The Nelson's Arms: Pool, Roti and Folk Serenades
This is a laid-back local bar and seemed to have a diehard core of hardened regulars. Most of the locals were up for a chat and one of the ladies there actually went home to get her guitar to play us a couple of songs. They have a couple of pool tables, serve good food and the beer is cheap. What more could you want?
They are open till LATE. 2am officially but sometimes a little later.
Dress Code: Dress code? Errr.....no.
Gabriel's Bar: Great Local Bar
This was one of my favourite bars in Barbados. We stopped here midway through a pub crawl and this was the only bar we stopped at on the way back. It's a quiet pub and fairly small but they do have an outdoor balcony also. The bar staff are friendly and genuine folks, keen for a chat and they knocked a few dollars off each round. They also gave us free shots!
One of the guys drinking there had a signed Australian cricket shirt (in the background of the picture). Gotta reward that with a beer ;-)
They are open till the last customer leaves. I was there on a Wednesday morning at 4am and there were still a few patrons in the bar.
Dress Code: None
Lucky Horseshoe: Steak, Slots, Sports
This bar is well-known around Barbados. There is a steakhouse restaurant at the front and inside there are slot machines and several screens where you can watch sports. They actually have a schedule of what sports are on the big screen on their website (below). One thing I was impressed with about this place is that they have 12 screens with different sports channels, and if you see something you want to watch, they will put it on for you in one section of the bar.
Dress Code: No sleeveless shirts after dark.
They are open 24 hours - a good spot for a late night meal as not much else is open in the area.
Mojo: Big Roadside Pub
This place looked like a big old pub in an Australian country town. This is the first pub on the Worthing strip if you are coming from the city. There was a fair mix of locals and visitors, although because of the size of the place, it also attracts larger groups of tourists. I walked past late on a Thursday night and it was full of rubgy players (I didn't go in on that occasion ;-).
You can sit either inside or outside and they also do food up until 10pm. You can also watch major sports events there, but they may charge admission of BB$10.
Dress Code: I don't think they really have a dress code.
Players Sports Bar: Sports Watching
This is a great bar to watch sports. Unlike other bars in the area, they don't charge admission and secondly, the place is fully air-conditioned. A good spot to enjoy a cool beer. No noisy slot machines either.
Beers here are slightly more expensive than neighbouring bars (BB$5 vs. BB$4), buts jugs are the same. They close at 11pm, but are open later on weekends of if there is a sports event of particular interest.
Dress Code: It's more upmarket than other pubs in the area, but I don't think there is a dress code beyond no bare feet and no sleeveless shirts.
Absolut Bar: Cricket, Vodka and more Banks please!
This place is little more than a hut with a nice paint job, but it suited our puposes quite nicely. I came here in a group as part of pub crawl of highway 7; the last pub before this is quite a way back and the cold beer was welcome ;-)
There were only two guys in the bar when we walked in (10pm on a Tuesday night) and they were sitting in the corner talking about the decline of cricket in the West Indies. My father and uncle promptly sat down and tried to cheer them up.
If you want a quiet bar mid-week for a few drinks, then this could be ok. For us it was a convenient link between Worthing and St.Lawrence - we needed to stop for a drink somewhere!
Dress Code: Wear clothes.