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The Willy-T Finds a New Home in the British Virgin Islands

After 28 years in The Bight at Norman Island, the iconic party boat is being forced to relocate.

May 22, 2018

The William Thornton Floating Bar & Restaurant, commonly referred to as the Willy-T is one of the most iconic bars in the British Virgin Islands. Best known for slinging shots served on a waterski, and passing out pirate-themed temporary tattoos (bar-goers find them in, ahem, interesting places after a long night of drinking), the floating bar was anchored at a mooring ball in the Bight at Norman Island from 1989 until September 2017, when it was destroyed during Hurricane Irma.

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After the storm, Willy-T owner, Ewan Anderson, spent more than $500K purchasing and retrofitting a new boat, which made a much anticipated arrival in the BVI on May 10. The following day, Anderson was called to a meeting with the BVI’s Junior Minister of Tourism, who reportedly told him the Willy-T was no longer welcome in the Bight at Norman. It’s rumored the bar was pushed out of its longtime home in favor of a new development coming to Norman Island that doesn’t want the notoriously raucous party barge in the Bight.

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For the latest on the Willy-T’s grand re-opening in Great Harbour on Peter Island follow their Facebook page.

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