The Cayman Islands has a very social culture and there are a lot of great spots to go out and commiserate over a sparkling tropical spirit, pint or cocktail and perhaps stay out a wee bit later to paint the town red at the hottest nightclubs!
So if you are in need of a good night out (aren’t we all!), Cayman Resident details the top bars and clubs in Cayman where one can listen to live music, drink a pint, watch the big game and even indulge in a Cuban cigar and a snifter of smooth dark rum.
Check out our bar scene next plus the nightclubs to hit up on a Friday night.
The Bar Scene
The local bar scene is lively and new establishments emerge every year. It is very easy to find popular areas that are packed and full of energy on Friday and Saturday nights. Bars also host some events during the week.
We mention the most popular ones here:
- The Attic (SMB) is a great place to play pool and beer pong. Food available.
- Bar Crudo (GT) is part of the Guy Harvey’s group and serves great drinks and fresh seafood overlooking the harbour.
- Barolo (SMB) has a lovely patio, great wine list and good music with a DJ. Friday nights are extremely popular.
- Cayman Cabana (GT) supports local farmers with their fresh farm-to-table fare. They have a large bar area and outdoor deck.
- Coconut Joe’s (SMB) has an open-plan bar and is a good spot to catch sports games.
- Coccoloba Bar & Grill at the Kimpton Seafire (SMB) is part street taco joint, part beach hut where you can pair expertly mixed margaritas and icy cocktails with fresh tacos and tostadas.
- Coral Beach (SMB) is a boutique-style beach bar that opened next to Royal Palms early 2019 and is very popular for sundowners.
- Craft F&B Co. (SMB) is a popular gastro-pub with a large list of craft beers on tap and in a bottle. Great hearty eats.
- Kaibo Beach Restaurant (North Side) offers a fun and tasty menu and their famous Mudslide and fresh whole coconuts with local rum! Caribbean “Barefoot Beach BBQ” every Tuesday night with live local music.
- KARoo (Camana Bay) is a popular after-work venue. Offers cocktails, tapas and a Happy Hour Monday-Sunday 3pm-7pm and a Sunday BBQ Brunch.
- Legendz (SMB) has a bar with comfortable booth seating and lots of big TV screens.
- The Lodge (SMB) is a fun, friendly and eco-conscious bar with an impressive selection of whiskeys and weekly live music and karoke events.
- Lone Star (SMB) is a bustling, Texas-style bar, popular with the 20+ crowd and tourists. Live music and TexMex food.
- Macabuca (WB) is a relaxed bar overlooking the sea. Monday night Caribbean BBQ, all you can eat from 5.30pm. It’s a great spot to watch the sunset and divers can jump into the water right in front of the bar for a night dive.
- Mike’s Bar at Salty’s (GT) is a laidback family-ran bar with an expansive menu featuring affordable, comfort-food.
- My Bar at Sunset House (GT) is a relaxed oceanfront bar just south of George Town. The perfect place to watch the sunset.
- Premier Brew (GT) is a relaxed after work happy hour spot, with cocktails, premier wines by the glass, and craft beers.
- The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman (SMB) offers a vibrant yet refined nightlife. Silver Palm Lounge boasts an exquisite cocktail menu, with a resident DJ every Friday evening and a live band every Saturday evening. Enjoy delectable Japanese cuisine and the island’s largest sake selection from Taikun, Grand Cayman’s gourmet sushi restaurant.
- Saltwater Grill (SMB) has a stylishly decorated bar area and a twice-daily happy hour.
- South West Collective (GT) is a trendy spot, with board games and vintage foosball, and a great selection of beers, wines and cocktails.
- The Wharf (GT) hosts Tuesday salsa nights, with free lessons at 9.30pm. Don’t miss the tarpon feeding at 7pm and 9pm. On the last Friday of the month the Boogie Nights Old School Dance Party starts at 9.30pm.
- Tillie's (SMB) is a trendy happy-hour spot located right on Seven Mile Beach. Known for its cool lounge vibes, they have an inventive cocktail list and a variety of wines.
The Club Scene
The club scene in Cayman is not supersized by any big city standards, but many of Cayman's hot spots still offer a hoppin' good time with experienced DJs, great live bands, inventive mixologists and of course, a fun loving crowd.
Here are a few hot night spots for a good time on a Friday night…
- Cayman Cabana (GT) transforms into a late-night hot spot every Thursday for their house music event ‘After Dark’.
- Barolo Lounge (SMB) is an intimate lounge that’s a popular spot for dancing on a Friday night.
- Silver Palm Lounge (Ritz-Carlton) is a sophisticated night spot for the well heeled of Cayman. Grab sushi and sákè too. It gets busy after 10pm on Fridays.
- Anchor & Den (Marriott) is a chic spot inside the lobby of the Marriott that’s known for its ‘apothecary’ cocktails and live music on Thursdays and Fridays.
- O Bar (SMB) is a popular nightlife spot. The first floor features a bar, corner couches and nooks. The upper level bar has a lounge-like atmosphere. There is a live DJ every night and an ‘infinity’ happy hour on Friday nights.
- Lillies (SMB) is a sophisticated late night lounge and nightclub located above Whiskey Mist in the Strand Shopping Centre.
- The Lodge (SMB) is a late night bar located below Lillies nightclub which hosts a weekly array of fun themed nights.
- Royal Palms (SMB) is a beach side venue with a big bar. A pool side DJ or live band usually gets the party started on most Fridays, while locals and visitors gather to drink and dance. A fine dining Italian restaurant is upstairs.
Note: Cayman observes a religious day of rest on Sunday, so bars and restaurants stop serving alcohol at midnight on Saturdays. Also, smoking indoors is banned in all bars, restaurants and public places. The exception is cigar bars. Also, please be aware of your surroundings when you are out late at night and never drink and drive. Driving while intoxicated is a punishable offense in the Cayman Islands. (The police often conduct random checks on weekends to deter drunk driving.)
Live Music Scene
The Cayman Islands is not lacking when it comes to live music. Many of Cayman’s restaurants feature great local bands that play under the stars while you dine.
The best venues to catch live music are: Abacus, Anchor & Den, Deckers, Grand Old House, Barolo Lounge, Kaibo, The Lodge, Lone Star, Royal Palms Beach Club, Bar Jack and Silver Palm Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, 5 O’Clock Somewhere at the Margaritaville Resort, The Wharf, and Tortuga Beach Bar at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa.
For the perfect casual cigar scene and a wonderful range of quality cigars, Club Havana is a great place to stop in.
They have two locations: their cigar lounge in Caribbean Plaza (with a non-smoking section) or the more informal bar in the West Shore Centre. Both locations have an admirable humidor selection and an in-house torcedor (cigar roller).
Whether you are looking to catch a football, rugby, cricket, tennis, hockey or a UFC match, Cayman is not short of good sports bars.
Legendz, Coconut Joe’s, Craft F&B Co, Fidel Murphy’s, The Lodge, Salty’s, Lone Star, and Pirate’s Den (PDs) Pub, all feature the games on big screens with great food, comfortable seating and good service.
Keep in mind that you might want to reserve a table when there is a big game on or a major sporting event as these areas do get crowded and wait time for a seat may be up to an hour.
Cayman has seriously, talented award winning mixologists that are pushing the envelope every year. The art of mixing the perfect cocktail is highly regarded on-Island, and the pressure amongst local mixologists to meet the demands of Cayman’s sophisticated cocktail connoisseurs grows each year.
Try Anchor & Den for their gin-centric apothecary inspired cocktails and chilled ‘lounge’ vibe, Barolo Lounge for their classic cocktails and happening Friday nights, Catch for their farm-to-table drinks by the sea, bàcaro for their hand-crafted cocktails and delectable small plates, Ave at the Kimpton Seafire for cocktails infused with local exotic fruits and a wine list as long as the Caribbean horizon and the Ritz-Carlton’s Bar Jack for the creamiest Piña Colada and first-class sunset views over Seven Mile Beach.