Beach bars, and wine bars, and dive bars, oh my!

Partying is paramount in the Virgin Islands. And what the islands may lack in diversity of nightlife, they make up for in quantity. The scene centers mainly around bars – which are as abundant as grains of sand on a Caribbean beach: there are hundreds of beach bars, wine bars, dive bars, sports bars and even a gay bar or two. Some have dancing, some have live music or DJs, and some have team trivia. Some you can walk to, some you can pull your boat up to, and some you can swim up to.

But ... drinking isn't the only form of entertainment in the USVI. There's gambling at Divi Carina casino on St. Croix; there is the occasional big-name musical act at the Reichhold Center on St. Thomas; and there's even a couple of nightclubs, such as Starz on St. Thomas.

An important disclaimer: St. John doesn't really offer anything besides bars. But so far, no one is complaining. People don't come to St. John for high-energy, late night antics. They come to relax and unwind. The bar scene on St. John reflects this mellow vibe: joints such as Skinny Legs, Woody's and Shipwreck Landing offer a friendly, barefoot-casual environment, and most places close by midnight.



The Reichhold Center for the Arts is a unique outdoor amphitheater and performing arts center that offers a seasonal lineup of big-name acts in the world of dance, music and drama. Set into the side of a hill on the edge of the UVI campus, the...  Read More



By day, Eat @ Cane Bay is a fabulous restaurant with friendly service, amazing food and innovative drinks. And after dark, it's a fabulous nightspot with... you guessed it, friendly service, amazing food and innovative drinks. Plus lots of...  Read More

Quiet Mon Pub
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Despite its Caribbean-themed name, Quiet Mon is a traditional Irish pub with all the fixins: wood paneling, draught beer, dart boards, and old timers passing the time. You can even get Newcastle Brown and Strongbow cider on tap. Located in the...  Read More



This split-level entertainment venue is the newest addition to St. Thomas's nightlife scene. Though not as swank or exclusive as clubs in Manhattan or Miami, Starz has more than enough goodies to keep folks coming back for more: theres the...  Read More



The US Virgin Islands' only officially licensed microbrewery also has a lively after-dark scene. The diverse beer menu features porter, red, pale ale and stout, plus seasonal brews. Cocktails include popular island concoctions like the...  Read More



The humble motto of this open-air beer-and-burgers joint in Coral Bay is "A pretty OK place." But it's much more than that. The super-casual atmosphere is part mellow neighborhood watering hole and part high-energy sports bar. Both visitors and...  Read More

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Established in 1990, this elegant Frenchtown bistro and wine bar attracts a sophisticated, mature crowd who love the wine, martinis, champagne (which can be ordered by the glass), and old-school craft cocktails. You can order food too: nosh on...  Read More

Divi Carina Bay Casino


St. Croix's first and only fully-fledged casino is a bona fide island hotspot, where both locals and tourists congregate. The 10,000-square-foot room houses 12 gaming tables and 275 slot machines, plus video poker machines. Try your hand at...  Read More

Woody's Seafood Saloon
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Woody's is one of Cruz Bay's most popular watering holes. The energy level can get a little high during daily happy hours and late night drink-a-thons, but otherwise it's a mellow, casual hangout. They serve great bar food alongside brews and...  Read More

Duffy's Love Shack
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Duffy's is literally just a shack – in the middle of a parking lot, no less – but it's also a St. Thomas institution with a big reputation. The huge, creatively-named tropical drinks, mouthwatering grub, and young, enthusiastic crowd make it...  Read More


Meet Karen Elowitt

Karen worked for several years as a newspaper reporter and copy editor before becoming a travel writer. She worked for renowned  travel expert Peter Greenberg before going freelance, and now...  More About Karen