St. Thomas Nightlife

The nightlife scene on St. Thomas is energetic, and bars are as abundant as trees, but it's almost impossible to pin down a list of the best. Each bar has such unique character and clientele that comparing them is like comparing apples and oranges. The best bars on St. Thomas range from resort hangouts, to beach hideaways, to local dives, to raucous saloons, to elegant wine bars.

A high percentage of St. Thomas's best bars are in the East End, around the Red Hook area. Latitude 18, which overlooks American Yacht Harbor, books some of the best live bands on the island and boasts a swinging scene most nights -- but particularly Thursday through Sunday. The Caribbean Saloon also has a great reputation for live music, but its vibe is younger, louder, and more rowdy than Latitude 18's. And Molly Malone's, which is just around the corner, offers a boisterous, convivial atmosphere like any good Irish pub on the mainland.

St. Thomas's hotels and resorts often have some of the best bars, which are frequented by guests and locals alike. For example Iggie's, at Bolongo Beach resort, boasts a palm-fringed, sand-dusted beach bar that attracts a clientele from all over the island. Those looking for a more elegant, refined experience might want to try Epernay, a popular wine bar in Frenchtown, or Randy's, an Italian bistro tucked into a Raphune Hill shopping center. Both attract a mature, sophisticated crowd who want to sample the latest vintage vino or bubbly.

Changing gears again, the Hull Bay Hideaway is the quintessential open-air beach bar where you can sit barefoot at the bar while listening to live music into the wee hours. And high in the hills above Charlotte Amalie sits St. Thomas's version of Cheers. Sib's Mountain Bar is one of those places where you can play pool with the locals, watch football on TV, and by the end of the evening everyone will know your name.

Latitude 18

9C Vessup Lane, off Route 322

Restaurant and bar...
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Molly Malone's - An Irish Yacht Pub

American Yacht Harbor

Boisterous Irish pub...
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Iggies Beach Bar

7150 Bolongo
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort

Popular beach resort bar...
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Rue de St. Barthelemy
Rue de St. Barthélemy, Frenchtown

Elegant Frenchtown watering hole...
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Randy's Wine Bar & Bistro

4002 Raphune Hill
Al Cohen's Plaza between Tutu and Raphune Hill

Locals love it...
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Hull Bay Hideaway

10 Hull Bay

Laid-back beach bar...
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Sib's Mountain Bar and Restaurant

Route 35

Hyper-local hillside hangout...
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Duffy's Love Shack

6500 Red Hook Plaza
Red Hook Plaza

Non-stop Caribbean party...
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Caribbean Saloon

American Yacht Harbor

Rockin' sports bar and restaurant...
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Veteran's Dr
Located on the Waterfront

Harbor views, eclectic fare, fun happy hours...
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Island Time Pub

American Yacht Harbor

Relaxed pub overlooking harbor...
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Fat Turtle

Yacht Haven Grande

Bar, restaurant and live music venue...
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Hubbly Bubbly Hookah Lounge

Yacht Haven Grande

Smokes and Middle Eastern food...
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Dog House

Havensight Road

Open-air sports bar and pub...
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Senor Frog's


Non-stop party by the pool...
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Reichhold Center for the Arts

2 John Brewers Bay
University of the Virgin Islands

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Happy Buzzard

26A Royal Dane Mall

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Great Bay Lounge

6900 Great Bay
The Ritz-Carlton

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The Greenhouse

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Banana Bar

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