Not far off the coast of Florida, the Bahamas are spread out over 100,000 square miles and made up of more than 700 islands and 2,000 rocks and cays. There’s an island for every type of traveler in the Bahamas, whether you want to be in a more remote location or in the middle of the hustle and bustle of a vacation hotspot. There’s also an abundance of great seafood to try while you’re in the area.
But if you’re looking for the best nightlife in the Bahamas, then you’ll want to head to Nassau on New Providence. Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, is the most popular destination for travelers from all over the world, not just for its beautiful beaches, but also for its incredible nightlife. That’s part of what makes Nassau so appealing to tourists — it has the best of both worlds.
When the sun goes down in Nassau, the party is just getting started. Below are 5 hotspots to check out in Nassau if you want to experience the best nightlife in the Bahamas.
1. Club Waterloo
This is one of the oldest clubs in the Bahamas and has been in operation for nearly three decades. Club Waterloo is located on East Bay Street and is open Wednesday to Saturday. There is a cover fee for this club as well, but it is usually cheaper than some of the other clubs in the area (but rates can vary). The club has two dance floors, a DJ, several bars, pool tables, darts, a swimming pool, and foosball.
Located on Woodes Rodgers Walk, Bambu is a great spot to visit if you want to have a few drinks and dance to euro house music and pop. Because of its location on the edge of the island, the club is typically visited by all types of travelers. Bambu is a great choice if you want to party late — it’s open Thursday to Saturday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. But it should be noted that there is an entrance fee and a dress code.
3. Xscape Lounge & Night Club
If you’re looking for a fun time and some local food and entertainment, Xscape Lounge & Night Club should be on your list. This club is located farther inland on Madeira Street. Unlike some of the other clubs and bars on this list, Xscape is open seven days a week. Hours range from 6 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. from Monday to Saturday, and 7 p.m. to 3 a.m on Sunday. Xscape also takes reservations in advance, meaning that it’s a great location for birthday parties, group celebrations, and special events.
4. Ibiza Bahama Night Club
Experience partying in a Europe-and-Vegas-meets-the-Bahamas way at Ibiza Bahama Night Club. Located on West Bay Street, the dance club features local and international DJs, light shows, Vegas-style entertainment, indoor and outdoor areas, and a stylish interior. The club is open all day long and transforms from a family-friendly spot to an exciting dance club at night. Definitely, a must-visit if you’re looking for a place that’s a little less casual in the atmosphere.
5. Aura Nightclub
A part of the Atlantis, Aura is located on One Casino Drive on Paradise Island and is typically open Thursday to Sunday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. It is a more upscale nightclub that features a glass dance floor, a DJ, two bars, and VIP perks. Entrance fees vary for special events, holidays, gender, and hotel guest status. Female hotel guests can get in for free, while male hotel guests must pay $25. Female non-hotel guests must pay $25, while male non-hotel guests must pay $40. The club also has a strict dress code — so don’t show up in flip-flops, shorts, or athletic clothing.
When the bars close in Nassau and the nightclubs open, the nightlife really begins. If you’re looking to experience Bahamian nightlife, be sure to visit the above hotspots to get an idea of what the Bahamas’ capital is really about — knowing how to have a good time.