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Yo, Ho, Ho and a Barrel of Rum

Our favorite Bermuda watering holes AND our favorite Bermudan cocktail.

May 22, 2009
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Bermuda doesn’t lack for bars. Or pubs. Or taverns. And they’re all well-stocked with a selection of grog-whether you favor beer, martinis, rum, or cocktails. Here are a couple of our preferred places to bend the old elbow.

The Frog & Onion Pub The Cooperage, Royal Naval Dockyard, Ireland Island, Sandy’s Parish (441) 234-2900

Part of the Royal Naval Dockyard, the Frog & Onion is dark and cavernous, with a 16-foot-long bar, a huge fireplace, and delicious English pub food.

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The Verandah and the Reef Bar at Elbow Beach 60 South Rd The Elbow Beach Resort, Paget Parish 441/236-3535

If you’re looking for something away from the hoi polloi, this’ll do it. With 100 brands of rums and a covered terrace with a view of South Shore, it’s a nice place to sit back and chill.

The Hog Penny Pub Burnaby Hill, Hamilton (441) 292-2434

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A very English pub (said to have inspired Cheers) with a mixed menu of Bermudan and British food-bangers-and-mash, steak and kidney pie, even warm beer if you want it. Live music every night, too.

The Pickled Onion 53 Front Street Hamilton (441) 295-2263

The Pickled Onion is a martini bar that overlooks the harbour on Front Street. Popular with a professional crowd, it’s been the winner of five Best of Bermuda Awards and features live entertainment seven nights a week.

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Swizzle Inn 3 Blue Hole Hill Bailey’s Bay, Hamilton Parish (441) 293-1854

Despite the fact that the whole world knows about it, and their gift shop dedicated to monetizing your memories, the Swizzle Inn is still a favorite stop. They have the best Rum Swizzle we’ve ever tasted and who can resist a place that invites you to Swizzle Inn, Swagger Out. If you can’t get there any time soon, impress your friends with a cold Swizzle anyway.

Bermuda Rum Swizzle

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There are a million variations on Bermuda’s most famous cocktail. Falernum can be hard to find and you can do without, though it’s slightly gingery sweetness adds a special undertone. Everyone has a favorite recipe and you may just have to bite-the-bullet and experiment until you find yours. But the one thing everyone agrees upon is the main ingredient: Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Our recipe is rumored to be the famous Swizzle Inn version. 4oz Goslings Black Seal Rum, 4oz Barbados Rum (or any amber rum), 2oz Triple Sec, Juice of 2 lemons, 5oz Pineapple Juice, 5oz Orange Juice, 2oz Bermuda Falernum or simple sugar syrup, 4 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Add everything to a pitcher that’s 1/3 full of crushed ice and stir vigorously. Strain into cocktail glasses. Be careful-it’s delicious and potent.

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