The British Virgin Islands are full of surprises and a colorful history, but what you may not know is that they’re home to one of the most famous bars in the world–Foxy’s Bar
on Great Harbour in Jost Van Dyke, BVI.
Foxy’s is famous for its fabulous location, delicious menu, legendary events, handcrafted beer and signature Foxy’s Firewater rums–but perhaps it’s most famous feature is it’s founder, Foxy Callwood
The Man Behind Foxy’s
In the late 1960’s, Phillicano “Foxy” Callwood was a 7th generation Jost Van Dyker, living the island life. Nearby his home, there was a church where people gave thanks for successful harvests. Foxy felt they needed a place to celebrate with a libation or two after church, so he quickly poured a cement slab and erected a “temporary” bar where he began pouring drinks–an Foxy’s was born. Foxy’s reputation for a good time was quickly established, and two years later, in 1968, he moved the bar just down the beach to it’s current location.
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Foxy Was a Fisherman
Foxy’s first profession was as a fisherman, an his favorite hobby was rumored to be chasing the ladies. Legend has it that the charter captain he worked for grew so tired of Foxy chasing all the lady cooks on board his fishing vessel that he took Foxy on a near “round the world” cruise in search of a wife.The trip was successful when Foxy met his lovely wife Tessa, who returned with him to Jost Van Dyke to live.
Mr. & Mrs. Foxy
Today, Foxy and Tessa Callwood run the most famous beach bar in the world. Time Magazine listed Foxy’s as one of the three best places to spend New Years Eve (Times Square and Piccadilly Circus were the other two)–and it’s no wonder, because the Callwoods estimate their guests number in the thousands on that night. What makes it such an incredible party? Foxy, of course!
He’s a musician, whose songs are available on iTunes. He’s a master storyteller. He’s a jokester, a prankster, a comedian. He’s funny, incredibly intelligent and highly entertaining. On any given day, you’ll find him strumming the guitar and telling jokes and stories to the crowd gathered at the bar. He even had an “Epoxy Foxy” made–a statute of himself–so guests wouldn’t feel slighted if they come to the bar and he isn’t there.
Foxy The Humanitarian
Most of all, Foxy is a humanitarian who has dedicated his life to improving the quality of life for the people of the British Virgin Islands. One example is the wooden sailboat that Foxy is helping local children build on the land behind his bar. He started this project with the kids so they would learn and preserve the skills of their ancestors while learning the importance of commitment, time management and teamwork.
In 2009, Foxy was knighted by Her Majesty’s Government for his numerous contributions to improving the quality of life for the people of the BVI’s.
How to get to Foxy’s Bar
The only way to get to Foxy’s Bar (if you’re not already on Jost Van Dyke) is by boat! Luckily, we have a really cool one waiting to take you there! Let us take you to Foxy’s – or any other Island destination. You’ll have a great time hanging out with Sir Foxy at Foxy’s Bar! Set up your trip here