The iconic Basil’s Bar is back and better than ever
What do celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Denzel Washington, Prince William, and famous Kates like Middleton and Moss share in common? Cocktails at Basil’s Bar on the Grenadine island of Mustique. Basil’s is back, bigger and better, after a full renovation.
This iconic thatch-roofed, Balinese-décored, rum shack perched on bamboo stilts over the Caribbean Sea now has an extended bar and larger eating area capable of catering to groups of all sizes. What’s more, the kitchen has been rebuilt with state-of-the-art equipment. The food at Basil’s has never been better.
“There is something for everyone with everything from local to internationally inspired cuisine, with a wide range of bar snacks, burgers, stone-baked flatbreads, and pasta,” says former Gordon Ramsey protégé Chef Luke Ferguson.
Enjoy these dishes with signature drinks like a Mustique Mule or Hurricane David. The Wednesday night Jump-Up live music party and Sunday afternoon Sunset Jazz highlight the full upgrade of the bar’s entertainment and lighting system. This makes Basil’s versatile enough to enjoy a quiet lunch or dinner, sip rum from a fresh coconut at a seat over the sea’s array of fish and turtles, or party all night long.
If you arrive by yacht, moor in the harbor and dinghy right up to Basil’s. Now owned by the Mustique Company, the bar’s namesake, Basil Charles, is still a presence on the island. This ensures that even with the new renovations, the old vibe that has drawn celebrities and everyday folks alike to the bar over the past 30 years is still there.
Basil’s Bar offers an eclectic range of live music, guest DJ nights, talks, exhibitions and themed parties all year round, with the Mustique Blues Festival as the highlight of the annual calendar.
By Carol Bareuther, Southern Boating December 2018