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A Guide to Eating and Drinking in Kingston

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When it comes to eating and drinking in Kingston, it's hard to even know where to start. The city is awash with great options - from smart hotel bars to scruffy shacks selling top-class soul food - and everything comes washed down with lashings of Jamican rum!

The country's national dish, ackee and salt fish must be tried at least once during a stay. Ackee is a local fruit (which vaguely resembles scrambled eggs), while the fish will be cod, cooked with tomatoes and onions.

Other popular cuisine includes a number of different variants of chicken, pork and fish such as jerk, fricassee or curry. Spicy patties are also a popular and handy item to enjoy on the go, and come with many fillings, including chicken, lamb, lobster and shrimp.

The beers to drink are Red Stripe and Dragon Stout, but most locals prefer the rum. One of the most popular varieties is Appleton, which is fairly bland when compared with Wray & Nephew's (positively lethal) white rum offering.

If you fancy catching some live reggae after dinner, pick up a copy of the Gleaner, which has a huge range of listing, with Friday night normally the top night for live acts - this is the home of Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley after all!

For the best in live jazz head to the Grog Shoppe on Hope Road, where the standard is always high throughout the week, apart from the Thursday night karaoke sessions.

One of the top clubs in town, frequented by locals and visitors alike, is Quad, which can be found on Trinidad Terrace, New Kingston. It has a bar on the ground floor that attracts local jazz musicians, while the two top floors are given over to dancing, with one playing Jamaican dance music and the other more mainstream tunes.

Nearby, Asylum on Knutsford Boulevard is one for those looking to get a little more local flavor. It's usually packed, mostly with locals, dancing away to a variety of the island's unique sounds until long into the night.

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