Rum Point Wreck Bar & Grill,
|This popular hangout claims to be the home of the original mudslide|
No wonder Rum Point has been a popular Cayman watering hole for as long as anyone can remember. The first thatched bar opened half a century ago, back in the 1950s.
Besides longevity, local legend maintains that the world's first mudslide was made here, created by a bartender named Old Judd.
Yet however famous, the bar never developed beyond a tired old shack until the Hyatt Regency bought Rum Point's gorgeous North Sound beach about a decade ago.
That's when the old building was demolished and replaced by the new and improved Wreck Bar & Grill, which retains a lot of the look and feel of its predecessor.
On Sundays, it's overwhelmingly locals who pack the long dock with their boats. Visitors take the special ferry service offered from George Town or come by rental car to spend the day, relax in a hammock or snorkel out front.
On select Tuesdays, as many as 120 Disney Cruise Line passengers jump ship for Rum Point, but the long beach generally absorbs these mouseketeers with ample room left over.
The grill's extensive menu is an interesting mix of West Indian and American fare, everything from spicy red conch chowder, conch fritters and thick jerk pork sandwiches to salads, club sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs.
The favorite dining spot is outside, at a shaded picnic table surrounded by casuarina trees. The libation list is extensive, though the big sellers are the home-made mudslides, especially the high-powered concoction called the Attlee mudslide made with premium liquors
Live music plays on the beach from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The annual highlight is Easter Weekend, when the menu changes dramatically to feature dishes from all over the world and locals race homemade rafts around the dock for the coveted grand prize: A year's worth of free mudslides.
The Wreck Bar is open daylight hours only, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, the beach doesn't close so there's no reason you have to leave, especially on Saturday's when the live music resumes at the affiliated Rum Point Restaurant, which opens after the Wreck Bar closes.
Try This at Home
1-1/4 oz Absolut vodka
1-1/4 oz Kahlua
1-1/4 oz Bailey Irish Cream
Blend with 14 oz of crushed ice and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve with a straw.
¾ oz gold rum
¾ oz blackberry brandy
¾ oz banana liqueur
Add a splash of orange and pineapple juices, a splash of grenadine. Blend with 16 oz of crushed ice.
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