Bring a good book or two. When it comes to nightlife, St. John is no St. Thomas, and everybody here seems to want to keep it that way. Although you can hear live music most any night of the week at venues around the island, many people are content to have a leisurely dinner and call it a day. But check out the “Live Music Scene” section on the See St. John website (www.seestjohn.com) for an updated schedule of live music offerings around the island.
The Taproom, the sunny brewpub of new microbrewery St. John Brewers (340/715-7775; www.stjohnbrewers.com), is the brainchild of a couple of University of Vermont grads. Located in Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay, the Taproom will have you sitting elbow-to-elbow with locals and visitors sampling from the Caribbean-pub menu and swigging the brewpub’s craft beers and homemade sodas. We very much like their Virgin Islands Summer Ale. It’s open Monday to Saturday 11am to midnight and Sunday noon to midnight.
Just 150 feet from the ferry dock in Cruz Bay, Woody’s Seafood Saloon (340/779-4625; www.woodysseafood.com) has a happening happy hour scene from 3pm to 6pm when drinks are dirt-cheap ($1 beers) and the crowd spills out onto the street.
St. John’s one and only Irish pub, the Quiet Mon, is adjacent to Woody’s and located in a West Indian cottage with walls crammed with photos, memorabilia, and shamrock-themed tchotchkes. Four large-screen TVs are on hand for your sporting-event viewing pleasure.
Skinny Legs, Emmaus, Coral Bay, beyond the fire station (340/779-4982; http://skinnylegs.com) is little more than a laidback island shack made of tin and wood. It’s also the place to bring the kids for the island’s best burgers. Skinny Legs has live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during high season when it stays open until 10pm or later.
Another laid-back spot in Coral Bay, Shipwreck Landing (340/693-5640; www.shipwrecklandingstjohn.com, which has live music on Wednesday evenings and weekend nights, with no cover.
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