Grenada isn’t particularly known for its nightlife. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t many fine watering holes. While they may not resemble traditional tourist traps there are more than a few ‘must try’ notable and quirky bars in Grenada. All the marinas in and around the southern bays have excellent bars and restaurants attached but here are a few examples of bars beyond the marina gates.
ROGER’S BARE FOOT BEACH BAR, HOG ISLAND
Roger’s is a cool bamboo bar in a wooden shack right on the beach at Hog Island. At the weekend, especially on Sundays when there is not a lot going on in the rest of Grenada, people gather at the bar on the north side of Hog Island to lime the afternoon away with cheap beer and rum. Accessible only by sea or by locked bridge, there is no running water, no electricity and no toilets. Locals, cruisers and students mingle on the beach under the shady foliage or cool off in the sea. Lobsters are grilled on the barbeque, people laze in hammocks and children swing on tires hung between trees. For 28 years Roger has made the short journey from Woburn to Hog Island in his wooden boat laden down with ice and beer. As the sun drops behind the hilly horizon the party steps up a notch then slowly comes to end and the tiny island becomes uninhabited once more.
NIMRODS, LOWER WOBURN
Nimrods is a small rum shack in Lower Woburn, on the northeast side of Clarks Court Bay, that is rustic and low key. It also serves as a bus stop, but that isn’t particularly unusual. The beer is cheap and spirits high … and served in eighth and quart sized recycled bottles. You can sit inside where the pale green walls have been indelibly inscribed by the good times of previous patrons, you can sit in the corner and chew the fat with the regulars, or you can sit outside on the benches or on the curb when it’s busy. As the sun sets and darkness falls this little spot is a hive of activity for the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s a place you can go and everyone will know your name. Just beside the bar another small hut built around a huge breadfruit tree serves as the kitchen. A few picnic tables sit outside with a view of the small stage. The Thursday night barbeque is popular with cruisers. Not to be missed are the rotis served on Tuesday and Thursday lunch times – the best on the island.
ESTHERS, GRAND ANSE BEACH
Esther’s is one of a small handful of stalls selling an assortment of items from drinks and cocktails to beach sarongs and handcrafted jewellery. Located in the ‘Craft & Spice Market’ on Grand Anse Beach, the stalls surround a square filled with colourfully painted picnic tables. This laidback family run establishment has become an institution over the years and is as much a place for locals and expats as it is for tourists. Esther is warm and friendly and has been running this bar for 25 years, originally in St Georges, then right on the beach before she got a stall in the Vendors market. Known for her very reasonably priced cocktails, Esther serves up the best Mojitos on the island, with locally sourced fresh mint.
UMBRELLA’S, GRAND ANSE BEACH
Umbrella’s is a colourful up-beat beach bar on the fabulous Grand Anse Beach with breathtaking views out across the bay. The two mile white sand beach, arguably the best in Grenada, gently curves around to the historic capital of St George’s Harbour. Initially set up to promote Westerhall Rum, the bar is now a tourist hotspot and claims to be the ultimate beach bar experience – Caribbean style. They serve excellent value American-style food, ice cold cocktails and beers. Play on the beach, rinse off the salt in their outdoor shower and then enjoy an icy drink while watching the sun go down over the ocean from the cool shade of their umbrellas.
THE BREWERY, LANCE AUX EPINES
The Brewery, The West Indies Beer Company’s own pub in Lance Aux Epines is the place to be if you like real ale on tap. The microbrewery has become hugely popular since it opened in 2014 offering a range of handcrafted beers with quirky names like Rogue Pirate 4.4% and Drunken Goat 5.5%, or Black Rock at 8%, (if you fancy something stronger). If real ales are not your thing, they also serve a great selection of flavoured ciders. The bar is a lively spot especially on music nights and at the weekend. Behind the bar the shiny steel vats gleam in the low blue lighting as the drinks are served in frosty mason jars to booming music. As their slogan says: Island Life … just got better.