Let’s be honest, for a place with a reputation for being chilled and laid back, Negril can be an intense experience, especially for the uninitiated. So, it was a pleasure – and a relief – to discover the welcoming and calming atmosphere at the Woodstock Negril Lobster Shack

Located in the thick of the action on Seven Mile Beach, you can enjoy Woodstock the beach bum way: plopped in a lounge chair and getting up only to take a dip or get a sip. Or, like me, you can hide out at the bar and take advantage of the fascinating people-watching opportunities all around.

Once you settle in at Woodstock, there’s plenty to make you stay put, including great tunes, a varied cocktail list and a food menu that offers wide appeal. Woodstock even offers breakfast on the beach with a barista-esque coffee menu for those people who like to hit the beach first thing.

The hard-working and friendly staff keep up with the crush of customers with good humour and useful advice about what to do while in Negril. Overhearing the banter between staff members as they go about their work also makes for an entertaining experience.

In keeping with that famous Negril vibe, we never felt rushed or just another customer. It’s no surprise we ended up at Woodstock again during our stay.

What will you have?

Beer:  Red Stripe, Heineken and Dragon to name a few .

Cocktails: Plenty of choice: at least nine different rums, including Appleton, Myers and Wray & Nephew. Tequila, vodka and scotch, wine, and an extensive cocktail menu including fan-favourites such as rum punch, pina coladas, daiquiris and planter’s punch.

Food: There’s something for everyone here: Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus offer a combination of local Jamaican dishes, such as jerk chicken, steamed roast conch, ox tail and goat, and universal go-to’s such as burgers, fish wraps and tacos. A major menu feature is the ‘lobster shack’, offering lobster cooked almost any way you could imagine.


Live music is featured frequently during the week. Check the website or Facebook page to find out the weekly event schedule.


It was a pleasure to stumble upon this enjoyable Negril bar and grill.  It instantly provided that Negril chill we were looking for and set the tone for a great vacation.

NH 2019