Drinking and nightlife in Montego Bay & Northwest Coast

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    Pier One

    If you’re into big nightclubs, Pier One is the place to go in Montego Bay. It attracts a largely local crowd, dressed to impress and dancing as if their lives depend on it. The music is bass-heavy, the dance floor is crowded (especially on Wednesdays and during Pier Pressure Fridays) and the locals can teach you the latest dancehall moves.

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    MoBay Proper

    Proper is often packed with locals and expats returned to the motherland. It’s a friendly, occasionally raucous spot and probably the easiest bar for tourists to access off the Hip Strip. Beneath a ‘chandelier’ of Heineken bottles, the pool table generates considerable heat, while dominoes are the rage with an older crowd out on the patio.

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    Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

    Of the three Margaritavilles in Jamaica, this one is a tourist trap by day, but as night falls, locals like to come here to dance to pounding beats loud enough to dislodge a filling, fuelled by epic margaritas. At sunset, a water slide flushes revelers ignominiously into the ocean, where their fellow booze cruisers await on a docked catamaran.

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    Blue Beat Ultra Lounge

    Blue Beat kind of feels like a collection of clichés of what a classy cocktail bar should look like (smooth metal furnishing, dim lighting, dark curtains); but as Montego Bay’s first (and only) jazz and blues martini bar, it rocks its style with live music some nights, along with Asian-Caribbean fusion tapas and DJ nights on Saturdays.

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    Cafe Mocha

    Sit in the air-conditioned hush of this cafe, the silence broken only by the click-clacking of fingers on laptop keyboards, or perch on the outdoor terrace with a Blue Mountain coffee. Skip the overpriced food.

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    Sand Bar

    Trapped on Doctor’s Cave Beach (you pay to enter), your only drinking and eating option is the Sand Bar. The food – burgers, seafood and such – is unlikely to thrill you, but sipping a cocktail or Red Stripe with the sand between your toes and the salt water drying on your back is good fun.

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    D'Rehab Lounge

    If you're addicted to watching the sport on the big screen to an accompaniment of pounding reggae, you'd better check into D'Rehab.