When the sun goes down, Bajans "lime"—which can mean anything from getting together for a drink and casual chat to enjoying a full-blown "jump-up" or street party. Most resorts have nightly entertainment in season, and nightclubs often have live bands for listening and dancing. The busiest bars and dance clubs rage until 3 am. On Saturday nights, some clubs—especially those with live music—charge a cover of $20 or more. Many bars and nightspots feature happy hours.

Barbados supports the rum industry with more than 1,600 "rum shops," simple bars where (mostly) men congregate to discuss the world or life in general, drink rum, and eat a cutter (sandwich). In more sophisticated establishments, you can find upscale rum cocktails made with the island's renowned Mount Gay and Cockspur brands—and no shortage of Barbados's own Banks Beer.

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  • 1. Copacabana Beach Club

    Gathering Places

    This lively, family-friendly club—complete with beach chairs, bars, good food, and shower facilities—is on a beautiful, calm beach with excellent...Read More

  • 2. Oistins Fish Fry

    Themed Entertainment

    This is the place to be on Friday evening, when this south-coast fishing village becomes a lively and convivial outdoor street party suitable...Read More

  • 3. Bubba's Sports Bar


    During the day, this is a family-friendly restaurant. At night, merrymakers and sports lovers find live action on three 10-foot video screens...Read More

  • 4. Dis Ole House Kitchen and Beer Garden

    Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    This is a quaint, unexpected spot for great food, live music, brunch, and delicious cocktails. Enjoy juicy ribs with a beer (or a full flight...Read More

  • 5. Harbour Lights

    Themed Entertainment

    This open-air, beachfront club claims to be the "home of the party animal." Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday nights (during high season) are the...Read More

  • 6. The Boatyard


    There's never a dull moment at this popular beachside bar—day or night. From happy hour until the wee hours, you can enjoy refreshing cocktails...Read More

  • 7. West Bar


    Restaurant by day, trendy outdoor bar in the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre courtyard by night, this is a good place to meet friends for a drink...Read More

  • 8. Lexy Piano Bar


    This cool, trendy club is named for owner Alex Santoriello, a transplanted Broadway singer and actor. A changing roster of singer-pianists play...Read More

  • 9. Jumbie's


    Jumbie's has an open-air party room with either a DJ or live music Wednesday through Sunday from 4:30 pm to 4:30 am. Happy hours run from 5...Read More

  • 10. McBride's Pub


    McBride's is, as you night have guessed, a popular Irish pub with Irish beer on tap, pub grub from the kitchen, and Irish music, karaoke, reggae...Read More

  • 11. Reggae Lounge

    Dance Clubs

    This is a popular nightspot in the Gap, where live bands or DJs play the latest R&B hits and old and new reggae favorites every night until...Read More

  • 12. Ship Inn

    Dance Clubs

    The Ship Inn is a large, friendly pub with local band music every night for dancing. ...Read More

  • 13. Sugar Ultra Lounge

    Dance Clubs

    This chic, upscale, techno nightspot—complete with light show wall—attracts international talent in addition to the usual DJ and occasional...Read More

  • 14. Upstairs at Olives


    Upstairs at Olives is a sophisticated watering hole. Enjoy cocktails and conversation seated amid potted palms and cooled by ceiling fans—either...Read More

  • 15. Waterfront Cafe


    From November through April, there’s live jazz Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. The location alongside the wharf and small dance floor...Read More

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