Bermudians like a drink, and another one, and another one. Take a look at blackandcoke.com, basically an online photographic diary of the entertainment scene in Bermuda. You don’t have to be a genius to work out that nearly every photograph is essentially the same; groups of locals and expats standing in bars and holding their drinks proudly aloft for the camera.
There was a time in Bermuda when drinking and driving was socially acceptable. The police were even known to have provided escorted journeys for the inebriated motor cyclist. However, a recent surge in drink-related road deaths, has led to a clamp-down on driving whilst impaired. From a legal viewpoint it is not now advisable; nor is it from a practical (i.e. staying alive) angle. Alcohol leads to memory-loss. Not a good idea when in a country where they drive on the left. Forgetting this crucial fact tends to result in an extremely short vacation.
The legal age for drinking is 18. It is strictly enforced for all those consuming or buying alcohol.
The strong Christian traditions of Bermuda dictate that no alcohol can be purchased from stores after 9 pm or on a Sunday. Don’t forget to stock up on Saturday for that Sunday afternoon barbeque. Paradoxically, alcohol sales on Sunday from licensed establishments such as bars and restaurants are allowed. Why it is acceptable to get drunk in a bar but not in your garden has always baffled us.
Choices at Royal Naval Dockyard (Kings Wharf/Heritage Wharf) include the Frog & Onion and the Bone Fish Bar & Grill.
Beach bars are few and far between in Bermuda. Exceptions include the Buzz Café at Tobacco Bay, Hammerhead’s at Snorkel Park Beach, Mickey’s at Elbow Beach, and the Beach House at Achilles’ Bay near St George.
Most things cost more in Bermuda and alcohol is no exception. Tourists can bring alcohol into Bermuda but current duty free limits are only 1 litre of wine and 1 litre of spirits.
Alcohol purchased in a store and taken out by the customer is not duty free. Cruise ship passengers wishing to obtain duty free prices need to arrange to have it delivered to their ship. Stores such as Gosling’s offer this service. Those flying can buy duty free alcohol at LF Wade International Airport.