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fiendishly clever thing about restau­rant, bar and night­club Delir­ius is pre­cisely that it is all those things to its fans and friends in Saint Lu­cia and beyond. For seven years, Delir­ius has made its way into the hearts and tum­mies of lo­cal pa­trons who find its spa­cious bar and open decks to be the per­fect after-work lime any day of the week, a con­sis­tently great place to eat con­tem­po­rary lo­cal cui­sine, and the only party to reg­u­larly rock Rod­ney Bay with in­ter­na­tional dance mu­sic from a solid roster of DJs and live lo­cal bands.

Strangely enough, Delir­ius fans are loyal to their own brand of Delir­ius, so from 4.30pm to 2.00am ev­ery night ex­cept Sun­day, a dif­fer­ent clien­tèle moves through the is­land’s most suc­cess­ful and beloved venue en­joy­ing the vibe as it pro­gresses from spir­ited chat­ter to full on bac­cha­nal. The sun­downer crowd hails from lo­cal of­fices and busi­nesses, who rub shoul­ders with vis­i­tors tak­ing a break from walk­ing to the mall. Cock­tails are Delir­ius’ business and the pages of op­tions leave no stone un­turned where al­co­holic in­gre­di­ents are con­cerned. Man­ager Alva and Bar­tender Jojo are award-win­ning mixol­o­gists, who love to throw down a chal­lenge with their crazy cre­ations and off the wall in­gre­di­ents.

Whether yours is a fresh-sprigged “Thyme for Pas­sion” or a gen­tly co­conut-flavoured “Ananas Co­lada”, or even an ice cold lo­cal beer, Delir­ius’s bar­tend­ing team will rus­tle up your tip­ple with friendly flair and an ef­fi­ciency that as­tounds, even when the crowd is grow­ing and barstools are full. A snappy menu of bar snacks keep the vibes flow­ing – after all, who can re­sist a crispy onion ring or salt­cod fish­cake to whet the ap­petite for another round?

Early evening sees the din­ner crowd, and again the mix is lo­cal and tourist, be­cause good food news trav­els fast in Rod­ney Bay! Per­haps the nicest sur­prise about Delir­ius is that the restau­rant rocks just as hard as the night­club, and an in­no­va­tive menu of fresh in­gre­di­ents of­fers gems like the Sweet Potato and Pump­kin Lasagne which will sat­isfy even the most in­cred­u­lous car­ni­vore, or the Sal­mon Fil­let with a zesty lime and green ba­nana crust and sautéed lo­cal veg­gies.

Lo­cal fish fea­tures promi­nently and the young, at­ten­tive staff will tell you about the day’s catch, but meat lovers will also be thrilled with the suc­cu­lent steaks, baby back ribs and the Chair­man’s Chicken with its creamy rum sauce. For a Caribbean favourite, try their take on West In­dian Cur­ried Goat or a trio of Slid­ers made from lo­cal hot bakes filled with BBQ pork, jerk fish and Cre­ole chicken.

Desserts are ir­re­sistable, with the Pas­sion­fruit Crème Brulée on top of many guests’ favourites, and the Dark Choco­late and Espresso Mousse a deca­dently in­tense choc lover’s mo­ment. The wine list is a jaw-drop­per, and dessert cock­tails are a great way to segue into the lat­ter part of the evening, as Delir­ius’ hard­core fans come out to play, and play they do, un­til 2am when the DJ plays that fi­nal crowd favourite.

Ev­ery­one loves Delir­ius, and the gar­dens and deck of Rod­ney Bay’s pre­ferred place to party are reg­u­larly jammed with the is­land’s in- crowd, young and old, who dress up and meet their friends to eat, drink, dance and make new friends with the vis­i­tors who find Delir­ius and make mem­o­ries of their own. Look out for theme nights in 2014, with the sig­na­ture St Pa­trick’s Day fete hap­pen­ing in March.

Delir­ius in Rod­ney Bay Vil­lage is open from 4.30pm un­til late daily ex­cept Sun­day. Week­end clos­ing 2am. Call 451 3354 for reser­va­tions and visit delir­iusstlu­ for menus and cock­tail lists. LIKE Delir­ius St Lu­cia on Face­book.

A big thumbs up from mixol­o­gist Jojo!

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