The Grand Old House is one of the most iconic buildings in the Cayman Islands. It is a plantation house that was built in 1908, and although it served many purposes in its early life, it first became a restaurant in 1969. Since that time, it has grown to become a favorite of residents and visitors, with its large deck offering expansive views of the sea.
Grand Old House is a premier choice of venue for private events, which is no surprise considering its history and design. The main bar is the social heart of the deck and often sees locals and visitors gathering for a relaxing happy hour. On a moonlit night, diners enjoy being seated under the stars.
Behind that popular bar you will often find Bruno Miquelino, mixologist and world traveler. He brings his extensive knowledge from years of creating cocktails to this legendary restaurant.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Bruno got his first bartending job in a little cocktail bar in London, England called The Light Bar. From there, he went to work at venues in different countries around Europe, including Spain, France, Belgium and his home country of Portugal.
Craving a change of scenery, he made the move to the Cayman Islands in Oct. 2016 and started working at the Grand Old House soon afterwards. It seems he has found his home away from home, based on his enthusiasm for his job.
“My colleagues make me feel like I’m part of the Grand Old House family,” Bruno says. “I am constantly learning, as you do in this industry, particularly about rare and scarce brandies, whiskies and rums.”
One of his favorite things? “I like to be able to match a freshly rolled cigar with a great Vintage Armagnac.”