You might believe that the use of the words nightlife and Mustique in the same sentence is nonsensical or even an oxymoron. After all, most visit this small and private island, which has coast on both the Atlantic and Caribbean, to escape the typical island destination buzz. With a limited number of ultra-private villas, one small guesthouse and one small hotel, it would seem to be a place that went to bed shortly after sunset. For the most part, it does, but there is a definite nightlife to be enjoyed here.
Unlike the bumping thud of a disco or the all-night parties of other areas, the nightlife of Mustique is found in some truly remarkable places. For most, it has to begin at sunset, and while you can easily head to any of the beaches that face the Caribbean, or savor it from the comfort of your villa, there are also some rather nice places to visit in order to take in the scenery with a perfectly blended cocktail or fine vintage in your hand.
Interestingly enough, several of these spots are also perfect for a bit of socializing with island locals or fellow travelers, and they can then allow you to enjoy a formal or casual meal too.
By far, one of the most famous spots on Mustique is the legendary Basil’s Bar. Sitting atop stilts that are actually in the Caribbean, this laid-back spot is perfect as a way to begin your evening. Enjoy a glass of Basil’s famous rum punch or savor a glass of wine, beer or other drink as you watch the sun sink into the sea. The bar is noted for its seafood, and you might elect to enjoy at least one dinner here, savoring the party atmosphere.
Popular with world travelers, celebrities and locals, it is open until 10 PM and has some sort of party each night. This features music by a house band or a DJ, and there is often happy dancing until closing. Of course, you could always head to an eastern shore beach to wait for, what is sure to be an unforgettable, sunrise over the Atlantic, then head to Basil’s as it opens at 8 AM, offering great breakfasts, particularly banana pancakes.
Cotton House Great Room
This beautifully designed bar is also a frequent destination for the island’s full-time residents. In the beautiful West Indian inspired décor, you can choose from the extensive wine list or savor one of the specialty cocktails. Whether you opt to visit for a sunset drink or an after dinner cocktail, you are sure to find plenty of friendly people to meet and strike up conversations.
Patrick’s Bar at Firefly
Another spot popular with the famous, it offers wonderful Caribbean views at all times (again, a good spot for sunset). It features a huge wine list and the bar’s cheerful bartenders are famous for their Mustique Martinie Club cocktails. While you can opt to dine here, it is also a great place to simply mix and mingle with other visitors and island residents.
During the season, there is a fantastic nightlife opportunity that also happens to be a remarkably family-friendly one – outdoor movie night. On the Cotton House lawns, visitors park their “mules” and enjoy a classic “drive-in” experience. Kids can wear their pajamas and be ready for bed upon their return home and there are snacks and drinks perfectly suited to a wonderful night out at the movies.
In addition to these nightlife options, your villa can also become a place where you may comfortably and easily entertain friends or new acquaintances. Your household staff includes a chef and you might want to plan a wonderful evening dining in, making new friends or enjoying time with old ones in a truly exclusive and private paradise.