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Nightlife is not one of the compelling reasons to go to Bermuda, although there is some after-dark action, mainly in the summer. If you visit during the winter, we trust you'll be content to nurse a drink in a pub.

In the summer, activity seems to float from hotel to hotel, which makes it hard to predict which pub or nightspot will have the best steel-drum or calypso band at any given time. Many pubs feature singalongs at the piano, a popular form of entertainment in Bermuda. Most of the big hotels offer shows after dinner, with combos filling in between shows for couples who like to dance.

The island's visitor centers and most hotels distribute free copies of such publications as Preview Bermuda, Bermuda Weekly, and This Week in Bermuda, which list the latest scheduled activities and events. There's a calendar of events in the Bermudian, sold at most newsstands.

You can also tune in to the local TV station, which constantly broadcasts information for visitors, including details on cultural events and nightlife offerings around the island. From 7am to noon daily, radio station 1160 AM (VSB) broadcasts news of Bermuda's cultural and entertainment events.

St. George's Parish

The little port of St. George and adjoining St. David's Island are a pubber's haven. Our favorite is Black Horse Tavern, a suitable spot for a congenial evening in good company. It lies on St. David's Island immediately adjoining St. George, and is worth the trek over. If you get hungry, you can always order a plate of shark hash to go with your beer. The oldest pub in St. George, White Horse Tavern, remains an enduring favorite. It's jammed most evenings with a mixture of locals and visitors. We especially like the location of this one -- at the water's edge, overlooking the harbor. Don't expect speedy service in any of these joints.

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