About St. Lawrence Gap - Otherwise Known as 'The Gap'
St. Lawrence Gap in Barbados is a perfect contradiction. A bustling street that runs alongside a quiet and calm bay. High end restaurants that rub shoulders with karaoke bars and old rum shops.
Million dollar condos that exist next door to low budget hotels. Young teens and senior citizens walk side by side. Tequila and Sunday mass are served across the street from each other.
However, it all synchronizes perfectly to create an international metropolis on the south coast of Barbados.
The restaurants in St. Lawrence Gap are varied and sell Mexican, Bajan, Irish, Jamaican, English, Italian, American and Chinese food. The variety doesn't stop with food; you can also hear Rock, Reggae, Calypso, R&B, Salsa and live music most nights of the week.
After the dinner period St. Lawrence Gap really wakes up and doesn't go to sleep until the early hours of the morning. People can be seen hanging out on the decks of the bars, watching the constant traffic of the Gap, or dancing the night away in one of the Barbados nightclubs.
The clubs feature top local bands playing a huge variety of music. You can jam to smooth reggae vibes or party to the latest music from international radio stations.
The restaurants and street vendors can be visited day or night. Taxis eagerly line the street as water sports operators line the shore.
Bars, Restaurants and Hotels in The Gap
The Watering Hole
As you enter the Gap you will see 'The Watering Hole' on your right, a white, wooden chattel hut. This is one of the many traditional rum shops on the island.
The first bar and restaurant you will see at the entrance of the road on your left is 'Cafe Sol'. This is a lively restaurant and cocktail bar serving Mexican food such as sizzling Tortillas.
Next door to this is 'Opa', which serves traditional Greek food, and is attached to The Yellow Bird Hotel. Call: 246-624-9767 or email: email@example.com to make a booking.
The Yellow Bird Hotel
This boutique hotel boasts a large number of repeat guests who usually book their next stay with us as soon as they return home. Fabulous service, great value, awesome views.
Opposite is 'Bellini's Trattoria' Restaurant. Here you can dine on the finest selection of Italian cuisine, overlooking the sea. There is also a wonderful selection of wines and liquors, and their signature drink is a Bellini champagne Cocktail.
Bellini's are open from 6pm and their last table seating is 10pm. Starters cost $13, main courses cost from $39 and pizzas cost from $37. They accept all major credit cards. To make a booking call: 246-420-7587 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paulo's Churrasco do Brasil
Next, on your left is 'Paulo's Churrasco do Brasil', which is a true Brazilian steakhouse. The flame grilled meats are carved directly onto your plate. Call: 246-428-6767 to make a reservation.
Opposite is 'Pisces', a distinguished landmark restaurant, which serves an international a la carte menu and a large variety of seafood. Dinner is served from 6pm - 10pm. Visa, Mastercard and Amex are accepted. Call: 246-435-6564 or email: email@example.com for reservations.
Next is 'Sweet Potatoes', a local bistro that serves local Bajan dishes.
There is private parking in between Paulo's and Sweet Potatoes which costs BB$10.
Next door to the parking you will also see a local arts and crafts stall called 'The Tamarind Seed'.
After this you will see that a 'Speak Easy Bar and Grill' is coming soon. Watch this space!
St Lawrence Church
On the corner after this is 'St Lawrence Church', a pretty, grey, stone church.
The Reggae Lounge
'The Reggae Lounge' is next, which has just been bought and is closed for renovations.
McBrides Pub and Cookhouse
After this is 'Mc Brides', a busy Irish Bar which showcases live music and serves casual meals in a lively atmosphere. At 'Mc Bride's' every night is a party!! Call: 246-435-6352 for more details.
Pun De Grill
After this is 'Pun De Grill', a relaxed, local restaurant.
Next is 'Lip Gloss', a new bar.
Hal's Car Park Karaoke Bar
After this is 'Hal's car park karaoke bar' where you can sing the night away under the stars.
Sugar Ultra Lounge
Next in line is 'Sugar Ultra Lounge' - a large, classy, Ibiza style bar and club which often plays dance music. There is a dress code here - you have to wear shoes (no flip flops) and trousers.
You will then pass the 'South Gap Ocean Hotel' which has a restaurant called 'Salvio's'. 'Salvio's' is open from 7am 'till 10.30pm. You can dine by the pool or on the oceanfront terrace, shaded by umbrellas. They serve local and international dishes such as flying fish cutters.
Next is 'Harlequin Restaurant' where you can dine alfresco to jazz music. Dishes include seafood grilled specialties, vegetarian delights, home-made desserts and kid's meals. There is also an international wine list and cocktail bar. Call: 246-420-7677 for reservations.
Following this is the 'Rostrevor Hotel'. The award winning Rostrevor Hotel is one of the most affordable self-catering hotels in Barbados.
Almond Tree Beach Restaurant and Bar
After this is the 'Almond Tree' Beach Restaurant and Bar. This family oriented restaurant serves a buffet breakfast and either an a la carte or buffet dinner. The food has a distinctly local and Caribbean flavour with infiltrations of Mediterranean and international cuisine. Call: 246-419-4200 to make a reservation.
You will then pass two smaller bars - 'Jan Frank Cocktail Bar' and 'Jobus Sports Bar'. You will also see 'The Gap beauty Salon' on your left and an internet café underneath the 'Mirabelle Apartments'. On your right is The Gap's convenience store where you can buy groceries etc.
Next is the 'Waterside Restaurant', and opposite this is 'Beginning Beautiful Hair Studio and Spa'. You will also see 'The Best of Barbados Gift Shop' and 'South Palms Beach Resort'.
Southern Palms and Garden Terrace
Attached to the 'Southern Palms Hotel' is 'The Garden Terrace' Restaurant where you can enjoy stunning views of 'Pink Pearl Beach'. You will also hear a live steel orchestra and taste exotic, Caribbean flavours. An a la carte breakfast and dinner are served, but you must reserve for dinner in advance. Call: 246-428-7171 for reservations.
Next you will see 'Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant' and bar, a 'Steak House Grill' and 'St Lawrence Pizza Hut'.
Chattel Shopping Village
After this is a pretty Chattel House Village - a treasure trove of pastel coloured chattel houses containing clothes shops, nicknacks, souvenirs, cafes and bars.
At the end of the village is Pablo Dontes, which serves breakfast 'till 2pm and dinner. Here you can watch live jazz on Wednesdays and also sports such as football matches. There is an internet café attached. Another café in this village is 'Happy Days', which serves breakfast and offers internet.
'Escape at the Gap' is next on St Lawrence Road, an exclusive resort. After this The Gap ends and you will reach 'Dover Beach.'
You can refer to our Barbados Beaches section to read more about this stunning, white sand beach.
Dress code is casual and everyone wears a smile. Wherever it is you chose to visit in St. Lawrence Gap on the south coast of Barbados, be assured that once there, the world is as it should be.
Author: Brett Callaghan