Holetown , St. James
Tel: 246 432 5399
This brand-new boîte is a new émigré to Second Street in Holetown, a precious streetlet that couldn't be cuter if Fisher Price had designed it. Owners Barbara Delmas and Alex Santoriello (he's a Broadway singer who has performed in Cats and Les Misérables) opened Lexy to address the dearth of smart nightspots for an over-30 crowd. Despite Lexy's call for mature revelers, the after-dinner club (no reservations required) attracts a lively mix of tourists, locals, and visiting celebs: Prince Harry loved the bar so much that he made it his local haunt on a recent trip. With soft lighting, a baby grand piano, crimson walls, and nightly live acts (talent hails from the US and Britain), Lexy's offers merciful respite from St. Lawrence Gap's bass-and-neon-heavy haunts. And when Santoriello is on island, he'll take to the ivories. Tip: Friday nights are Lexy's busiest.
Open Tuesdays through Sundays 8 pm to 2 am.
Oistins , Christ Church
This nightly outdoor party hosted by the south-coast fishing village of Oistins (it's held every night, but the best and biggest are on Fridays and Saturdays) includes a great street-food feast. Join the locals snacking on grilled mahimahi, fried flying-fish sandwiches, fish cakes, tuna, and every other kind of seafood you can imagine—all freshly made from the fish shacks lining the waterfront. Afterward, stick around for dancing to retro ballroom numbers or live calypso and reggae.
Silver Sands , Christ Church
Tel: 246 262 5483
This is the island's beach bar par excellence. Steve Campbell, one of Barbados' top competitive kite surfers, opened this classic open-air quaffing ground using whatever materials he could find near the shore. Tables are made from driftwood, dangling light fixtures are housed in woven twigs, and walls are ornamented with surfboards. And the place's moniker is not a gimmick: mellow and welcoming, this is the choice nightspot for local surfers. Perched on sweeping stretch of Silver Sands Beach, Surfer's Bay is not a well-trammeled tourist spot. While even seasoned cab drivers may not know about the place's whereabouts, its discovery is a treat worthy of a celebratory cocktail (hint: order the piña colada: they're fresh, creamy and potent). A chill perch for a sunset drink, the place often sails jubilantly into the wee hours of the night.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 4 pm, Sundays 1 pm till the crowds leave.
Old Bayshore Complex
Bridgetown , St. Michael
Tel: 246 826 5222
This alfresco lounge doesn't just whisper, it screams South Beach. The place feels so much like Miami's Shore Club, you almost expect to see J. Lo traipsing in with a trail of paparazzi. Wooden cabanas draped in billowing, gauzy fabrics are set amidst lushly landscaped gardens lit with tiki torches. Ambient grooves swell at a languid pace. The imposing bouncer at the entrance gives the place an almost forbidding aura of exclusivity. The place strives aggressively—and indiscreetly—for discretion. But despite its try-hard attempts at cosmopolitan-style debauchery, Wispers is the swankiest (and most gorgeous) midnight game on island luring the lissome and stilettoed. Have your concierge help you figure out how to get on the list.
Open daily 11 am to 3 pm and 6 pm to 9:30 pm.