You’ve spent the day enjoying the sandy beaches and tropical weather, and now you’re ready to enjoy the nightlife of Anguilla. There are plenty of options for entertainment in Anguilla to enjoy, so save up that energy during the day so you can really cut loose at night. Here are a few entertainment/nightlife/lifestyle possibilities to start you off.
Imagine being in a pub. Red lights hovering, green lights flashing. Wine glasses chiming as they hit the surface of the bar. The drone of the pub is suddenly hushed as a voice so unique pierces through the noise and causes everyone to be silent. Those who weren’t looking at the stage carefully crane their necks to see what exactly has come over the bar.
Newcomers British Dependency has started their set. It’s just the warm-up yet all eyes are on the budding superstars. It’s easy to see what the intrigue is all about. They’re a quirky bunch. Ruel Richardson as the lead guitarist and vocalist can sing in falsetto as high as Michael Jackson and knows his way around the electric guitar so well that he’d go head to head with Slash from Guns and Roses and still hold his own. Then there’s Joyah Gumbs, the bass guitarist. Her femininity while handling the instruments brings a certain flair, you can’t help but be impressed as the bass guitar is usually thought of a male instrument. To complete the trio, drummer Jaiden Flemming flexes his musical muscle, banging on those hi-hats and adding that boom at the right moments. These three are gentle souls but exude that indomitable attitude of the hall of fame rock stars. You know that attitude that comes when you know you have the talent to back it up. Keep looking, you don’t want to blink in case you miss the few set tricks they’ve incorporated into their routine.
Who knew that talent of this magnitude was quietly resides in the little island of Anguilla. Not only are they Masters of their instruments but when it comes to creativity they have an edge. This isn’t your typical soca or reggae Caribbean artist. In fact, they’ve created a whole new sound, it’s not entirely jazz, nor is it rock or reggae. It’s a queer coalescence of all while adding a touch of soca and the soulfulness of gospel. What do you get from this stew? Nothing short of incredible. It’s music that hits home while remaining alien enough to pull you in for a better listen.
They’ve already released one album ‘Which way is up’ solidifying a fan base and now the band is currently promoting their sophomore album, Veneration. Take it from us, we’ve heard the new album and it promises to upstage its predecessor. We have a feeling that you’ll want to get to know them now so that you can boast and say I knew them when.
This low-key enough for a pirate but weirdly posh enough for a gentleman bar is where the cool folks go to hang. The lighting is low for ambiance and the place feels like it was once a hot spot for sailors. Every now and then a pungent breeze from the salt pond blows in but the smell is somewhat of a signature. The vibe the bar is going for is chill, but the atmosphere is electric. Especially when local superstars British Dependency are rocking out here. Grab your smokes and sip your wine.
For the best seats in the house sit at the bar and mingle with the other patrons. There is something about Pumphouse that makes it a great spot to pick up a date. Located in an old salt factory, only the Halloween reminiscent decorations are a new addition. Even the old machinery is still a permanent fixture in the place (talk about keeping it archaic).
The grown folk ambiance brings together a unique cosmopolitan crowd most of the week. Tourist, locals and working class adults socialize at the bar. It’s a different story on Thursday night as this is the unofficial local night and everybody (and we mean everybody) comes to shake a leg.
The food and ambiance are a direct juxtaposition. Don’t expect the menu to be pedestrian; simple but definitely high class (as will be reflected in your bill) is the name of the game. Try their thin crust vegetarian pizza for a pleasant surprise.
If you’re around at the close of the tourist season be sure to participate in the annual drag party. Wildly amusing, it’s an event that should not be missed.
The other big hot spot in Sandy Ground is Johnno’s Place. Johnno’s has a relaxed island feel, with casual drinks and dining and an open-air restaurant that’s right on the ocean. Enjoy some delicious grilled barbeque and some intoxicating drinks as you settle in for a night of great reggae or jazz.