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St. John is an ideal year-round Caribbean destination, featuring sandy white beaches, crystal clear waters, and that much sought-after island time. When planning your trip, you might take note of all the beaches, historic attractions, and potential tours and hikes to enjoy. However, there is also a great St. John nightlife to extend your fun into the evening. Whether you’re looking for karaoke or a cozy nook to enjoy a few drinks and laughs with friends, there is a little bit of everything. The island offers a great range of St. John nightlife, along with a culinary scene that pairs nicely with those brews. Discover St. John nightlife during your stay

For information on St. John’s nightlife, restaurants, attractions, and more, scroll down through the menu on the left side in our Visitor Guide. We offer the inside scoop on which beaches to visit, eco tours to explore, and spas to relax. Then, browse our homes and see which rental is right for you and your ideal vacation experience!

We Have Some Amazing Bars

When getting ready to experience St. John nightlife, you will have plenty of great bars to choose from. From beach bars right on the sand to wine bars for lounging in the center of town, partying is paramount on St. John. Cruz Bay is a favorite location for going out at the end of a beach day. You will discover great St. John nightlife at The Tap Room, along with fresh beer on tap and hand-crafted root beer, which can be blended with dark rum. Cruz Bay Landing is a great location to enjoy an island cocktail while playing shuffleboard or watching people stroll the park in the center of Cruz Bay. The Beach Bar also marks the spot for some great St. John nightlife. St. John USVI bars wouldn’t be complete without this favorite scene.

Island Time is All the Time

One of the best parts about St. John nightlife is that it lasts the entire day! You don’t have to go out in the evening to discover a party scene on the island. You can be lounging on the beach in the middle of the day and walk over to a bar for a frozen daiquiri. “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” is one of our favorite mottos. We want you to unwind and have a stress-free vacation on the beautiful paradise that is St. John. You deserve it!

Caribbean Drinks Are the Best

St. John nightlife would not be complete without delicious island cocktails, beers, and wines to enjoy along with your evening out. The famous Bushwacker cocktail is just one of the many delicious island beverages. You will also discover some delicious tropical rum drinks, fruit daiquiris, and Virgin Island-brewed beers! Let the island flavors take over your taste buds, and learn to appreciate these delicious Caribbean drinks during your vacation.

After a Night Enjoying St. John’s Nightlife, Retire to Your Private Vacation Home

CimmaronStJohn offers a variety of private vacation homes around the island. Whether you’re in St. John on a honeymoon or anniversary with your loved one or on a friend-cation, our private homes make great retreats. They are the perfect places to return to after a fun night out on the town. From a full kitchen to prepare a late night snack to comfortable bedrooms and refreshing showers, our homes have all you need and more. Our luxurious amenities, from private pools to outdoor verandas, will make your St. John getaway an unforgettable experience!

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There’s nothing quite like sitting down on the shores of a sandy sprawling beach, lounging back in your chair, letting the sun sink into your pores, and slurping a delicious tropical drink. Ultimate relaxation awaits on St. John in the form of the popular and potent Bushwacker Cocktail. Learn the recipe, find out where to get one on St. John, and indulge in this refreshing, icy cold blender drink during your island paradise vacation.

History of the Bushwacker Cocktail

The Bushwacker drink origin is actually the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Bushwacker Cocktail was first invented and sold in 1975 at The Ship’s Store & Sapphire Pub on St. Thomas. The creator of this delectable concoction was Angie Conigliaro, a cousin of Tony Conigliaro of the Boston Red Sox, with some help from restaurant manager Tom Brokamp. The joint effort turned yummy drink was named after a visiting guest’s dog, Bushwack.  During that same year, the recipe made its way to Pensacola, Florida’s Sandshaker Lounge through the owner, Linda Murphy, who experimented with the recipe to place her personal touch on it. From there, this chocolate cousin of the pina colada has become not only a Virgin Islands favorite but a beach classic.

How to Make a Bushwacker Cocktail

The Bushwacker Cocktail is fairly simple to prepare, though not as basic as a Cruzan Rum and coke. Before learning the Bushwacker drink recipe, you will need to gather the Bushwacker drink ingredients. There are two different recipes, one for Pensacola and one for the Virgin Islands.

Virgin Islands Bushwacker Cocktail Ingredients

½ oz. Vodka

½ oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream

½ oz. Cruzan Coconut Rum

½ oz. Kahlua
½ oz. Amaretto

½ oz. Cruzan Dark Rum
¾ cup Crushed Ice

Pensacola Bushwacker Cocktail Ingredients

1 oz. Dark Rum

1 oz. Kahlua

1 oz. Dark Creme de Cacao

2 oz. Cream of Coconut

2 oz. Milk

1 cup Ice


After gathering the necessary ingredients to make your Bushwacker Cocktail, you will need to blend all of them together in a blender (including the ice). After this step, pour the mix into a tall glass drizzled with chocolate syrup around the inside edges, put a maraschino cherry on top as the traditional garnish, and then serve straight up! As an extra treat, you can add whipped cream on top. If you want to make a virgin Bushwacker Cocktail, just blend chocolate milk and ice and make a simple milkshake!

Where to Get a Bushwacker Cocktail

At almost any bar on St. John, you will find the Bushwacker Cocktail at the top of the drink list! This popular “adult milkshake” is an island favorite for locals and tourists alike. Here are just a few locations on St. John where you can relax and enjoy thisdelicious cocktail:

The Beach Bar

Castaways Tavern

Woody’s Seafood Saloon

Shipwreck Landing
High Tide

Ultimate Indulgence

With so many beachfronts and beach bars to enjoy your adult beverages, you can consume a multitude of Bushwackers during your stay in the Virgin Islands.  Just be careful as this potent concoction will ‘sneak up on you’ after two!   If you aren’t quite feeling like going out for drinks, concoct a Bushwacker Cocktail in the blender at your CimmaronStJohn vacation home kitchen and sip your treat on your private deck while enjoying incredible ocean views!

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