Welcome to The Frog & Onion

Sit back and relax as we take you on a tour.
our History

The Frog & Onion Pub was created and opened in 1992 by a Bermudian (the Onion) and a Frenchman (the Frog) and is Bermuda's most unique Pub. Housed in the mid 18th century Cooperage in the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, it is only a leisurely walk from King's and Heritage Wharfs and the ferry dock.

A Brief History Of The Royal Naval Dockyard

The British Royal Navy established the Royal Naval Dockyard after defeat in the American War of Independence left Britain without a secure operational base between Halifax, Nova Scotia and the West Indies. Bermuda was quickly identified as a strategic mid-Atlantic location where a secure anchorage for the Navy's fleet and a dockyard, victualling yard and ordnance depot to maintain the ships could be developed.

The Royal Navy purchased 200 acres on Ireland Island in the west end. In 1809 work began on the North America and West Indies Station, as the base became known, and continued into the early 20th Century. It was a huge project that involved large land reclamations and the labour of thousands of convicts from Britain who were housed in appalling conditions aboard rotting hulks of former naval fighting ships.

The Dockyard became a major factor in Bermuda's economy, employing on average more than 1,000 Bermudians at one time in the 19th Century, accounting for more than 15 percent of Bermuda's income. As a centre of marine technology and inventiveness, the Dockyard afforded generations of Bermudians first-rate training in plumbing, carpentry, and other trades.

It was from Dockyard in the summer of 1814 that a British force of 5,000 troops and Royal Marines set sail for the famous attack on Washington, D.C. and Baltimore during the War of 1812. It was from one of the British ships that a prisoner, Baltimore lawyer Francis Scott Key, penned the words to Star-Spangled Banner, after seeing the American flag still flying above Fort McHenry after a heavy bombardment.

Dockyard remained an important strategic base for a further 139 years. During the First World War (1914-18) and Second World War (1939-1945), it was a bustling, vibrant port with floating docks where ships were repaired for combat deployment. Nearly 600 vessels were repaired and put back into action. In addition, sea patrols from here escorted people from and to the UK and Canada, and German soldiers passed through Dockyard on their way to POW camps in Canada.

Also, antisubmarine training was undertaken in the Dockyard area. In more recent years, NATO vessels have stopped at Dockyard for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. A wall to the south of the Clocktower is decorated with ships' crests, recording vessels that have called at Dockyard's wharf. Notable amongst the crests is one painted by HRH Prince Charles on a visit to Bermuda in 1977. The Royal Navy left the main Dockyard in 1951 although the naval base was not officially closed until 1995. For the next two decades the area was largely abandoned until the Bermuda Maritime Museum was officially opened in the fortress known as the Keep and its success led government to begin to restore the Dockyard as a cultural tourism destination.

In 1982, Bermuda passed the West End Development Corporation (WEDCO) act and more than $60 million was pumped into Dockyard, transforming the once-unused edifice into one of the islands' biggest tourist attractions. Today Dockyard is the most visited site in Bermuda, underscoring the value of architectural heritage to the tourism industry, and the Maritime Museum provides a fascinating journey through Bermuda's often-turbulent history, from shipwrecks and whaling to the first flying boats and modern tourism.

To Learn More Click Here To Visit The National Museum

Restaurant And Pub
The menu features a section of Traditional English style pub food, innovative entrees and seafood. The Pub has four indoor dining areas, and two outdoor ones including the Cooper's Room which features our famous giant original stone fireplace as its centerpiece. The 3 other dining rooms includes the Admiral's Room which is great for private parties. We can do seated parties inside for over 250, and outdoors in the Victualling Yard over 500, so bring the whole company, family, wedding, or whatever!
The Bar
The bar is where you can meet with old and new friends alike to watch your favourite team on one of our large screen TVs while enjoying a pint of our own, brewed-on-site Dockyard Brewing Company beer. There are two outdoor dining areas, the Beer Garden Patio faces west and the Victualling Yard Deck east, and both are where you can sit and view the amazing historic stone buildings and Museums and Art Galleries that surround it.
The Surrounding Area
The Bermuda Craft Market, Bermuda Maritime Museum & Bermuda Art Centre are our neighbours. And, last but not least, our Ballast Gift Shop. We have several fine products that will cap off your enjoyable visit with us. Grab a t-shirt or another great souvenir for yourself or a worthy friend at home... Cheers and here's looking forward to your next visit to our lovely Island. Safe journey.