Cocktails coming to the Cooperage!
The Saint Lucia National Trust is undergoing an adaptive re-use of a historic building at PINL!
We are retrofitting the “cooperage” to create a casual yet upscale beach bar. The beach bar will be able to easily convert from day to night and to be used by diners and beachgoers alike.
In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century British warships, transports and supply ships passed through Gros Islet Bay and were refitted and resupplied at Pigeon Island. Barrels were used to transport fresh water from St. Lucia, and also for anything that needed to be packed and stowed away. This meant that a cooper had to be on hand to make barrels. This structure is a surviving example of stonemasonry buildings built at Pigeon Island during the 18th Century.
The Trust hopes that with the beach bar’s proximity to picturesque views of Rodney Bay will encourage visitors and locals to stopover at Pigeon Island National Landmark with its unique maritime military history. The internal renovation will create close to 200 sq. ft. of useable space for the beach bar, and will include the restoration of the brick oven.
While there are two bars on the Landmark the proposed beach bar will offer a unique experience with light refreshments and locally infused herbal drinks.
Historic buildings can be restored and re-purposed giving them a new lease of life without compromising on its historic charm.