East End STT Bar?
Good Morning All,
So I'm on my way - and looking forward to it!! I am looking for recommendations on a nice bar that is as close to sans crazy tourists as possible. I live in a resort town currently and here they are called Gapers. For their ability to cause accidents, and untold danger to themselves and others by suddenly stopping and just gaping at something. (i.e. standing slack jawed and oblivious) As locals here when not working we do our level best to avoid such people, and have found a hole in the wall perfect place to step back and unwind.
Is there any such known place you all are willing to share - because 19 days from now I'm REALLY going to be in need of that drink!! 🙂
Try Brooks Bar on the road to Magens - Carigas at the boatyard - Betsys in Frenchtown - Sibs on the mountain
Icy: If you don't like tourists, and try to avoid them when you aren't working, you are not gonna be happy here. They are the backbone of the economy, although I personally don't have anything to do with them. That said... try Cariga's and see how much you like the local vibe on the east end.
As afore mentioned somewhere, I work for the Ritz. As such since we are always representing our company it is best to keep up the image. In that vein my friends and I need a place out of the way of where our guests may go. The valley I live in is much smaller than STT in many ways so it can be tricky.
Me personally, I choose to work in hospitality. I grew up in a resort town in Alaska, and now live in a resort town in the Rockies. I've no issue with tourists, but like the vein of a different thread sometimes on vacation people leave there minds at home. Which is why our "locals"bar is so treasured. A place of like minded people with their guard down. 🙂
Also asking helps to avoid the tourists only bars. (Essentially) Like Margaritaville in Cancun. I would never shun a tourist regardless. One it simply isn't in my nature and two my very own life and aspirations depend on hospitality. 🙂
As always though - I appreciate the suggestions, and in 16 days I'll start my way through the recommendations. 😉
There really are no "tourist only" bars, except possibly the ones within the hotels. St Thomas is a small island, and if you think you are going to escape detection in plain sight, again, I say that you may not understand the way things are here.
Thank you for the advice! It is appreciated, even if I have a difficult time explaining my point of view. 🙂
Will you be at the Ritz on St. Thomas? (I apologize, if I don't remember from a previous thread.) And will you be living on the east end? If so, Sibs and Betsy's won't be convenient for you. Caringa's will. It's located in the boatyard. You won't really have many like-minded people there, assuming you want to hang out with other (young?) people in the hospitality field.
I suggest Caribbean Saloon, Island Time Pub and Molly Molone's, along with other bars in Red Hook. Granted they do get their share of tourists, but it just works out OK. Locals usually sit at the bar, tourists at tables, but even when intermingled, everyone seems to have a great time. Hard to explain....just check them all out for yourself. People seem to have a way of finding where they fit. Also, fellow employees that you will become friends with will take you along to their hang-outs. Not really something you need to plan for in advance.
Exactly what I was looking for, and even trying to say. Thanks!
My favorite bar in Red Hook is Island Time, but they close at midnight and I rarely get to hang out there for long. Love Fat Boyz, Big Bambooze (though more tourists seem to end up there, but sometimes that can be fun!) and Caribbean Saloon. You won't have too hard a time avoiding your Ritz guests, trust me.
There are bars in Red Hook, who knew? :@)