By Noelle Khalila Nicolls
December 05, 2014
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In the islands of the Bahamas, there are many watering holes that exist for the sole purpose of inducing an inebriated state of being.  The best bars, however, offer a complete sensory experience with meaning beyond the bar. These pit stops have character and ambiance that are both part of the attraction; as well as delicious (sometimes strong) libations, they most often deliver phenomenal views, outstanding service, and a taste of local culture. Many of them also embrace the outdoors; when you have approximately 340 days of sun each year, there is no excuse to be cooped up inside. Some of the best bars here make the most of the mild weather and tropical surroundings; they sit on the beach or the harbor front, or if landlocked, sprawl onto an outside deck or piazza. Wherever you raise a glass in these islands, the fresh ocean breeze is never far away.

Cain at The Cove

This adult-only complex at Atlantis Resort offers the best in poolside pampering, with its luxury concierge service extending from the hotel to the beachfront. The full service poolside bar doubles as a café. As you sip on top-shelf cocktails you can play Blackjack inside an outdoor gaming pavilion or sunbathe on freestanding daybeds suspended over the water. 

Van Breugel’s Bistro and Bar

This downtown Nassau bistro and bar caters to a classy professional crowd that knows how to keep it casual and fun. It would be a shame not to order from the European-inspired menu, as the food is flavorful and light, but this is also a satisfying spot for a happy hour bar stop or cocktails at night. Service winds down by 10:30 p.m., so park your drinking cup here if you like to party early and make it to bed before midnight. 

Bimini Road

The liveliest restaurant and bar inside Atlantis’ Marina Village is Bimini Road, a casual nightspot with ocean-inspired décor and Caribbean flavor. Get comfortable and order a steady flow of tropical libations, because the energetic house band keeps the spirits high. On Saturday nights, the Bimini Road bar provides a front row seat to the rhythmic Marina Village Junkanoo parade. 

Dune

Perched on a sand dune overlooking scenic Cabbage Beach, this Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant at The One&Only Ocean Club offers spectacular sunset views and an intimate atmosphere. Sipping champagne or fine vintage wine inside, looking through the enormous windows, is especially fabulous when cozied up with someone special; creative tropical cocktails are also served at an outdoor bar pavilion.

The Landing

The Landing has overlooked Harbour Island’s iconic waterfront from the time it was built in the 1800s. The old colonial mansion now houses a cozy boutique resort with a popular bar and restaurant known for its casual elegant ambiance. In the hallowed basement, fine wines continue to age, waiting to be selected off the Landing’s extensive wine list.  

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