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U.S. Virgin Islands Nightlife

2 Plus 2 Nightclub
17 La Grand Princesse
Christiansted , St. Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 773 3710

At this lively, Caribbean dance club, you'll groove on the black-and-white tiled floor to an eclectic blend of calypso, soul, disco, reggae, salsa, and soca. Live bands perform on weekends, when there might also be a cover charge.

Beach Bar
Wharfside Village
Cruz Bay , St. John
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 777 4220

It won't win points for originality, but at least the Beach Bar's name is accurate: It's one of the few bars in the USVI's that's actually situated on the beach. Located within stumbling distance of the St. John ferry dock in Cruz Bay, the watering hole draws a steady stream of locals and tourists with zesty libations like Limin' de Coconut, a frozen combination of (you guessed it) rum, lime, and coconut. Lively crowds spill off the patio and onto the beach during the nightly performances by reggae bands and other local outfits.

Open daily 11 am to 1 am.

24-A Honduras
Frenchtown , St. Thomas
U. S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 774 5348

St. Thomas luminaries tend to fill the tables at this stylish, cozy Frenchtown spot. As the evening progresses, it's shoulder-to-shoulder on the dance floor. Epernay is known for its extensive selection of wines and Champagnes by the glass.

Closed Sundays.

Fort Christian Brew Pub
55 A&B King's Alley
Christiansted , St. Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands 00820
Tel: 340 713 9820

Tired of fruity, umbrella-topped cocktails? Look no further than the handcrafted beers of the Fort Christian Brew Pub, the only microbrewery in the Virgin Islands. Offerings change with the season, but favorites include the red Blackbeard Ale, the hoppy Hammerhead Pale Ale, and the Jump Up Stout, which is named after the popular St. Croix street party. The casual open-air bar is located right on the Christiansted boardwalk, where you can grab a seat under the stars and watch moored sailboats bob in the harbor. Snack on pub grub like beer-battered pickles or opt for something heartier: Monday is steak and ale night, when the purchase of a steak gets you all the draft beer you can drink.

Open daily 11am to 2 am.

Iggie's Beach Bar
7150 Bolongo
Bolongo Bay Beach , St. Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 693 2600

Four miles east of Charlotte Amalie on the roller-coaster road to Red Hook, this island favorite attracts an affable mix of locals, expats, and tourists. The food, particularly the all-you-can-eat barbecue, is justification enough at this flip-flop–optional spot with picnic tables scattered in the sand and palm trees festooned with Christmas-tree lights. But the real draw is the nightly live entertainment, especially on Wednesday "Carnival nights," when there's a calypso band, dancing on the beach, and the fire-breathing, down-low limbo mastery of King Heron.

Open Mondays through Thursdays 3 pm to midnight, Saturdays and Sundays noon to midnight.

Island Time Pub
American Yacht Harbor
Red Hook , St. Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 774 2929

Island Time is a hot spot for boaters to recount the day's exploits from a second floor balcony overlooking the gleaming vessels at the Red Hook marina. But this is no stuffy yacht club: The bar keeps things casual with picnic tables and a nautical-themed decor. "Island time" is a term used to politely describe the, ahem, relaxed work ethic in the USVI, but the jovial team of bartenders here are quick pours. Co-owner and native New Yorker Glen Melbourne stays true to his pizza parlor roots with 11 pies on the menu, and a newly added lunch service has expanded the offerings.

Open daily 3 pm to midnight.

Larry's Landing
Cruz Bay , St. John
U.S. Virgin Islands

All dive bars have their quirks—at Larry's, you pour your own drinks. Ask for a cocktail and the bartender will give you a cup of ice and everything you need to mix it yourself, including full bottles of booze, soda, juice, and fruit. Locals like to say it's the reason why many visitors wake up the next morning wondering what happened the night before. Shoot a game of pool or belly up next to fishermen who just docked in the harbor, only steps away. Sports nuts will love the ubiquitous TVs often broadcasting Patriots, Red Sox, or Celtics games (there's a growing population of Boston transplants on the island). There's not much else in the way of ambiance—the bar is a simple wooden horseshoe, and the only dancing is by the patrons standing on top of it. Refined drinkers beware.

Open daily 12 pm to 1 am.

Parrot's Cove
1102 Strand Street
Christiansted , St. Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands 00820
Tel: 340 773 6782

Since joining the St. Croix nightlife scene in February 2008, Parrot's Cove has gotten a hefty vote of approval from a discerning group of drinkers: St. Croix's restaurant workers. If you head to the Cove after dinner, there's a good chance you'll find your server getting down on the dance floor. Located one block from the Christiansted boardwalk, the bar has live music five nights a week, featuring local guitarists like Kurt Schindler—who plays his own brand of flamenco-inspired tunes—and Rob Paper, who sings about life on the islands. It's also one of the few spots in town that serves food until midnight (choose from a large selection of beef, chicken, and fish sliders). The airy second-story location—with views of the harbor—makes for a peaceful contrast to an often raucous crowd.

Open daily 11 am to 2 am.

Quiet Mon Pub
Centerline Road
Cruz Bay , St. John
U.S. Virgin Islands 00830
Tel: 340 779 4799

Styled after a traditional Irish pub—think hardwood bar, flags hanging from the rafters, and memorabilia of all kinds plastered on the walls—the Quiet Mon is St. John's official late-night hangout. Despite the name, it's one of the only bars on the island that stays open until 4 am, by which time most patrons are thoroughly inebriated. At any other time of day, it's a lively spot to sip a cold draft beer and play a game of darts on a second-floor patio overlooking Cruz Bay (it's directly above La Tapa). There's no food after 6 pm, so fill up before you arrive.

Open daily from 12:30 pm to 4 am.

Woody's Seafood Saloon
Cruz Bay , St. John
U.S. Virgin Islands 00831
Tel: 340 779 4625

Size really doesn't matter when it comes to Woody's Seafood Saloon, a tiny but rollicking Cruz Bay bar where revelers often spill out onto the sidewalk. It's popular at happy hour, when well drinks and domestic beers are $1 and everything else is $1 off. Walls are adorned with what appear to be the souvenirs of some crazy nights out (one can only guess at how a toilet seat got mounted on the wall), but one of the most treasured items on display is an autographed photo of favorite local Kenny Chesney. Imbibing on the go? No problem—just put in your drink order at the outside pick-up window.

Open Sundays through Thursdays 11 am to 1 am, Fridays and Saturdays 11 am to 2 am.

XO Wine Bar
6501 Red Hook Plaza
Red Hook , St. Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 779 2069

Most USVI bars specialize in the kind of nights that end with dancing on tables at 2 am. For a more refined atmosphere try XO Wine Bar, where conversations are murmured, not shouted, and drinks are sipped, not slammed. The muted lighting creates an intimate feel for the more mature crowd huddled around low black leather booths and illuminated tables. There's an eclectic collection of artwork—which ranges from marlins leaping out of the sea to winking pinups—but the crowd is more focused on sampling the rotating selection of wines, 20 to 30 of which are offered by the glass.

Open Mondays through Fridays 11 am to 2 am, Saturdays through Sundays 6 pm to 2 am.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.