Rick's cafe: Just guessing
We were there at sunset. I don't know how it is by night, but that kind of animation can't be stopped just because the sun has disappeared.
If I had a night to live in Negril (we moved away), this would be my obvious first choice.
Rodger's Bar: Great Drinks & Company
Our favourite bar in Negril. We started and ended most nights here. Rodger's sister Patriche runs the bar. She has the basic liquors, red stripe, and mixers. Most popular drink was rum and coke. I always asked for "girlie drinks" and she made me fresh carrot and mango juices with vodka ($4).
Look for the tiki hut with the Canadian and American flags.
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Norman Manley Beach Park party every Sunday: Experience the REAL Jamaica under starry skies
Locals go to the beach park every Sunday up until it closes down at 2 a.m. A DJ plays reggae and hip hop music, the only lights are from the DJ stand. The music is intermittently interrupted by the DJ, who loudly speaks inspirational words to the crowd, telling them to hold up their lighters in the air as they dance. The sandy beach is dark, only lit by the starry sky. Because there are barely any lights near the park, the stars in the sky are voluminous. There's a bar, and plenty of vendors selling soft drinks and cigarettes. Travel in a group- scooters or motorcycles are easier to travel in because parking is limited.
This is a local spot- hardly any tourists, so keep an eye out or bring a local Jamaican with you if this makes you uncomfortable.
Dress Code: Locals dress nice, but casual beachwear is always okay in Negril. Wear sandals, as the beach park is right on the sand.
The Maragritaville in Negril is pretty big. We came in here because Rob wanted to see the Laker game and it was one of the few places that had a bar and tv's and showing the Lakers game.
They were trying to sell us tickets to come back later in the evening to go to the foam party. There is no admission to Margaritaville but when they have special functions like this foam party they do charge. In the afternoon its pretty dead in here. In the evening and at night is when things start to get fun.
It kind of reminded me of being at Papa's N Beer in Rosarito or something.
Sexy Rexy's Bar: Local Bar with Entertaining Host
For those who get tired of the "Spring Break" tourist traps like Rick's Cafe, and want a more local and authentic experience, find Sexy Rexy's Bar. This Jamaican tour guide has quite the following, an he seems to know everyone in Negril, tourist or local. Drinks are cheap, music is bumping until 5am, and you will find a pleasant mix of locals and foreigners dancing and drinking.
Go north on the main road from Rick's Cafe along the beach for about 150 meters, and you'll find it on your left, on the water.
Dress Code: No real dress code... probably the less clothes the better!
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Alfred's: Live Music
Alfred's is an open air nightclub located on a sandy beach where you'll be free to kick off your shoes, sit at a picnic table, dance in the sand, or just hang out at the bar enjoying your Red Stripe or mixed drink. Featuring Reggae and Jazz artists most weekends as well as the occasional fire eater for late evening entertainment.
Dress Code: Casual, beach wear.
Altough this is an all-inclusive resort, we did not stay here. But, we did come here from Montego Bay in order to celebrate the New Year '05. They have several night clubs & bars throughout the resort. Very sensual dressed people. Lots of fun !!!
Margaritaville!: Parrot Head Heaven!
Jimmy Buffet has a chain of these across the Caribbean and this is the coziest but coolest I have been to. It is open air but has a beach right up to the back patio, volleyball, and the smell of Ganja everywhere.
Dress Code: Funky beach wear.
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Mi Yard: 24/7 Music Bar
Open 24/7, with Jamaican Style snacks, roast bread fruit, bami, festival, salt fish, plantain, and roast tuna.
Best music in the West End of Negril, and dance all you want.
Nice place to stay if you like to party.
www.miyard.com also has live music and video feeds at times.
Dress Code: No dress code, come as you are!
risky business: Sunshine, sunshine reggae
another thing you will enjoy in jamaica is the local music. you hear reggae music everywhere, but calypso and international pop music are also very popular in negril. if you are a reggae or calypso fan, try to come to negril during negril's music festival, in mid march. this great music festival lasts three nights.
if you want to party, another great time to come to negril is in april, when the jamaica beachfest takes place. a month later the negril carnival takes placesome of the most
famous restaurants with live performances are "risky business", "roots bamboo", "alfred's ocean palace" and "fun holiday beach" in long bay. and "negril yacht club" and "sunset bar" in west end
Reggae nights in Negril: Reggae Nights
If you don't know were to go at night in Negril ask somebody at evening or just start walking in the sand and follow the reggae beat!
There are concerts in the beach every night. Each night is in a diferent place, but it's similar in all the places. Each pub has his own band the only thing which changes are the singers who also have the 'orchesta director' rol. The singer is who says to the band what they have to play in each moment. Many times the singer says 'pull up!!' and the song will start even stronger by the begining. That's the jamaican way!!
Sometimes people from the public goes and sings a pair of songs with the band.
At the half of the night they make a break. It's dancehall time know!! The DJ plays the last dancehall hits and people goes crazy danzing!! After one or two hours of dancehall the roots reggae band will finish the night.
The most famous places to go on party in Negril beach:
* Roots Bamboo.
* Alfred's (My favorite)
Dress Code: Any.
miyards: after hours
Miyards is alittle 24hour place where the locals go after bartime, they have excellent food, I recomend the fish soup and mint tea for that midnight boost so you can see the sky get light and hear those first birds.but it is all finger food and is already made, desplayed under glass, oh yea the fried bannas and plantain in woderful to oh yea the tuna, well you get my point. the garden is lovely and it is open air, and they play alot of bob marley, the local folk anyone from a hooker to well use your imagination is just a bonus in my book. it is waling distance from samsaras' and the yacht club. we felt safe walking for the most part, but this was my favorit spot after hours.
Dress Code: no dress code, you see it all.
Rick's Cafe: Rick's at sunset
Rick's cafe is a popular spot for a lot of tourists. It features a great view of the sunset and cliff diving. Anyone can line up for a chance to dive off the 35 foot cliffs. There is live music and an area to dance in. The night I was there it rained but that didn't really slow anyone down much. Not exactly the cheapest place to go and they make you buy "tokens" to spend there. (non-refundable so buy what you think you'll spend) But all in all a great place to see while you're in Jamaica.
Dress Code: Anything goes...
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All: Nightlife Shuffle
The crowds move around each night of the week. You can go one night and have to wait in line 1/2 hour to get in and the next night there not be one person in the club. Be sure to ask around before you leave the hotel and you might be able to save the extra taxi fare.
Dress Code: Did not notice much of a dress code at any of the clubs.
Negril Sun Bar: Good Spot for A Cold Drink
Great place to stop for a cold drink. We chilled out with red stripes ($2) and Tings ($1) (grapefruit) and watched the world go by on the beach. Spoty wifi if you can get it.
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