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New Providence and Paradise Island are at the centre of the Bahamas after-dark scene, with Paradise Island in particular featuring some of the swankiest nightlife venues the Bahamas has to offer.
It all revolves around the gigantic Atlantis Paradise Island Resort (Paradise Beach Dr, Suite 19). This resort’s eye-popping casino is one of the top Bahamas entertainment hubs, featuring more than 1,000 slot machines as well as table games. Atlantis is also home to the upscale Aura nightclub, one of the hottest nightlife venues in the Bahamas.
Located on New Providence Island, Bambu (Prince George Plaza, Woodes Rodgers Wharf, Nassau) is another popular hotspot in the Bahamas, where DJs spin an eclectic mix of reggae, salsa and top 40 hits.
For something a little more laid-back, meanwhile, head to Travellers’ Restaurant (West Bay St, Nassau), a long-time locals’ favourite with breezy ocean views and an authentic Bahamian atmosphere. The Daiquiri Shack (West Bay St, Nassau) on Cable Beach is another well-loved bar in the Bahamas, offering a relaxed atmosphere and an extensive menu of fresh fruit daiquiris.
Port Lucaya is one of the focal points for nightlife on Grand Bahama Island. Some of the best Bahamas entertainment is at Count Basie Square in Port Lucaya Marketplace, with performances ranging from live bands to karaoke. Lively bars, such as Rum Runners (Sea Horse Rd, Freeport), can be found in and around the marketplace.
Grand Bahama also promises bonfire beach parties at Taino by the Sea (Jolly Roger Dr, Freeport), one of the most famous destinations for a night out in the Bahamas. Centred around a blaze on the beach, this island-style party features a Bahamian dinner buffet, along with all-you-can-drink Kamikazes and Bahama Mamas.
The style of nights out available on the Bahamas’ Out Islands vary from island to island, but the scene is generally more easy-going and local.
Set on a picturesque sand dune, Nipper’s Beach Bar and Grill (Great Guana Cay, Great Abaco Island) is known for its private swimming pool and Sunday wild boar roasts.
Alternatively, head to Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar (Green Turtle Cay, the Abacos) to sample one of the best Goombay Smash cocktails in the Bahamas. Or try Gusty's Night Club (Barracks Hill, Dunmore Town, Harbour Island) with its lovely wraparound patio and pink-sand dance floors.