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Nevis + St. Kitts Nightlife

Mr. X's Shiggidy Shack
Frigate Bay , St. Kitts
Nevis and St. Kitts
Tel: 869 762 3983

In 1999, Kittitian Sylvester "Mr. X" Phipps began renting water-sports equipment and selling beer from an old ice-cream truck parked at Frigate Bay beach. The vehicle is long gone, replaced by a lavender-hued shack that is wildly popular with locals, expats, and visitors alike for imbibing and barbecue. Grab a stool or park at a picnic table, then lime away the night while neo-soul, reggae, and downbeat waft on the wind and the mango coladas flow. The bartenders pour heavy here—rum is cheaper than mixers. Go on Saturdays for karaoke, and catch live bands on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays in season (November through April). There's also a bonfire on Thursdays and every full moon.

Open daily 4 pm to midnight, May through October; 10 am to midnight, November through April.

Sea Breeze/Coconuts
Nisbet Plantation Beach Club
St. James , Nevis
Nevis and St. Kitts
Tel: 869 469 9325

The long, rolling lawn from the 18th-century Great House, the sole seaside plantation on Nevis, unfurls to this relaxed, open-air spot decorated with bamboo chimes and Balinese kites. Try the signature Nevis Peak cocktail (kiwi liqueur, vodka, pineapple, orange juice, and coconut cream). Thursday evenings bring a bounteous seafood buffet and live reggae music, a two-fer that attracts an islandwide crowd.

Open Fridays through Wednesdays 8 am to 6:30 pm, Thursdays 8 am to 11 pm, early October through late August.

South Friar's Bay , St. Kitts
Nevis and St. Kitts
Tel: 869 764 7200

Hurricanes and construction projects have marred much of South Friar's Bay, but they haven't carried away the sunsets, which are best experienced with a Green Flash cocktail (rum, Blue Curaçao, and more rum) at this rustic, roots-y seaside bar. Raman, the owner, stocks an impressive collection of Caribbean rums, including a Kittitian white lightning called CSR (Cane Spirit Rothschild) and Brinley's, another local rum infused with mango, vanilla, or coffee.

Open daily 10 am to sunset.

Sunshine's Beach Bar & Grill
Pinney's Beach
Charlestown , Nevis
Nevis and St. Kitts
Tel: 869 469 5817

If you drink eight of the infamous Killer Bee punches at Sunshine's, you get a free appetizer—which can't possibly be a good idea. Though the ingredients are secret, the drink definitely includes a heavy dose of rum. (The nonalcoholic Honey Bees are nearly as delicious.) The owner, Mr. Sunshine himself, is a dreadlocked local who once caddied at the Four Seasons. Now he grills seafood, ribs, and chicken while posing for pics with vacationing celebs such as Mel Gibson and Britney Spears. The Four Seasons is next door, but the vibe around Sunshine's might as well occupy a different planet.

Open daily 11 am to 11 pm, mid-November through August; 12:30 to 4 pm and 6:30 to 9 pm, September through mid-November.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.