Great Bars of the World : Christian’s, Pitcairn Island

This is Jackie. Jackie is an elderly Frigate Bird who lives on a perch outside the window at Christian’s Bar on Pitcairn Island. She is entirely wild, and she just comes here because she likes it, which just about sums the whole place up…

I have been to some friendly places in my time, but Pitcairn has to be in my top five, and I don’t think the welcome had anything to do with the fact that we were the only tourist boat to call there this year – apart from the same boat on the outbound leg a few weeks previously.

Christian’s – yes, it is owned by a direct descendent of the Bounty’s Fletcher Christian – is spectacularly unpretentious. We sat in the back sun room of the place looking out towards Bounty Bay chatting with the family and drinking beer. While we were there, lunch arrived. “Help yourself,” they said. “There’s plenty to go round.”

This was honest, genuine hospitality at it’s finest. Pitcairn is one of the remotest places on the planet, but they do seem to have retained something that the rest of us have lost along the way and, sadly, until you go there you won’t even think about it. If they could bottle it and export it they’d make a fortune…

It’s called ‘humanity’

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7 responses to “Great Bars of the World : Christian’s, Pitcairn Island

  1. Can you smoke in it?

    Karen

  2. I am insanely jealous mate, have always wanted to go there and see the place where the mutineers escaped from the clutches of empire to!

  3. Anon – Yes, you can smoke in it. It's not in the EU – yet

    Nomine – It's a long way to go to find you can't get ashore! I sent a postcard home, but the next post is second week in December.
    This year they have only had one cruise ship in – us. Normally at least 3 or 4 a year. Credit crunch definitely biting in the Pacific.

    I'm doing a skit next week called “Thomas goes ashore” which has some Pitcairn piccies in it if you're interested.

    If you like, send me a private message to dioclese@virginmedia.com and I'll mail you some snaps.

  4. We have been in Christian's bar last november and I can confirm it is the absolute best bar. We had a great time and a lot of fun with the owner (and lot of drinks of course), you really feel welcome like nowhere else.
    Also, we ate the best ever crayfish of our life and tasted a fantastic rum.
    If you want to see the most remote simpatico bar in the world, this is the place to go.
    Philippe

  5. We have been in Christian's bar last november and I can confirm it is the absolute best bar. We had a great time and a lot of fun with the owner (and lot of drinks of course), you really feel welcome like nowhere else. Also, we ate the best ever crayfish of our life and tasted a fantastic rum. If you want to see the most remote simpatico bar in the world, this is the place to go. Philippe

  6. Welsome to an exclusive club, Phil. Not many of us get to go to Pitcairn especially with the current lull in the cruise business out in the Pacific. I was there in October. Sean Christian and I got on great, not least because we are both radio hams!

  7. Welsome to an exclusive club, Phil. Not many of us get to go to Pitcairn especially with the current lull in the cruise business out in the Pacific. I was there in October. Sean Christian and I got on great, not least because we are both radio hams!