Lone Star Bar & Grill,

Grand Cayman

The Lone Star is ranked one of the world's Top 100 bars. Here's how it stays that way.

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Lone Star Bar and Grill

Voted one of the Top 100 Bars in the World by Newsweek Magazine readers in 1996, the Lone Star was started in 1983 by a couple from Austin, TX, Mike and Bobbi Flowers.

Mike, a former policeman, recalls that "Back then dining on Grand Cayman was still formal. Men were expected to wear a coat and tie to dinner. When we opened, I joked that everyone had to at least wear a shirt."

Mike's motto of "good food and good fun at affordable prices" quickly made the Lone Star, located next to Hyatt Regency, the island's most popular bar and restaurant.

As Newsweek readers stated, "It's the people that make this place, from barefoot beer-drinking divemasters to Armani-clad martini-drinking lawyers. . . From vacationers to fishermen."

The Lone Star, as much a sports bar as restaurant, always has catered to locals. In turn, their word of mouth attracts visitors of all kinds, such as football great Joe Montana and publisher Larry Flynt, both of whom have signed memorabilia on the walls. Hanging over the bar are T-shirts from all over the world, supplied by former Cayman divemasters and visiting sports teams.

Tex-Mex and daily dinner specials, washed down with cold Coronas or the special Top Shelf Margaritas, keep this place hopping. It's a different special every day. Prices are CI; add an extra 20% for the US dollar equivalent.

Don't overlook lunch, the least crowded time. The extensive Tex-Mex menu also features BBQ chicken and lots of burgers. To lively up your taste buds, try the Death Burger, a regular cheeseburger topped with jalapeno peppers.

The Top Shelf Margarita is the Lone Star's signature drink. They're normally prepared in 15-gallon batches, but Mike Flowers broke down the recipe for me if you want to make one at home:


2 oz Jose Cuervo

1 oz Grand Marnier

½-oz Cointreu

1 oz Rose's Lime Juice

1 oz sweet & sour lime

1 oz sweet and sour lemon

Mix in a blender with 1-1/2 cups crushed ice

The Lone Star is open Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to midnight on weekends. Dinner specials start at 6:30 p.m., available as long as the supply lasts.

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