10 Best Nightlife Hotspots, Island Bars, and Clubs in Jamaica



Out of all the clubs and bars on the tropical island of Jamaica, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selections to offer a wide variety of beach bars, sports bars, nightclubs, lounges and more to let you explore Jamaica nightlife on your own.

In Negril, Rick's Cafe offers thrilling cliff-jumping experience, combined with live music, pool bars, lounge chairs, and a restaurant. When the sun sets, head over to The Jungle dance hall as it heats up with two floors of reggae jams and popular hits that will have you dancing late into the night.

In Kingston, legendary runner Usain Bolt has opened a trendy sports bar and grill, or visit The Quad nightclub for a wide variety of music, hookah lounges, and bars.

Montego Bay (MoBay) has several beach bars to explore, but Pier 1 is the place to be during the day and in the evening when it transforms into a nightlife hotspot.

Since vacation is only temporary and you won't have time to try them all, we present our Jamaica 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 island that you just can't miss.



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Margaritaville Sports Bar & Grill


 

Jimmy Buffet's empire extends to Jamaica and with Margaritaville Sports Bar & Grill which epitomizes beach nightlife. With live music, bikini contests, a 110-foot waterslide, and frosty tropical drinks, these is a tourist trap in its own right, but a fun one! Sports fans flock here to watch big games on the bar's 15 televisions, and margarita lovers won't have to search far to get to one of four open-air bars. At night, Club Ville comes alive as perhaps the hottest nightclub in Western Jamaica and swings to the sounds of its in-house deejays. Theme nights include glow, "bare as you Dare," and ladies' night.


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Set in the tourist area of Montego Bay, this is your classic Irish pub (in Jamaica) with burgers, chicken wings, and fish 'n chips, only at the Twisted Kilt, they are made with red snapper! Guiness is on tap and there is always a game on the many televisions. A gift shop is attached to the bar, and the setting is ideal for watching the boats and cruise ships or taking in the sunset. During the day, there is a beach a few steps away and the bar is always buzzing with people coming and going, so expect tourist prices.


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With six flat panel screen televisions and one giant screen showing major sporting events. Runaway Bay is one of the best places in Jamaica to watch the game. The bar also offers two pool tables, nightly entertainment, darts, casino-style game boxes and even a swimming pool! The full restaurant serves local and international dishes on the third floor rooftop featuring sweeping views. The menu includes Asian and Jamaica fusion dishes, jerk and curried chicken, and fresh seafood as well as classic appetizers like chicken wings, shrimp dip, and onion rings. The lower level is the Runaway Suites hotel with affordable rates, making it easy to stumble back and forth.


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The Jamaican dance hall draws locals and tourists alike with bumping Reggaeton beats and other favorite jams and is the place to be after-hours in Negril. There are several bars to order drinks so you won't be kept playing and different areas so you can choose what type of music to listen to. This place is all about dancing until the wee hours of the morning! Inclusive drink prices offer a bargain on basic mixed drink options, and there is quality security check at the door. Snacks are available at the entrance and on the second floor (usually someone cooking jerk chicken).


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Floyd's Pelican bar
Photo courtesy of Finn Partners


 

Getting to this rickety shack is half the fun, and even though it attracts the tourist crowd, it is a novelty that shouldn't be missed! The bar is built into the sea and only accessible by boat, and once you get there stay for a while and forget about life. Although this falls in the "nightlife" category, most people visit during the day, and you can even snorkel around a bit in the shallow waters. The driftwood bar also offers fresh fish dishes and other menu items if you stay long enough to work up an appetite. Bring cards or dominoes and let the day pass away with a cold Red Stripe or two.


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Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt is regarded as the fastest man ever, giving him the nickname "Lightning Bolt" after his numerous Olympic wins. His sports and music concept is a new contemporary venue that mixes old-school Jamaican culture with a modern audio-visual experience. Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records boasts a mezzanine, VIP areas, hi-tech booth seating, and a retail shop as well as numerous bar and restaurant areas. There are 45 flat-screen televisions for patrons to watch live sporting events, or they can choose from an eclectic dining menu that includes items like pimento-crusted jerk beef satay, pasta alfredo, and island nachos.


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Collette, the owner, is sweet as pie and makes her guests feel at home. She is the heart and soul of the place and her energy keeps people returning again and again. The drinks she serves are cheap, cold, and strong and there always seems to be a crowd of happy people laughing and carrying on in the bar. Reggae music is always playing and there are plenty of locals lingering around chatting with the tourists. The vibes here demonstrate the "one love" Jamaican lifestyle and no one is treated like a stranger. The positivity found here will stay with you long after your vacation is over.


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Pier 1


 

Pier 1 hosts the most happening party in Montego Bay on Friday night. Patrons await the horde of locals who come ready to dance the night away, when the club gets cranked up around 10 pm. A club DJ goes wild and turns the seafood restaurant with stunning sunset views into a thumping dance hall. Tropical drinks are the bar's specialty, and several musical events that take place here draw more than 1,000 people. With an affinity for accomplished musicians and an admirable view of the bay, Pier 1 tops the list for exuberant nightlife. Special events include fashion shows, Appleton-sponsored parties, and open-mic night.


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Rick's Cafe
Photo courtesy of Rick's Cafe


 

Situated on the West End Cliffs of Negril, Rick's Cafe is known for its sublime sunsets, live reggae music, and cliff diving - right from the bar and restaurant. The highest platform jump is 35 feet and local divers perform a series of back flips and stunt dives, while patrons of the bar can experience the thrill of jumping into the aqua water as well. A main stage hosts numerous local and international bands and "Rick's After Dark" offers an upscale lounge experience next to the pool area. The menu ranges from chicken wings and tropical salad to entrees like broiled lobster and blackened tuna.


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