This place never shuts shop. Through rain, storm or sunshine, you will always find the bar open and the drinks flowing. Try the various Caribbean cocktails or the international drinks and live it up in the good life of St James.
Jenny's, owned by local businesswoman, Jenny Sharma, is situated in downtown Port of Spain in an elaborate blue, old-fashioned, wooden building which was formerly a home. The interior is exquisitely decorated, favoring a Victorian style comprising of artwork and portraits of stately Lords and Ladies of the era, along with memorabilia from Trinidad's colonial days. The menu consists of very affordable local Chinese food.Downstairs in the area known as "The Cellar", the atmosphere is more casual and conducive to the after work gathering. The decor in this area follows the general pattern, but also consists of several stuffed animal heads — including a somewhat menacing-looking, full-sized grizzly bear.
Housed in a century old grocery store with a 30-foot ceiling (thus the name), Rafters is fresh and contemporary in feeling. Soft grey and pale blue and shades of pink décor enhance the original stonework walls. Original artwork and green plants complement a delightful dining experience. Fresh local seafood including lobster, sea conch, squid and shrimp are house specialties and feature on all buffet presentations (Wednesday to Friday Business Luncheon Buffet, Caribbean/ Continental Fusion Cuisine). A la carte: select US steaks, creative local entrees and unique specialty sandwiches in the Lounge Bar, which attracts a cosmopolitan clientele for cocktails.
Located in the Blue Waters Inn, this bar serves some exotic Caribbean cocktails. It is a favorite with the divers and snorkeling enthusiasts at Speyside. You can choose to down a few drinks or just admire the diving activities across the bar.
Ideally located in Port of Spain, this 18-and-over club is housed in what was once an old cinema. It is now transformed into a cutting-edge, ultra modern nightclub. There are three levels; one is the ground floor complete with a stage and east and west bars. The second level is the VIP section with skyboxes, a Moroccan bar and a champagne and cigar room. The third level offers a night under the star on the rooftop terrace. State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems enhance the music and visual effects. So, join the in crowd and enjoy a great night out. -Nadia Ali CHeck website for timings.
A popular place among the arty crowd, Drink Lounge & Bistro is one of the best spots in town for a great cocktail and some tasty bites. This rustic chic establishment has a cozy feel to it that is ideal for romantic dates and a tête-à-tête with close friends. They take pride in making their sangria from scratch and create strong cocktails. Their food menu is equally delightful with pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and shared plates. They even host a DJ at times. Drop in for a fantastic time at this bar and restaurant.
The Livin' Room Night Club in Arima is the hottest club in the east. Under new management, the club has weekly events in the mix like a "Miss Cover Girl" contest. Patrons are also treated to exciting themed Saturday events that showcase local talent; catch Trinbago soca stars who, together with top local DJs, make this venue the most exciting in Arima. Get on the VIP guest list and gain free entry to events—of which there are endless! And ladies get in free with invitations before 11p—check the website for details and announcements. The music is slamming, security is tight and, with escorts to walk you from your car, nothing could be better! - Nadia Ali
One of the best places in town to catch a game on television, Hutt Shutts opened its doors in 1978 and has a palpable ambiance whenever there is a big match going on. Set on the foot of a mountain range, you can't miss the medieval-style structure. Inside you will find LCD television screens, pool tables and dartboards vying for your attention. Tipple on happy hours and nosh on tasty bites at this lively spot.
Toppers Sports and Grill is where all the locals come to hang out. It is ideally located in the open-air mall of the City of Grand Bazaar. You can watch sports on high-end TVs, or have your own game of basketball or air hockey. The menu has everything from reasonably priced appetizers and grilled favorites to delicious desserts. Take part in the vibrant atmosphere and catch a game! On Sundays, kids eat free! -Nadia Ali
The outside of this downtown restaurant blends in with its surroundings but once inside, you step into a décor that defines the warmth of the Caribbean. Don't miss their specialty of curried crab and dumplings, which is made from local ingredients cooked in curry sauce, with coconut milk and spices served with generous sized dumplings. If that doesn't appeal to your taste buds there are many international dishes on the menu. The servings are definitely generous, so you won't leave this restaurant feeling hungry! As the evening dawns and the day comes to an end, the Woodford Cafe transforms into a thriving bar and live music venue. Casual cafe by day and a bustling bar by night, Woodford Cafe is a great place to hang out at any time of the day.