Its proximity to LF Wade International Airport means that the Swizzle Inn is one of the first places that visitors notice when they arrive in Bermuda. It may also be one of the last as it’s a traditional place for a last drink when leaving the island. Located in a 17th century house it’s arguably Bermuda’s most famous watering hole and a must-do on any itinerary.
The Swizzle Inn is the birthplace of Bermuda’s national drink, the rum swizzle, a potent rum cocktail made with Gosling’s Black Seal and Gold Rum, Triple Sec, falernum, and fruit juices. After a few glasses even the hardest of drinkers realise why the pub’s motto is ‘Swizzle Inn, Swagger Out’.
On entering the pub and seeing its graffiti covered walls, patrons will be forgiven for thinking Bermuda has a serious vandalism problem. However, the management actively encourage visitors to write their name or pin a business card on the wall. The guest book is worth checking out; it has entries going back to 1942! Two spacious patios, one at ground level and one upstairs, provide good views of fellow punters falling off their scooters.
There’s something going on most nights at the Swizzle Inn. In the summer there’s live music, quiz nights, and more. The Swizzle Inn also hosts special events on certain national holidays and special days (Independence Day, Canada Day, Halloween etc.).
Although many come to the Swizzle just for a drink, they also serve decent food. Highlights include award-winning Swizzle Burger and the monstrous Bailey’s Bay Fish Sandwich. There’s also soups, salads, wings, nachos, pizzas, cuts of beef, fish, and pub favourites like Shepherd’s Pie and Bangers & Mash.
Children are well catered to. The under-12s menu features kid-size portions of many of the adult favourites. The pub also supplies colouring books and crayons to keep them occupied.
Patrons who’ve had a few too many drinks and can’t remember actually being in the Swizzle can return the next day and buy a few mementos in the ‘Swagger Out’ gift shop. It sells Swizzle Inn t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and other paraphernalia.
The Swizzle Inn is open every day of the week from 11 am until 1 am. It’s situated at Blue Hole Hill in Hamilton Parish and is popular with guests staying at Grotto Bay. It’s a great place to stop if you’re visiting St George or the Crystal Caves.
Bus routes 1, 3, 10, and 11 pass by the pub. All travel between Hamilton and St George but take slightly different routes. There’s plenty of free parking for those travelling by scooter. Don’t forget the pub’s sister establishment, the Swizzle Inn South Shore in Warwick Parish.
Cuisine: Pub Grub
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