The south coast of Barbados offers an abundance of nightlife, clubs, and bars.
Starting at the Careenage area in Bridgetown, you will find the Waterfront Café, which offers cool jazz, food, and a well-stocked bar.
Next door, you will find the Limelite café, which has live music every night of the week and is themed as a music bar with memorabilia of great musicians covering the walls.
If you are looking to party during the day, then the Careenage is where the majority of catamarans and boat trips leave from, most boat trips include food and drink in the price.
A day out sailing in the Caribbean sun in the ideal place to really let your hair down and enjoy yourself, watch out for the rum punch though, it does pack a hard punch that creeps up on you especially when drinking in the sunshine.
Another party boat is the Harbour Master, which leaves from Bridgetown Harbour; here, you can enjoy dinner cruises and themed party nights.
Just a short walk along the Careenage will bring you to The Boatyard, traditionally one of the best nightclubs in Barbados.
Tuesday night is a drinks free party, so you pay a fixed entrance fee of $35BDS, and all house drinks are free, there are a great DJ and a live band, so you are guaranteed a good night out.
The Boatyard is also a great party spot during the day, again you pay an entrance fee, and this entitles you to use all their facilities, which includes sun loungers, umbrella’s, paddles, and lots of water activities. This is an ideal destination if there are children, teenagers, or the adventurous types in your group.
During the day, you can also board the Jolly Roger Pirate Ship, which takes you for a day’s adventure where you can sing, dance, walk the plank, snorkel, enjoy lunch, and again the infamous rum punch.
Heading east along the south coast will bring you to Harbour Lights, another great nightclub located right on the beach.
Drinks free parties are held here on Wednesday and Friday nights. Again this is a fixed fee entry, and then all house drinks are open; the music is varied playing old, new, local, and international chart sounds.
On most Monday and Wednesday evenings, they provide the Beach Extravaganza dinner show, with Caribbean cabaret acts of dancers, stilt walkers, and fire eaters. This is a lovely evening out for the family, but children are required to leave by 10.30 pm.
If you keep heading along the south coast main road, you will come to Bubba’s sports bar, which does two for one happy hour on Fridays until 8 pm, a great start for your big night out.
Next stop is Mojo’s, a themed music bar where the staff are lively and dancing on the bar is encouraged; they also have a very extensive music collection with 1000’s of tracks for you to choose from. If you fancy hearing a particular song, ask the bar staff, and they will search their database for you.
On a Sunday afternoon, you can head to Worthing Beach, better known as Sandy Beach, as this is where you will find Crystal Waters, a beachfront rum shop that does an excellent BBQ with steel pan music, and they serve their renowned rum punch.
Arrive for about noon as the BBQ is very popular, and they sell out quite quickly. It makes a lovely afternoon party with locals and visitors eating, drinking, and dancing the day away.
On the south coast, the most prominent area for nightlife is St. Lawrence Gap, where you will find Monkey Nutts Night Club. This premier nightclub is open on Thursday and Saturday nights and offers exceptional service and a one of a kind experience.
This stretch has so many attractions that we have written an article about this area alone; please see the link below to St. Lawrence Gap.
If you continue on the south coast road towards the airport, you will come to the fishing town of Oistins; this is where you will find some of the best fresh cooked fish served from grills outside rum shops.
This is a no-frills experience of real Barbadian life and a wonderful evening out. There are music and dancing until the early morning, Friday, and Saturday nights are the busiest with both tourists and locals.
If you visit Barbados in early January then you can see world-famous artists performing at the Barbados Jazz Festival, these concerts are performed at various venues across the island, and again you can read a separate article on this event by clicking on the link below.
By: Brett Callaghan