Hammock-strung, rum-stocked, and only a lime's throw from the water, beach bars are to summer what roaring fires are to winter – the best places to have an unhurried drink. Unfortunately, finding a good one can be tough. For every authentic outpost, there are a dozen dives decked out in flotation devices, tiki torches, and pun-filled, wall-mounted menus. Avoid all that spring break nonsense. From an island in Lake Superior to the wilds of the Eastern Caribbean, we've unearthed North America's hidden gems, the 25 most memorable establishments around.
Basil's Bar, Mustique
Overlooking the lapping waves from its dilapidated stilt frame, Basil Charles' legendary Mustique bar is the quintessential Caribbean experience. Sway to steel drum or DJ music while ogling the yachts of billionaires anchored out in the harbor. In business for over 35 years, the bar has served just about every rock star you can name. Mick Jagger has a house down the street so keep an eye out.
Feet from the water: 0
The regulars: Kate Moss, Kate Middleton, the Beckhams, and anyone else you've read sensational coverage about in The Sun
What to order: Rum Punch