Stanley’s Bar is an icon in the Bahamas on the Island of San Salvador. If you ever visit the Island you have to go for a drink a Stanley’s, even if you do nothing else.This little bar gives you a great feeling for the Bahamian people, the Island and the way they live on San Salvador.
Stanley’s is open every day from about 7 am to 7 pm. The bar is located in Sugar Loaf, about 7 minutes south of San Sal airport. It sit right on Queens highway, next to Kenny the wood-carver. (which will be another post)
Most tourist drive by, not even knowing that they just missed an awesome place. Yes, there is a sign but since the little bar is in a corner and cars are always parked on that corner, you will focus on the street and miss the bar. There is no official parking lot but then again, we are in the Bahamas, on San Salvador, you can pretty much park anywhere other than in the middle of the street. Sometimes the door is closed and the place looks deserted from the outside but don’t worry, just pull the door and walk right in.
Stanley’s bar is tiny but so cosy, when you have 4 people at the bar counter and 4 people sitting on chairs, the bar is full and unusually crowed. Sometimes when the weather is not too hot or cold here in the Bahamas, people take their drinks outside and sit on the front steps.
Stanley runs this bar for more than … years now and he is the sweetest and friendliest bar tender you can find anywhere. He knows all his clients, knows what they drink and greets everybody with a warm welcome. I had only been to the bar once but month later when I visited the Island again, he gave me a big hug and with a huge smile on his face he said “Welcome back to San Salvador Anne” .
Every one on the Island knows Stanley and his bar, everybody stops by for a beer once in a while and a lot of stories get told and created in this bar. People just hang or play domino or back gammon (on the one table in the bar) or you take your drink outside and go over to Edna (Stanley;s mother) and sit on her doorsteps chit chatting for a while, surrounded by a cat and some chicken and children playing. But, be careful, if Edna starts telling you her stories you might stay much longer than you anticipated, time just flies by listing to her.
Enough said about Stanley’s bar here in the Bahamas on San Salvador, no words or pictures can describe it.
Trust me, if you have not seen Stanley’s Bar you have not seen San Salvador. If it was up to me, it would be a national historic site ! Check out the San Salvador Video