From the most famous places such as Soggy Dollar and Foxy’s, to some lesser-known gems hidden away on quieter islands, here is our list of the top 10 places to have a cooling drink and a great meal when island hopping.
These bars are personally recommended by Carly in our US LateSail team. So next time you’re there, drop an anchor or pick up a mooring ball and enjoy all that these beautiful spots have to offer.
1. Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke
Arguably the most famous beach bar on our list, Soggy Dollar Bar needs no introduction. Voted as the Best Caribbean Beach Bar in the USA Today Reader’s Choice 2020, this BVI institution is a must-visit on a British Virgin Islands yacht charter.
Popular with sailors for more than 50 years since it first opened in 1968, Foxy’s has a fun atmosphere with a great cocktail menu and good food, including a beach bbq buffet served on Friday and Saturday nights.
You’ll be greeted with a warm welcome at Foxy’s which has a truly international feel with hundreds of country flags draped from the ceiling. Grab a beer, put your feet up and watch the world go by at Foxy’s.
3. Willy T’s, Bight Bay, Norman Island
You can’t go to the British Virgin Islands on a sailing holiday without paying at least one visit to the Willy T.
It has a bar which opens out onto a west-facing lounge deck, complete with comfortable sofas where you can take some time to relax away from your boat and watch the stunning Caribbean sunset.
At the resort you’ll find Cooper’s Rum Bar – home to the largest selection of rums in the Virgin Islands! Or try one of the six varieties of craft beer available on tap from the Cooper Island Brewing Co. There is a daily happy hour running from 4pm to 6pm with 2 for 1 specials.
A nice bonus of visiting Cooper’s is being able to support the owners’ commitment to sustainable tourism. If you want to eat at the exceptional restaurant, make sure you book in advance.
5. Hendo’s Hideout, Jost Van Dyke
Pay a visit to Soggy Dollar Bar’s lesser-known neighbor, Hendo’s Hideout when you visit Jost Van Dyke on your bareboat holiday in the BVI.
The fantastic hospitality of the staff welcomes you at this bar and restaurant that’s a little more chilled than its famous neighbour.
Lie down on one of the striking orange deckchairs and gaze out over the azure blue water while you sip on one of the many cocktails.
The food served here is highly rated and it’s no wonder why. Dine on delicious seafood including conch fritters, lobsterm, grilled mahi, shrimp and ceviche. Or try fresh salad, sandwiches, burgers or pasta. You can even have sushi on a Thursday if you pre-order it.
6. Pirate’s Bight, Norman Island
Land upon the shore of Norman Island – a place long associated with tales of 18th century pirates and treasure hunters – to find bar and restaurant, Pirates Bight.
You can even explore the 2.5 mile long island from the trail that runs behind the restaurant, or take your boat to one of the many coves and caves that line the shores of Norman Island. You never know, you might just find some hidden treasure.
7. Wonky Dog, Anegada
Colourful eatery Wonky Dog stands out on your approach to the shore at beautiful Anegada.
If you take a bareboat charter from Tortola, Anegada lies just over 25 miles to the north east.
Reserve one of their mooring balls for $30 a night, head over to the dinghy dock and enjoy the atmosphere at this popular bar and restaurant.
Try fresh Anegada lobster cooked in a variety of ways, followed by desserts like key lime pie. Party the night away at this lively place which has nightly fire breathing shows and steel pans on Tuesdays. Be sure to make a reservation and place your lobster order in advance.
8. Myetts Restaurant & Bar, Tortola
Witness spectacular sunsets while surrounded by lush tropical gardens at Myett’s, on Tortola.
The beach it’s on, Cane Garden Bay was made famous by one of Jimmy Buffett’s sailing songs, Manana. Myett’s really is an ideal place to while away a few hours.
Sip on a Painkiller made with the classic Pusser’s Rum before trying out some fresh lobster, grilled fish or steak from their menu. It can get busy on the weekends or when there are cruise ship visitors so if you’re after food, plan ahead and book a table in advance.
9. Paradise Club, Tortola
The Instagram-famous ‘I heart BVI’ sign resides on the beach at the Paradise Club Lounge, Bar and Restaurant in Cane Garden Bay on the north west coast of Tortola.
You can also get a photo worthy for social media on one of the swing seats that line the bar.
Dance the night away at one of the Saturday night beach parties, where there are live DJs and plenty of revellers ready to have a good time. If steel pan music is more your thing, listen to it on a Tuesday night from 5pm to 7pm.
Or just relax on the white sand and look out over the sweeping beach of Cane Garden Bay.
B-Line is a tiny beach bar situated on the south coast of Little Jost Van Dyke. It’s quieter than all of the other bars, but it certainly has a welcoming feel and a low-key rustic vibe.
Add a stop as part of your visit to Jost Van Dyke – pick up a mooring ball in front and swim or take a dinghy ashore. B-Line serves lunch until 5pm and the menu features dishes such as burgers and chips.
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