A guide to nightlife in Negril

Negril is considered one of the top nightlife spots in the Caribbean, with lots of late night eating, drinking and listening to live bands down on the stunning Seven Mile Beach. Most of the bars here are open during the day too, with many located on Norman Manley Boulevard. Negril is a capital for reggae music, while you can also party the night away to the sounds of local DJs spinning all the famous tunes.

Meet the locals at Alfred's Ocean Palace

Set on Norman Manley Boulevard, Alfred’s is extremely popular with young locals – though everyone is welcome. With different areas, you can go for a quiet drink or listen to DJI’ll playing international hits inside. While there’s also a beach party area with a stage where live reggae and jazz acts perform.

Go wild at The Jungle

This is considered one of the most happening nightclubs, and attracting many celebs, its motto is ‘Unleash the Animal’. The ground floor alone has four bars and dancefloors, while it’s a bit more chilled upstairs. Of course, the order of the day is Blackwell Rum and Red Stripe – a local brew that is sure to become a mainstay of holidays to Jamaica.

Time out at Floyd's Pelican Bar

Standing on stilts in a shallow part of the ocean just a few hundred yards from the shore, you have to take a fishing boat out to this ramshackle bar, made of driftwood. While you’re there, you can hang out, drink or play dominoes, but be sure to hang your feet over the edge into the water and spot the fish.

Late nights at Risky Business

On the Norman Manley Boulevard right by the sea, this venue attracts a young, hip crowd. Partying happens on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, starting after the sun goes down. If you’re feeling a bit peckish they also have burgers and sandwiches on the menu.

Enjoy live music at Rick's Cafe

Located in the West End on the cliff’s edge, many people go cliff diving from here. You’ll be particularly amazed at the skilled locals who jump from the top of the highest trees for added thrill. Its location on the far west coast of the Caribbean means the sunsets from here are stunning, a cue for the live bands to start performing.

A great night out at Mary's Bay Boat Bar and Grill

This popular venue opens onto a panoramic sweep of Seven Mile Beach. It’s busy both day and night, but the vibe becomes more like a party in the evening. With live reggae bands on some nights, they also serve a nice selection of rum, cocktails and beers.

Make like McQueen at Pirates Cave Bar and Restaurant

Another cliff jumpers spot, this venue is carved out of a 30-foot tall sea cliff in the West End. With a circular thatched hut and seating inside and out, this popular spot was made famous by Steve McQueen in the film ‘Papillion’. People still jump off from here regularly, calling it ‘McQueen Off The Rocks’.

Something for every mood at MiYard Music Bar

At this authentic Caribbean venue, you can chill with a bite to eat and drink while getting to know the locals during cheap holidays to Jamaica.. If that doesn’t appeal, you can also dance to the sounds of the local DJs until sunrise, by which point you might be sitting down again.

Beside the beach at Merrils Beach Bar

This bar is part of a resort hotel and is located on the sandy shore. It’s a nice little spot for a chilled drink, while there’s also live entertainment. With a cool, relaxed atmosphere, you can sit on tables under trees that provide a natural canopy.

Food, drink and reggae at Bourbon Beach

Boasting a great spot on Seven Mile Beach, this bar has it all, including food and drinks that flow through the day and evening. Reggae bands and DJs perform throughout the week, with themed club nights making this the place to be.