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“An every-night-of-the-trip spot!”
Review of The Beach Bar

The Beach Bar
Ranked #18 of 59 Restaurants in Cruz Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $16
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Bar, Grill
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating
St. Catharines, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“An every-night-of-the-trip spot!”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

The Beach Bar is awesome. Really, just awesome. It's the perfect place to kick back and enjoy some great drinks (Happy Hour from 3pm to 7pm), good music (live most evenings from 9pm onward), good food (try the fish tacos - excellent!), and a stunning view of the Cruz Bay beach and harbour.

TBB has some terrific bartenders who work their butts off serving what is a typically busy but relatively laid back crowd (everyone seems to be a combination of happy & exhausted from full days spent in the sun, sand & surf). If you catch the bartenders during a slower time they always seem happy to stop for a quick chat, share stories about what brought them to the island, and toss you a friendly smile.

It just doesn't get a whole lot better than chilling at The Beach Bar, tossing back a few Painkillers, barefoot, feet up on a ledge, watching the sun set over top of Grande Bay & Gallows Point, and enjoying it all on "island time".

Life is good at The Beach Bar. So good, in fact, it was a must visit each and every night of our trip....and it will be again the next time we dig our toes into the sand of Cruz Bay, St. John!

  • Visited March 2014
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Portsmouth, NH
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9 reviews
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“Drink Right on the beach”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

Fun dive place. It consists of a sizable bar with stools and a set of plastic chairs on the beach. The big advantage of the beach bar, is it location with a nice view of Cruz Bay and that it also has chairs right on the beach.

Food is ok but not really a reason to visit. I had fish and chips, which was decent. The service can vary a bit but generally ok.

There are also a number of bars along the same waterfront you can try and each has a different vibe. But, the beach bar is the only one with tables on the beach and is the most casual.

Grab a drink at the bar and sit on the beach. Hard to beat.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank BobBowser
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
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“Captivated by the million dollar view.”
Reviewed March 21, 2014

On our 8 night trip to Cruz Bay we found ourselves at the Beach Bar about 5 of our 8 nights for happy hour. The Painkillers and Bushwackers were excellent! We had the fish tacos and the grilled chicken burrito.. Both were excellent. I wasn't so impressed with the nachos but they weren't like nachos I'm accustomed to in the Southwest. But everything else we had wad great. We enjoyed watching the dogs (and people) play on the beach at sunset.
Even when we tried new places, we found ourselves wishing we had the view from the Beach Bar.
We still watch their webcam and look for open chairs at the bar.

  • Visited March 2014
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Appleton, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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“THE place to go”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

We quickly discovered this was THE place to go for tourists looking to socialize. The first night we were on the island we ended up at The Beach Bar. We had the Mahi Mahi sandwiches and they were delicious. The famous drinks in the islands are painkillers (which i did not like) and bushwackers (mmmmm good). Go to the Beach Bar to try these and see what you like. The service was good considering they were so busy. They often have music starting at 9pm. Seating on the beach for dinner is nice. If you are going to stay out late you will probably end up here since a lot of places close early. Going there for sunset instead of Franks Bay is also a good idea.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Nicole A
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 reviews
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“Great Location”
Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

We sat right on the beach in super casual plastic chairs and had our feet in the sand!! The crab dip was good, and Mahi sandwich was also just ok! The drinks were so-so, but the atmosphere was amazing!!

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