First off, forget flashy discos. The bars and clubs on Harbour
Island are down-home quirky kind of places where you'll mix comfortably
with the locals.
Sunset on the bay
Catching the sunset as it sinks over the neighboring "mainland"
island of Eleuthera is a major highlight of the day. The bayside
resorts suddenly get very popular: Gusty's, both marinas, Romora,
the Landing, and most of all, Harbour Lounge at the foot of Government
dock. Folks start jockeying for those bayside tables as soon as
the shadows begin to lengthen. If you're hankering to see a Briland
sunset right now, check out the entries in our March
After sunset, the trick is to stretch out your dinner until the
nightclubs get active at 9:00 or even 10:00 o'clock. Here's the
Seagrapes is a nondescript cement structure over by the library,
but inside it's the spot most likely to get rocking with live local
music. You'll hear Bahamian music, Carribbean style, from the Brilanders
who have toured for Jimmy buffet. Seagrapes also gets occasional
guest performers from Nassau and beyond.
description of the Vic-Hum as a "dive" only begins to
hint at the glorious, unrestrained, ramshackle, faded excess of
this place and its larger-than-life owner Humphrey "Hitler"
Percentie. Hitler has long dreamed of turning this mostly-locals
place into a tourist attraction. The crowd outside might give you
pause, but if you enter the front door on Barracks street and step
through the pool room into the inner sanctum where Hitler holds
court, you can be assured of a hearty greeting, a decent rum punch,
and a decor that will bring tears to the eyes of those who yearn
for how things used to be on tiny islands.
right in the center of town next to Arthur's Bakery, Charlie's gets
a loyal following of locals and tourists from Nassau, but never
seems to fill up despite doing many things right. Besides having
a cozy bar inside, they've got the most inviting little patio with
a view of the action at the center of town, specialize in frozen
daiquiris, and even offer free conch fritters upon occasion. Visitors
tell us one of the bartenders has good drink-making skills and the
other has good skills in making people feel welcome. It would be
swell if they were on duty at the same time.
mostly locals hangout where the in-crowd knows to go to order chicken
souse to take home for dinneror breakfast if you really want
to go native.