One of the enduring attractions of the BVI is the William Thornton Floating Bar and Restaurant located in the Bight anchorage on Norman Island. The original 1935 trading ship had been converted to a floating restaurant, but sprung a leak and sunk in 1995. She was replaced one year later with the current Willy T, now a famous watering hole and restaurant only reachable by dinghy. The Willy T's slogan is "you’re a long time dead" - encouragement to have fun and live for the moment!
The Willy T always draws a lunch crowd, and can get a bit rowdy from happy hour on. It is also common for guests to dive off the poop deck. The fare is standard burgers and pub food, and the bar specializes in shooters (drunk from old skis or someone's belly) and rum drinks.
As the Bight on Norman Island is a short sail from Road Town, Willy T's is a great place to spend your first evening in the BVI, to get into the swing of things! If you're looking for a more kid friendly restaurant in the Bight, you might want to try the Pirates Bight, the only establishment on the beach at the Bight. You can't miss the start of Happy Hour - they signal it with a cannon shot - and there's often live entertainment so you can dance under the stars at night.