My New Favorite Spot…

castaways shirtHi everyone, Happy Monday! So we’d like to start the week off by telling all of you about one of our new favorite spots on island. Not only does this spot have inexpensive drinks, but it also has some pretty delicious food – food so delicious that I ate it three days in a row last week. Curious??? Well read on…

Ok, so my new favorite place hands down is Castaways. For those of you unfamiliar with Castaways, it’s kind of a hidden little bar tucked away in downtown Cruz Bay. It’s located just one block from the ferry dock beside Connections and across from Cafe Roma and Cruz Bay Realty. Dan Boudreau took over the place a few years back, and we have to admit, he’s done a pretty good job cleaning it up and making it more appealing to the masses. We really like his staff too.

(Full disclosure: Yes, in the past, Castaways has attracted some “characters” if you will, especially those who liked to congregate on the street outside of its entrance. But the staff at Castaways is actively working to fix that, most notably by adding a hostess station out front during evening hours.)

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So back in May, we mentioned how Castaways debuted a new menu. Well we just got around to trying it last week and it was absolutely incredible. And the best part is that everything was super fresh. And not only was the food delicious, but it was some of the most reasonably priced food on island. Check out a few of their dishes…

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castaways food
Chimi with house salsa
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Peg legs – Lollipop wings – Six different flavors

In addition to the new food menu, Castaways recently remodeled its upstairs area now dubbed “Clastaways.” The upper area is a bit more upscale and geared more toward young professionals and families. It has a beautiful handcrafted bar, a comfortable lounge area and ample seating.

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New upper bar
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Upper lounge area

Another cool thing about Castaways is that they deliver in Cruz Bay (from Wharfside to Mongoose) seven days a week from 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. They also have free, fast and reliable wifi on site, which is pretty hard to come by in town.

They’re even launching a new happy hour this week, which promises to be pretty sweet. Beginning this Thursday, July 3, Castaways will begin offering a new happy hour daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. All Bud, Bud Lights and well drinks will only be $1. Looking for a Corona? That’s only $2 during Happy Hour. And to make it even more exciting, all Smirnoff drinks are only $3 each. Add some food specials to the mix and I think Castaways may soon have the best happy hour on island.

And for all of your sports fans out there, Castaways has a variety of sports packages and a ton of TVs, so it’s the place to be to watch any and every sporting event.

I don’t know about you all, but I’ll definitely be at Castaways’ new Happy Hour this Thursday … I hope to see you all there!

Castaway’s Debuts New Menu

It’s the weekend … woohoo! Happy Saturday everyone!

For those of you who’ve been lucky enough to spend some time in Cruz Bay over the past few weeks and have gone over to Castaway’s, you’ve probably noticed some changes. They’re really stepping things up over there in an effort to attract a more mature crowd, and I have to say, I really like what they’re doing. Well today we’re happy to announce that they just launched a new menu, and it looks delish!

Check it out and let us know what you think:

Castaways menu

The Shark means free shots

The newest night spot in Cruz Bay is in an old place that's hosted at least three other bars in years past.

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and sports bar features lots of live music and dancing.  A frequent performer is Kenny Floyd, a recently-relocated entertainer whose own Web site says he is "armed with six strings of courage."  Fans of Floyd and Castaways have posted a number of videos of his performances there on You Tube.

Frequent appearances are also made by the Free Shot Shark.  A papier mache fish glides out of the wall during the evening and when he does – everybody gets a free shot.  Party time!     

The loud and dark watering hole is located across from Joe's Pizza in Cruz Bay.  For years it was a favorite of locals when it was the Back Yard, a favorite hangout for tourists as well as construction workers.  Then the space hosted the a short-lived branch of St. Thomas' Duffy's Love Shack.  And that was followed by Crazy Crackers, a restaurant and bar. which lasted about 18 months.  A couple of Cracker's former owners have partnered up for their own shot.