Is that the sound of ice shaking and corks popping? The weekend is already beckoning, with dozens of island venues kicking off happy hours mid-afternoon. The Friday feeling is in full swing at Karoo from 2 to 7 p.m., with 20 percent off all drinks. At The Attic from 4 p.m. you can sip on 2-4-1 cocktails while shooting some pool or beer pong, while down at Grand Old House’s ‘On the Rocks’ happy hour, live music by local group Trinity accompanies special drinks deals and there is 20 percent off all tapas from 5 p.m.
The Brasserie is a popular and handy choice for anyone working around Cricket Square. Tuck into a handmade brick-oven pizza with a glass of white or red wine at its weekly Pizza ‘n’ Pinot themed event or take advantage of the ‘5 at 5’ deal at the Wicket, where an array of wines, beers, spirits and appetizers are $5 a pop.
Over in East End, Tukka hosts its Fresh Fish Friday from 5:30 p.m. Straight from the ocean to your dinner plate, the chefs will fillet the day’s catch – it might be yellowfin tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, snapper or lion fish – right there on the balcony and cook it to perfection. Your choice will be served with stir-fried vegetables and either garlic mashed potatoes or coconut basmati rice, all for $22.
Margaritaville Resort’s License to Chill lobby bar is another lively spot, with $5 Stoli cocktails and live music from 5:30 p.m.
Friday doesn’t have to be all about indulgence, though. Sporty types can hop onto an exercise bike at Camana Bay’s Ryde for a high intensity 5:45 p.m. Rhythm Ryde class. Or say ‘Om’ at one of Bliss Yoga’s afternoon classes – the latest is usually at 6:30 p.m., and there are also evening rooftop sessions to mark the full moon.
As the sun sets, there are few nicer places to be than aboard Red Sail’s catamaran, cruising down Seven Mile Beach. Its Happy Hour trip sets sail from the Westin at 6 p.m., serving happy hour specials of rum punch and beer for $5 at the on-board bar. Hope you’ve found your sea legs…
Then again, maybe the Westin’s Friday night beach barbecue could tempt you to stay on dry land. From 6 to 9 p.m., dine with your toes in the sand and help yourself to a buffet of Mongolian BBQ, ribs, hotdogs, whole baked local fish, various side dishes and desserts.
If it’s the start of a new month, hot foot it to the Kimpton Seafire resort’s First Fridays event, which sees Prohibition-era glamor descending on Ave bar with a live jazz band and specialty cocktails.
There’s usually a great buzz in Anchor & Den at the Marriott Beach Resort, too. The Night Market is its new, monthly theme night, running until at least October, where you can browse retail stalls with covetable products from the Marriott’s Mercantile boutique, while soaking up the live music and street food. Upcoming themes include a Midsummer Night’s Dream (July 20), Wellness (Aug. 17) and Oktoberfest (Sept. 20). Sip on handcrafted cocktails from the Apothecary Happy Hour menu, priced at $5 for the whole night.
Royal Palms heats up the party with an eclectic array of live music from 9 p.m. DJ Lin is spinning Island-style top 40s, oldies and soca on the oceanfront patio, while EDM and house plays around the pool lounge, courtesy of DJ Jonesian. There’s also a resident DJ over at Silver Palm Lounge in The Ritz-Carlton, playing from 9 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.