This is where I spent a good deal of time. Conveniently, the three major bars are all located right beside each other, so people just shift. They also serve food, I had the grilled fish sandwich and since the caribbean is about 10 feet away, you know it's fresh:) I know the food is pretty good here, but the drinking is even better. When you know the bartenders, it's the best! I would walk away with like a $3.00 tab each night, IF that.
St. Patricks day here was pretty fun and friday night is karaoke night, so it gets very crowded and it's definitely entertaining.
I should mention here that it's a VERY small island...if you're going to go here, don't do anything that people will remember you by at the bar. It's like any small town and it's best to keep relations and reputations on a good level:)
Dress Code: It's a beach bar, wear what you want.
Address: on the malecon in Esperanza
Directions: There's one main road in Esperanza, it's there:)
On the nights that there isn't much going on at Amapola, people just move next door to Banana's. Another open air bar facing the ocean, the chairs are more comfortable and the bar is lower, but that's about the only difference...I guess the set up is a little more island hut like:) This is more of a burger joint, though...so the prices to eat here are a bit cheaper. The only thing I got was grilled chicken strips with the excellent spicy honey dip.
Dress Code: Again, on the beach...wear what makes you happy. Dress up a lot, dress down...whatever.
Address: On the Malecon, next to Amapola
Dress Code: Island casual - anything goes !! T-shirts, shorts, sarongs, sundresses....I think you would probably get laughed out or kicked out for dressing up !!
Address: A few yards from the ferry dock in San Isabel
Directions: The first bar you would come across when leaving the ferry dock - a great place to have a beer or the island's BEST pina colada while watching the sunset and rubbing elbows with the local ex-pats !! If you can't find it, just ask anyone....