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BERMUDA: Restaurant ideas for rehearsal dinner in June

Hi all:

I am looking for restaurant ideas for a rehearsal dinner in early June in Bermuda. We are getting married at Tucker's so ideally we do not want to have to transport our guests too far, let's say no farther than Hamilton. I have done some research and have contacted Lido, Tom Moore's, and Port o' Call. These places all seem to be fine options, but I have never been to Bermuda, so it's all a mystery to me.

My question is are there any places that are more casual and fun, maybe by the beach, where guests can move around and mingle? The places I mentioned are all fairly expensive when considering that we are going to be fifty to sixty people. Would the Blackhorse Tavern be a good idea? I can't find any pictures so I can't get a good feel for the layout.

If anyone has a recommendation for a fun, casual place or any place that you have been to that would work for a large group, please let me know. Thank you very much!!!

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  1. Lido/Mickey's is right on top of Elbow Beach. Lido is the more formal option, while Mickey's is more casual. In the summer, Mickey's opens onto the beach so little ones can run around quite easily. They're part of the same restaurant group and are right next to each other.

    Another option might be Beau Rivage at the Newstead Hotel. Their restaurant can extend out onto the patio area that is harbourside and is quite nice on a summer's evening as well. It fits in more towards finer dining but you'll find that no restaurant in Bermuda aside from a small minority, is overly formal these days.

    Have you considered maybe doing a bbq or something like that through the hotel? Tucker's has beach facilities and I believe that they have a restaurant down by the beach. No commuting and people can relax which seems to be what you're after? If not at Tucker's, Mid-Ocean Golf Club also has a beach facility right next to Tucker's. Our office had a summer party there so they could easily accomodate the numbers. I'm just not positive if you have to be a member to book something, but that's always a thought if you want to contact them.

    As for Blackhorse, I've never been (my bad) so can't offer any thoughts on it.

    Hope that helps.

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    1. re: bdachow

      I agree with bdachow on investigating a barbecue or casual dinner at Tucker's Point beach rather than shuttling them all the way to Mickey's. I think you have to be a member of Mid Ocean to use their facility unless they have an arrangement with TP.

      The Black Horse is on the water, but does not have a beach - it has an outdoor grassy area on the waterfront, if it were to rain 50-60 people inside would be quite crowded.

      Beau Rivage, again, has no beach and if they have happy hour you would have to be inside and not on the terrace.

    2. Based on the current economic climate in Bermuda (and just about everywhere else I suppose), I cannot imagine any restaurant or club (Newstead/Beau Rivage, MOC etc.) would trun away or force a party of 50-60 people to sit inside. I'm quite sure you can book the MOC facilities with a simple "introduction" by a member. I agree your best bet would be the beach pavilion at TP or MOC, unless you are looking to mix things up a bit in which case Beau Rivage or perhaps Cafe Lido would both work.

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      1. re: StayThirsty

        My son's rehearsal dinner was at Beau Rivage last year and we were told it would have to be inside due to happy hour, but I think that's only on Fridays.

        1. re: Athena

          For some reason, I think Beau Rivage is flexible even on Fridays ( I remember a happy hour being cancelled once for a private function) but I'm guessing that the minimum buyout would be quite high.

      2. We did DH's 40th at Beau Rivage and they were more than accomodating. It was a perfect setting for that kind of event, but we weren't competing with Friday Happy hour, so we didn't have that to work around.
        Are all your guests staying at Tuckers Point? Because, if so, the sheer logistics of getting 50-60 people from there to Hamilton for dinner would be enought to drive me in to investigating a beach BBQ/similar at Tucker's or Mid Ocean's beach facilities.

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        1. re: tacosandbeer

          -- First off, thank you to all for your replies. They all are very much appreciated.
          Not all of the guests will stay at Tucker's, but at least half if not more, which means that we would have to transport 30-40 people.
          I checked into Mid-Ocean and they cannot accommodate us due to a golf tournament that weekend. I'm not sure where to look next. Is there any other oiptions around Tucker Town or St. George?

          1. re: markipp

            Tom Moore's is your closet option to Tucker's Point, but more upscale. Tie and jacket upscale. There are a few options in the little village of Flatts, and St. George's.
            Where are the rest of your guests staying? What are you most set on - location/vibe/food/cost? Harborfront? Beach views?
            Also, no matter where you wind up, have Tucker's concierge pre-book all those taxis. A day in advance or the morning of.

            1. re: tacosandbeer

              The guests who don't stay at Tucker's will likely stay at the Hamilton Princess, but I don't have a breakdown of who is staying where b/c not all our guests have decided. The majority will probably stay at Tucker's however.
              I would like a place that is close to Tucker's (if possible) and where our guests will have some freedom to move around and mingle. It doesn't have to be fancy, and any place near the water is a huge plus. We can do a cocktail hour before dinner, but then the costs really start to ramp up.
              I will check out Flatts and St. George's.

              1. re: tacosandbeer

                Wahoo's in St. George's is casual and fun, onthe water no beach...

                Also check Grotto Bay, they may be able to do something there and they have a beach and covered pool area if you are looking for somehting outside. A few friends have had wedding there and they were really amazing.

                1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                  Totally agree with Grotto Bay idea, forgot all about there. Anywhere in St. George's (with the exception of Blackbeard's) is going to be harborfront at best, not beach. Flatt's is more limited for space, so maybe not the best idea.

                  1. re: tacosandbeer

                    Grotto Bay is an excellent option! Let me know if you want to follow up - I have a contact there that can help you.

                    As much as I love Rustico in Flatts I don't think it would the ambiance @markipp is looking for. The Aquarium in Flatts does events though...

                    1. re: Athena

                      Athena - would you mind giving me the name of your contact at Grotto Bay? They have a bayside terrace area that may work for a buffet style dinner. Thanks for your help on this.

                      1. re: markipp

                        Donna Alvarez, phone is 441-293-8333. I will give her a call tomorrow to let her her know you may be contacting her.

                2. re: tacosandbeer

                  For that large a group to transport, use the mini buses or look into the possibility of hiring a pink bus (public bus), think it's been done for pub crawls before.

                  I'd avoid Flatt's, I don't really think there's much room to mingle at either Rustico or Indigo. Tom Moore's I believe has been relaxing their dress code lately. I have seen men in cargo shorts turn up and not get turned away. And for that size of a party, I'm guessing they would close as a private function and you can dictate the dress code.

                  I see you mentioned Port O Call which is in town, HarbourFront might be a better option if you're looking for waterside. Mixed menu and nice outside tented terrace on the outskirts of Hamilton.

                  I've never been to Grotto but it is a nice location.