Barbados offers a wealth of entertainment and a buzzing nightlife. Barbados is alive with music, bands, festivals, concerts, bars, nightclubs, rum shops and even a piano bar hosted by a world famous Broadway star.
Barbadians are naturally vibrant and love to relax with friends at a good party or fete. They also enjoy taking in shows, performances, plays and dances; and there are plenty to choose from.
Our Barbados entertainment guide showcases limitless possibilities in the realms of entertainment. And if you book through Totally Barbados you may be entitled to exclusive discounts and offers.
Bars and Nightclubs
We boast a wide range of nightclubs, some indoors and air-conditioned, some outdoors and rustic, some on the beach and some inland; we even have a couple that float! Some of the nightclubs feature different theme nights including salsa dancing and beach parties. For instance, check out Harbour Lights nightclub and Sugar Ultra Lounge.
There are two main areas of bars and clubs on the island:
» 1st and 2nd Street - On the west coast of Barbados are two streets creatively named 1st street and 2nd street. These streets harbour a row of bars and restaurants some of which have late licenses at which you can boogie all night.
» St Lawrence Gap - On the South coast of Barbados is this busy, vibrant street of bars and clubs. This is perhaps the busiest place on the island at which to party the night away. Although most of our bars tend to boast a Bajan ambiance, here you can also find Mexican, Irish, Indian, English, and American.
Calypso, Reggae and Steel pan tend to dominate the local music industry with world-class Barbadian bands such as:
» Merrymen - calypso
» Splash Band - reggae
» Third Stone - rock
» Toni Norville - female 'soul diva'
These bands still regularly perform at many local venues. In recent years there has also been a huge rise in the alternative music fields with artists like:
» Roadhouse - rock
» Driftwould - reggae, rock
» Psilos - reggae, indie rock
» Rupee - local Calypsonians, who have been signed with Atlantic Records.
Other Entertainment Options
» Sports bars and pool halls - There are a variety of sports bars in which you can watch your favourite matches across the island.
» Karaoke - You can become a star, under the stars by putting on your own show at any of the numerous karaoke spots across the island.
» Rum Shops - There are limitless rum shops to choose from all over the island where you can sample the rum in the sun.
» Hotel bars and restaurants - most of the hotels on the island have bars, clubs and restaurants that you can visit.
Local shows are very popular with Barbadians and tourists alike. More and more hotels are starting to feature colourful cabaret shows with such acts as fire jugglers, stilt walkers, dancers and the like. These types of shows can also be seen at many venues throughout the island for instance:
» Harbour Lights Nightclub Beach Extravaganza Dinner Show
These shows tend to feature a lot of local culture like the Limbo dancer, Caribbean dancer, fire eater and stilt men. They also showcase local bands.
There are many fish markets on the island which host fresh fish fry ups with live music and entertainment. Perhaps the most famous of these is Oistins Fish Market. On Friday nights this market comes to life with delicious, fresh fish cooked before your eyes, live local music and performances on stage, and stalls selling local crafts and jewellery. Amongst the glittering treasure trove stalls are dance floors where you can try your hand at salsa or just have a good old boogie.
Many festivals take place in Barbados throughout the year including music festivals, food festivals, carnivals, art festivals and more. Barbados has also hosted concerts for international acts such as Alicia Keys, Sir Cliff Richard, Pavarotti, Ray Charles, Boyz 2 Men, Bryan Adams, Bare Naked Ladies and Michael Bolton. You can find out what festivals are happening this year on our Barbados festivals page.
Adventure tours in Barbados stretch the imagination and lift the soul. For instance, you could try zip lining through the trees thousands of feet above the ground; or you could explore caves deep beneath the coral rock.
Alternatively there are many ways to enjoy the crystal blue waters surrounding this island gem, such as cruises, snorkeling, or diving. To find out more about what's on offer, check out our list of Things to do in Barbados.
By: Brett Callaghan