Bars: Sublime to Outrageous
Since it's a resort island with more than 400 restaurants and beaches dotting
its entire coast, you'd expect SXM would have a lot of bars -- and you'd be
They go from the sublime -- the bars at the ultra luxurious French Side resort
La Samanna are tops in that category -- to the outrageous.
One outrageous bar is
Sunset Bar & Grill (formerly
Sunset Beach Bar), on Maho beach near the end of the runway at Princess
Juliana "SXM" International Airport. There, folks walk just a few feet so they're
directly under the glide path of arriving jetliners. How close are jets
overhead? Really, really close:
take a look.
As if that isn't enough, Sunset also gives free drinks to ladies who, uh,
remove their tops; consider yourself warned
Too tame? Then try the
Soggy Dollar Bar. Originally a yacht crew bar under a tree behind the Palapa
marina on Simpson Bay, Dutch Side, SDB has developed into a real party spot. Why
"soggy"? Well, go one night and park yourself somewhere under one of the
decorative shower-heads. You'll eventually find that they're not just
decorative; they occasionally shower people, including (sometimes) strippers and others
visiting way after hours from nearby clubs who quickly get rid of their soggy
Bars: The Nightclub / Party Scene
If you'd rather keep your clothes on, check out one of many bars with lots of
music and dancing.
Tantra, in the Maho area on the Dutch Side, is a popular spot. Prive (pronounced PREE-vay) in Simpson Bay, on the roof of Market Garden Super Market, is another. The late-week "Out 'n About" section of the SXM Daily Herald newspaper has ads from many nightclubs every week. Prive offers something neat exclusively to JMB Website Supporters members; see the members-only "Secret Site" for details. Your username and password are required. It's one of hundreds of discounts and benefits available for JMB members. Learn more here.
Bars: Fun Ones at Restaurants
We'll mention four for now, but we cover more periodically in our tourist-oriented free newsletter, SXM Weekly News. Subscribe free here.
Cheri's Cafe in the Maho area, Dutch Side, does shows nightly
which every SXM tourist should see at least once. We'll leave it at that.
The food is pretty good, too, though not quite gourmet. Fun atmosphere. Cheri's gives discounts to JMB members.
- (Note: This regards bars at the island's most popular naturist
resort... The Club Orient links are best viewed away from work.)
Club Orient has very good food and no dress code, which is perfectly
all right since it's at a naturist (clothing optional) resort. Most folks
there wear nothing. Good burgers,
lots of other sandwiches. Many entrees. Southern end of Orient Beach, French Side. Also try their Perch Bar near the southern end of the beach on the Club Orient property. It's a clothing optional "bar" bar with a small food menu.
- Andy & Cheryl's (formerly "Baywatch") restaurant, on
Orient Beach near Club Orient, serves breakfast and lunch -- heaping
portions of delicious food at very reasonable prices. Highly recommended --
and there's no dress code there either, though almost everyone is dressed.
Shore beach bar style; Andy and Cheryl are from the NY/NJ area. Andy passed away and Cheryl is keeping the tradition alive.
- Can't list bars without referring to another from our Beach Bars page,
Mr. Busby's Beach Bar at Dawn Beach next to Oyster Bay Beach
Resort. Incredibly scenic spot overlooking the beach and the island of St.
Barths in the distance. Full breakfasts and lunches. Morphs into Daniel's By
the Sea at night, for outstanding authentic Italian fare. Lobster pool for
the freshest Caribbean Lobster.