Best Bars of Jamaica- Ribbiz Ultra Lounge
We recently caught up with Kamal Bankay and had a tete-a-tete about Ribbiz Ultra Lounge, our pick this issue as one of the Best Bars In Jamaica. Can you please tell us more about Ribbiz? The history, where it all started, the vision for it… Ribbiz started as a meeting of minds of three businessmen who all have a love for bars, food, beautiful people and entertainment generally.
When people hear the name what is the one thing you would want it to be known for? We want to be known as the ultimate place to come and celebrate! From having a great day at work, to celebrating your birthday to the ultimate night out with your best friends.
Ribbiz uses a lot of social media effectively. How would you say social media has an impact on your brand and the experience you deliver? Social media is the primary tool of communication for Ribbiz. This is how we communicate who we are and what we do every day and night of the week. We run promotions, say thanks and inspire people to be amazing with every post.
From #TacoThursdays to #WingsandBeerWednesdays… what is your most popular themed night of the week and why? Tuesday night... #GirlsNightOut! We love to host and celebrate the ladies, do I need to say more?...plus there’s 2 for 1 pizza and barefoot wine specials #win
Ribbiz has one of the best bar service around town- what’s the secret behind that? We start with great bartenders that have a winning personality then we add a bit of Ribbiz signature culture, our special twist on service and you have a winning recipe.
A personal PANACHE favourite is #BigPeopleSundays with amazing DJs like DJ Courtney. Describe for our readers who don’t know – what Big People Sundays is all about and why this series has been so successful in packing the house every Sunday? BIG PEOPLE SUNDAYS -It’s a theme we created to celebrate all the rich music culture we love from years gone by. Nostalgia takes center stage as we get transported to the best times of our past coupled with our award winning food and drinks - you can’t lose!
Beyond wings and beer, you also do amazing culinary delights from pastas, gourmet pizzas, Char Sui Pigtails to Skewered Shrimp with Johnny Walker Sauce. How do you come to decide what hits the menu? From we opened this establishment our menu has been constantly evolving. We started with 4 items and gradually began experimenting with dishes and our “regulars” guide us with their palette. Our food is constant innovation!
On Trip Advisor, you are described as the “Best of the Best” and having “Excellent food and dependable entertainment” …. So tell us, what is the best Ribbiz moment a patron has ever shared with you? We have had the honour of being the chosen place where a man decided to propose and make a lucky lady his fiancé. The entire bar came to a standstill and celebrated with the lucky couple (after she said yes of course).
What type of people does Ribbiz attract or appeal to? From the prime minister himself to a regular blue collar worker to Usain bolt to Lady Saw. We welcome everyone as long as they adhere to the dress code :)
What is the best thing about Ribbiz you wish more people knew? That we are open for lunch everyday with the same award winning food drinks and service that people enjoy at nighttime!
In your own words, why are you one of the best bars in Jamaica? The people...the people are our biggest treasure. The regulars- our beloved patrons, the staff of Ribbiz- from our servers to bartenders to kitchen staff and porters and stewards and especially the DJs. They make up our family that creates an atmosphere and an energy in our space that is unlike anywhere else you may ever visit.