Without airs and graces, this aging salt-licked down-to-earth pub idles comfortably under a grove of shady casuarinas trees. The 'take-me-as-you-find-me' décor is basic with undressed laminate table tops and unapologetic plastic chairs but its straight talking menu delivers satisfying fare that fits the bill. If you are not one to go in for much pomp and ceremony and are staying nearby while in Barbados, this might be the perfect hangout for you.

Right in the heart of the St. James coast, this watering hole is well hidden away behind Holetown's peppermint coloured Post Office and Police Station building (not far from the Holetown monument that celebrates the arrival of the first settlers to Barbados). So eclipsed is the sea from the drive along Highway 1, its quite a surprise to turn the corner and find picnic tables along the palm-frond fronted lower reaches of Paynes Bay.

This tranquil stretch of west coast water attracts quite a crowd due to its on the spot conveniences. Sun worshippers can snag a rental lounger and umbrella for a long lazy day and freshen up in the outdoor showers. Watersports guys normally trawl past at regular intervals if you are interested in a jet ski or some other water sport activity. However, by far the best feature, is Surfside’s island bar is only a few steps away whenever you are ready to wet your whistle. Hang around until happy hour between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to get discounted prices on your favourite brew.

If you are an early bird you can take advantage of the bars big breakfasts from 9:00 a.m. Particularly popular when the footie is on, tuck in to traditional eggs, bacon, sausage, beans and grilled tomatoes (Bds $30). Sports fans will get stuck on the satellite and tv screens. Check the schedule to see what games are on while you are here in Barbados. This is a gritty little bar and the lads will love it!

When you are ready for a breather from the beach's blazing sun, take a time out at lunch to sink your teeth into something substantial. Surfside has a super selection of sandwiches; burgers, BLT's and Classic Clubs are all popular pickings. Plates included Pan Fried Chicken, Sauteed Shrimp or good old Bajan Beef Stew. Prices range Bds $15 - $25. Not just for day time, dinner dresses up nicely offering filling but not frilly fare (approx Bds $40 - $50); Barbecue Spare Ribs, Stuffed Chicken Breast and Fillet Steak are some of the after dark heavy hitters. If you have a taste for sweets you will love the selection of Homemade treats such as Caribbean Coconut Pie. For added ambiance to your evening, make a date for Sunday where you will get the added entertainment of live steelpan music from 7:30 p.m.

Open seven (7) days 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner.  Last orders 9:45 p.m. Wheelchair accessible. High Chairs. Satellite Sports Programming. Tel: (246) 432-2105.



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