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Entertainment & Nightlife in Trinidad & Tobago


Trinidad has a wide and varied nightlife including hotel entertainment and nightclubs with calypso, limbo dancers and steel bands. During the carnival season (from New Year to Carnival, held two days before Ash Wednesday), both islands are alive with live music in the calypso tents and pan (steel band) yards. In Tobago, the main Calypsonians from Trinidad travel over to perform at Shaw Park, Scarborough and Roxborough. There is something happening most nights of the week – details are available locally and from the Tobago News.

Drinking alcohol in public is not frowned upon in Trinidad & Tobago; it is legal to drink alcohol in public. Public drunkenness may get you arrested only if you engage in disorderly conduct.

Places to Unwind – Trinidad

Port-of-Spain boasts a lively nightlife scene, and locals are known for their love of partying. Several new upscale clubs play the latest popular and local music and are usually packed with a who's who of the island. There are some bars where locals and expatriates congregate on the weekend to "lime" (hang out) with friends and colleagues.

The most popular spot on the weekends, although busy any night, is Trotters, at Maraval and Sweet Briar roads, St Clair. This is a rustic, earthy, and multilevel English-style sports bar and pub with an eatery on the upper level. The bartenders stock more than 25 beers from around the world, and the pub has 30 TV monitors blaring at all times. There's pub grub, of course, such as barbecue ribs and chicken. Friday night a DJ is brought in for your listening pleasure.

Known for its pop-rock nights, HiRPM (Gulf City Mall, South Trunk Road, La Romain), is located slightly out of town, reached by heading south of Port-of-Spain, following the South Trunk Road to the mall. Attracting mostly a 21-to-35 age group, it features different entertainment on different nights. Club nights are on weekends, when there is a great mix of music and a gyrating dance party. On Saturday the action begins at noon and doesn't stop until Sunday morning.

A popular place in Port-of-Spain is Mas Camp Pub, corner of French Street and Avenue Ariapata in Woodbrook. This place has a big stage where some of the best live bands in Trinidad frequently appear (or a DJ rules the night). There's also a reliable kitchen dishing up local specialities. More Vino (23 O'Connor Street, Woodbrook), is known for its array of different wines and as a rendezvous point for the smart set of young professionals. Gossip fills the air, and patrons sip cocktails on the terrace or else retreat to the air-conditioned interior.

Local joints come and go with alarming frequency, but locals continue to flock to the live music at The Base (Main Street, Chaguaramas), a 20-minute drive or taxi ride west of Port-of-Spain. This nightclub takes its name from its former role as a World War II air base and is open Friday and Saturday night. Also on this former airfield is The Base's competitor, Anchorage (Point Gourde Road), a popular gathering spot for "sundowners". Later on, groups head across the base to Pier 1 (Williams Bay), for dancing. Back in town, British pub-style Pelican (2-4 Coblentz Avenue, St Ann's), is a hot drinking spot, especially on the weekend. It draws a very mixed crowd, including singles and businessmen, plus a colony of Trinidadian gays.





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