The Bahamas is full of history, character and good times, but no beach vacation to the islands is complete without visiting a legendary beach bar.
Don’t miss these five bars on your next trip to the Bahamas. Pull up a bar stool—or a lounge chair—and kick back in true Bahamian style.
Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar
The bar’s claim to fame is the Goombay Smash—a famous Caribbean cocktail containing a mysterious mixture of rums, pineapple juice, orange juice, and apricot brandy. Miss Emily is gone now, but she passed down her secret recipe through generations of her family, and the bar is in the capable hands of her daughter now.
Believe it or not, Miss Emily needed the help of well known Bahamian Brendal Stevens to perfect the taste of her concoction—she herself didn’t drink! The two of them truly got it right, as the legacy of her Goombay Smash lives on.
Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar makes for a genuine Out Island experience in the Bahamas.
Sip Sip is another staple of the Bahamas, located on the pink sand beaches of Harbour Island. “Sip sip” is actually local slang meaning “gossip,” and this trendy hotspot got its name for being the go-to place for locals to gather and share their dirt.
No matter which location you visit, pair your fruity island drinks with the famous Sip Sip lobster quesadilla for a truly delectable experience.
A long-time beach bar staple in the Bahamas, Nipper’s is popular among locals from all across the Out Islands and also a favorite hangout of celebrities—Justin Beiber was recently spotted hanging out there after proposing to Hailey Baldwin!
Nipper’s is a multi-level bar located on Great Guana Cay in the Abacos. It’s situated above a picturesque stretch of beach with a two-layer pool for patrons to enjoy. If you want a true Bahamian party, the best time to visit Nipper’s is during the weekly Sunday pig roast, which guarantees a packed house.
Pete’s Pub and Gallery
Pete’s Pub and Gallery is a sprawling and eclectic multi-level facility that’s part bar, part restaurant and part gallery on Little Harbour in the Abacos.
The gallery is home to the bronze work of Peter Johnson and his progeny, who create their works of art in the on-site foundry—which happens to be the only working sculpture foundry in the Bahamas.
Nirvana Beach Bar
Located next door to Compass Point Beach Resort in Nassau, Nirvana Beach Bar is popular among locals and visitors alike.
A bit more old-school than big-chain resort bars, this spot on Love Beach provides a peaceful haven away from the more crowded spots in Nassau. Though Nirvana is a low-key spot to chill during the day, once happy hour hits, the party’s known to last well into the night. Nirvana is also an ideal location for sipping a cold one and watching the sunset.