The 10 Best Reggae Clubs In Kingston

Reggae stage, Jamaica I
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Emily Langan

Kingston, Jamaica, is known for its kaleidoscopic colors and infectious reggae beats. This music genre incorporates some of the musical elements of rhythm and blues, jazz, and traditional calypso to form its own unique sound dominated by the bass guitar. It’s a popular style that relaxes the listener, often communicating the hopes, dreams, and stories of the Jamaican people. As it originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s, where better than this country’s dynamic capital to seek out some of the world’s premiere reggae music venues? Here are the top 10 in Kingston.

Reggae stage, Jamaica I

1. Tracks and Records

Restaurant, American, Caribbean, Pub Grub

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Tracks and Records is a reggae sports bar and lounge inspired by famous Jamaican track star Usain Bolt. The venue can seat over 200 people, and with its gigantic stadium design, there isn’t one bad seat in the house. A circular bar sits in the middle of the lounge, serving signature beverages and light Jamaican faire. Over 45 flatscreen televisions sit in the lounge, and those looking for a more luxurious visit can book a VIP area. When leaving the lounge, guests walk through a Usain Bolt retail shop, offering rare memorabilia that can only be found at Tracks and Records. Those looking for a music and sports infused experience, head to Tracks and Records.

2. Asylum


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Arguably Kingston’s most popular club, Asylum is renowned for its reggae flare. Whilst reggae is mainly played every night, various specific nights are dedicated to other types of music, such as oldies or karaoke. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., the club fills up quickly; a long line typically forms by 11:00 p.m.

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