During the day Barbados is all about sun, sand and sightseeing or simply lying about on the beach. After dark things get a touch more energetic. Barbados nightlife is pretty damn varied, here’s just a few of the clubs, pubs and sand soaked soirées Barbados has to offer.

St Lawrence Gap

If you’ve ever been young or seen Saturday Night Fever, nightclubs (and flares) are the way to go when it comes to post sunset entertainment. The music’s loud, the drinks are expensive and the places are generally dark so you don’t know just how hideous the person you’ve just hooked up with really is. Perfect. In Barbados nightlife starts at the St Lawrence Gap. The Gap is positively overflowing with drunken revelry and is known as the island’s entertainment capital.  Some of the tip-top places on offer include the Reggae Lounge which allows revelers to dance the night away under the stars to the sound of reggae, calypso and rhythm and blues. McBrides is a traditional Irish bar which holds free drinks parties on a Thursday (you do have to pay an entrance fee, otherwise it would display a shocking knowledge of how capitalism works) while After Dark offers more R&B flavoured fair and stays open till late, or if you’re a milkman very, very early.

West Coast Nightlife

Whether you’ve chosen Barbados from a range of package holidays or have simply washed up on its coast after a horrible travel related disaster, the west coast of Barbados is a splendid place to spend an eve. It also has no rap related drive-bys.  Holetown is brimming with busterly and soaked in sorcery and features places like the Lexy Piano bar which really gets going on the weekends and Lord Willoughby’s Tavern which offers the Anglo antidote to McBride’s and serves traditional English grub and dancing into the wee small hours of the morning.

Barbados Festivals

Depending on the time of year you arrive in Barbados you might be treated to one of their activity related events which are succinctly known as festivals. The Crop Over summer festival is the island’s most popular and colour soaked box social. There’s carnivals, folk concerts and the happiest music which can be assimilated by the human ear, calypso.  January sees the Barbados Jazz festival hit the island featuring extensive trumpet solos and the occasional bits of scat singing while April’s cousin piece sees the Barbados Reggae festival shake up the isle. A more sporting alternative to all the crops and music is the Carlisle Bay Watersports Festival which features both water and sports.

So, there you go, although that’s just the ghost of a trace of the tip of a taste of the nightlife that Barbados has to offer.

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