture this, its Happy Hour in Barbados, the ever popular local favourite Banks Beer is two for one and you are sharing a cold beer over a laugh with friends…No? Are you are sipping on a glass of wine in a cozy nook or are you trying the local rum punch at the corner shop? The options are truly endless...
Bar hop, explore the rum shops or visit one of the larger hotel bars and have a comfortable evening; sit by the pool, walk on the beach, simply enjoy it. Try an island cocktail, an international favourite or two of the oldest rums in the world, Mount Gay or Cockspur Rum. Pick from a popular spot amongst the locals or browse the full Bar & Pub list.
Top Drinking Spots (After Dark)
Casual: Bert's (Sports Bar), Surfside Beach Bar (Sports Bar), John Moore Bar (Rum Shop)
Semi-formal: LIME Bar, Daphne's, Tapas
Night Owls beware, Bajans can Party! Really party! And if it happens to be the Crop Over season we can go from dusk till well past dawn, but that’s a good thing. Come prepared, because club hopping after drinks is fairly common place, and dance the night away to popular Dj’s or local/ internationally known bands. For many visitors, clubbing in Barbados will also mean you make new friends; Bajans are a friendly bunch with a love for socialization. Typically the club gets jumping between 11pm and 1am and ends at roughly 3am.
Lime is the Caribbean term for hanging out and enjoying yourself. In Barbados it takes on many forms but liming has one essential ingredient, it’s typically in a relaxed environment that’s hard to pull yourself away from at the end of the night, often involving some form of alcohol (though not absolutely necessary). Liming typically happens on the weekend, but is an after work staple for many during the week as well.