There are actually two parts to Bliss: a trendy tropical nightclub and a full service restaurant. The open-air nightclub has a pool and two bars that serve up creative cocktails flavored with things like espresso and cucumbers, plus a dance floor and plenty of space for lounging. The restaurant serves a varied menu of steaks, pastas and sushi. Dress to impress!
For delicious, gourmet sushi and a taste of the island night scene, head to Bamboo Bernie's. Located at the five-star Sonesta Maho complex, this peaceful hangout is among the most popular and trendy of the island's bars and lounges. Inside, patrons can relax at the Buddha Lounge and enjoy mouthwatering dishes, a long list of sakes and an ever-growing selection of exotic specialty cocktails. Stop by and chill out with the friendly staff at this chic, tranquil lounge.
Located right on the boardwalk, Taloula Mango's is a fun beach bar/restaurant with affordable, satisfying food and just about every known beverage. There's a huge variety on the menu, so everyone should be able to find something they like: fantastic salads, burgers and sandwiches, ribs, pastas, and Caribbean specialties like conch and dumplings, jerk chicken, and curried chicken with bananas and pineapple. Super kid-friendly too (where else can you get a triple-decker peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip sandwich, with the crusts cut off?). Live music on weekends too.
Why spend the evening at one bar when you can take a cruise around Simpson Bay lagoon and visit several? The Celine is a 40-foot catamaran that sails around the lagoon, making about three stops over the course of an evening. At each stop, you have one of the courses of the progressive dinner provided and a cocktail. There's an open bar on the boat, too. If the booze cruise doesn't appeal to you, the Celine has additional options, including a weekly scheduled sunset cruise and various charter packages.
This popular, affordable restaurant segues into a happening nightclub once the sun sets, and patrons hang around to nurse cold drinks, enjoy live music, and socialize with island folks. Great happy hours feature drink and snack specials, and Tuesday nights often draw the biggest crowds. Pool tables are available too.
Although it's not on the beach, Cheri's offers just about everything else you could want for an evening of fun. Drinks, dancing, a busy social scene, live music, even good basic dinner entrees like steak and seafood are available in abundance. The ambience is casual and you'll find lots of folks to hang out with, including locals and tourists who come for a bit of camaraderie after a day spent snorkeling or soaking in the sun.
A stylish piano bar and Italian restaurant, Sopranos was inspired by the television mob drama of the same name. The musician changes every couple of weeks, coming in from all over the world; the genre of music depends on the pianist's forte, but it could be jazz, blues, old R&B, or Broadway tunes. This is the ideal spot to relax with a glass of wine or a scotch – and look very fashionable while doing so!
This nautical-themed mainstay is a constant favorite with visitors to St. Maarten. Offering terrific views of the marina and the island itself, the Boathouse also places a premium on seafood dishes, like sauteed scallops, conch fritters and fresh fish. You'll also find steak, chicken, pastas and burgers. Come evening, the bar transforms into a lively gathering spot, and live bands play on Friday nights to kick off the weekend in style.
Wildly popular, Pineapple Pete has pool tables, a dance floor, live bands almost every night, and a great menu of both casual pub fare and finer food (like crab stuffed shrimp and lobster thermidor). Dinner reservations are accepted, and highly recommended during peak season!