Most of St Lucia’s nightlife revolves around the hotels, while some restaurants host live bands. The choice varies from steel bands, jazz groups, folk dancing, crab racing, fire eating and limbo dancers. The hotels welcome guests from outside. In May, nightlife is dominated by the annual jazz festival with lots of outdoor concerts. At other places, but particularly around Rodney Bay, venues like The Lime and The A Pub are popular places for those who just want to hang out.
The Indies NightClub, (over 21s only) located next to the Bay Gardens Hotel and Julian's Supermarket, and Le Chalet, near the Rodney Bay Marina are the hot spots. Back Door@Indies is also good, a good selection of Caribbean and international music can be heard, depending on the night, look out for specials, Wednesday package for US$15 includes admission, free drinks and round trip taxi to nearby hotels, EC$20 cover charge Friday, Saturday, free shuttle bus from major hotels, late night happy hour 2200-2400. Annex in Vieux Fort has live bands regularly. JJ’s, Marigot, casual, good mixture of locals and tourists, Caribbean music in simple disco, Friday can be very busy, Saturday pleasantly so, frequent shows, live bands, karaoke, taxi service can be arranged, T4514076. The highlight of the week, for locals and visitors however, is Friday night’s jump up at Gros Islet, where it is hard to resist getting involved (but see above, Gros Islet for warning). For a more cultural evening, tours are available to La Sikwi, patois for sugar mill, at Anse La Raye. There is a visit to the 150 year-old mill, followed by a full costume play reliving life in the village on a stage set into the hills with jazz bands and local acts. There is no cinema on the island.
There are (irregular) shows: concerts, drama, dance, comedy, at the National Cultural Centre (Castries), the Light House Theatre (Tapion) and the Great House Theatre (Cap Estate). They can give you a better taste of St Lucian culture than hotel shows which are adapted to international taste. Contact the Department of Culture for programmes as shows are often poorly advertised. Tickets available at the Department of Culture and Sunshine Bookstore (Gablewoods Mall).