Jamaica is a melting pot of international cuisine, Jamaican specialties, and Caribbean spices. And the seaside town of Ocho Rios has something to tantalize the taste buds of everyone, from Evita’s to Bottles & Chimney to the gourmet offerings you’ll find at Villa Serenity. The seaside town has something to tantalize the taste buds of everyone. And the food isn’t the only fantastic feature of Ocho Rios, its bar is amazing too. Whether you want a quiet drink, or a crazy night out, or some of the best cocktails in town, there’s a bar for you.
This guide includes a handful of my favorites, picked from the range available to fit different budgets and tastes.
Coconuts Café & Bar 10 Main Street Ocho Rios
What’s not to like about this place? It is a foodie and cocktail lovers paradise. The owner is an expert chef that has created dishes that combined with the Mediterranean, Asian, Jamaican, and Mexican cuisine with great success. The bar is one of the best stocked in Jamaica with a great choice and even interesting special editions. The bartender makes to-die-for cocktails that have some unique twists.
Scotchie’s Drax Hall Ocho Rios
This unpretentious roadside set-up is an Ocho Rios institution. It can be argued that it is the best jerk chicken in Jamaica. You won’t find a more authentic jerk chicken in the area. Here the meat is cooked on Jamaican pimento and sweetwood logs which help create its distinctive flavor.
Dining is casual and outdoors with pork, chicken, and ribs options. There is – of course – some great Jamaican rice, beans, corn, fries, and bread to have on the side. Prices here are really reasonable and you can eat-in or take-out.
Miss T’s 65 Main Street Ocho Rios
Miss T’s is one of Ocho Rios’ most popular eateries, with a family-friendly atmosphere where local dishes are served at reasonable prices.
The meals are home-style Jamaica fare and there are great options for vegetarians. Eating is done outside, surrounded by lush vegetation. If you’re in search of true Jamaican oxtail soup, then it is worth searching for this slightly hard-to-find place.
Bibibip’s Bar & Grill 92 Main Street Ocho Rios
Reasonably priced and casual, Bibibip’s Bar & Grill is located on the bay at Mahogany Beach, where it serves a mix of Jamaican and Caribbean food. You can get both lunch and dinner here. Dishes are basic and don’t expect the extraordinary; however, the view is great, so if you can, ask for a table along the wall where you’ll be able to enjoy the best views.
Mom’s 7 Evelyn Street Ocho Rios
As the name, hints this place is all about home-cooked Jamaican food. The restaurant is child-friendly and serves up some of the best versions of local specialties in town, such as curry goat, oxtail, Jamaican brown stew, and curried chicken. Prices are budget conscious friendly, but portions are decent. Don’t be surprised if you see plenty of locals eating here.
Bamboo Blu 30 Beach Road Mammee Bay Ocho Rios
Bamboo Blu sits right on the beach. It’s a great place to eat lunch and it offers patrons the chance to relax on one of its sun loungers. It is a little tricky to reach this little gem because it is located on a private beach, so it’s a good idea to make reservations before you arrive. The food is good, the staff friendly, and the bar makes up some great Jamaican margaritas.
Devon House I-Scream Main Street Island Village Beach Ocho Rios
Strictly, speaking this isn’t a restaurant, but it is worth mentioning for its great ice cream and waffles. It is a great place to take the kids for an afternoon treat or for an extra special dessert. The flavor selection is packed with classic favorites and tons of tropical inventions that you’ve never encountered before.
Oceans 11 Lot 6 Fisherman Point Road Ocho Rios
Oceans 11 is a little bit of everything; it serves decent food and is a great place to go for a night out. It is a really popular spot for locals who love to belt out their favorite tunes at Tuesday’s karaoke nights. Sunday nights often feature a live band.
Margaritaville Island Village Main Street Ocho Rios
Margaritaville is definitely one of the best places in Ocho Rios to go if you want a fun-filled night out. However, it’s great during the day, too. The venue has three bars that are busy all day long. Not only that, it has its own waterslide, whirlpool, and plenty of events that would appeal to the party crowd. Food is also served here and it’s a good choice for non-adventurous eaters, with pizza and burgers on the menu. Music is usually blaring and there are often live bands performing.
Strawberry’s 6 James Avenue Ocho Rios
Strawberry’s is a popular nightspot that is a sports bar, restaurant, and disco. The disco is only open on weekends, but you can enjoy some inexpensive local bar food at any time of the week. It is a popular after-work drinking spot for locals and a good place to have a relaxing beer.
H2O Street Shop 22 Coconut Grove Plaza Ocho Rios
H2O is a casual hangout that serves food during the day and drinks and music during the night. Saturday nights host live music with an open mic format, while Friday nights host karaoke and live bands. However, karaoke is done here with a twist: instead of singing to a backing track, guests can sing with the help of a live band.
Baywatch Grill & Bar Fisherman’s Point Ocho Rios
This is definitely a touristy bar, due to its location next to the cruise ship pier. However, it is one of the better bars in town. The bar attracts a lively crowd that is out for a good time and Saturday nights usually have special cocktail offers and even free shots for the girls. Live music is played on Friday nights, while Sunday nights feature retro music.
John Crow’s Tavern 10 Main Street Ocho Rios
Right near Turtle River Park John Crow’s Tavern is a great bar for sports enthusiasts. There is plenty of beer flowing while the latest game is shown on the surrounding big TV screens. You can grab a bite to eat here too.
Nexus 8 Main Street Ocho Rios
Nexus is a popular spot on Tuesday and Friday nights. It is near the cruise ship pier, so it attracts plenty of tourists with its good vibe. It has a rooftop lounge, live music on Sundays, DJs on Fridays, and ladies’ night on Tuesdays.
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