I recall a Trinidadian friend of mind commenting on how boring Barbados nightlife was. Their only reference was a single club in Bridgetown. So as returning national I wanted to see if my defense of my country was based on nostalgia or was I actually right in saying that Barbadian nightlife was not boring.
The atmosphere was that of a street party, sidewalk café and heritage fair combined. The smell of frying fish and fried chicken livers was intoxicating. Though the international franchises were present most of the people were jumbled together en-masse in the local amphitheater and eating areas. The entire town was a buzz of DJ’s music, karaoke, dancing and eating all amalgamated into a single experience. The food and drink were inexpensive and the social scene was quite diverse. There was even a couple enjoying themselves with a baby in carrier. There was police security but you would hardly observe them unless you went looking.
St. Lawrence Gap:
The gap has a more sophisticated social scene to it but it was just as exciting. As you walk the bricked road, the smells of the variety of cuisine hit your nose like a musical symphony; each a different section or movement of the music, Mexican, Brazilian, Italian, French and Fusion. There were less people on the street but I do remember getting a high five from one excited visitor. The action was more in the restaurants and clubs. It was a bit more structure than Oistins and differently priced as well but just as entertaining. At one location I had the best piña colada ever! Usually I find the taste of the pineapple overpowers the coconut but this piña colada was perfectly balanced in flavor and texture and for once I got my favorite dink in a manly glass! Definitely going back for the coladas and I loved the layout and lighting. The manager was very cool and the staff genuinely hospitable.
Both locations, while very different in offerings, were by no means boring given the social scene, the variety of cuisine and the entertainment both live and recorded. I must confess that there are even more places for nightlife in Barbados this is not exhaustive. I just visited these two that night and had a great evening without alcohol.
Yes the colada was virgin and it was still that good!