We've found an interesting paradox: on the one hand, the entire Island tends to stop running for the holidays and on the other, holidays usually present the best opportunity to wine and dine with loved ones.
We decided to do some investigating and found a few businesses that do indeed want to feed you on Bermuda's Emancipation (July 31st) and Sir George Somers Days (August 1st). Below is a list to help you avoid that awkward moment of walking up to a closed kitchen during Cup Match.
The Beach House at St. George's Club
With its rich history dating back to 1718, The Beach House at Blackbeard's has been newly transformed into a chic restaurant that offers Chef Piero's 'the flavour of world cuisine'.
If you're heading east for the cricket match, be sure to come and sit on the terrace of what feels like your own personal beach house surrounded by spectacular views of the ocean and a breathtaking sunset. They are open every day of Cup Match and are offering daily specials. We recommend that you make reservations.
Thursday Lunch (12pm), Dinner (6:30pm to 10:30pm)
Friday Lunch (12pm), Dinner (6:30pm to 10:30pm)
Looking to escape the mid-summer heat? The Hog Penny offers you a cozy Hamilton restaurant and pub that has been a Bermudian favorite for years. With a menu that features great cuts of beef, genuine Indian curries, hearty pub food and Bermuda brewed beer on tap, the hungry and thirsty will all find something to love at Hog Penny. Don't miss their live entertainment featuring Will Black starting at 10pm.
Thursday Dinner (5:30pm to 10:00pm), Bar (11:30am to 1am)
Friday Lunch (11:30am to 3pm), Dinner (5:30pm to 10:00pm) and Bar (11:30am to 1am)
A classic, The Pickled Onion has been a popular Front Street spot for lunch, dinner and cocktail hour since 1998. Enjoy the cosmopolitan vibe and delicious food with a Pickled twist. Enjoy live entertainment on Thursday and Friday Night from 10pm to 1am.
Thursday Lunch (11:30am to 5pm), Dinner (5:30pm to 10pm), Bar (11am to 1am)
Friday Dinner (5pm to 10pm), Bar (11am to 2am)
Barracuda Grill offers outstanding seafood and chops served in an interior that is reminiscent of luxurious passenger ships. Excellent service and impressively presented dishes, you're sure to enjoy this gem.
Thursday Dinner (5:30pm to 10pm)
Friday Dinner (5:30pm to 10pm)
So you've decided to stay up west away from all the hoop-la? Frog and Onion Pub will be waiting for you with open arms. Set in the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, the Pub was created in 1992 and is still a major go-to restaurant for loyal local customers. Enjoy classic English pub food, delicious seafood and innovative entrees. Just steps away from King's and Heritage Wharfs, it also has a vibrant surrounding area and is perfect for talking a stroll with the family.
Thursday Lunch (11:30am to 5:30pm), Dinner (5:30 to 9:30), Bar (11:30pm to 12:00am)
Dinner Lunch (11:30am to 5:30pm), Dinner (5:30 to 9:30), Bar (11:30pm to 12:00am)
Located in the Royal Naval Dockyard on Bermuda's West End, this is another restaurant that will keep you away from all of the commotion. What was once an old eating establishment for the Dockyard workers in the 1800s was turned into an official restaurant after World War II and has now been expanded into a restaurant and cocktail lounge. Enjoy fresh seafood at affordable prices and with an astounding sea view.
Thursday Lunch and Dinner (12pm to 11pm)
Friday Lunch and Dinner (12pm to 11pm)
Lido Complex (Café Lido, Mickey's Beach Bistro and Sea Breeze Lounge)
Enjoy one of Lido's 3 breezy establishments situated at Elbow Beach Hotel in Warwick. Delicious food, outstanding service and breathtaking views will have you forgetting all about the game. Come to enjoy the Sea Breeze Lounge and Terrace on Friday from 6pm to 11pm, where there will be cool vibes played by Felix Tod under the stars. They will be serving sushi, tapas and cocktails.
Thursday Breakfast (7am to 10:30am), Sushi & Tapas (from 5pm), Bar (5pm to 12am)
Friday (7am to 10:30am), Sushi & Tapas (from 5pm), Bar (5pm to 12am)
Added (23/07/2014) Whitehorse Pub & Restaurant (Open 11am to 11pm Thursday and Friday)
Added (30/07/2014) Port O Call (Open Thursday and Friday for dinner)
But wait, we’re not done! These other fine restaurants are open on one of the two days:
Swizzle Inn (both locations closed on Thursday; open on Friday)
Wahoo's Bistro & Patio (closed on Thursday; open on Friday)
Fourways Inn (closed on Thursday, open on Friday for dinner)
Added 28/07/2014 Tavern by the Sea (Open on Thursday; closed on Friday)
Added 30/07/2014 RED Steakhouse and Bar (Closed Thursday; open Friday night for dinner) Get a 20% discount if you make a reservation from seeing this post.
If your restaurant is going to be open over Cup Match and you’re not on our list, please post all the pertinent details to our Facebook page (see link below). We’ll be happy to share.
Wherever you end up, these Bermuda restaurants in the west, east and central areas of the Island all offer great food and service that are sure to make the special days of Cup Match even more memorable. We recommend that you make reservations as the holidays can get busy. Happy Cup Match!
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Cover photo: Thomas Hawk, Flickr
Barracuda Grill, Bermuda Tourism, Flickr