Your Tobago arts & entertainment guide 2018

There are more than enough bars, restaurants, clubs, casinos and open-air party venues to keep you happy — especially on the western side of the island!

Bars & clubs

  • The Shade (Bon Accord) is still the coolest club, though — it is open-air, after all. Friday and Saturday nights draw huge crowds to the carat-thatched bar, and the palylist of soca, dancehall and hip hop, with a sprinkling of alternative, rock and reggae.
  • Bar Code (Scarborough) is a sports bar with two pool tables and open air seating with views of the esplanade and sea. Located right at the port, you can watch ships and ferries in the harbour. The food is local and quite good. Live music acts from time to time. 639-CODE
  • Jade Monkey (Crown Point): a bar, grill, and casino featuring cocktails, pub food, and DJ music so you can dance the night away
  • At the Buccoo Town Plaza, the Sahara Lounge and Rouge Sports Bar are now open for business. There are lots of pool halls, casinos, and karaoke nights, and Itsy Bitsy Folk Theatrealso presents dinner theatre several Tuesdays during the year.

Screen time

The multiplex cinema MovieTowne cinema at Gulf City Lowlands Mall screens the latest blockbusters, and regional fare courtesy the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival.

Gaming

If you want to try your luck at the tables or with the one-armed bandit, there are lots of casinos to choose from, including Crystal Palace Casino (upstairs Bar Code on Scarborough esplanade), The Royalton at Crown Point Hotel and Sunset Palm Club (Mt Irvine).

Live music

  • Chart House/Sundowner’s Bar (Crown Point Hotel): Thursday–Saturday, 7–9pm
  • Kariwak Village (Crown Point): Friday & Saturday sees the Kariwak Players perform
  • Blue Haven Hotel (Scarborough): Thursday (guitarist), Friday (pan) and Sunday (band)
  • Robinson Crusoe Pub(Magdalena Grand, Lowlands): Wednesday (karaoke), Friday and Saturday (band) – TT$30
  • Pelican Reef Bar and Grill (Crown Point): Tuesday (guitarist), Wednesday–Friday (band)
  • Café Iguana Jazz Bar (Crown Point): Thursday 8.30–10.30pm (live jazz), Friday 10pm–midnight (local band), Saturday 10–11pm (African drumming), Sunday from 9pm (Latin dancing)
  • Tobago Jazz Experience: Each April, there are countless jazz and world music events during the TJE that take place all over the island, culminating with the major mainstage events.

Sunday School

The hymns are a little different from what you might be used to, but when you ketch the spirit, well… it’s heaven on earth. Join the locals for a baptism of fire at the famous Sunday School street party in Buccoo. Shake a leg to the steelpan music from the Buccaneers from 9pm. Craft, food and even gambling stalls fill the street. From 11pm, the locals get cranking… and can go until sun-up, so pace yourself.

Shopping

In addition to the Gulf City Lowlands Mall, plazas have popped up all over Crown Point, with the Buccoo Town Centre almost ready at press time to join the newly opened Shirvan Town Plaza and the Milford Bay Plaza and [email protected] Be sure to take in the fine artistinal shopping (herbal products, jewellery, clothing, local craft) at Things Natural in Crown Point, and to try one of the sinfully sweet soaps made by Anthea’s Treasure Trove (304-1256/289-4573). This chemist uses all-natural local ingredients like mango, soursop, noni, turmeric, rosemary and neem to create healing products.

Please don’t buy anything made from endangered or environmentally sensitive species (eg coral, sea turtles, conch, some snakes, some birds). If in doubt, ask the vendor. If the answer is dodgy, don’t buy it.

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