Say "Jungle" and every Jamaican will have heard of this nightclub, one of Jamaica's longest-standing and best dance spots, located across Seven Mile Beach. The animal-themed indoor and outdoor club--with the slogan "Unleash the animal"--is a favorite among locals and tourists, and attracts its fair share of sports and music celebrities. The most popular night at Jungle is--you guessed it--ladies' night, on Thursdays. Throngs of all-age women line up outside in their best club gear to party free and the men follow for a small fee. The laid back, unpretentious and security-tight club has multilevel floors--including a top outdoor deck with its very own bar, DJ and jerk corner. It can sometimes get unbearably crowded indoors after 2 a.m., and the easiest escape from the madness is to take one of two staircases to catch a breeze upstairs. There are pool tables on the ground level, though most seem interested mostly in the drinks, the people watching and the rotating tunes, from dancehall to house music. It's always a good time at Jungle. The club also hosts live Reggae concerts and recording artists regularly--check for billboards outside the gate on Norman Manley Boulevard, known as the "beach road."
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Some of the best jerk chicken and jerk sauce I've had on the go is from “Step Aside.” This one-man jerk grill is located just beside Jungle Nightclub on the beach road, and he makes an appearance in the early evenings going through the late night. If you happen to be passing by at that time of night or are partying till the wee hours of the morning, be sure to make a stop.