mango falling off a tree is reason enough for Jamaicans to party. Depending on what you are looking for, every resort town and villages in-between offer several options. From a simple Jamaican ‘rum bar’ where you can have a fabulous time chatting with the locals over a Red Stripe or some over-proofed rum, to beachside live-music shacks where you can dance away the night with sand between your toes and sophisticated nightclubs with the latest sound and light technology; it’s all there for you to enjoy. A
MARGARITAVILLE GLOUCESTER AVENUE
THE NEW BLUEBEAT GLOUCESTER AVENUE Newly refurbished, BlueBeat is a delightful retreat for jazz and blues enthusiasts, especially when house band ‘Scotch’ takes center stage. Next door to the popular Marguerites restaurant, BlueBeat is a great option for an after-dinner nightcap. Live shows begin at 9:00 pm Thursdays and Saturdays, while Friday is ‘Copacabana Latin Night’. The rest of the week, the latest jazz and R&B videos play in the background to set the mood. Tasty finger food and signature Martinis are sure palate pleasers that fit perfectly with the bar’s intimate and relaxed vibe. Open daily 6:00 pm - 2:00 am. Tel: 952-4777
Parrotheads look out! Jimmy Buffett himself frequents Margaritaville and celebrated his birthday here on Christmas Day, 2008
With a spectacular waterfront location on the popular ‘Hip Strip’, Margaritaville is a place for the whole family to relax and enjoy their vacation, catering to all ages with activities, beverages and food in a great atmosphere. Part of the Jimmy Buffett brand of restaurants, this is the hotspot to rub shoulders with the “in-crowd,” including Buffett himself, who regularly pops into the ‘Ville to mingle with the crowds and play a song or two. During the day, you can enjoy international sporting events on big screen TVs while you jam to the laid back strains of Jimmy’s music. At night, the ‘Ville swings to the sounds of the in-house deejays while party people strut their stuff on theme nights including Karaoke, Latin and Pajama Party night. The fun package is topped off by two giant water trampolines anchored just offshore, a rooftop whirlpool tub and the 110ft waterslide, which winds its way into the warm Caribbean Sea.
With tropical Margaritas flowing freely in 52 flavors and colors, including raspberry, strawberry and mango, the ‘Ville is known as the islands official ‘Party Headquarters’ for everyone who is in the mood to hang out. Sizzling fajitas, salads, pizza and, of course, the world famous Cheeseburger in Paradise are menu favorites, while mouthwatering desserts like Cosmic Key Lime Pie and the Last Mango Cheesecake are a delicious finale.
Margaritaville is open daily from 11:00 am until the party ends. Tel: 952-4777. Complimentary shuttle service for dinner guests is available on request in the Montego Bay area, from Starfish Trelawny in the east to Round Hill in the west.
A welcoming Pier 1 at night (Photo: John Mitteco www.photropics.com)
BlueBeat, great for jazz and blues PIER 1 HOWARD COOKE BOULEVARD Montego Bay’s freshest open-air seafood restaurant has also established itself as one of the major entertainment centers. Popular both with tourists and locals, Pier 1 is definitely the place to be on Friday nights, when the party crowd shows up for a fun night affectionately dubbed ‘Pier Pressure’.
Wednesdays from 8:00 pm till you say when – STARSTRUCK
Show your talent and maybe you will be ‘discovered’! This open stage event invites attendees to reveal hidden talents and might put you on the big stage, as the overall winner gets a chance to perform at the next Reggae Sumfest or Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. Other fun entertainment includes a Caribbean fashion show showcasing local clothing designers and interactive audience games such as ‘name the tune’ and ‘family feud’. Drink specials are ‘on’ all night.
Fridays from 10:00 pm till you say when – PIER PRESSURE
Celebrate the beginning of the weekend at Pier 1, the place to be on a Friday night in Montego Bay from 10:00 pm onwards. A throng of faithful followers fill the venue to enjoy the pulsating reggae, thumping dancehall and energetic dance music. Appleton Rum drink specials help to fuel the vibes for a night of fun until partygoers say ‘when’, which is often at sunrise. Get there early as Pier 1 fills up quickly.
Note: Specials & events are subject to change without notice. For more information, call 952-2452 or visit pieronejamaica.com.