Island Nights: Discovering the Best Bars and Nightlife on St. Thomas



The fun begins when the sun goes down on the beautiful island of St. Thomas. From lively bars to exciting entertainment venues, this Caribbean paradise transforms into a nighttime playground to keep the party going all night. If you’re planning a trip to St. Thomas and want to experience the island’s vibrant nightlife scene, look no further than this list.

1. Duffy’s Love Shack

Duffy’s Love Shack is the ultimate party destination in Red Hook Plaza – a tiki bar where the fun never stops. With its colorful decor, delicious drinks, and energetic music, you’ll feel the island vibes from the moment you walk in. Don’t miss out on their famous “Shark Tank” cocktail. Made with six rums and tropical liquors, this 64-ounce blue drink is a must-try – just don’t ask for a refill; this cocktail will keep you buzzing the whole night.

2. Tickles Dockside Pub

Situated in Crown Bay, Tickles Dockside Pub offers live music, a fantastic selection of drinks, and a bustling atmosphere on the waterfront. Featuring full bar service until midnight, you can enjoy the laid-back vibes at this open-air bar as you watch the boats anchored in the marina under the light of the moon. Feeling peckish? They offer a full dinner menu until 9:30 pm – try a bowl of their steaming conch chowder or the mouthwatering tequila chicken. Of course, the cocktails are the star of the show. Sip on signature margaritas like mango passion fruit or melon. And don’t miss out on the extensive beer menu.

3. Rum Island Pub

Kick off the evening in downtown Charlotte Amalie with happy hour at Rum Island Pub, a lively outdoor bar with picturesque waterfront views in Drake’s Passage. It’s only open until 6:30 pm, so make sure this is where the fun starts. The pub is most notable for its infamous Rum Island Punch, which comes with a Barcardi 151 floater. Throw back one (or two) and enjoy games such as Jenga, cornhole and beer pong. Whether you’re in the mood for a refreshing handcrafted cocktail or want to relax with a view of the harbor, the prices and friendly bartenders here can’t be beat.

4. XO Bistro

For a more refined experience, head to XO Bistro. Located in Red Hook, this stylish restaurant and bar boasts an exceptional selection of seafood, wine, and cocktails – don’t miss out on the $5 Martini Mondays. In terms of food, you can’t go wrong with the lamb shank pot pie or the blackened tuna served over roasted garlic mash with a sweet chili sauce. Warm lighting, dark wooden features, and cozy booths make this the ideal spot for a romantic dinner, while the cocktail and wine bar offers a great hang-out spot for socializing.

5. The Pelican Shop Cigar & Hookah Bar

Situated in the AH Riise Mall in Charlotte Amalie, The Pelican Shop is a unique hookah bar and a great spot to unwind after a long day exploring the island. Enjoy premium spirits at the quaint bar, choose from more than 150 cigar flavors, or just sit back with a relaxing hookah. Whether you’re a cigar aficionado or just looking to try something new, The Pelican Shop is a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t want to miss, thanks to its cozy atmosphere and friendly staff.

6. Iggies’ Oasis Restaurant & Pool Bar

Nestled within the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, the Iggies’ Oasis Restaurant & Pool Bar offers guests three stories of fun with views of the bay. An upbeat venue boasting a late-night menu, live entertainment and a swim-up pool bar, this restaurant and bar is a great spot to gather with friends or go on a date. Enjoy a plate of Iggie’s Famous Ribs, sip on classic Caribbean cocktails like a Dark and Stormy or Voodoo Juice (it has five different Cruzan rums), and groove to the jams of local bands. Some nights they even have moko jumbies (stilt walkers) and fire dancers!

7. The Jungle Night Club

Located in Frenchtown, The Jungle Night Club is more of a bar than a club. A cozy go-to for St. Thomas locals, you can groove to the beats of guest DJs under the neon lights, sit outdoors in the warm Caribbean breeze or grab a drink from the bar. Despite being a small space, you can feel the energy in the room as folks socialize, dance and have an overall good time. If you’re seeking no-frills entertainment, this is the place to be.

8. Bushwackers Gaming Center

Situated in the Crown Bay Cruise Ship Dock, Bushwackers Gaming Center has live music, dancing, an indoor bar, an outdoor bar by the ocean, and games. Play a few slots, grab a drink at the Rum Bar or dance the night away to live reggae. With its energetic atmosphere and friendly crowd, you’ll find yourself caught up in the excitement and fun of this famous island hotspot.

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