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St Lucia

Nightlife in St Lucia

If you're planning a holiday to St Lucia, chances are that, amid all the relaxation, beautiful surroundings and slow-paced holiday atmospheres, you're going to want to find the coolest and most enjoyable spots to cut loose in the evenings. Here's our pick of the best of nightlife in St Lucia, so you don't have to waste any time when it comes to getting deep into the best local scenes.

Arrive in style for dinner and dancing at JD's Mangrove, Marigot Bay

Starting your night out the right way, JD's is both a restaurant and relaxed bar situated in the idyllic Marigot Bay. Dinner first, then you can make your way over the boardwalk to the chilled bar emanating beach shack vibes and overlooking the shore. On offer here are classic cocktails like Long Island ice teas, plus beer and wine. Starting here is a great way to begin your evening in style, before working your way round to the harbour.

Take on the house at Treasure Bay Casino, Gros Islet

There is one casino in St Lucia, and, aptly named Treasure Bay, it's nestled cosily in the bay of Gros Islet. Standing out from the quiet village location, Treasure Bay Casino offers slot machines, roulette, blackjack and poker well into the early mornings, so you can try your luck on the fly with no need to worry about a dress code. Plus, if all that gambling is making you peckish, there's an infinite buffet that offers guests an endless supply of great local cuisine.

Join the festivities at the weekly Gros Islet Jump Up street party, Gros Islet

It's not one bar, but many that open their doors every Friday night for the Gros Islet street party – one of the highlights of cheap holidays to St Lucia. With fresh fish grilling out on the street, booming local music and rum flowing like running water, you'll wonder how these locals survive a party like this every week. You'll see some of the best local musicians and dancers take to the street too, in a totally authentic St Lucian tradition.

Ice cold and creative cocktails every night at The Cane Bar, Soufriere

The Cane Bar is very cool, literally. Covered in modern art and specialising in the weirdest and most wonderful rum cocktails available in St Lucia, The Cane Bar will give you a refreshing break from the St Lucia sun with its much-talked-about high-powered air conditioning. This chilled out cocktail joint is set in the heart of Sugar Beach and every drink is more creative than the last. Unusual sips here include a wonderfully wacky rum, black pepper and ale mix, plus white rum with hints of banana, mango, lemon and pineapple, or try rum, creme de cacao, rosemary and strawberry.

Drinks that are serious at bar Delirius, Rodney Bay

Cool, calm and collected, Delirius defies its name and is in fact one of the most civilised bars on the island. Located in Rodney Bay, these cocktails aren't the usual beach-party sugar-filled mixes. We're talking dry martinis and mojitos done the right way, using fresh ingredients and alcohol stacked high above the bar, some of which is only reachable by ladder. It's James Bond meets Casablanca with a distinctly Caribbean twist. You'll find live music on the weekends as well, plus a killer menu packed with local seafood.