If you’re looking for a fun atmosphere, drink specials, possible hob-nobbing with celebs, and amazing island views, the place to party on Thursday and Sunday evenings is the Shirley Heights Lookout Restaurant & Bar.
Set amongst a former British military complex dating back to the 1780’s, Shirley Heights Lookout Restaurant & Bar started to take its current form back in 1981 thanks to the foresight of investor Russell Hodge. Mr. Hodge also owns Russell’s Bar and Seafood Restaurant in Fort James, while his sister, Faye, is co-owner of Papa Zouk located in St. John’s.
The first of two weekly parties takes place at Shirley Heights Lookout Restaurant and Bar from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. every Thursday night; if you’re looking for a family outing, this is the night to attend. Thursdays offers up live steel band music, delicious Caribbean cuisine, and no cover charge; the band also offers CDs for sale at the end of their set and are highly recommended for reliving that island experience back home.
On Sundays starting at 4:00 p.m., people come from all around to enjoy the ‘biggest barbeque party and lime’ on the island; in Antigua, the word ‘lime’ means to relax or chill. The throngs of visitors to this happening party will be treated to steel band music, then to a live reggae/calypso band where the dancing continues until 10:00 p.m. There is an $8 cover fee for the cost of the entertainment which is a bargain at the price.
It should be noted that if you arrive early on Sunday, you might be lucky enough to get shady seats underneath a cabana, otherwise you may end up sitting on the ground (be wary of goat poop). There’s also local arts & crafts displays offering a small selection of items for sale including tiny versions of steel drums, another memorable way to recount your Shirley Heights Lookout experience.
On Friday evenings, guests are invited to attend an event known as Sips & Seconds; this is a laid back version of the Shirley Heights experience offering a selection of local Antiguan tapas and refreshing tropical drinks. Reservations are recommended for this popular weekly event.
The many trails at Shirley Heights offer picturesque views from various locations; lucky visitors may get to witness the illusive green flash at sunset. From Shirley Heights you’ll be able to see Galleon Beach, English Harbour, Nelson’s Dockyard, Fort Berkeley, and Falmouth Harbour. So don’t forget your camera for this amazing multitude of photo ops; even the views from the bathrooms are notable.
Flickr.com Photo Credit: English Harbour by MC One R