Best Nightlife in Nassau

Nassau's top hangouts range from the chic and trendy to the ultra laid back local pubs

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Nassau nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Nassau Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


Cable Beach

Club Luna is just one mile east of the Cable Beach strip and is home to one of Nassau's newest hot spots for the party crowd. Music varies depending on the day of the week from reggae to hip hop. Two stories allow for up to 5,000 patrons to comfortable shake it up on the dance floor. Indoor and open air dancing create a street party feel in the club. The location was home to various nightclubs and owners continue reinvented the seaside nightclub every decade. Open Thursday to Sunday, 9pm to 4am. The club sees heavy crowds particularly local patrons when international reggae artists like Vybez Kartel and Popcaan are scheduled to perform.

Local Expert tip: Expect long lines and excessive crowds when international reggae artists are performing.

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Paradise Island

Located in the upscale The Cove at Atlantis, this lounge's resort setting in the Bahamas makes it the perfect place to enjoy delicious drinks that are as colorful as the stunning sunsets framed by the windows overlooking Paradise Beach. Patrons can play table games like blackjack and roulette or simply unwind while enjoying dainty, decadent tapas, signature cocktails and fruit-infused martinis, such as the Covetini, a refreshing mix of raspberry rum, mango jasmine puree and raspberries with a touch of lime. With a full all-day menu, it's sometimes hard to pull patrons away from the lively lounge.

Local Expert tip: Save room for dessert especially the melons and strawberries in mint syrup.

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One of the most refreshing night clubs in Nassau, Bambu is a favorite of visitors and locals alike. With music as mixed as its clientele, this crowd-pleaser always offers a thrillingly new experience. Bambu's open-air bar and dance floor overlook the harbor, enabling clubbers to grab a drink while moving to the music and enjoying warm Bahamian breezes drift through the crowd. This vivacious venue starts hopping after midnight, so party-seekers should arrive late.

Local Expert tip: One of the best spots for live music in Downtown Nassau.

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Paradise Island

The most upscale nightclub on the island, Aura brings a bit of the Las Vegas, South Beach and New York party scene to the islands. A popular place to dance until dawn while in the Bahamas, this 9,000-square-foot night club boasts dedicated DJs spinning stellar beats that beckon guests of Atlantis Casino up the grand staircase and into the entrancing world of Aura. A dazzling glass dance floor surrounded by plush banquet seating accommodates plenty of dancing and drinking, and the two bars serve creative concoctions sure to please. VIP areas are perfect for private parties and celebrity stargazing.

Local Expert tip: Come early during special occasions like Halloween and St. Patrick's Day.

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Cable Beach

While in Nassau, seek out this sophisticated lounge and indulge in delectable cocktails crafted by charismatic bartenders. 22 Above also offers an extensive martini list, wines by the glass and award-winning exotic concoctions. Patrons can admire magnificent views of the Crystal Palace Casino while sipping their lovely libations, and for those desiring less lounging and more excitement, live music on Friday and Saturday nights provides inspiration for the dance floor. 22 Above is an after work hangout for 9-5ers during the week. It's also a good mix of tourists and locals on the weekend.

Local Expert tip: Excellent spot to grab a drink before curtain call at the Rainforest Theater.

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Senor Frogs
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A small chain with locations in Mexico and the Caribbean, Senor Frog's caters mostly to tourists, functioning as a festive family friendly restaurant by day and a lively nightclub by night. The menu is big, with enough choice to please everyone, even kids. The unique Mexican Shrimp Cocktail is fabulous, and south of the border salads are hearty and satisfying. In addition to specialties like Winter Sabana (a thin beef filet covered with refried beans, salsa verde and Monterey Jack, served with a side of tortillas), there are a few American favorites as well, such as steaks, burgers and ribs. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights Senor Frog's welcomes live bands, and other nights there's karaoke or a DJ, but whatever the entertainment, you can be sure the crowd will be dancing and partying til the wee hours.

Local Expert tip: An outdoor table will give you a perfect view of the Nassau Harbour.

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Paradise Island

Atlantis' casino nightclub is announced by the huge dragon statues at its entrance. Escape from the buzz of the gaming floor to the thump of the dance floor! Feeling lucky after a win? Celebrate at the casino lounge with a little something extra. Bands and DJs provide the tunes, and the bars serve a great variety of tropical cocktails and beer. All you need to supply is the energy and the moves! Cover charge waived for Atlantis guests. Open until 2:00 a.m.

Local Expert tip: On busy nights, it's probably a better choice for service and crowds than the main nightclub Aura nightclub.

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Live entertainment in the midst of a tropical rain forest! The Wyndham's impressive 800-seat theater presents a fun variety show most nights of the week, featuring magicians, comedians, musicians, dancers and even a few surprise acts. Cabaret-style performances are also a part of the routine shows at theater. It's a popular show for cruise ship passengers, so you'll want to book tickets in advance. Occasionally a big-name musical act will grace the stage, like Boyz II Men or the Pointer Sisters, and tickets for those shows sell out even quicker.

Local Expert tip: Check the hotel website's events page prior to travel and buy tickets for international performances early. Locals enjoy international acts and tickets sell out quickly.

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Nassau's most venerated nightspot has been in operation for close to 30 years. The owners transformed a lakeside mansion in to the official 'it' spot for the party crowd. The secret to their success is probably the variety. There are several distinct spaces, including a sports bar, disco and a patio bar. Music varies, from lite rock to reggae to European electronica, with the occasional live performance thrown in for good measure. The end result is a diverse crowd of locals and tourists, college age singles and 40-something married couples. You're sure to fit in – and have a great time!

Local Expert tip: The crowds can be thick especially during local holidays and around Christmas.

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Situated on East Bay Street between the two bridges to Paradise Island, Hammerheads is the epitome of an island bar and grill. It's usually filled with a good mix of locals and tourists who enjoy the laid back atmosphere, great happy hour specials, and satisfying pub grub like burgers, conch fritters and grilled fish. Wanna get "Hammered"? Try one of two specialty drinks--The Sharkfeeder, a mix of vodka, Blue Curacao and blended juices or the Hammerhead Scullywash, a concoction of gin, coconut water, Baileys and special spices. On Friday nights fun local bands play on the patio, so get there early!

Local Expert tip: Check out the shots menu. It's as colorful as the characters who frequent Hammerheads.

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