“For me, the Mauritian social scene can seem somewhat hidden but although not overly frequented by Mauritian locals there are some great places to meet people and indulge in a drink or two!
Below you will see a selection of places I have enjoyed socialising with family and friends and I’m happy to recommend it to you as a place to drink and not necessarily as a restaurant (see Mauritius Top 10 Restaurants). These are of course to my own taste and I’m not guaranteeing the same response for yourself. Nevertheless, I cannot recommend what I haven’t tried.”
BANANA BEACH CLUB
When visiting the North for the weekend we asked local and expat friends, where is the best place to go for drinks, music and dancing? The only answer to that was 'The Banana Beach Club'!
Located in the heart of Grande Baie just behind the beach and built around a beautiful and enchanting Royal Poinciana tree, with wooden furniture and a bamboo style bar, the Banana Beach Club feels rustic and authentic.
The back half of the Banana Bar is a Grill style restaurant which I have only heard good things about, but on this occasion we did not get to try. At the front of the Bar is a stage which hosts local musicians and bands on a Friday and Saturday night, the music is very good and creates a friendly island vibe.
At about 22:00 the dance floor invites its first guests and quickly before you realise it the floor is full of life. At 23:00 the band is replaced by a DJ and even the more shy dancers, like myself can't help themselves!
The crowd is a wonderful mix locals, expats and usually holiday goers find the famous Banana Beach Club. However during covid the bar has been quieter like much of the island.
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Tamarins very own Big Willy's describes itself as a sports bar, night club, restaurant, and beer garden, there is something for everyone. It has large sport screens and great sound systems, boardwalk with outdoor seating, an indoor karaoke bar/rave cave and sometimes 2 DJ's, all this is surrounded by well kept gardens.
Big, as the name indicates, must be one of the largest nightclubs on the island making it very spacious even when there's a big crowd.