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Each day spent relishing in the sunshine of Antigua promises to uplift and relax travelers, but the true excitement occurs when night approaches and the island streets reawaken with a bustling Caribbean nightlife. Tourists from around the globe flock to Antigua to celebrate the island lifestyle and enjoy the area’s festive atmosphere. Whether you’re more of a rowdy night clubber, leisurely bar hopper or seek alternative nighttime entertainment, Antigua has a variety of nightlife venues and attractions to satisfy any vacationer’s tastes.
Heading out to a local nightclub is often a top priority for Caribbean travelers looking to party. Unique venues, beautiful crowds and endless dancing draw people in to the hopping nightlife scene that surrounds Antigua’s best clubs. The wide variety of nightclubs provides something for everyone.
For a guaranteed good time, head down to the Abracadabra Club located at Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour. This establishment begins with a more relaxed lounge-style evening, which quickly spirals into a blossoming nightlife experience. Complete with live bands or festive disc jockeys, Abracadabra keeps guests on their feet with groovy reggae music and other genres appropriate for dancing. The nightclub often hosts various events such as art exhibitions, fashion showcases and themed parties, so be sure to check out the club’s calendar prior to visiting – you never know what may be in store.
Sophistication and fine dining are always on the menu at The Coast, which is situated in St. John’s. This club begins each evening with swanky island food, then transitions into a lively evening complete with entertainment and musical stylings. Whether it’s the themed parties, the stunning dockside scenery or the fire-breathing bartenders, guests of The Coast are promised a nightlife experience they won’t soon forget. This venue often features live bands, and always plays the latest in techno music.
Those visiting the area of Runaway Bay should consider spending an evening at Rush. This local hotspot attracts the younger crowds, who flock to Rush for its great facilities and breath-taking views. The club offers the typical nightlife experience with booming music, as well as unique features like its on-site eatery, Leah’s Restaurant, and the Conor’s Billiards Lounge. If you visit Rush, be sure to check out the unbelievable ocean views that can be enjoyed from the club’s romantic terrace area.
In addition to the above-mentioned clubs, many other facilities provide great places to dance and party. Check out nightclubs like highly sought-after 18 Carat in St. Johns, the hip crowds of The Coast, and more.
Many travelers find themselves growing tired of the crowded nightlife scene, but still want to engage in an exciting evening out on the town. Bars provide a great alternative to clubbing, offering a more relaxed atmosphere while still allowing for fun.
Located in Dickenson Bay, the Beach bar is a modern facility that aims to combine the concepts of a beach bar with a lounge style and bistro flavor. The result is a collision of sophistication and playful flair that create a funky venue ideal for enjoying your favorite cocktail or beer. The walls are adorned with beautiful photography that showcases local scenery, making this a great place to relax after a long day spent soaking up the sun.
The Castaways bar in Jolly Harbour is another excellent option for travelers looking for a good time. This combination of a beach bar and bistro offers patrons a casual nightlife experience and a lively crowd. Sip on a refreshing beer under Castaway’s authentic thatched roof, or check out the vivid murals painted by local artists. This venue offers a menu of tapas and pub-style food at an inexpensive price.
For a more bar experience that is reminiscent of the livelihood experienced at a nightclub, head down to Indigo on the Beach. Located in Carlisle Bay, this venue serves as a delicious hotspot for local tapas, fresh salads and juicy burgers during the daytime. As the night approaches, Indigo on the Beach transforms into a gorgeous bar facility. Patrons can order their favorite drinks at the decorative bar, which is illuminated with fiber-optic technology. Guests are also invited to sprawl out and relax on the many white lounges adorned with comfortable throw pillows. This is the perfect place to relax while still absorbing a lively atmosphere.
Considering the popularity of the sailing and boating scene in Antigua, it’s no wonder that many bars have been designed to cater specifically to the seafaring crowds. The Mainbrace Pub located in the Copper & Lumber Store Hotel of English Harbor is a great place to soak up historical vibes while enjoying a boaters haven. Stop by for a cold round of beer, play a friendly game of darts and munch on their famous fish and chips. For a more upscale alternative, consider the Mad Mongoose bar in Falmouth Harbour. This establishment is extremely popular amongst yachters and the local single crowd. An offering of tapas, beers and martinis combined with festive Rastafarian decor, a game room and satellite television promises to keep you entertained throughout your evening at the Mad Mongoose.
Other popular bar spots around Antigua include the breezy atmosphere of Big Banana, the bar and restaurant combination of Bumpkins at Pigeon Point Beach, the wine haven at C&C Wine Bar, the pub-style Dogwatch Tavern, Hemingway’s Carribean Café in St. Johns and many more. Many travelers will find that the best way to scope out local bars is to head out and explore the town.
While clubbing and barhopping are the most common ways to engage in Caribbean-style nightlife, there are a host of alternative activities and attractions that will keep you captivated throughout the evening. From gambling facilities to beachside barbeques, those looking to avoid the typical nightlife scene can choose from a variety of ways to partake in the festive island lifestyle.
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Those looking for a casual evening should consider heading to Shirley Heights Lookout. Weekly beachside barbeques draw both locals and tourists to this delicious event. The fun begins before the sunset, commencing with delicious local food and socializing. As the sun dips below the horizon, live steel and reggae bands fill the air with groovy island music as partygoers dance the night away. This venue is known for its ability to attract celebrities from around the world, so it is no wonder that Shirley Heights Lookout has evolved into one of the biggest parties in Antigua.
For a casual evening, the local cafés and theatres provide a low key way to enjoy the cool Caribbean nights. For internet access, superb local coffee and stunning oceanfront views, check out the Skullduggery Café in Falmouth Harbour. This facility is located within the Antigua Yacht Club Marina and provides patrons with a charming place to catch read international newspapers and enjoy light snacks. Other options for local coffee houses include Seabreeze’s ice cream and coffee, the American-style Rituals Coffee House, the tropical Passion Fruit Café and the vegetarian-friendly Mama Lolly’s Café & Takeaway. Itching to watch the latest blockbuster? Head to the Deluxe Cinemas, which has been in operation for more than 75 years. This Antiguan landmark showcases a combination of mainstream new releases and a variety of other popular movies.
With so many ways to enjoy the Caribbean nightlife in Antigua, the toughest decision vacationers will have is which venue to visit. If you’re looking for a true taste of the island’s nighttime experience, sample each different style of festivities. Start your evening with a freshly brewed coffee to reawaken your spirits, then stop by a bar for a cold beer before heading to a nearby nightclub to dance the night away. No matter which style of nightlife you choose to engage in, the offerings of Antigua’s bars, clubs, cafés and parties will keep you entertained and coming back for more.
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