HAMILTON PRINCESS AND BEACH CLUB
For years, the iconic pink hotel perfectly situated on the edge of Hamilton Harbour, has proven time and time again why it’s a great place to enjoy a cocktail and a catch up with friends after a long work week.
The classic Friday night happy hour, which now enjoys space alongside the hotel’s marina, kicked off on May 5 with the aptly themed Cinco De Mayo opening party.
There will be more themed Marina Nights throughout the summer, but every Friday from 5pm-10pm expect to enjoy creative cocktails, a selection of small bites and great music, such as local DJs like Lady E.
The cocktails lean heavy on tequila, with a twist on classics including a spicy sriracha margarita and a selection of fresh palomas, which can be enjoyed by the glass or a pitcher.
While the Friday night Marina Nights are one of the hotel’s most popular events, the 1609 Marina Bar will also celebrate Margarita Mondays with the bars mixologists delivering the classics as well as twists on everyone’s favourite salty cocktail. And on Thursdays, fans of local music can get their groove on to Working Title’s energetic take on cover songs at Crown & Anchor.
For more information or reservations at any of the Hamilton Princess locations, email [email protected].
SEABREEZE LOUNGE AT LIDO COMPLEX
When it comes to locations with fabulous views, the Seabreeze Lounge, just steps off of Elbow Beach, has one of the most beautiful panoramas overlooking the multi-blue hued South Shore. It’s the perfect spot for tempting drinks as the sun goes down or longer moonlit evenings indulging in freshly prepared sushi or light bites alongside drinks and local entertainment. Seabreeze Lounge doesn’t just have a pretty facade, they also take their cocktail creations seriously – evoking the finest in Italian seaside favourites. While an Aperol Spritz will always remain a classic, one of the terrace bar’s signature drinks is The Hugo – a fresh, light take on a spritz featuring St Germain, lime and mint.
Summer happy hour at Seabreeze runs from Tuesday to Sunday between 5pm – 7.30pm with bar snacks and specially priced wine, beer and spirits available.
As of May, music lovers will want to extend their stay after happy hour ends with Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 10.30pm featuring soul, jazz and R&B classics from Kassie Caines accompanied by Zayne Bean. Friday nights, Kassie Caines returns alongside Silver City band members Jesse Seymour, Ben Payne and DJ Felix from 8pm to 1am.
For more information or to make reservations, email [email protected].
For a location that takes their innovative cocktail creations to the next level, a stop at The Birdcage on Front Street is a must for a summer bevvy with an excellent view and vibe. The rooftop location on the western end of Front Street in the iconic container building, emphasises locally sourced ingredients to create a delicious blend for each of its cocktails. Throughout the summer, expect to be wowed with special seasonal drinks featuring wild foraged ingredients such as a Suriname Mojito or fennel-infused gin cocktail, or stick to one of The Birdcage’s signature Hey Bird cocktails – a rum-based, tropical infused drink inspired by the Jungle Bird created at the famous Aviary bar at the Kuala Lumpur Hilton in the late-1970s.
Along with an extensive cocktail menu, expect to find local DJ Rusty G spinning on Wednesdays and live music every Thursdays with a changing list of musicians curated by Derek G Simmons.
The Birdcage is open from 3pm to 10pm Tuesday through Saturday.
For more information and to book a table, visit thebirdcagebda.com.
THE CONSERVATORY BAR
For Gin lovers, the Conservatory Bar at Rosewood Bermuda is a little slice of luxury perfect to hideaway from the afternoon’s more sweltering temperatures as summer kicks into full swing. With one of the most extensive selection of gins on the island and handcrafted cocktails featuring the juniper-flavoured spirit, including the Conservatory Martini featuring Star Bombay Gin, dry vermouth and orange bitters or Sing Like A Bee – a green-tea infused Hendricks Gin, lemon juice, honey syrup and a splash of lime-flavoured Perrier, the indoor/outdoor space is ideal for a long afternoon lounge with friends.
This April, the hotel kicked off the “Juniper Initiative” in partnership with the Bermuda National Trust (BNT). Inspired by the Bermuda Cedar and one of gin’s key botanicals – juniper – guests can imbibe with a conscious on the seasonal cocktail with $1 being donated to BNT for every cocktail or mocktail sold. The money will go towards BNT’s cedar tree planting program.
The inaugural cocktail, Juniper & Tonic, was created with lime and ginger gin smoothed with a melon liqueur.
Live entertainment on the weekends from locals Mike Hind and Steve Crawford affords a chilled vibe, as well as serene views of Castle Harbour and South Shore beyond.
For more information, visit www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/ bermuda/dining/conservatory