Little Bristol Bar, Speightstown - Fridays were made for this
Speightstown is often overlooked by visitors to the west coast of Barbados as its more fashionable neighbour, Holetown has more obviously tourist-friendly shops and restaurants. But Speightstown, or Little Bristol as it was once known, is charmingly untouched by mainstream tourism and its eclectic mix of shops and market stalls exist for the benefit of locals rather than visitors.
As our Barbados home is at Mullins, we are just 5 minutes by car (or reggae bus!) from the centre of Speightstown and this is where we tend to come for a quick grocery shop at Jordans or a quiet lunch at Island Plates. On a Friday evening though, there is only one place to be for us: Little Bristol Beach Bar.
Run by the ever-present Jason Hindman from Mullins Bar, this tiny beach bar is hidden away in the centre of town – it is easy to miss if you aren’t looking out for it and very unassuming from the street side but it has a lovely deck overlooking the sea and a wonderful laid-back vibe. Canteen style snacks are available from a small food truck – try the fish cakes – and staff are friendly and attentive.
Visit on a Friday evening just before sunset and enjoy your rum punch or Banks beer with a mix of regulars and visitors as Jae Johansen (who also plays with Mootown at Mullins Bar on a Sunday evening) sets the perfect tone for the start of the weekend.
Jae has been playing at Little Bristol every Friday, almost since it first opened a couple of years ago and on rare breaks, his father has stepped in with his own style of music too.
Yesterday evening (Wednesday 16th Aug 2017) saw the return of live music on a Wednesday evening too. The duo ‘Rishan’ will be performing every Wednesday – they are great fun and the atmosphere is perfect.
Little Bristol Bar is off the main tourist track in Barbados but is all the better for that. We thoroughly recommend you find your way to Speightstown on a Friday evening – and now on a Wednesday too!