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Did 30-Somethings In Nassau Have the Last Good Party Days?

The party scene in Nassau just isn’t what it used to be!

The photo above is from my 24th birthday celebrations, seven years ago where we rented a limo, rode to dinner, and went clubbing into the wee hours of the morning!! WHAT A TIME! 

I could remember the Thursday through Sunday (sometimes Monday) runs my friends and I used to make. Bar hopping, club hopping, hitting up house parties and gatherings as if they were in endless supply. But today, it’s more than clear that our supply has definitely run out and…

For the 30-something Nassauvian, there's not that much to do around town Click To Tweet

I could go to restaurants every weekend and get fat, find a “lounge” and sip my favorite drinks while listening to a DJ spin the same records and pretend that I’m having a good time, but I’m a partier…a bonafide-in the middle of the dance floor-hands in the air-wining down to the ground-drinks on deck-sweet sweat pouring dancer and partier. You may not have known that about me but I love a good party, I love to dance, I love to socialize, have a good cocktail, horribly sing to the top of my lungs to my fave tunes and wild out!! 

The Good Ol’ Days

Gone are the days when my friends and I would get the weekend started on a Friday evening at Blue Note, straight from the office! We’d buy rounds and rounds of drinks and escape the rigours of the workweek for a few hours. We’d then drive to Cocktails and Dreams (yes, I loved that place…DON’T JUDGE ME!) and workout to our favorite old school reggae and dancehall tunes. Saturdays at Charlie’s was LIT…although at that time we would’ve said “the bomb” or “off the chain!” Charlie’s was the spot; the melting pot of everyone from everywhere, from every background just wanting to party and have a good time.

I legit didn’t mind towing a line along Bay Street to get into Fluid because it was worth it! Walking down those steps to get into the lower level club only added to the excitement and you were guaranteed a great time. Don’t even get me started on my generation’s staple, Club Waterloo! That was the back home from school summer spot! The pool on the outside, the garden-esque area to the left and THE CHICKEN WINGS! They were hands down the best wings in town.

These spots were real life nightclubs; dedicated to a party, club atmosphere that wasn’t just a sports bar with a DJ, pretending to be a night club. There were lights, sound systems, fog machines, dress codes and pure entertainment, complimented by a crowd of people wanting to actually dance, meet people, talk and have fun. Thank God social media didn’t ruin any of that for us 30-somethings!

And then there was Bambu, The Balcony, Bahama Joes where there were great drinks, banging music and vibes all night! I swear I should’ve had a membership card to these spots for my unwavering loyalty.

Look at that…I just listed mad spots I had the option of hittin’ up on a Thursday, Friday Saturday, Sunday or even Monday night when I wanted to party hard, but today…

Finding a good club in Nassau is like finding a needle in a haystack Click To Tweet

With the exception of Bambu, all of these spots are, sadly, no longer in existence, and you could feel the void they left. No clubs. No parties. No fun. 

Where To Now?

Here I am on a Friday night wanting to party but my options are few and limited, so Club B.E.D is always the winner. I see “spots” popping up all over town, I guess with the intention of giving a club vibe to party goers but…nah, fam I’m good! I miss getting dressed up with my friends, piling up in my old Honda and jumping from spot to spot. Combined with the sheer boredom that’s Nassau these days, the way the streets are so scary, makes me want to stay at home even more.

I only hear the stories from my parents and older family members about The Zoo, The Palace and, my mommy’s favorite, The Ritz, but it sure does seem like they started the party revolution and us 30-somethings ended it!

It seems like Aura is the only real nightclub left on the island and Via (bar/lounge) is the only choice when you wanna chill out low key.

Do you miss the Nassau party scene? Where were your fave joints? Where do you go now? Reply in the comments section!

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13 Responses
  • Jayda Kinz
    July 29, 2016

    Oh wowww……. Just had this conversation yesterday with some friends as we sat baffled on what to do for the great “dirty thirty” and we came up dry. PLUSH was the every night spot OMG and a guaranteed great time. Only when it was over PI tho. I use to be out so much back in the day that when people see me randomly now and I tel them CLUB B.E.D. is my spot they dont believe me. Worse part is the only 2 places left (Aura and Bambu) make it so difficult to even enter the club now a days. Trust me, the frustration is real. Signed a party goer that actually did have a membership card to EVERY club (Dont Judge Me) LOL!!

    Great Read Ianthia!!!

    • ianthia
      July 30, 2016

      lol! I knew my 30-somethings would all agree with me!

  • Auldrin Omar
    July 29, 2016

    You forgot about Bahama Boom, Living Room and 601…..even the Balcony was pretty good for a while
    Blue Notes was more than a nightclub……it was the epicentre of networking among the now 30-45 crowd
    I miss those days

    • ianthia
      July 29, 2016

      yes! I totally forgot Bahama boom! thanks for the reminder! But Blue Note was GODSEND, a real networking spot for real, those days were epic!

  • Eric Sawyer III
    July 28, 2016

    Ianthia….I ALWAYS telling my young neighbours being ‘lit’ in a bar and lounge can’t hold a candle to the good days(ine ga say ol cuz they wasn’t OLD days) in the club. One fight always led to beers being spilt and security dem wud throw ya out and the party never ended and no one was killed. Sigh…I am a VERY frustrated caged party animal!!!

    • ianthia
      July 29, 2016

      RIGHT!?!??!! the good old days is correct! @sawyerdred@hotmail.com

    • DeCarla Bullard
      July 29, 2016

      Eric… I understand your plight! Those were the days when we partied til nothing o’clock in the morning and always got home safe and sound. I still talk about those days and wish we were able to do those things again.
      This article hots the nail on the head.. The Zoo… Blue Note… Waterloo… Fluid… Balcony… Charlie’s… Oh do you all remember Plush.. When it was over P.I. and when they moved it to East Bay? The 30-something crowd needs to have a real party! We knew how to party.. And like Eric said.. If a fight broke out.. The bouncers had that under control and back to carrying on bad!!! It was beer bottles and fists.. No guns!!
      Crying for a real night out….

    • DeCarla Bullard
      July 29, 2016

      Eric… I understand your plight! Those were the days when we partied til nothing o’clock in the morning and always got home safe and sound. I still talk about those days and wish we were able to do those things again.
      This article hits the nail on the head.. The Zoo… Blue Note… Waterloo… Fluid… Balcony… Charlie’s… Oh do you all remember Plush.. When it was over P.I. and when they moved it to East Bay? The 30-something crowd needs to have a real party! We knew how to party.. And like Eric said.. If a fight broke out.. The bouncers had that under control and back to carrying on bad!!! It was beer bottles and fists.. No guns!!
      Crying for a real night out…. DeCarla

  • star
    July 26, 2016

    As a former #partyanimal, I can totally relate (like, totally). It is currently preferable to stay home, drink green tea and watch Netflix – or Red Bull, laptop and YouTube in the background if it’s that sort of night. Went out a few weekends ago and was so bored that I was mad I wasted an outfit. HOWEVER… you may enjoy Plato’s at Atlantis on Saturday night were Tony Seymour Jr. sings Prince and Bahamian soca, there is an actual dance floor and a wonderful bar. #justsaying

    Happy to have found this blog 🙂

    • ianthia
      July 27, 2016

      Thank you so much for reading!!!!!!!!! Everyone who knows about those times get where I’m coming from! The good old days! I will definitely check out Plato’s!

  • Tanya
    July 24, 2016

    I also love the underground …What a well written article. Great read . Thankyou for sharing 😀❤️

    • ianthia
      July 25, 2016

      Thank you!!!!!! I have to visit that place again soon!

  • Cardell Mcclam
    July 23, 2016

    Well im not a partier…i think partying benefits female more than males as everything us free and you all are always the most safe. To answer the question…the campass point live band (whenever that happens is pretty nice) and i enjoy the laid back jazzy hilton vibes… I see semi outside street bars becoming quite the location… The fusion of the island back yard vibe/natural ambiance/fresh air..liquor and good food… Relax clothing… Thats my five sense! Lol