Something for Every Taste:
A Guide to Trinidad's Nightlife & Entertainment
Trinidadians take their entertainment very, very seriously. As Trinidad’s cosmopolitan population has grown more affluent, nightlife and entertainment choices have grown to meet the growing demand, with a range of settings and activities to keep you entertained all night long. The multitude of bars, nightclubs and lounges, roadside watering holes, multi-level VIP clubs with dazzling lights and sizzling cocktails, shows exactly how serious a business partying is to Trinis. What would you like, small lime or a big fête? Do you have the stamina to hop from lime to club to bar to club to late night doubles and back? Whatever. Trinidad has no shortage of entertainment options. And if you just want to enjoy a movie, a play or a concert, you’re covered there too. There’s no shortage of possibilities – find your niche and dive in!
Arts & Culture
For those in to the arts there are nearly always music, theatre, and dance performances at several venues to be enjoyed. Theatre, dance and concerts find homes at Queen’s Hall and the newly-completed National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain. The CLR James Auditorium at Cipriani Labour College in Valsayn has become a popular theatre venue, and the University of the West Indies (UWI) in St. Augustine a more serious one. In south Trinidad, the main performance space is Naparima Bowl in San Fernando. See our Arts & Culture section for more information.
Bars & Lounges
Around Port of Spain
Beyond the basics, there are upscale bars and lounges with swanky interiors, good food (whether you’re looking just for finger food or a good meal) and scintillating signature drinks. Some feature big-screen TVs showing popular sports games; karaoke nights; games areas with pool tables and dart boards; and special themed nights featuring performances from contemporary rock, reggae, soca, jazz, world and fusion bands.
Around Port of Spain, Ariapita Avenue – sometimes just called “The Avenue” – is a microcosm of the bar and lounge experience in Trinidad, but there are popular hangouts in all the major towns like St Augustine, Trincity, Arima, Chaguanas and San Fernando. Hotels have modern and well-equipped bars and lounges, often with great ambiance.
Highlights of South, East and Central
Films & Movies
You can catch the most recent movies at several cinemas, including two multiplexes at MovieTowne, at Invader's Bay in Port of Spain and Price Plaza in Chaguanas; Caribbean Cinemas 8 in Trincity; and the new Digicel Imax in Port of Spain. MovieTowne hosts the Trinidad and Tobago and European Film Festivals in September and October. Classic and independent films are also screened by the Studio Film Club, UWI Campus Film Classics, and at film festivals (including the Trinidad & Tobago and European Film Festivals). The single-screen Globe (Port of Spain) and Palladium (Tunapuna) offer double features and cheap seats.
Party Time: Hit the Clubs
Trinidadians love to party, and like to do it in very fine style. And once they’ve started, they don’t like to stop. This party market has fuelled the growth of mega-clubs whose various levels and special VIP areas are packed out all weekend. The more exclusive ones maintain strict dress codes, operate with invitation lists, and usually require ID for entry. But no matter where you are in the country, there is a nightclub you can find to dance the night away.
When the market for the party or concert is too large for even the biggest clubs, mega-concerts move to huge arenas like the Queen’s Park Oval, the Centre of Excellence, the Jean Pierre Complex, the National Stadium or the Queen’s Park Savannah. They often offer general and VIP (or VVIP!) tickets, with the pricier passes providing you with all-inclusive food and drink. These big party and concert events are concentrated around Carnival time, public holidays, and school vacations.
Featured Bars & Clubs
- Bois Cano Bistro & Bar (Maraval): 622-5765, www.kapokhotel.com
- Carlton Savannah (Cascade): 621-5000, www.thecarltonsavannah.com
- Driftwood Restaurant & Bar (San Fernando): 652-9463, www.tradewindshotel.net
- Hilton Trinidad (St. Ann’s): 624-4485, www.hiltoncaribbean.com/trinidad
- Hyatt Lobby Lounge (Port of Spain): 623-2222, www.trinidad.hyatt.com
- J. Malone's Irish Pub & Restaurant (MovieTowne Port of Spain & Trincity Mall)
- Sandbaggers Sports Lounge (Trincity): 640-8337, www.millenniumlakes.com
- Skyview Lounge (St. Ann’s): 623-3511, www.cascadiahotel.com
- Space La Nouba Nightclub (La Romaine): 697-1165, www.spacetrinidad.com
- Sweet Lime (Woodbrook): 624-9983, www.sweetlime.com.tt
- Trader Jack's Island Grill & Bar (MovieTowne, Port of SPain): 222-2571
- Waterfall Bistro and Bar (St. Ann’s): 623-0883, www.thechancellorhotel.com
- Zanzibar (MovieTowne, Port of Spain): 627-0752