It never ceases to amaze me what a wide demographic of travellers visit Bermuda. While there aren't many people who wouldn't say yes to a holiday in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world - with stunning beaches, a genuinely interesting culture and a range of incredible cuisine - the surprise to many visitors is that this really is a destination that successfully manages to be "all things to all people". |
While it's incredibly family friendly, it's also one of the most romantic places I've ever been and, with yet another cheeky feather to its cap, it's also got a very healthy live music scene.
If you're planning on checking out a little of the live and local Bermuda nightlife, here are some insider recommendations.
Chill Out at the Seabreeze Lounge
Cooler than the coolest Bermudian winds, the Seabreeze Lounge at Elbow Beach is chilled, chic and soulful. This is the place to come for laidback grooves against the backing sounds of the ocean, complete with delicious tapas and sushi. This lovely venue is the perfect place for romance and features acoustic performances from talented local musicians.
Find it: Elbow Beach, 60 South Shore Rd, Southampton. Ph: +441 2369884. Open 7 days.
Island Vibes at the Reefs Resort & Club
Much-loved local musos enjoy permanent residences several nights a week at the Reefs. Whether it's relaxing to the sublime sounds of Tony Bari at his piano or Randy Lambert on the exquisite Spanish guitar, or getting your funk on to the unique 'pop island' sounds of local band, Tempo, you can nearly always find live music in the air here.
Find it: The Reefs, 56 South Shore Rd, Southampton. Ph: +441 2380222. Open 7 days.
A Little Bit Country at the Bermuda Bistro at the Beach
Just like the song goes, it's a little bit country and it's a little bit rock and roll – but it also throws in a bit of soul for good measure. Local troubadour Ray Pasnen is a musical chameleon, channelling a different genre every night of the week with just his piano and guitar for company. This is a great place for a casual, friendly night out with good music, cold beer and a great wine list.
Find it: The Reefs, South Shore Rd, Southampton. Ph: +441 2380222. Open 7 days.
Laidback and Live at the Jasmine Lounge
For delicious desserts, the best cocktails on the island and the cool, laidback grooves of local bands, the sophisticated and very grown-up Jasmine Lounge, in the luxury Fairmont Southampton, provides live and up-late Bermuda nightlife in style. If you want to show up fashionably tardy, start your evening with the latest beats and talented Djs at the Dock, at Waterlot Inn, nearby.
Find it: Fairmont Southampton, North Shore Rd. Ph: +441 2388000. Open 7 days, live music Tues-Saturday.
High Energy Rock at the Pickled Onion
One of Hamilton's most popular live music venues, every night's a party at the Pickled Onion. Whether you're into reggae, rock, club, or hip-hop, you'll find it here in all its unique Bermudian glory. Local rockers Graffiti Park entertain most nights of the week, but on Tuesday nights they hand over the mic to anyone who wants to release their inner Bon Jovi or Bob Marley. Fancy your chances? Be their guest!
Find it: Front Street, Hamilton. Ph: +441 2952263. Open 7 days.
Steel Pan Style at the Swizzle Inn
Home of the original Rum Swizzle, the Swizzle Inn was never going to do live music by halves. The emotive and joyful sound of the steel pan drums is the epitome of Bermuda's spirit and the island's best proponents of this unique musical instrument bring the Swizzle Inn alive six nights a week. Order a Rum Swizzle, sit back and let yourself get carried away…
Find it: 3 Blue Hole Hill, Baileys Bay. Ph: +441 2931854. Live music Tues-Sun. Vibrant, diverse and always full of fun, the energetic live music scene of the Bermuda nightlife is imbibed with warmth and personality of this wonderful local community.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For over 30 years, he has been providing luxury Bermuda accommodation and advice on shopping, dining, Bermuda nightlife and attractions, as well as holidays to Croatia, Sicily and many other destinations around the globe. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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