Willy T’s Floating Bar & Restaurant
Willy T, a Schooner converted into a floating bar, is located in The Bight, a protected bay off Norman Island in the British Virgin Islands. Famous for knowing how to have a good time, this floating party boat serves a great lunch and cold drinks. Guests can jump off the top deck while lunch is being prepared and enjoy the vantage point looking out towards St. John.
The Life of William Thornton
Named after William Thornton, a Jost Van Dyke local, born in 1759. Thornton was a physician, painter, and inventor but his notable claim to fame, architecture. He submitted a design for the United States Capitol Building after the competition closed. George Washington approved his design and William Thornton became known as the “Architect of the Capitol Building.” He received a $500 prize and a city lot.
The History of the Willy T
The William Thornton began its life as a Baltic trading vessel. In 1989, Mick and Annie Gardner turned it into a floating restaurant. Some years ago, the couple replaced the original Willy T with the 100 foot steel hull shunner that we know today.
We love the local flavor like the Chicken Roti and the Honey Stung Chicken. Both come with cole slaw and rice or fries. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Key Lime Pie or a quick handheld Dove Bar.
If you book your private boat charter during the off-season, check with Good Day Charters to ensure that the restaurant and bar are open. Willy T is in the British Virgin Islands, so don’t forget your passport!