Bars

If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Grand Cayman guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Grand Cayman for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like The Edge to busy places like Cracked Conch by the Sea that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the Seven Mile Beach area? No fear - we share all the facts!

10 Pirates Den Pub & Restaurant
PD's Pub, as it's more popularly known, is a traditional English-style public house where locals and occasional tourists gather to swap stories, sample traditional pub fare, and down a few cold pints. Sundays feature an all-you-can-eat brunch. A big screen television in the main bar area always carries whatever big game or match happens to be aired that day. (345-949-7144)

9 Lazy Lizard Beachouse Bar & Grill
Perhaps one of Seven Mile's most popular outdoor bars, Lazy Lizard attracts a good mix of locals and tourists, making it a great place to meet new people. The island's easy-going spirit dominates this place, as swings, hammocks, surfboards, and a tropical-themed interior attest. Get the bartender to pour a tall glass of lazy lager, or order up your favorite cocktail and kick back and relax a little — once you get "lazy" at the Lizard, there's no reason to go anywhere else. The kitchen's impressive pub grub features traditional treats like fish and chips as well as more eccentric options like a Thai rice bowl.

8 Cracked Conch by the Sea
It's safe to say that there probably aren't many restaurants that share their name with this unique seafood eatery, which overlooks the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean. A casual attitude abounds, whether it's in the t-shirt-wearing waitstaff or the pirate galley-esque dining area. In the evenings, the patio bar tends to get crowded with locals and expats looking to wind down the day and espy a magnificent Caribbean sunset. Dinner reservations are suggested. (345-945-5217)

7 The Edge
Located on the Bodden Town waterfront, this French-Caribbean eatery has enjoyed a fair amount of positive publicity since opening in 1990, including earning high marks from the "New York Times" and "London Observer." Choose to dine in the rustic dining room or, for a romantic touch, outside on the deck where tables have clear views of the nearby beach area and a coral reef just offshore. The local expatriate crowd is fond of coming here for cocktails in the early evening and staying well into the night — after all, it's hard to leave such a homey place. Dinner reservations are accepted. (345-947-2140)

6 Bed Restaurant & Lounge
A popular watering hole with the local crowd, Bed offers an intimate setting where skilled chefs prepare global fare unparalleled on Grand Cayman. Indeed, the tapas-style menu features everything from Stuffed & Baked Mushroom Caps and Tuna Tatkito to ZoĆ« Potstickers and fried calamari. Heartier appetites will enjoy such main dishes as White Chilean Seabass encrusted with pistachios and served with garlic saffron cream and Uruguayan Rack of Lamb with gorgonzola-shiitake demiglace. The cozy lounge area is a perfect place for an early evening cocktail or two — maybe even a bottle from the internationally flavored wine list. (345-949-7199)

5 The Next Level
Theme nights and wee-hours dance parties are all the rage at the Next Level, located just a few blocks off West Bay Road. From American house tunes and Euro-style dance beats, this trendy Seven Miler takes Grand Cayman's dance club scene to the proverbial next level — excuse the pun. (345-946-6398)

4 Lone Star Bar & Grill
Are the warm weather, crystal waters, and beautiful bodies stirring up a Texas-sized appetite? Then, this Tex-Mex oasis has you covered. Home of world-class lime margaritas and superbly spicy chicken and shrimp fajitas, the Lone Star keeps hordes of bronze-skinned vacationers sated with a fun mix of potent cocktails, great food, and Western-inspired decor. To the rear of the restaurant, you'll find a sand volleyball court; inside, big-screen tubes are always tuned to whatever sport's in season. (345-945-5175)

3 Legendz
One of Grand Cayman's most popular nightspots, Legendz draws in huge nightly crowds with an impressive array of live entertainment, including local bands, rock-n-rollers, stand-up comics, and charismatic DJs. The party always lasts well into the night, and dancing is everything but required, so be sure you're sporting comfortable shoes. Those wanting to catch the big game's score will be relieved to know that Legendz boasts 11 satellite tubes, two of which are big screens. The kitchen also serves up a variety of "glitzy" pub grub: Best Ever Quesadilla, Armadillo Eggs, California Sushi Rolls, Goya Pot Stickers, and the like. (345-945-1950)

2 O Bar
Known for being one of the few dance clubs on the island that actually opens its doors early, the O Bar sports an urbanized, Big Apple-style setting that helps it move and groove on the cutting edge. Expect to see a young and trendy crowd, sipping on Red Stripe or some Caribbean concoction and, from time to time, showing off the latest club moves. (345-943-6227)

1 Big Daddy's Restaurant and Sports Bar
For a cozy island feel, few places boast the virtues of this Grand Cayman charmer, where locals, "seasonal" expats, and tourists gather to enjoy good food, cold brews, and cocktails. For entertainment, you can usually count on finding a ball game or two on the televisions in the nautically-themed bar area. As far as eats go, heartier appetites may want to opt for the "all you can eat" fish plate; meanwhile, lighter fare like sandwiches, salads, and pasta dishes is also available. (345-949-8511)