Barbados Nightlife & Carnivals

From Barbados nightlife that starts as the sun goes down and keeps on going all night long, to beach bars in Barbados that never close, we’ve got all the best Caribbean hotspots. We’ve looked at millions of comments on social media to bring the best bars in Barbados and picked out the ones that travellers, like you, think are the top picks. Our Virgin Holiday Recommends collates information from local sources and travel bloggers, so you know our list is up-to-date, and reflects what travellers really think. Whether you’re here for the Barbados carnival or want to dance until dawn on the beach, book your Caribbean holiday today and experience the best Barbados nightlife for yourself. Want to feel the carnival vibes? Check out our holidays in Barbados.

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Barbados Crop-Over Festival

Jubilee Gardens, Lower Broad Street, Bridgetown

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Crop Over is the chance for the whole island to burst into song and dance, fuelled with plenty of rum. It celebrates the completion of the sugar harvest and dates back to the 1780s. This non-stop Barbados carnival happens all over the island, starting in July and going until the first Monday in August.

St Lawrence Gap

Oistins, Barbados

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Famous for its exceptional restaurants, buzzing nightlife and excellent shopping, St Lawrence Gap is where you'll find some of the best bars in Barbados. It's colourful, energetic, and a must-visit if you love your parties to last all night and into the next morning. Refuel on street-food and just keep on dancing until the sun comes up.

Kadooment

Spring Garden, Bridgetown, Barbados

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Any excuse for a Barbados Carnival: the wonderfully vibrant Kadooment marks the end of Crop Over. This Caribbean party to end all parties happens on the first Monday in August. Think Rio Carnival but with even more feathers, sequins, and insane amounts of rum. You can't help but join in.

Sol Rally Barbados

Stewart Hill, Barbados

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This is definitely one for petrolheads. The Sol Rally roars around the island at the end of May. Watch the cars catching some air jumps, rip-roaring their way around dirt tracks, and tearing the place up. The best spot to watch the action is close to Dover Beach.

Oistins Fish Festival

Highway 7, Oistins, Barbados

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Vicky Flipflop

Travel and Festival Blogger at Vickyflipflop

Thinking about what to do in Barbados on a Friday? The travel blogger, Vicky FlipFlop recommends what to experience in a day in Barbados, including the local, iconic island festival - Oistins Fish Fry. This fishing town on the south coast is far from ordinary and one which boasts a vibrant atmosphere and is the hub of activity, especially on Friday nights.
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Harbour Lights

Bay St, Bridgetown, Barbados

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One of the best bars in Barbados, you'll find Harbour Lights on Bay Street, Bridgetown, right next to yep, you guessed it, the harbour. Spend the day lazing on the beach then just a few short steps will put you right in the middle of the best party in town.

Barbados Food & Rum Festival

Highway 1, Holetown, Barbados

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Local chefs and mixologists introduce you to a world of flavours at this annual event that celebrates the islands best-known export. We're talking serious Barbados rum here, too (the real stuff's 40% proof), so expect to get a little tipsy while you're snacking on authentic jerk chicken. The festival runs from 24-27 October.

Barbados Reggae Festival

Kensington Oval, Pickwick, Bridgetown, Barbados

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If you love your Barbados nightlife easy and laid-back, the annual Barbados Reggae Festival, held at the end of April, introduces you to the real sound of the island. Top-name acts join forces with local musicians to bring you one of the most soulful events of the year.

Mojo

Highway 7, Bridgetown, Barbados

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When a Barbados bar is popular with the locals as well as visitors, you know its going to be good. Mojo, which sits right next to Worthing Beach, is a Barbadian institution and even has its own dedicated Bob Marley room. Don't leave without trying a Blue Bubbie shot.

Barbados Jazz Excursion

Hilton Barbados Resort, Bridgetown, Saint-Michael, Barbados

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The second week in October heralds the Jazz Excursion, when the whole island chills out to the sound of smooth jazz. Team it up with a game of golf in the day and a visit to one of the best bars in Barbados during the night and you've got the recipe for a perfect time.

The Old Jamm Inn

Oistins, Barbados

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The Old Jamm Inn believes the ingredients of a great night out are Booze, Beats, and Burgers, and the three Bs are in plentiful supply at this top nightlife spot in Barbados. Their burgers are genuinely amazing, the booze flows all night long, and the beats just keep on coming.

The Tiki Bar

Rockley Beach, Bridgetown, Barbados

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Boasting 68 house cocktails and a menu of the freshest food in town, the Tiki bar is one of the best beach bars in Barbados. Home to the Rumheads and live music nearly every night, it's warm, inviting and super-friendly. It's also right on the beach so you can catch that legendary sunset.

Barbados Gospelfest

Saint-Michael, Barbados

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From 18 to 26 May you can embrace some of the most spiritually uplifting music you'll ever hear at the Gospelfest. It's joyful, it's wonderfully entertaining, and it's a great change from the reggae and Barbados nightclubs you usually find in Bridgetown.

The Holetown Festival

Holetown, Barbados

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Celebrating the first settlement of the island, Holetown Festival is one of the best Barbados carnival events of the year. The week-long party starts in mid-February with processions, music and dancing that runs late into the night. Look out for the Saturday street fair packed with arts and crafts, and some amazing street food.

Barbados Celtic Festival

Start: Barbados Defence Force, Garrison Savannah, Bridgetown, Barbados

Fara Perform With  Adrian  Husbands  Spouge  Band At  Barbados  Celtic  Festival 2016

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Theres a surprisingly strong link between Barbados and the Celtic nations, especially Wales. In the 1990s a Welsh Male-Voice Choir visited the island and the Celtic festival was born. Come for the craic from 21 to 29 May in St Michael.