The nightlife on Tortola is not as active as many other islands in the Caribbean. The majority of evening entertainment takes place at beach bars. Bomba’s Shack is definitely the best known; there is live entertainment during the week, but what really sets this place apart are its wild full moon parties with huge crowds, a terrific social event. Try the rum punch or the ever-so-popular mushroom tea, the bbq is also excellent.

Bing’s Drop Inn Bar is a good place for dancing. Live music is featured at several other restaurants. Beach Club Terrace, which overlooks Road Harbour, has live jazz in the evenings. Steel bands can be found on Monday nights at Clem’s by the Sea, which is an authentic West Indian eatery located near Carrot Bay. Quito’s Gazebo on the Cane Garden Bay beach is another good place to go, as it features the famous local musician, Quito Rymer. Also check current listings on the island for local artists specializing in reggae, calypso and other West Indian music.

Foxy's located on Jost Van Dyke, is definitely worth the ferry ride over, or the sailing trip if you're visiting for the day or longer. It is a major hotspot for partying on fridays and weekends, excellent live music and a world renown New Year's Eve party that attracts major Hollywood celebrities such as Oprah in the past. 

For a late-night bar, try Eclipse Restaurant; its bar and lounge has no definite closing time and offers happy hour every day. The Jolly Roger is always festive with guest musicians on weekends, the best bbq on the island and the two bars there are popular with locals and sailors. There is also Fat Hog Bob’s, a restaurant with huge portions, great view (hanging right over a reef on the deck) and a sport-bar like atmosphere indoors.