So I’ve recently been dreaming of the Caribbean and recalling many of my amazing memories. One of my favorite parts –besides the clear blue waters, white sand beaches, world class yachts, beautiful resorts and amazing weather of course – was the bars I visited! I didn’t make it to all of them so this post is a bit biased, however, I hope it gives you a glimpse into what island nightlife (and morninglife and noonlife and eveninglife) is like.
There are five bars I’d like to highlight here. If you find yourself in BVI, I highly recommend stopping in…
Number 5 on the list: Pusser’s Road Town Pub
Location: Road Town, Tortola, BVI
This British pub sits on the waterfront overlooking Road Harbor. The menu offers excellent food which is heavily Caribbean, but don’t worry, they also serve delicious burgers and pizzas. There are multiple locations throughout the other islands.
How Pusser’s came about is an interesting story of royal descent. The British Royal Navy would issue a daily rum ration on board their Their Majesties’ Ships. It was a tradition that lasted for more than 300 years from 1655 until July 31, 1970 when the navy discontinued daily issue of Pusser’s rum.
In 1979 Charles Tobias formed Pusser’s Rum West Indies in the British Virgin Islands in efforts to resurrect the Pusser’s Rum tradition. After much persuasion, the Admiralty Board of the Royal Navy gave him the blend for the rum and shortly afterwards, Pusser’s Rum was being shipped commercially for the first time.
Number 4 on the list: Deadman’s Beach Bar & Grill
Location: Deadman’s Bay, Peter Island, BVI
This location is perfect for a Monday midday stop. Located in the gorgeous Deadman’s Bay at Peter Island Resort & Spa this restaurant/bar is a must. Looking out across the sugar-like sand to the clear water visitors can enjoy a fusion of Caribbean and Continental flavors for lunch and dinner.
If you remember, this was the location of the drifting dinghy…
Number 3 on the list: Foxy’s
Location: Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, BVI
Save this spot for a rowdy night – or day! At Foxy’s the bar opens at 9:30am before the kitchen at 11:30am! A large venue that can accommodate up to 1500 people offering cocktails, cuisine and a selection of music for everyone. Every Friday and Saturday night they fire up the BBQ and serve a bountiful buffet. Foxy himself is considered Jost Van Dyke’s brew-master who proudly brews his finest batch of Foxy’s own Microbrew beers.
Number 2 on the list: The Willy T
Location: The Bight at Norman Island, BVI
The Willy T has an interesting story, the history is quite unexpected actually.
Willy T. is short for William Thornton who was born on the island of Jost Van Dyke, BVI on May 20, 1759. Thornton was professionally educated as a physician in Scotland but rarely practiced. He was a self taught architect, painter and inventor. His biggest claim to fame – other than the floating restaurant/bar that is The Willy T – was the design of the United States capitol building, which was praised by President Washington for its “grandeur, simplicity and convenience.” He is recognized as the first “Architect of the Capital.”
About the floating restaurant/bar… It began life as a Baltic trading vessel years ago and the restaurant was only launched in 1989 when the wooden original was moored in the Bight. It wasn’t until 6 years ago that it was replaced with the 100 ft. steel schooner that we all know today.
Number 1 on the list: Soggy Dollar Bar
Location: White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, BVI
Hands down, my favorite. Soggy Dollar Bar, named for the fact that there was originally no road access to this bar and visitors had to swim from their anchored boat in White Bay to reach this beach bar. Since then a road has been carved out from Great Harbour to White Bay. From the water however, a swim (or a dinghy ride) is still the only way in, there are no docks on the beach. You’ll notice the clothes line where the bartenders have to hang the “soggy dollars” out to dry.
Soggy Dollar Bar is also the birthplace of the Original Painkiller cocktail, a favorite of islanders and visitors alike. Originated and perfected here in the 1970’s this concoction of premium dark Rum, Cream of Coconut, Pineapple and Orange Juice and topped with Grenadian Nutmeg makes the swim worth the effort!!
Wanna get away right now and go to Soggy Dollar Bar?? CLICK HERE to visit their webcam!!
There are many more Caribbean bars on my to-do list so check back often for the sequel.
Pain Killer anyone?