St. Lucia Nightlife Folkloric shows and local reggae bands make up most of the entertainment in St. Lucia, and shows are found mainly at the hotels. In general, your best bet is to phone a hotel to see what's on and make a reservation if you like what you hear. During high season, hotels are crowded and nonguests can't always walk in and find a table. Expect to pay a cover of US$5-$10 at most clubs or bars with a DJ or live music. A lot of socializing takes place in village rum shops (there's one on every corner), but a handful of larger dance clubs exist on the island. On Friday nights the whole island, both locals and visitors, turns out for the local street party, or Jump-Up, at Gros Islet near Rodney Bay. Soca dance music blares from huge speakers. There's beer and dancing (locals call it wining), and home-cooked foodâ€”grilled chicken, lambi (conch), rice and beansâ€”is sold by vendors from grills set up on the street. The party lasts well past midnight. No matter where you are, every cabdriver knows the way. But stay on the main street, don't overdress, and keep your valuables close. A similar party takes place at the same time in Anse la Raye. Tourists have been known to outnumber St. Lucians at the Gros Islet Jump-Up, so we suggest you attend the Anse la Raye Friday Night Fish Fry to lime(socialize) with the locals, dance and sample seafood straight from the sea. Or hop from one party to another to enjoy the best of both. Rodney Bay's The Lime restaurant and pub has an after-hours club called the Upper Level, which opens at 10 pm Friday and Saturday and serves drinks till sunrise. The yachting crowd hangs out around the marina at Rodney Bay, and the bars and restaurants often host live bands or other entertainment. Soufriere offers very little nightlife, apart from a few local bands. Try the Hummingbird on Soufriere Beach or the Ladera Resort for drinks and laid-back entertainment. Some kind of entertainment usually takes place at the bars and restaurants on Marigot Bay each night during high season and on weekends year-round. Try Hurricane Hole or Pink Snail at Discovery (phone 458-5300), JJ's Paradise (phone 451-4076) or Doolittles (phone 451-4974). Find a listing of current entertainment, including live band performances and theme-night parties, inTropical Traveller, a widely available free publication.
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Published on Oct 14, 2009