Drinking and nightlife in Ocho Rios, Port Antonio & the North Coast

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    John Crow’s Tavern

    The big TV above the bar screens the latest football games and the outdoor terrace is perfect for a beer, a burger and a spot of people-watching on the main street. The beer is icy and there's an excellent selection of rum. Come on Sunday nights, when there is live reggae from around 8pm.

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    Amnesia

    This classic Jamaican dancehall remains Ochi's liveliest scene. The most popular nights are the Sunday Sip oldies jam at the weekend, ladies’ night on Thursday (free entry for women) with guest DJs and and Link Up Fridays to get ready for the weekend.

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    Island Coffees

    Small but cheery modern coffee shop inside Island Village, serving excellent coffee (Blue Mountain, of course) and other hot drinks, smoothies and a host of sandwiches and wraps (from J$800), plus suitably sweet and sticky cakes (J$400).

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    Ocean’s 11 Watering Hole

    With its prime spot on the pier, it’s little surprise that Ocean's 11 is popular with cruise-ship passengers, who knock back cocktails by the bucket. There's dancehall on Friday and oldies ska and reggae on Sunday, but the highlight is Tuesday's karaoke, when 'raised in the church choir' Jamaicans with golden voices have sing-offs for local glory. The upstairs space doubles as a small art gallery and coffee shop.

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    Marybell's Pub on the Pier

    Tucked inside Errol Flynn Marina, this is a good place to while away an afternoon (or evening) away from the pace of the town, at the cabana bar or at one of the tables overlooking West Harbour Bay. Food is available – from sandwiches to big plates of pork chops and grilled fish.

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    Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

    This corporate franchise has turned getting drunk into big business. The music is loud and the signature margaritas don’t come cheap, but many tourists find the orchestrated good-time vibe irresistible. It's not just foreigners though, as Margaritaville is also popular with many middle-class Jamaicans. Every Wednesday there's a Wet’n’Wild pool party. Although Margaritaville 'goes until you say when,' things wind up earlier when there's no ship in town.

  • Nightlife in Port Antonio

    Roof Club

    This is Port Antonio’s infamous hang-loose, reggae and dancehall bar, where the tunes are loud and you’re fair game for any stranger who wants to try to extract a drink from you. It’s relatively dead midweek, but on weekends it hops.

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    Shadows

    This place plays vintage ska and reggae on Tuesday and Sunday, but on other nights it's pretty sleepy. Not a bad place for a quiet beer, rum and a plate of Jamaican bar food.