Good food, good beer friendly people

Butlers of Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas.

No matter where you go around the world, you're never far from a good British/Irish pub. Just so, on my recent trip to the Bahamas.

The Butlers came from Ireland to the Bahamas by way of England, the Americas and Bermuda. They started out in the early 1500's and finally settled in the Bahamas in 1790. At that point they were transporting quality and specialty foods and liquor t6o the islands. Now, Butlers European Delicatessen of Port Lucaya imports quality products from all over Europe, Asia and North America.
In addition to this import activity, they have the Shenanigans Irish Pub and Eatery. Here, they serve up some of the best grub you can enjoy on Bahamian soil.

Barry "Red" at Xanadu Diving Adventures swears by Shenanigans and highly recommended their Indian Lamb Curry to me. With my life daily in his hands under the sea, I had to trust them, didn't I?

It seems to be a sad fact that you have to travel thousands of miles from Britain in order to enjoy really good quality traditional British cuisine. A case in point is the Guinness Steak and Mushroom Pie I ordered. This was stacked with chunks of best quality meat in a very tastey sauce. And the puff pastry was perfect. Generally, in Britain, the chunks would have slipped through the prongs of my fork and the pastry would've been soggy.

Other dishes include Sherpherds Pie, Irish Mixed Grill, Chicken Connemara, Frenched Rack of Lamb, Salmon Filet, Shrimp and Chicken Curry, Shrimp and Angel Hair Pasta, Fresh Oysters. Children dishes or smaller portions are available.

They serve draft beers from Ireland, England, Australia, Czechoslovakia, Germany, America as well as he Bahamas. There's a wide selection of bottled beers, cider and wines.

Port Lucaya is on Grand Bahama accessed via Freeport airport or less expensively by ferry or cruise ship. While the Bahamas are a tax free zone, it's worth noting that products are subjected to around 70% import duty. Since most goods are imported, it's essentially a pretaxed economy. This means goods and services are pretty expensive by British standards and extremely expensive by American ones. The Bahamian people are somewhat offhand with visitors in spite of the fact that the island's life blood is tourists. So don't expect good service but do expect beautiful snow white beaches and to be able to watch sting rays gliding through knee deep crystal clear waters.

Shenanigans offers a really friendly environment, good service and value for money. Though the atmosphere's fun, in this establishment the staff don't dance on the bar (see Shbooms for that) - she's fixing one of the lights - beautifully. Shenanigans is a great find - I highly recommend it.

Wally Robertson, August 2000

Tel: +1 242 373 2050
Fax: +1 242 352 8920
Happy hour: 17:00 - 19:00

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