Soggy Dollar Bar
One of the things that the Virgin Islands are most famous for is fantastic beach bars…and at the top of that list is the Soggy Dollar Bar on White Bay in Jost Van Dyke, BVI.
When most people think of going to a bar, it’s to get a drink–right? Well, you can certainly do that at Soggy Dollar–in fact, probably some of the best cocktails on earth are mixed here–but that’s only one part of what makes the beach bars in the islands so great. When you go to the Soggy Dollar, plan to spend a few hours, if not the whole day there. Not to drink–well, not to JUST drink–but to soak up the sun on the world’s most beautiful beach, cool off in crystal clear waters, eat great food, and meet amazing people from all over the world.
As you cruise into White Bay, you’ll join a group of the luckiest people on earth–the patrons of Soggy Dollar. There’s no dock, so the way to the bar is through the water–hence the name, Soggy Dollar. Most patrons jump in the water and enjoy a short swim to the shore. Your first stop is the bar, open to the elements on two sides, for a world-famous Painkiller. The Painkiller originated at Soggy Dollar in the 1970’s and is the perfect concoction of dark rum, cream de coconut, pineapple and orange juice, topped with fresh grated nutmeg. When you pay, there’s a clothes line where the bartenders will clip your soggy dollars to dry before burying them in the register. The choice of cocktail is the easy part…now, what to do next?
You could join the group of friendly folks floating in the water, or get in on the volleyball game, or just climb into a nearby hammock and let the gentle breeze rock you to sleep. Or, you could try your hand at the Ring Game, a Soggy Dollar favorite.
No one really knows how or when the Ring Game started, but rumor has it that Blackbeard and his crew played the game on their ship–using the bones of their victims and a noose made of hemp. Regardless, the game has been played for generations and is actually pretty simple in concept. A ring is tied to a string, which hangs from a tree. A nail, or hook, is hammered into the trunk of the tree. The goal is to toss the ring and catch it on the hook. Sounds easy, right? Give it a try.
Weekends frequently feature live entertainment by locals–you’re welcome to sing along–and a fantastic BBQ featuring delicious burgers and locally caught fresh fish. The vibe is totally laid back, and the crowd can go from mellow to wild depending on the day and the crowd.
The motto at Soggy Dollar is relax and enjoy, so plan to leave the world behind when you arrive at this Caribbean jewel.
The only way to get to the Soggy Dollar is by boat, but the BEST way to get there is aboard OUR boats, Red Beard or Black Beard, from Pirate’s Paradise Adventures. They’re always the hottest boats in the bay!