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.
Until January 2013 the strong Christian laws of Bermuda dictated that no alcohol could be purchased from stores on a Sunday. You could, however, purchase alcoholic drinks on the Sabbath from a bar or restaurant. One of the first major reforms by the new One Bermuda Alliance government was the Liquor Licence Amendment Act 2013. The law, which came into effect at the beginning of 2014, now permits grocery and liquor stores to sell alcohol between 8 am and 9 pm (in line with the other days of the week).
Alcohol can be purchased at any of Bermuda’s supermarkets. There are also several dedicated wine and spirit merchants.
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.