Barbados’ nightlife hotspot is dominated by bars and restaurants littered all along our coasts. Below are our top locations on the West and South Coasts for the ultimate bar-hopping experience.
The South Coast
First Stop, Oasis Beach Bar - Just across from Chefette, Rockley Christ Church, this ocean-side hub serves some of the best rum-punch and fishcakes on the island. Owned by Joan this bar is loved for her homemade recipes and her rum punch is a family tradition - well worth the $15 price tag.
Nearby, Barbados’ nightlife is jumping on Hastings Rocks at Blakey’s bar on the boardwalk. You will be captivated by the live band and friendly service. Enjoy its outdoor setting, with charismatic waitresses under the stars. Drinks there can be strong and sweet, so you might not notice the alcohol until you feel it much later, but by then you, and everyone else will be swaying to the beat of a live band, so hopefully, no one will notice!
Mojos Bar and The Chopping Board Kitchen is located in Worthing Christ Church. You immediately feel welcomed by the warm atmosphere and friendliness of the staff. Its wooden architecture, and black and white umbrellas on the grass make for a casual night out. They are open later than most; after you dine at Blakey’s feel free to hop on down to Mojos for their reggae nights and their popular cocktails include the ‘Blue Bubbie’.
Happy hour is 5 to 7 PM at 6 Mix Bar and Kitchen. ( Yup, 2 Hrs ). It’s a casual hub located in Worthing Christ Church where you can kick back and enjoy your favourite sports game as you sip on a Banks beer or a delicious cocktail just across from one of our most popular beaches. With warm staff and affordable yet delightful food, 6 Mix Bar and Kitchen is an ideal hub to learn more about Barbados’ bar culture.
Experience international cuisine with a Caribbean flavour at this Mexican restaurant and Margarita bar. Cafe Sol welcomes you to The Gap, located right at the entrance. Once inside be sure to grab a seat overlooking the glassy sea-side. You will be swept up by the rhythmic Mexican sounds and later during happy hour, be swept away by tantalising cocktails. Cafe Sol is a favourite for locals and visitors alike; you will not be disappointed.
After Cafe Sol takes a stroll through The Gap and pops in at My Friend’s Place where staff will undoubtedly feel like your friends after a couple of drinks or two.
If you’re looking for a more casual experience, that happens to overlook Oistins Bay, try the cosy Surfer’s cafe. They offer a relaxed ambience with exquisite service. Serving both tasty food and drinks, it is an escape from the mid-day sun as you sip on icy cocktails overlooking the breathtaking sunset. Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are not to be missed if you want to enjoy live music in the Acoustic Lounge where local talent is featured.
The West Coast
On the other side of the island, the West Coast - St. James to be precise - The West Bar, located in the centre of Limegrove’s shopping complex, is a perfect introduction to Holetown nightlife. The exquisite ‘lifestyle centre’ boasts well-known designer brands, boutiques, a deli and a cinema. The West Bar, however, is a socialite hub that grows more lively towards the evening. Sway to the live music with an expertly mixed cocktail, or grab your drink and traverse the exciting mall.
Lounge away at The Drift Ocean Terrace which gazes over the vast West Coast of Barbados. While the South Coast caters to more casual nightlife, the West Coast oozes sophistication so don’t be afraid to dress up for a night out in Holetown. This bar is perfect for those eager to enjoy a smooth wine or cocktail to unwind from a busy day.
The classiest of Barbados’ nightclubs on the west coast, Red Door is situated on 2nd street. Enjoy this luxurious atmosphere shared with local and international celebrities; every Friday and Saturday, 8 Pm to 4 AM, jam the night away with a smoked rum punch in hand. Or visit on Thursdays and Sundays to see the live band perform!
Across from Red Door is Jamestown bar and grill. In the mood for a lime? For an entry fee of $10 only visit them on Wednesday night for their comedy open mic night. This rustic bar still screams sophisticated, but you can get away with the attire you wouldn’t at Red Door. Most other nights, the entry fee is $20 as you sip a rum n coke and dance to the diverse rhythms of the DJ.
With its pop art and chic decor, Scarlet’s is a favourite for returning visitors and locals. Serving both drinks and delicious food, it is definitely a more casual spot. At this popular spot, waitresses are very efficient yet super friendly. With local and international cuisine, they also cater to vegetarians. Not the best for a romantic dinner, but superb for cocktails with friends.
Adjacent to the beach, Zaccios serves a chilled atmosphere and even icier cocktails to cool you down in our warm climate. Happy hour is 4-7 daily, but you can book a whole day with the team, paddle-boarding, snorkelling or enjoying a cocktail and a recline. It’s the perfect casual meet up or occasion to wine and dine for that special someone.
As an alternate option head further north to Six Men’s or Moontown fishing village, to mingle with the locals in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Tasty grilled fish, drinks, karaoke and great times await.
Barbados’ nightclubs and bars offer exquisite service and cocktails as colourful as the setting sun. You would be missing out on excitement and adventure without a trip to either the South or the West coast.