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If you are looking for nightlife, the majority of it is concentrated in the Seven Mile Beach (SMB) area with a few bars in West Bay and George Town. Further out in 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 varied with cocktail bars featuring talented mixologists, casual beach bars for the barefoot crowd, trendy bars with plenty of live music and everything in between including wine bars, karaoke venues, Irish pubs, cigar lounges and more. Be sure to checkout Karoo in Camana Bay which overlooks the harbour and is always bussling. There is also a good bar/nightclub scene if you are looking to party.
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.
The bars and restaurants in Camana Bay are all smart and sophisticated, as are the resort bars at The Ritz-Carlton and the Kimpton Seafire.
There are numerous waterfront bars where the vibe is relaxed and you can enjoy the warm tropical evenings and watch the sunset: Macabuca, My Bar at Sunset House, Union Grill & Bar, The Wharf's Ports of Call bar, Cayman Cabana, Silverside Rum Gallery, Sandbar Daiquiri Bar and Grill and Rackhams 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! 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 is pretty breathtaking.
There are over 135 nationalities represented in Cayman, meaning there are sports (and sports fans) of every kind. This makes for an exciting atmosphere at any the Island’s sports bars. Legendz, Craft, Coconut Joes, Lone Star (all in SMB) and Salty’s Sports Bar (GT) are all popular places to catch the game, fight or race.
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.
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