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Jost Van Dyke Bars: Soggy Dollar Bar

Home to the famous Painkiller cocktail, Soggy Dollar Bar is located on White Bay, Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. When Soggy Dollar Bar was first built, the only way to get there was by swimming in from a boat and patrons would pay for their drinks with soggy money. These days there’s a road to Soggy, but most visitors still drop anchor and swim in. Soggy cash and yes, credit cards, are accepted.

Created by Daphne Henderson in the 70s, the now infamous Painkiller drink is a rum cocktail featuring Pusser’s rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and orange juice. Freshly grated nutmeg garnishes the Painkiller which is served in Soggy’s signature plastic cups which are almost iconic as the cocktail itself.

Referred to as “a sunny place for shady people”, Soggy is the perfect place to while away the day, sipping a Painkiller and lounging on the soft sand or in the calm, crystal clear water. But if you’re one of those type A people who can’t sit still, Soggy shares White Bay with other well-known beach bars like Foxy’s Tamarind Bar, Hendo’s Hideout, and One Love Bar and Grill. Perhaps a White Bay bar crawl is in order?

While the exterior structure was largely destroyed by Hurricane Irma, which hit the BVi as a category 5 in September 2017, the bar itself remained standing and the Soggy Dollar was rebuilt around it. The police, fire, and rescue patches that decorate the ceiling of the bar were taken down before Irma and rehung once the bar was rebuilt.



  • sunscreen and a hat (or buy one at Soggy's merch store!)
  • a dry bag for anything you want to keep safe on the swim