I learned about liming while in Grenada, a phrase used in the Caribbean for going out, hanging out and checking out the boys and girls. Despite the fact that my particular group wasn’t interested in liming, I managed to sneak off with one of our pr hosts, a German who has lived in Grenada for a few years and has managed to balance her strong work ethic with going out and having a good time.
In Grenada, the nights to go out are Wednesday and Friday. Wednesday is a liming night because it’s the middle of the week and you need an incentive to keep going. Friday because it’s the end of the week and everyone needs to celebrate!
Because of the laid-back atmosphere of many islands, liming starts in the late afternoon, with people hanging out for a beer and planning where they will go later. With the tourists and ex-pats starting to show up around during the typical pre-dinner time, and the locals showing up around later, the party is starting to heat up at 8pm.
But then there’s the other side – starting at midnight when the crowds are thick and staying out until 5am, wandering from beach bar to beach disco to beach bar again. And the third option – the rum shack tour – which is just as it sounds – wandering from bar to bar, having a drink, talking a bit and moving on down the road. Oh the options of going out on a small island.
Unlike the urban experience of club districts, line-ups and paying exorbitant prices for entry fees and table service, liming is about being with other people – not making yourself an exclusive oasis or like a prized item in a gallery to be observed.
Like any place, there are some bars that attract more tourists, or more locals. Yet look for the small shack on the side of the road, music blaring from a radio and a bar as long as it is wide. That’s when you know you’ve found a place that is unique, distinct and truly a hot spot.
Looking for the neon – stay in the big city. Looking for a good time? Look for a sign like you see above.
photo: The drinks menu, Party Central Bar, Grenada May 2008 by WH