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 Wednesday and Friday evenings though, there is only one place to be for us: Little Bristol Beach Bar.
Run by the ever-present Jason Hindman and Rory Rodger, 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 Wednesday evening just before sunset and enjoy your rum punch or Banks beer with a mix of regulars and visitors as girl-duo Rishan get the party started and on a Friday evening, the Sun Dogs set the perfect tone for the start of the weekend.
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 Wednesday or Friday evening and join in the fun!