The Cayman Islands has a very social culture, which spills over into its nightlife! There are a lot of great spots to grab a drink - whether you're after a lively sports bar, an intimate speakeasy-style setting or a place to dance into the early hours of the morning.
So if you are in need of a good night out (aren’t we all!), Cayman Resident details the best of Cayman's clubs and bars to hit up on your next Friday night out. For a more comprehensive guide, visit Cayman Good Taste.
The Bar Scene
- All Stars Sports Bar (SMB) is a great place to play pool and beer pong. Food available.
- Backroom (SMB) offers a setting reminiscent of the prohibition years with great cocktails
- The Bird (SMB) is a hugely popular bar and restaurant known for its great vibes, late nights and delicious chicken sandwiches.
- 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.
- 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! They host a popular monthly full-moon dinner called Luna Del Mar.
- KARoo (Camana Bay) is a popular after-work venue. Offers cocktails, tapas, a Happy Hour Monday-Sunday 3pm-7pm and a Sunday BBQ Brunch.
- Legendz (SMB) is a popular sports 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.
- Next Door (CB) is a cocktail bar from the restaurateurs behind Agua. As the name would imply, it is located next door to Agua on the Crescent. The recently opened hangout offers a menu of cocktails inspired by Cayman bush medicine.
- Peppers Bar & Grill (SMB) serves authentic Jamaican cuisine in a large and friendly open-plan bar and restaurant.
- 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.
- Sandbar (GT) is a fun waterfront daquiri bar and grill that has live music weekly.
- 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.
- Union (CB) is Camana Bay’s newest bar and restaurant, located on the water on the Crescent, offering an artisanal cocktail menu.
- West Indies Wine Company (CB) offers wines and beer on tap and Prosecco, spirits and light bites from its menu.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Seven Mile Lounge (SMB) is a recently rebranded ages 25+ nightlife spot with great drink specials in the heart of Seven Mile Beach.
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. 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
Cayman has a dynamic and diverse music scene. Some great spots for live music include: Abacus, Anchor & Den, bacaro, Coccoloba, Grand Old House, Kaibo, The Lodge, Sandbar, Silver Palm Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, 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). There is also Stogies Cigar Bar located across from the George Town waterfront and the Backroom on West Bay Road.
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, Craft F&B Co, Fidel Murphy’s, The Lodge, Salty’s, Lone Star, and Pirate’s Den (PDs) Pub, all televise 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.
The art of mixing the perfect cocktail is highly regarded on-Island. Luckily, bars and restaurants always rise to the occasion, creating wonderful, innovative concoctions, and we even have a whole week dedicated to the art of the cocktail every October for Cayman Cocktail Week.
Try Anchor & Den for their gin-centric apothecary inspired cocktails and chilled ‘lounge’ vibe, 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.