Scattered around the globe exists a handful of bars that define the term “iconic.” One such place sits on the edge of an island cliff that boasts the most spectacular sunset in all the Caribbean. Maybe even in all the world. Ironically, it’s also a place that pirates once called home. Rick’s Cafe was first built in Negril, Jamaica, in 1974. That original building — nothing more than a shack at the time — has since been lost to the violence of Mother Nature. Over the past 34 years it has been washed away more than a few times, the most recent in 2004 after Hurricane Ivan erased it from the map. But like the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes this cliff side bar gets resurrected bigger and better each time.
Rick’s doesn’t have a diverse selection of beer, but its idyllic location more than makes up for this deficiency. I’ve personally sat on the “edge of the world” sipping the island nation’s signature Red Stripe lager as the sun dips below the horizon. With the aroma of jerk chicken and rum drenched drinks mixing with the sounds of live reggae in the sultry sea air… “magical” doesn’t even begin to describe the preternatural experience. The Jamaicans have the perfect word for it — “ire” (which means good or all right).
When in Jamaica a trip to Rick’s is as much a requirement as visiting Dunns River Falls, swimming through pirate caves, or drinking Blue Mountain Coffee. Stand at the precipice of the towering cliffs that rim this establishment and you’ll come to understand what Bob Marley meant in his song Three Little Birds: “Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing gonna be all right.”
Submitted by: Eli - The Mad Beer Man