If, like me, you’re something of a party animal, you’ll want to know all the top nightspots to visit on a holiday in the vibrant city of Kingston. The iconic Jamaican capital has a lively atmosphere during the daytime, and this continues well into the night, when the Kingston Strip really comes to life.
The road is officially known as Knutsford Boulevard, and it’s the bars and clubs along the street that are the main focus for partying holidaymakers and locals alike. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best watering holes to be found here, so make it your go-to reference guide if you’re after information about local nightlife during a stay at a Jamaican hotel.
Multi-level nightclub Quad is one of the liveliest spots in town, and a real clubber’s paradise. The Oxygen Nightclub on the second floor is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, well into the early hours, and you’ll be able to dance to Top 40 tunes at the weekend. If you visit on a Wednesday night, expect to hear hits from the 1980s and 90s.
The floor below is home to a jazz cafe, where you can sip fine Jamaican rum and listen to melodies played on the baby grand piano or enjoy live music every Thursday, while the top floor is the location of the Voodoo Lounge. This is the place to be for old school hits from the 70s onwards and boasts a decked balcony area that offers unrivalled views over the city.
The Asylum nightclub is another hotspot for partygoers, and the venue pumps out different styles of music depending on the night you visit. Always busy, the club is open almost every evening during the week and hosts a popular ladies night on a Tuesday, with free drinks for women for the duration of the evening.
Oldies Night is on a Wednesday and you can expect to hear music from the 1950s to the 90s, while Thursday is Dancehall Night, during which the DJs spin hip hop and reggae.
If you enjoy a relaxed night on the town, head to Fiction Nightclub, which aims to recreate the laidback cool of the lounges in Miami, South Beach. You can sit back and admire the contemporary decor and furnishings, nearly all of which were locally sourced, and sample some tasty snacks like shrimp balls served with Cajun sauce and the exclusive Crispy Bow Tie Pasta dish.
When you feel like dancing, you’ll find reggae beats, house music and alternative tunes are the focus of the club, depending on the night you visit. There are also a few VIP booths, which get booked up quickly, so you might want to get in touch with the club in advance of your break to make sure you can reserve the space you need.
A longstanding favourite haunt among locals looking for a good night out is Peppers Nightclub. The venue has stood the test of time and boasts a unique feature in its open-air dance floor, complete with waterfall.
Head here for traditional Jamaican jerk snacks, a game of pool at one of the many tables, and a round of karaoke every Thursday night. The weekend sees the club come to life as party animals roll up to hear the latest tunes and make use of the three bars inside the club, before dancing until dawn in the fresh air.