We’re rounding up some of the best bars on St. Thomas, from beachfront watering holes to funky downtown spots. How did we select our favorites? All of the options we’ve listed have great drinks, as well as friendly service and a unique atmosphere. They’re places where we take our friends and family, and of course, where we send our Island Luxury guests when they ask us for recommendations! Let us know if we’ve missed any of your top St. Thomas spots!
When we say this bar is on the beach, we mean it! You’ll be enjoying your piña colada just feet away from white sand and crystal clear water. Come early for lunch or stop by in the afternoons when the music picks up and the party starts. Check out their calendar here to catch a live show.
If you’re staying at our Sapphire Dreams or Sea Haven condos, you’re already here! Pop in for happy hour after a day at Sapphire Beach.
The view from the Sunnyside Cafe & Poolside Bar
This quiet bar is the perfect respite from the busy streets of Charlotte Amalie. It’s tucked behind Bluebeard’s Castle, a historic fortress-turned-hotel, and has 180-degree views of the harbor below. Enjoy your drink with one of Chef Earl’s famous pizzas, then visit The Pirate’s Chest, a shop filled with shipwrecked coins that’s been featured on the Travel Channel.
This Northside bar combines island-inspired craft cocktails with light, healthy fare and locally caught fish. We recommend pairing the poke bowl with a Green Flash, a tequila, avocado, cucumber and cilantro cocktail named after the mysterious light that sometimes appears when the sun dips below the ocean.
Looking for someplace that’s open late, where you’re just as likely to make friends with a local as meet another tourist? You’ll find it at Box Bar in Yacht Haven Grande. They offer island classics like painkillers as well as custom cocktails like their Cowboy Lemonade with elderflower liqueur. Non-drinkers will love their selection of sophisticated mocktails, like the grapefruit-rosemary Laughing Buddha.
Lunch at Brooks Bar, photo source
If you’re looking for delicious, authentic Caribbean food, you’ll find it at this roadside restaurant near Magens Bay. Brooks Bar is a local favorite, serving up fresh-caught deep-fried snapper and sauteed conch. Bring cash (no credit cards accepted) and don’t bother looking online for their website (there isn’t one). Just amazing food and drinks, served with a big helping of local hospitality.
Come for the banana daiquiris, stay for the view!
Last but not least, no roundup of the best bars on St. Thomas would be complete without including the iconic Mountain Top. Gaze down on Magens Bay while you sip a banana daiquiri - legend has it this iconic St. Thomas drink was invented right here! We recommend going early or later in the afternoon to avoid crowds, since this is a favorite of cruise ship passengers.
The Best Bars on St. Thomas: What Did We Miss?
St. Thomas is known among the Virgin Islands for its vibrant nightlife and great bars, and there’s no way we could list them all here. Did we miss your favorite bar? Share it below and tell us why it deserves a spot on the list of the best bars on St. Thomas! If you’re visiting for the first time, we hope this list helps you make the absolute most of your visit. Cheers!