Anguilla’s nightlife is centred around hotels and small local bars offering live music. Sandy Ground is the ’hotspot’ on Fridays and Saturdays, with several restaurants and dance bars. The crowds move to the more touristy Shoal Bay East on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Housed in a boat, the Elvis Beach Bar is open Wednesday through Monday, and features live music every day it is open but Monday. The bar is known for its great rum punch and bar food.
Johnno's Beach Stop is a fun place to stop in for a drink. There is live music and dancing every night on the open air deck, and its location in Sandy Ground is prime for an eclectic bunch of patrons.
If you're looking for a place that is more restaurant than bar, hit up Palm Grove Bar & Grill. Seafood is on the menu here, and the johnnycakes are so good that the recipe has been published in Bon Appétit.
A few other bars in Anguilla include Ripples in South Hill, and Rafes in Sandy Ground. Elodias Beach, Hardbroke, Le Beach, Madeariman and Uncle Ernie's are all in Shoal Bay.
In a building that is made of driftwood is Dune Preserve, a music club at which reggae star Bankie Banx and American actor Kevin Bacon regularly play. There is a beach bar, a dance floor, and a $15 cover charge.
Converted from a rock-salt factory to a music club, is Pumphouse in Sandy Ground. Housed in the building is a mini museum of sorts featuring equipment from its factory days, but mainly patrons visit for the live music, dance floor, and drinks.
You can also check out another weekend hot spot, the Red Dragon Disco, where dancers gyrate to the latest recorded music. A DJ spins dance music over the loud speakers, and the place is particularly packed on weekends. And try to find out where and when popular steel pan musician Dumpa is playing when you're on Anguilla; you'll be glad you did.
Keep in mind that Anguilla has no casinos or other gambling spots. However, if you feel the need for some casino action, St Maarten and its 14 casinos are just a 20-minute ferry ride away.