Come midnight this popular Italian restaurant morphs into a vibrant dance-party scene. It’s an Antiguan favorite that’s been rocking the south coast for years. The accent is generally, although not always, on fun and great music rather than being seen and it’s the preferred choice of visitors (mainly the yachtie frat) and locals in search of a good mix of sounds. Don’t come here if you want a night of straight soca.
The large, open-air deck area is variously host to live artists as well as excellent resident and international guest DJs offering the best in world music. Former guests have included such luminaries as Jazzie B, Norman Jay, David Rodigan and Barbara Tucker. There are also exciting new links with the UK-based gurus of the club scene, The Ministry of Sound, and with mega-big clubs such as Pacha and Space. Bar staff are lively, friendly and fun; drinks are reasonably priced. The costume parties are always good, some are legendary (including the annual Jungle Party, the Pirate Party and red hot X-Mas).
A recent addition is a cool chill-out garden and bush bar, with a white-sand dance floor and an independent sound system playing a range of music, from lounge and jazz to deep house and reggae.
Abra’s attracts all manner of dress (particularly at costume parties), although casual is usually de rigueur, with jeans and shorts sufficing as fashion statements. But definitely dump your stilettos as they’ll get stuck in the decking (never much fun)!
- Two VIP sections offer privacy and pampering. One of these is sometimes used as a backstage area – so you could be sharing with DJs and performing artists. Booking essential.
- If you spill red wine down that white shirt, don’t despair – Zenergy boutique is open on the premises during club hours selling ethnic fashion and accessories, as well as Abra merchandise.
- This place doesn’t crank up till late, so only come early if you want to eat at the restaurant first (it’s worth it). Music till dawn.
- Always check with the venue for party nights.