Here's a list of all my favorite places to have a drink:
My #1 Favorite - Bermuda Bistro aka The Beach. If you're into hip hop, good food, and hanging with the locals this will be a good spot for you. They often have a DJ and the volume goes up quite a bit around 10 pm. Most of the bars on island are pretty small but, The Beach does have additional outdoor seating on both the sidewalk and a patio area! 103 Front Street
Bulli Social - One word comes to mind when I think of Bulli Social, quaint! It's an outdoor bar featuring those cute string lights and those old giant wood tables that used to be used for big wire. Bartenders are amazing and the prices are just right! Great Vibes! 7 Queen Street
The Mariner's Club - This establishment actually used to be a members only location but in recent years they have opened it up to the public. One thing they have that most places on island do not have is a pool table! Drinks are generally cheaper here. Please remember to show respect to the members. 22 Richmond Rd
Newstead Belmont Hills - Friday night happy hour is an absolute MUST DO!! ! Gorgeous views, strong drinks, and friendly staff. Happy hour goes from 5-9 pm. If you're driving try to get there as early as possible. Parking fills up quick and there's not much street parking available. You can also take the ferry from Front St. There's something about arriving to this beautiful destination by boat seems way cool. They also have a DJ and delicious food offered at their restaurant. Cash or a card are both accepted but you will have to buy drink tickets for the bar. My first time here, the family that owns the establishment happened to be enjoying happy hour as well. Wonderful and humble people. 27 Harbour Road
Port O' Call - Since this place is a hot spot for after work drinks, you will find the place crowded at 5:01 pm with everyone in suits. Great drink options here! 87 Front Street
Doghouse - Is one of the newer establishments gracing Front St. If you're looking to dance the night away with some great loud music, this is your spot for sure. 93 Front Street
Swizzle Inn –"Swizzle inn and swagger out" Every Bermudian will tell you this is a must do place. Make sure to bring something to stick, hand, or write on the walls with. The Causeway is the original location and my favorite. There are two locations; one by The Causeway, 3 Blue Hole Hill and another located at 87 South Road.
There are many, many other bars on the island. One day I will have made it to all of them. For now here's a bit more information for you. I'm sure you've noticed a lot of these addresses are located on Front Street. This is where the cruise ships dock so the area is loaded with many bars and restaurants. Pickled Onion is good for dancing at night. It comes with a balcony outside. Flanagan's can be fun and has really good food. Docksider's can be low-key fun. Bugalow 56 (56 Reid St) was alright... I was there the weekend they opened so I'm sure they've gotten better! The Spinning Wheel (33 Court St) it’s a bit hood, go with a local - probably one of the best nights I've ever had in Bermuda.
Tips for going out: If you're going to go out drinking that means no driving. Options: you can take a bus into town and a taxi home. Note: you must have exact fare in change or cash for the bus. The drivers do not have any change. They have bus stops with enclosed stops and in some areas it’s just blue or pink poles in the ground. Pink poles represent stops for buses that are headed into Hamilton and Blue poles are for buses that are headed away from Hamilton. Click here for the Bus schedule.
If you happen to have two people with bikes, double up on one motorbike, leave one in town and one at home. As always, make sure to lock your bike up. Go have some fun, get drunk, and take a taxi or Hitch home. (Hitch is like Uber or Lyft). Sleep in and retrieve the bike you left in town by doubling up on the bike you left at home.
Hitch vs Taxi? My vote is Hitch all the way!!! As I mentioned above Hitch is Bermuda’s version of Uber/Lyft. Taxi's in Bermuda are notorious for either never showing up or taking forevvvveeer. Literally I've been left waiting over an hour on Front St alone and intoxicated after calling for a ride!! If you do find yourself stranded at bar close, it might be a good idea to walk over to Mr. Chicken (27 Queen St) kill some time and get some great food. After you’ve had a delicious drunk meal you might have better luck catching a taxi.
Oh yeah, bar close on this island is 4 am so pace yourself.
*Ladies, as always, please use your common sense and be safe. A good rule of thumb my dad always shared was that nothing good ever happens after midnight. For that reason, I never stay out past dark unless I'm with a local.