The night wasn't over after sweatin' it out at Le Ti St. Barths. We still had another stop to make----this time at the island hotspot, Le Yacht Club.
After hanging out at Nikki Beach during the day, we made friends with one of the gals working there who also happened to work as a hostess at Le Yacht Club. Her name is Nellie and when I told her we had plans to check out Le Yacht Club, she made sure we got the best VIP table in the house and gave us the full Red Carpet treatment upon our arrival.
She advised to "wear white" at the club. When I asked her why, she said, "You'll light up in the club! You'll see!"
We arrived at the club and once you walk through the doors, you truly felt like you were stepping into the interior of a Bling Bling yacht! Low ceilings.....marine decor.....and the way the fluorescent lights were set up, all of us *glowed* in our white attire.
We quickly discovered that this was the place where the locals who worked the nightshift at the restaurants would go to party after-hours. We met up with some of our hard-working waitstaff from Le Ti and even "Mr. DJ" came by for a nightcap !
It was a cool, hip very European atmosphere and the crowd was friendly and completely into the music. The dancefloors were packed so getting our own little corner lounge area was a great experience.
The best part of the club? The STRIPPER POLES! ;-)
Dress Code: Jeans and sneakers are ok----no beach attire though.
Directions: Located in downtown Gustavia
St. Barths has always been known as a fun-loving playground, but traveling during the low season, we weren't sure what kind of nightlife there would be on the island. A lot of the usual island hotpots close their businesses during the lull ....but we discovered that those that did remain open catered to the locals and no doubt knew how to pull off an all-night party atmosphere.
When I was trying to select the venue to hold the annual "Geisha Birthday Bash," Le Ti St. Barths was recommended by everyone. This place is described to me as a "Caribbean Tavern" where patrons can "dance on the tables." The website describes this place as a "unique bistro that specializes in fun. Internationally known for its authentic character and musical atmosphere, you may find yourself dancing on the tables until sunrise."
Dance on the tables?? We knew we just HAD to check it out!
When we arrived at the restaurant, we entered into this dark and sensuous "boudoir style" atmosphere-----deep red walls decorated with candelabras. The atmosphere in the restaurant was actually quite reserved and very sophisticated. From the description, I guess I expected a brighter, livelier vibe, but what we entered into was very chic and sedate.
Dress Code: They sat us right in front of the DJ who was spinning the perfect dinner 'lounge' music. We ordered our cocktails and enjoyed their delicious menu of French dishes (with a "Caribbean twist.") Fresh fish, foie gras, canard......
Once we finished dinner and took our last sip of espresso and their house digestif, a complete shift in atmosphere took place. Out comes a group of scantily-clad a la Brazilian Carnivale women and the DJ turns the music several notches.
All the waitstaff comes running out and starts to grab everything off our table. It took us all by surprise as we had no idea what was coming next. The "Carnivale Women" hop on the table on all fours and start hastily wiping down the table with cleaning cloths ! Then in true military-style coordination, each of the "Carnivale Women" bust out their moves as the house music pulsates through the entire restaurant. Suddenly they're stomping on our table and grabbing each of us to join in this act.
From that point, the DJ played track after track of high-energy music and there was no way any of us could sit down any longer. So we danced....and we danced.....and we sweat....and we danced. On the tables, on the chairs, on the floor, on each other.....This place was no longer the sophisticated, quiet, reserved restaurant that we first entered. It turned into an all-out wild and hedonistic place of worship!
It was an unforgettable evening, and when the wait staff and dancers brought out the birthday cake lit up with sparkles like it was Bastille Day, that made the night more than complete. Making a wish, blowing a firecracker cake, and dancing on tables.
Welcome to St. Barths!!
Open daily from 7:30pm
Casual attire is welcome at this location. Dry-fit clothing is highly recommended 'cuz this place makes you SWEAT like a mofo!
Address: Located in Pointe Milou
Phone: 590 590 27 97 71
Like most places on St. Barth's, this is a real cool place. The decor is all-white, window seats and pillows, with dark wood cocktail tables. There are huge silver bowls for chilling your bottles, which reminded me of Tibetan singing bowls.
There's music, of course, and a dance floor. Just a relaxing place to spend (or begin!) an evening.
If you are still up at about 3 AM, this is the place to go! This was our fourth stop, and our last night on the island. So there was no time for sleep! It got really crowded closer to 4AM.
Hahaha! The memory of the good times here makes me laugh! We met so many fun people, the music was great, and here you see the giant chiller for the vodka. I don't think I need say more.... :))