A country with a cultural heritage as diverse and proud as Jamaica is bound to offer the best in local nightlife and after-dark entertainment. From Hedonism in Negril, to the Centerstage Theatre in Kingston, Jamaica offers visitors enough fun for several nights.
If spending an evening in Negril, Jamaica, most folks will venture to Rick's about an hour before sunset. The most popular location on the island to view the sun go down, visitors can have a drink and watch adventurous cliff-divers and, if lucky, one might witness the phenomenon of the green flash that occurs only when the sun sets on a cloudless night. Scientifically, it happens because the light of the sun is refracted through the earth's atmosphere, but local legend says a couple who witnesses this rara avis will be guaranteed true love.
If you and your significant other hope to nestle in the comfort of a resort, Sandals Negril Beach Resort is for you. One among three locations, which also include Dunn's River and Montego Bay, the resort provides all-inclusive fun for couples looking to get away.
Another famous spot for great nightlife in Negril is Hedonism II, a place famous for its bacchanals and high-end service, but not a place for the weak of heart when it comes to partying. You have to purchase a pass for about $75(USD) if you aren't already a guest, but with unlimited drinks and food, it's well-worth the cost.
If you love listening to live music and discovering new bands, you won't want to miss Alfred's Ocean Place, which features nightly performances right on the beach.
If you are looking to start off your evening in a fun and novel way, you may want to check out Glistening Waters Restaurant and Marina just outside Montego Bay for dining, disco, and drinks overlooking the glowing river. You will also find the island's most authentic British Pub, the Royal Stocks, in Montego Bay.
In the mood to take a risk? Then you should visit Jackpot Jungle, the premier gaming experience in Jamaica. Whether you are just looking to try your luck, or you are the play-to-win type, this casino's got the game for you. Basics like blackjack and roulette always make for a good time, but the main attractions are the 120+ slot machines available with a wide variety of games, from traditional slots to interactive gaming. Games take US denominations from five cents to $5(USD).
...samples of over 100 different rums
Montego Bay is home to Hip Strip, a section of Gloucester Ave thick with popular bars and clubs. Located in MoBay's favorite hot spot is the Twisted Kilt, the island's first Irish pub, and the very jazzy Blue Beat. Rum Jungle is perhaps the most impressive spot on Hip Street, known for it's theatricality, exotic food, and samples of over 100 different rums. Meanwhile, for true novelty, check out Chillin, a game center with artificial falling snow and an ice bar. Get lucky on Hip Strip by visiting the street's casinos: Caribbean Treasures and Coral Cliff Gaming Room..
For great drinks and good music, there's no place like Margueritaville (also on Hip Strip), and now you can enjoy this great nightlife tradition, Jamaican style. This bar and café has an excellent menu with traditional items, as well as traditional Jamaican drinks and food. During the day, sports events are broadcast on big screen TVs, and after dark, theme nights add to the fun of the laid-back atmosphere.
Visitors to Kingston, Jamaica can enjoy a wide variety of nightlife in tourist-centered areas, but without awareness of local trends, you may find yourself lost in the big city. To avoid getting lost or wasting your time, it is probably a good idea to ask your hotel concierge where the local hot spots are (and are not).
Knutsford Blvd in Kingston 5 offers a plethora of after-dark entertainment. Club Asylum offers visitors a sensory taste of genuine Jamaican nightlife. However, if the crowd is at full capacity, nearby Jonkanoo Lounge is a cozy location where patrons can "cool out." Mingles is where to go for a younger crowd, where you can dance to soca, pop, and reggae.
Club Habibi, a Latin nightspot with an Arab name, is a true example of Jamaica's diversity and culture. Habibi hosts theme nights ranging from fashion night, where you show up dressed for the red carpet, to 80s night, a blast from the past. A favorite of locals is Latin night, which features two hours of Latin dance lessons prior to the beginning of a great mix of Latin dance music. Also located on the "hip strip" are Mingles Pub and Pool Bar which grants lovers of Latin music a chance to dance their Saturday night away.
If you crave a more cosmopolitan approach to your nightlife, Redbones Blues Café can provide the perfect backdrop for a beautiful garden setting. This locale is know for smooth jazz and blues music, southern food, and it's art gallery. Carlos' Cafe is another trendy spot in the area.
For more family-oriented entertainment in Jamaica, there is the Centerstage Theatre, a local cast that puts on musical comedies in native tongues. Although you may not understand what's being spoken, it's a great experience to see the culture of the island performed live. The theatre is cozy and comfortable without being too small. Prices will vary depending on when you purchase tickets. The Ward Theater, one of Jamaica's national monuments, is another great spot for live theater in Kingston.
It's the smaller joints that are popular in Port Antonio. The Roof Club, which is located on the second floor of it's building, is a great locale to groove to dancehall hits.
The scene in Ocho Rios is more than a little edgy, and the faint at heart may want to ignore the nightlife in this area. Expect for things to get wild when you visit clubs like Amnesia. If you're in Ocho Rios and want to avoid the crazy club scene, check out Ocean's 11, a bar on the water, or Strawberries, a bar and restaurant featuring local cuisine.
Time 'n' Place, in Falmouth, is an unlikely hot spot. The place is constructed of driftwood and looks slightly delapidated, but it is where locals go for the best mixed drinks in town.
|Ackee Tree Beer Joint||Bar||(876) 978-1972||Portmore|
|Alfred's Beach Bar||Bar||--||1.5 mi. North-Northeast of Negril|
|Amnesia Night Club||Night Club||(876) 974-2633||Ocho Rios|
|Bar King Frog||Lounge||(876) 953-2650||Rose Hall|
|Beachside Drive-In Theatre||Movie Theater||--||Harbour View|
|Beezy's Reggae Pub||Bar||--||Ocho Rios|
|Blue Demin Bar Joint||Bar||--||Negril|
|Boat Bar||Bar||--||1.8 mi. North of Negril|
|Bowa's Bar & Snack Shop||Bar||(876) 956-9044||Green Island|
|Carby's Bar||Bar||(876) 983-8420||Saint Catherine Parish|
|Clarke's Tavern||Bar||(876) 955-2496||The vicinity of Jamaica|
|Cliff Theatre||Movie Theater||--||Haughton Gardens|
|Club Nazz Bar||Bar||(876) 615-1571||Falmouth|
|Collete's Bar||Bar||(876) 429-3636||Negril|
|Cool N IRIE||Bar||--||Montego Bay|
|Corner Bar Negril||Bar||--||Negril|
|Cove Theatre||Movie Theater||(876) 675-8884||Downtown Ocho Rios|
|D Lagoon Bar||Bar||(876) 786-3465||May Pen|
|Dancing Lions At The Little Pub||Bar||(876) 974-8537||Ocho Rios|
|Dashewe Sports Bar & Betting Lounge||Bar||--||2.4 mi. East of Treasure Beach|
|Dolly's Cafe & Pub||Bar||(876) 979-0045||The vicinity of Montego Bay|
|Drifter's Bar||Bar||(876) 826-2116||Downtown Ocho Rios|
|El Negro Y Blanco Bar & Lounge||Lounge||--||0.6 mi. East of Kingston|
|English Pub||Bar||(876) 952-4420||Saint Ann Parish|
|Fairfield Theatre||Movie Theater||(876) 952-0182||2.0 mi. South-Southeast of Montego Bay|
|Fiction Lounge||Lounge||(876) 631-8038||0.8 mi. North of Kingston|
|Firewater Love Nest||Bar||--||West End|
|Fridays Sport Bar||Bar||(876) 625-0893||Mandeville|
|Gee Tees Bar||Bar||(876) 940-1545||The vicinity of Montego Bay|
|German Bar||Bar||(876) 471-6493||Negril|
|Hot Shots Pool Bar||Bar||--||Kingston|
|J & J Lounge & Bar||Lounge||(876) 740-7207||Portmore|
|Jack's Bar||Bar||(876) 632-8000||Rose Hall|
|Jasper's Chillin Piano Bar||Bar||--||1.4 mi. East-Northeast of Runaway Bay|
|John Crow's Tavern||Bar||--||Downtown Ocho Rios|
|Kelly's Bar||Bar||--||Downtown Montego Bay|
|Ken's Wildflower Lounge||Lounge||(876) 998-7455||Portmore|
|Little Ochie Bar||Bar||--||13.1 mi. East of Treasure Beach|
|Local Bar||Bar||--||Downtown Montego Bay|
|LTU Pub Bar||Bar||--||1.7 mi. South West of Negril|
|Margaritaville Montego Bay Bar||Bar||--||Downtown Montego Bay|
|Margaritaville Negril Bar||Bar||(876) 957-4467||2.2 mi. North of Negril|
|Marybelle's Pub On The Pier||Bar||(876) 993-9625||Port Antonio|
|Mattis Sports Bar||Bar||(876) 746-7101||Saint Catherine Parish|
|May Hotspot Bar||Bar||(876) 943-9966||Spanish Town|
|Mi Yard Bar||Bar||--||Negril|
|Mingles Pool Bar||Bar||--||0.8 mi. Southeast of Kingston|
|MXII Entertainment Center||Nightlife Venue||(876) 851-8831||Negril|
|Natural Mystic||Bar||(876) 442-0890||The vicinity of Negril|
|No Limit Bar||Bar||(876) 957-4855||1.2 mi. West of Negril|
|Oasis Bar & Jerk Center||Bar||(876) 964-9834||Chudleigh|
|Ocean Eleven Lounge||Lounge||--||Downtown Ocho Rios|
|Ocean View Bar||Bar||(876) 715-4793||Port Antonio|
|Odeon Cineplex||Movie Theater||(876) 962-1354||Mandeville|
|Odeon Mandeville||Movie Theater||--||Mandeville|
|Palace Multiplex||Movie Theater||(888) 429-5722||Montego Bay|
|Palms Gaming Lounge||Bar||(876) 908-4672||Kingston|
|Pathfinder Bar||Bar||(876) 949-9410||Saint Ann Parish|
|Paul's Drinking Saloon||Bar||(876) 708-2400||Saint Ann Parish|
|Peewee's Bar||Bar||--||1.2 mi. West of Negril|
|Pelican Bar||Bar||--||5.7 mi. South of Black River|
|Pennant's Pub||Bar||(876) 987-2833||Pennants|
|Pier One Bar||Bar||--||Downtown Montego Bay|
|Pub At Half Moon||Bar||(876) 953-9770||Rose Hall|
|Pure||Bar||--||0.8 mi. East-Southeast of Kingston|
|Rainbow Tavern||Bar||(876) 954-2725||Duncans|
|Rev Nightclub||Night Club||(876) 998-6888||Portmore|
|Rick's Cafe Bar||Bar||(876) 957-0380||1.7 mi. South West of Negril|
|Ripples Cocktail Lounge||Lounge||--||5.6 mi. Southeast of Spanish Town|
|Risky Business Club||Night Club||(876) 957-3008||1.2 mi. North-Northeast of Negril|
|Roof Club||Night Club||(876) 715-5281||Port Antonio|
|Roots Bamboo Bar||Bar||--||1.6 mi. North-Northeast of Negril|
|Rum Shack||Bar||(876) 934-0354||Portmore|
|Shades Adult Nightclub||Night Club||--||Ocho Rios|
|Skeeta's Pub||Bar||--||3.7 mi. East of Treasure Beach|
|Sky Dock||Bar||--||Downtown Ocho Rios|
|Strand Theatre||Movie Theater||--||Downtown Montego Bay|
|Sunset Bar||Bar||--||1.4 mi. East-Northeast of Runaway Bay|
|Tanya's Sports Bar||Bar||(876) 973-7346||Runaway Bay|
|Tenesia's Bar||Bar||--||11.9 mi. North-Northeast of Morant Bay|
|The Cricket Club||Night Club||(876) 953-2650||Rose Hall|
|The Jungle||Night Club||(876) 957-4005||2.1 mi. North-Northeast of Negril|
|The Quad||Bar||(876) 754-7823||0.8 mi. East-Southeast of Kingston|
|Theater Place||Dinner Show and Theater||--||1.0 mi. Southeast of Kingston|
|Time 'N' Place||Bar||(876) 954-4371||2.9 mi. East of Falmouth|
|Tony's Bar||Bar||--||1.8 mi. North of Negril|
|Wayside Sports Bar||Bar||(876) 971-2043||The vicinity of Montego Bay|
|Wholas Bar||Bar||--||Downtown Montego Bay|
Certain illicit substances are relatively popular on the party scene in Jamaica, and as a tourist, an offer will more than likely crop up to try them out. Although it may not appear that way, Jamaican law expressly forbids the use of mind-altering substances, and a visit to local jails is the best way to miss out on all the other great nightlife in Jamaica.
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