The west coast of Barbados has a multitude of nightlife, clubs, and bars.
Speightstown has bars and restaurants and is beautiful during the day for a nice lunch, but for nightlife, you are better to head a bit further south down the west coast to Holetown.
Holetown is bustling with bars and restaurants on both First and Second Street. If you visit the island in February, you can enjoy the Holetown Festival, which commemorates the first settlers in Barbados. You will be treated to street parades, theater, and entertainment for an entire week-long street party.
Paulo’s Churrasco do Brazil located at Bagatelle Great House is open for excellent food and renowned for its extensive wine cellar, next door you will find Lord Willoughby’s Tavern. This English style public house serves traditional pub grub and provides a late-night venue for dancing and drinking into the small hours.
There are also many rum shops dotted along the coastline; rum shops are a great way to meet the locals and to enjoy the national drink of rum!
Scarlet’s is also an excellent bar; it is quite cosmopolitan and again stays open quite late.
If you are visiting the island in March, then you can enjoy a month of activities at Holders Great House as they open the grounds and stage plays, comedy, and musical performances.
They bring acts in from London’s West End and New York’s Broadway to perform in the open air with champagne tents and a truly romantic setting.
Continuing south down the west coast will bring you into Bridgetown the capital of Barbados.
Just further along the Spring Garden Highway, you will find the Mount Gay Rum factory, where you can tour the facility and get the full history of rum-making in Barbados and then enjoy lunch, cocktails and have a look around the gift shop.
By: Brett Callaghan