The Frog & Onion Pub

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The Frog & Onion PubThe Frog & Onion Pub
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The Frog & Onion PubThe Frog & Onion Pub

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4 Maritime Ln
Somerset Island

441-234-2900 | map

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by CAMRAhardliner:
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I enjoyed some pints and pub food at this bar in Dockyards, a former armoury and baracks and one of the major tourist draws in Bermuda. The interior is a former barack itself and very airy with lots of wide open entrances and an outdoor courtyard surrounded by a souvenir shop on the other end. Stone walls are accented with Bermuda cedar and vintage port cases. There are also old bottles and other antique trinkets to give the place an old time feel.

The menu is pretty standard, with some local specialties like fish chowder with sherry pepper sauce and a grouper sandwich. Five beers are brewed on premises. These same beers are served at the North Rock Brewing Company a few miles away (long way for Bermuda actually). I believe they also sell mass produced international lagers, but only in bottles.

The waiter would talk very quickly like he was in a rush, and the place wasnt half full. In fairness, he did come by a lot to see how we were doing and our food and drinks came quickly. I had the fish chowder and Chili. The food was OK but nothing spectacular, I had better, meatier bowls of fish chowder elsewhere on the island and the Chili was a bit on the bland side, though I asked for extra heat.

My friends had wine or the American Wheat Ale on tap. I got the special, a 23 oz branded glass of Trunk Pale Ale. I didnt pay but I think the drinks were pretty expensive. Mine was 13 bucks I think, but with glass. We also tried some of the 5 small pour sampler trays. The beers were pretty good, though not especially notable. In general they seemed to lack hops and malt chewyness, but they were still far better than most of the brews available on the island. The best one was the porter, quite roasty.

Overall I had a good time. The atmosphere was a little touristy, with a conspicuous corner gift shop filled to the brim with branded kit, but hey Im a tourist.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Located in the Dockyard where the cruise ships dock in an old stone building that looks like it was once part of the fort. Several cavernous rooms one with the bar one with gaming tables a small patio inside as well as a larger patio outside. They had 6 of their beers on tap the 5 regulars and a seasonal which was a cider as well as bottled beer and fruity mixed drinks in all kinds of obscene sizes and take home glass ware gimmicks. Definitely geared towards selling to the tourist here,and it gets quite festive when two cruise ships are docked. The house beers ranged from ok to pretty good with the porter and amber being the stand outs for me. The food was tasty English pub grub, I had a meat pie that was tasty. Service was attentive when we were dining but the night we sat at a table in the bar area not so much. Its expensive like everywhere else on the island. No air conditioning was difficult while drinking beer on an obscenely humid upper 80 degree day. I'd go back if I ever ended up in Bermuda again unless another beer-centric place were to open up.

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Photo of puftdank
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of misternebbie
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Good food nice selection of beers nice value

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Photo of redfish2942
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of MadCat
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

So the pub looks very Bermuda and very old colony, but once you walk in you immediately know you're in a tourist location. Plenty of things around that encourage drinking... but the servers are friendly and helpful, there is a huge selection of food and drink, and everything is nice quality. Food is good, though there is better on the island. I enjoy the beer, and it is probably the best you will find on the island, and certainly the freshest. Prices aren't cheap, but nothing is here, though I feel they're bumped a little extra due to the proximity to the dockyard.

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Photo of johnyb
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Photo of micromaniac129
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is a late review from our cruise to Bermuda on the Breakaway.
A nice looking place rustic and old and in a nice location.
I had three beers and the family did some snacking.
The kids split some nachos and the wife and I had fish and chips which were quite good.
I had the somers point amber, trunk island pale, and the black anchor porter.
All were good but nothing really outstanding.
The food was pretty good and perhaps a bit expensive, but one must consider where we were.
Next trip we'll be back.

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Photo of LexingtonBeer
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The pub is located in the old British naval dockyards. This creates a great historical feel. The place has not entirely given over to an overtly touristy feel.

The pub serves the only beer brewed on the island. The five choices are all moderately good. The lager and pale ale are the best choices. Flights are available and highly advisable since Bermuda is the only place on the planet you will get this stuff. Some of the beers are also served in the Hog Penny in Hamilton.

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Photo of jsausley
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Visited the Frog & Onion while on a cruise to Bermuda with Royal Caribbean (Grandeur of the Seas).

This place had a nice selection of midrange beers and excellent food and service. The decor and theme is a bit British but there is significant continental influence. It is far too big to be a true British pub (more like a restaurant that is labeled as one) and it has sports TVs and a game room in the back. This makes it an attractive place to watch your favorite FC or take the family, but it is not a British pub in the traditional sense.

The beer was decent, worth stopping in for if you're on the island as this is Bermuda's only brewery. I had a flight that consisted of an amber, an IPA, a stout, a bitter and a wheat. They were all pretty good, but the stout was certainly the best, which I would definitely rate as a 4.00.

Overall the Frog & Onion is a recommended place to stop in Bermuda, especially since it's right by the dockyard where all of the cruiselines moor.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of socon67
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Came here while on a cruise to Bermuda (thanks BA for the heads up that Bermuda had a place with craft beer).

The day my wife and I arrived the World Cup was going on, so it had a lively crowd which added to the ambiance. This looks like a typical English pub, complete with antique tables and chairs inside. A patio area looks lout to the Naval Dockyard.

They have 5 different handcrafted beers on tap and I went for the flight (ticker needs to tick...). To me it was the best value as the 7oz pours were plenty to enjoy each style. All other pours were in traditional English pints.

Service to a stateside person like me was slow. This is more the fact that Bermudians are not in a rush where I'm accustomed to faster service. In all, the waiter was a nice guy.

The 5 styles were a solid lineup (witbier, ESB, Lager, pale, porter). I found the lemon wheat beer was perfect for the day and the English porter was typical for the style. In all, it felt like a good lineup over a novelty of generic craft. Dockyard beers are worth trying at least.

I had the beef pub pie made with the black anchor porter. Great choice and it rounded out the experience.

Pricing is typical Bermuda tourist high, so be aware that every place on the island is similarly pricey.

In all I'd recommend the place and should I ever go back I'd stop in for a pint.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Stopped in here last weekend while on vacation with my wife and son. Inside, it has a really cool old English pub feel to it. We decided to sit outside on the patio under the tent because it was a nice day. They had 5 beers on tap. I got the 5 beer sampler, which was a good deal price-wise. My wife got one beer, and it's expensive. But, so is all Bermuda. Food was good. I had their porter braised short rib shepard's pie. Very nice. Service was friendly. Our waiter was a nice guy, and the lady cashier in the gift shop was from MA, so that was cool. There is a scarce beer scene in Bermuda, so you must make a stop here to try Dockyard Brewing fresh from the source. We also decided to eat lunch one day in Hamilton at the Hog Penny Pub too, because we knew it was the Frog & Onion's sister restaurant and they had three Dockyard beers on tap there.

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Photo of KRuscher81
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Boto
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

The only active brewpub in Bermuda, and it doesn’t disappoint. It is located in the old cooperage portion of the old English naval facility/fort at the far western end of Bermuda. Definitely English feel, from the beers, food decor and to the Premier League on the TV. We stopped in a couple of times while we were here, as it is a 1/2 hour ferry ride from Hamilton. We found the food to be good, having both lunch and dinner. Not anything fancy, just typical English pub fare that was quite good. I especially enjoyed the sausage stuffed pork tenderloin and the very tasty fired we had at lunch. The bar was also quite accommodating, as we also stopped one day for a few beers.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A good stop for the craft brew afficianado when vacationing in Bermuda - particularly if the Euro lager scene starts getting a bit old.

Nice spot in the dockyard, good setting, lots of tables and a long bar. Like most places on the island, they try to convince you to buy the souvenier glass with the beer, though its hatdly worth it.

The beers are good by comparison to what else you can get - but in of themselves, not fantastic. Island drinkable. The sampler gives you a nice pour of each. The wheat is the highlight. There's a so so lager, and amber ale with a good taste but not enough pop, a decent pale ale, and a decent porter.

The food menu is what you'd expect. Some good options. The Bermuda fish chowder is a good local option - they made it well.

Gets a bit pricey, but since you are in Bermuda, this should not be a surprise. You are also sitting right where the cruise ships dock, so the perfect opportunity for a brewery to make a few extra bucks.

Overall good to very good, nice to see some local made brews on the island.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

On a recent trip to Bermuda, our ship was docked at King's Wharf. This was a Royal Naval Dockyard, and it was fun exploring the area.
The Frog and Onion is in the old cooperage of the victualling yard at the dockyard. Rather dark inside, with a soccer motif (The World Cup was in progress). A small bar, some tables, TVs, and a gift shop so you could buy your Tshirt. Also a courtyard with ceiling fans and an outdoor patio.
The beers are brewed there by Dockyard Brewing Company. Five beers are offered: Whale of a Wheat, St David's Light (a pilsner), Somer's Amber Ale, Trunk Island Pale Ale (an IPA), and Black Anchor Porter. There were eight bottled beers, all macros. I had a couple of the IPAs, which were $6.90 for an imperial pint. The IPA was pretty good. My wife had the hefe, and she really enjoyed it.
The service was very slow. We were there on a Tuesday in the mid afternoon, and it wasn't that busy. I thought the service could have been more attentive.
Overall, a pretty good place. Would definitely go back there if I sail to Bermuda again.

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Photo of rickneva
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

We drove the moped half way across the island to have a good beer at this place. When we arrived we were told that they had all of their beers on tap EXCEPT the one we wanted, the IPA. Very dissapointing. We had planned to have lunch but we left after hearing the news.

We did stay for an Amber ale which was good but not an IPA. It was better than Bass.

The other postings claim this is the only place in bermuda for a good beer but they're wrong. The North Rock Brewery has several great beers and also very good food. Believe it or not, when we took a moped ride there, they had no beer. They had a problem with the equipment. We left there too with no lunch or beer.

We went to the Miles Market to buy beer but it was Sunday and bermuda law prohibits beer sales that day.

We had to suffer with Heineken for most of the trip.

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Photo of EJLinneman
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I stopped here when I was on a cruise. The cruise terminal is visible when standing in front of the bar. When I found out that this was the only place on the island to brew their own beer, I knew I had to give it a try.

I went in there a little bit late, so there wasn't many people in there. However, this worked in my favor because I was able to talk to one of the bar tenders. They had 5 of their own beers on draft. I tried a couple of their beers - I was able to get them in a 22oz hefe glass which I was able to keep as a souvenir. I tried their wheat beer and IPA. The IPA was far better than the wheat.

I spoke with the bartender and he mentioned that they have a somewhat small operation there and they don't get to let the beer ferment for anything longer than 6 days. They have a pretty high turnover rate since every week a few thousand people will come in to visit on cruise ships. It could be the reason why most of the beer isn't incredibly strong. He also mentioned that they import all of their hops from Canada

All together, it's definitely the only place to visit in Bermuda for beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

When visiting Bermuda, this is the one and only option. Conveniently located by the royal navy dockyard, this is just steps away from where a lot of cruise ships land. The restaurant is located in the old cooperage and is large and historical. Several naval antiques display as well as several flags. The service was good and the bar keepers friendly every time I went. On top of some other brews as previously mentioned, they have the only five beers brewed on the island. All five are lighter versions of their respective styles. All in all this is a fairly good pub that provides a nice alternative to the costly beers available on cruise ships. While a bit pricey, it provides great value in Bermuda. It will be a regular stop when headed to Bermuda.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Visited on April 13, 2009:

After a long day of exploring Sands Parish, the wife and I decided that some food and a few pints would be in order before getting back to the cruise ship before our six day voyage across the Atlantic to the British Isles.

Located in the Dockyards and as noted before, very much a tourist trap. The pub had a nice feel to it and since we were on the cruise ship with about 1,600 other people the place had a number of visitors and was humming nicely at about 2pm. I won't go into the specifics of the interior as the prior reviewers have pretty well described the place to a T.

The menu was what you would expect, standard pub grub. I tried the Fish & Chips, which were OK. Prices were a bit on the rich side, I believe that the fish & chips was $18. The waiter was average at best. A little slow, the place was crowded, but not that crowded.

As for the beers, they had about 5 beers on tap that day, and as noted before, all from the North Rock Brewing Company. I tried the Somer's Amber Ale, which the menu stated was an English Bitter, and the Trunk Island Pale Ale. Both beers were average at best and as noted before on the expensive side. A pint was $6.90 and I think that the 24oz F&O glass was around $10, but you did get to keep the glass.

Overall, the place is average, but if you are in Bermuda, it is a must try, especially if you arrive by boat, but I would not plan a trip just to try it out.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited 14 April, 2008

We spent an overcast/misty Monday at The Dockyards (on Bermuda's westernmost tip, a centuries-old Royal Naval Base, now a prettied-up tourist/cruise ship destination). Lunch at The Frog & Onion seemed the only proper thing to do.

The pub is centrally located in the midst of the old Cooperage Building, constructed in the mid-nineteenth century of massive limestone blocks. The interior is separated into several rooms: a central entry with a large wooden bar, several side rooms, one with a massive fireplace and large iron candelabras, even a game room in the rear. In better weather, there's outdoor seating on patios facing the monolithic fortress walls or overlooking the grassy 'Victualling Yard'. Where we chose to sit was the skylit breezeway between F&O and an adjacent craft market. Furnishings are a collection of antique items and color abounds with many hung flags: Bermuda, US, Canada, England. Several TV's showed soccer and the stereo blared contemporary pop.

We showed up around 2pm and, since a large cruise ship had just left port, practically had the place to ourselves. For lunch, my wife picked the Bangers and Mash, which came with a terrific sweet onion-based gravy; it was very good (so good that I was only offered a couple bites). I picked the Bermudian Fish Chowder, an island standard that was done pretty well here. Service was prompt and friendly, no complaints. Food cost was fairly high (about $25 for the b&m and soup), but not far out of line with the lofty fares found elsewhere.

On to the beer... It seems The F&O is now the sole brewing operation on Bermuda; North Rock has recently consolidated to this place. As mentioned in a previous review, they are also known as "Dockyard Brewing", so confusion is understandable. I ordered the sampler of all 5 current beers ($10.50 for 6 oz. of each). They arrived on a small carousel and consisted of a wheat/'hefeweizen', a light lager, an amber, a pale ale, and a porter (all to be reviewed separately). Of these, the Somer's Amber (described as a traditional English Bitter) and Black Anchor Porter were clear winners, the pale was reasonably good, the other two not so good. My wife enjoyed her pint of the porter, which was almost $7. Besides the house selection, the rest of their offerings were bottled/canned imported macros (Heineken, Corona, Becks, Amstel Light, Coors Light, Guinness, etc). Perhaps a '3.5' is a generous 'Selection' score, but considering the dearth of good beer choices on the island, they deserve some leeway...

A worthwhile stop in Bermuda, especially if arriving in the area via ship. Cool, historic environment with a laid back feel. I'll bet the atmosphere changes during 'high season' when the tourist ships dock, but for us the experience was rather quiet and relaxing.

Of note: as I understand, the same beers can be had at North Rock Brewing, more centrally-located in Smith's Parish, fairly close to Hamilton.


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Photo of MrJon
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

If travelling to Bermuda, this stop is a must given that it's one of Bermuda's sole sources for craft brews.

The 5 beer sampler is your best bet which includes St. Peter's Light, Whale of a Wheat Ale, Somer's Amber Ale, Island Pale Ale, and North Rock Porter. A Black Watch Stout was advertised but not on tap while I was there.

On the whole, I'd say all 5 were average as nothing stood out comapred to the quality craft brews many afficionados of Beer Advocate may be accustomed to. I'd say the Amber Ale was the only plus average brew I sampled. However if you need a break from the traditional staples of Guinness and Sam Adams while on the island, this is a worthy alternative.

The fare was pretty solid, albeit a tad pricey even by the typical Bermudian standard. For lunch, this is a great spot but for fancier fare and decor, might want to take the lady upstairs to their more upscale dining room.

p.s. Make sure to take a stroll by the Guinness family $30M sprawling estate while there. They deserve every penny.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Luckily our bus tour that originated pretty much at the furthest part of the island(s) that you can get from the Royal Naval Dockyard, it was a pleasant surprise to end up getting our lunch hour in that port so we could head over to the Frog & Onion. Parking in the area seems pretty abundant.

Walking into the establishment from the docks you pass through a garden that is over a century old. It just gets better from there. The interior is all stone and boasts a fireplace so large there is actually a table inside of it for seating. It is surrounded by candelabra that have clearly been in use a long time. The rest of the restaurant has a distinct sea-faring feel.

F&O offers a pretty standard selection of beers in bottles but thankfully they have what appears to be the full line of North Rock beers available on draught (although confusingly labeled as "Dockyard Brewing"). There is also a sampler of 5 beers for $9.

Service here was just fine on a weekday afternoon. The waiter knew the beers and took care to explain what each one was in the sampler.

The food here is good but expect to pay tourist prices. Both my burger and my wife's pizza were very enjoyable.

Overall this is one of the few places worth stopping for a local beer, although I would go here again just for the food and atmosphere.

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