Gloucester Avenue, aka the Hip Strip, is the epicenter of the drinking scene in Montego Bay. This main drag is flanked by more than 30 bars; many of them stay open till the early hours. Not a party animal? There are some low-key bars in the city, too, including a pour-your-own wine bar and a floating bar-restaurant. Here’s our pick of the best of both worlds.
This lively sports bar is right in the middle of Montego Bay’s Hip Strip. You can drink everything from Tia Maria to tequila here, but the bar’s most popular drinks are the buckets of beer and the mini-Guinness shots. Rehab Lounge also hosts regular mixologists, who whip up day-glo cocktails. On weekends, you can watch live music and DJ sets as you sip.
There are more than 150 different wines on the menu at Uncorked West in the Fairview Centre. If you can’t make up your mind about which one you’d prefer, order a wine flight. Alternatively, buy a Wine Card and you can help yourself to 30ml, 90ml or 150ml (1fl oz, 2fl oz, 3fl oz) portions of the wines in the bar’s tasting cooler. If you get peckish, you can tailor your own charcuterie board, too.
Pier 1 is set on the waterside near Harmony Beach Park, not far from the Hip Strip. Visit during the day or early evening to enjoy a burger or sandwich and cocktails in view of the water. Make your way here after dinner on a Wednesday or Friday, however, and you can sip your drinks as DJs play a mix of music from reggae to pop.
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This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Nabila Khouri.