The Bar Scene
If you are looking for nightlife, the majority of it is concentrated in the Seven Mile Beach area with a few bars in West Bay and George Town. Further out into the Eastern districts you will find some really laid-back island-style places, well away from the hustle and bustle of the SMB strip.
The Seven Mile Beach bar scene is very varied with martini bars and cocktail lounges catering to an older clientele, casual beach bars for the barefoot crowd, and everything in between including wine bars, karaoke venues, Irish pubs, sports bars and more.
Live bands and DJs play in certain bars on a regular basis and many bars and restaurants have specials nights, so there is always some live music to suit all tastes.
There are numerous waterfront bars where the vibe is relaxed and you can enjoy the warm tropical evenings under the stars: My Bar at Sunset House, Macabuca, Tiki Beach, Calico Jacks, Royal Palms, The Wharf's Ports of Call bar, Cayman Cabana and Rackams are all good options.
For a more laid-back island-style experience head east to the chilled-out scene in East End, Rum Point or Cayman Kai. Kaibo Bar and Grill (and its smart sister restaurant and rum bar called 'Upstairs') are located in Cayman Kai and really are all about barefoot escapism. Kaibo is also rumoured to have the coldest beers and the best mudslides on-island! Very nearby Rum Point has a chilled out bar with picnic tables under the shade of casuarina trees and gentle clear water lapping nearby. Along the way to these two spots there are casual local bars in Bodden Town, Breakers and East End. Locals are very welcoming and the view of the sea pretty breathtaking.
Legendz, Craft, Coconut Joes and Lone Star are all popular sports bars in which to catch the game.
The bars and restaurants in Camana Bay are all smart and sophisticated, as are the bars at The Ritz-Carlton and Osetra Bay.
Due to local licensing laws, all bars must be closed by midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights, and by 1am the rest of the week, unless they have a special extension until 2am. These hours are strictly enforced and all customers must be off the premises by closing time.
There are a couple of nightclubs on Grand Cayman, which fill up when the bars close. DJs play all the latest tunes and flair bartenders put on an impressive performance. It’s an ever-changing scene with new clubs opening and others closing every season. The most consistently popular nightclubs are O bar which has been around for over ten years, Whiskey Mist and Lillie's (Fridays only) located upstairs at the Strand.