London Essence Best New Opening Award 2024

London Essence Best New Opening Award 2024

Library by the Sea

Grand Cayman

Literary-themed cocktail alcove

Located next to the beautiful Seven Mile Beach (inside Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa), Library by the Sea consists of an indoor and outdoor cocktail experience all surrounded by mesmerising views of the Caribbean. Jim Wrigley, Beverage Manager and mastermind behind the bar, has designed a cocktail menu inspired by a contemporary library, where liquid stories are told every day. Visiting Library by the Sea is akin to reaching book nirvana, with a menu divided in sections like Nostalgia, Sci Fi Fantasy, Crime Fiction, Art & Culture and Rare & First Editions, all with drinks like the E. Hemingway Special (1930’s rum, 1930’s maraska maraschino, lime and grapefruit) to match.

Being part of a resort has its advantages. In addition to the sustainable practices employed by in-house mixologists who use endemic fruits and botanicals from the ocean, Library by the Sea has access to the resort’s stock of wines, liqueurs and vintage spirits that are impossible to find elsewhere in the island. This is mirrored by some of the books that serve as inspiration for the drinks: you can find digital copies of some of the texts featured in the cocktail menu as well as a selection of first editions and hardcovers. Try the B612, for Consuelo – a gin-based cocktail created in homage to the asteroid from The Little Prince – while witnessing one of the best sunsets in Grand Cayman.


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