Bajans Love to Party


Ins & Outs of Barbados

April 9, 2020

“Liming” is an important part of our culture; it’s how we relax, wind down and generally de-stress. A lime is considered successful if it includes lots of drinks, good music, some dancing and usually a late night! Some of the more popular spots to lime include rum shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, street corners, our many festivals, and even the beach.

On the south coast, in the Worthing area, St. Lawrence Gap, or “The Gap” as it has come to be known in more recent years, is a brick-paved street about a mile or so long, illuminated by antique street lamps and lined with bars, lounges, pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels.  Ever since the early fifties, St. Lawrence Gap has been renowned for its nightlife; today the island beat still permeates – and everyone dances to it: locals and visitors, the young and the old, and everyone in between! It pulsates to the various sounds of live, late night entertainment – from the mundane to the insane!

The nightclub scene varies from one club to another and from one night to another. Live bands and DJs belt out the latest tunes until the wee hours, from calypso and reggae to jazz and contemporary. Harbour Lights, an open air, beachfront club located on the stunning Carlisle Bay, is a favourite with visitors and locals alike. Liven up your Monday & Wednesday evenings at the thrilling Beach Extravaganza Dinner Show – a real fun and entertaining evening for all ages, with stilt walkers, fire eating, limbo dancing and the pulsating beats of live bands.

Almost everyone knows about our famous Oistins Fish Fry but something you may not yet have experienced there is the highly entertaining ballroom dancing on weekends. The open-air dance floor is close to the fish market end of the complex - here you can witness couples, aged eighteen to eighty, many of them dressed to the nines, dipping and twirling around the dance floor. Whether the Quickstep, Foxtrot or Cha-Cha, all are united in their passion for music and dance!

You can always count on a good lime in our local rum shops; there are around 2,000 scattered all over the island! You can’t beat the atmosphere. Everyone is made to feel welcome and a wonderful spirit of conviviality prevails. There is a profusion of ‘watering holes’ to be found around the island, approximately 12 per square mile. Many of the bars feature daily Happy Hours, usually around sunset – a fine time to sip on a cocktail and await the elusive ‘green flash’!