"Why don't I stay here with the ship? I can keep an eye on things. While you're gone. Trust me, I'll take good care of the Pearl."
"Nonsense. I need your keen eye and sound judgment in choosing a crew, Barbossa. A noble offer, but I insist you accompany me to the
Faithful Bride."
Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow[src]

The Faithful Bride[1][2] was a tavern on the island of Tortuga in the 18th century.


The Age of Piracy

Jack Sparrow's adventures

"I reckon we have enough old salts here to crew every ship in Port Royal."
Arabella Smith[src]
Faithful Bride Bar Fight

A bar fight inside the Faithful Bride

Prior to the quest for the Sword of Cortés, Arabella Smith worked as a barmaid in the Faithful Bride, owned at the time by her father. Jack Sparrow started a brawl in the tavern, leading to Arabella joining his misfit crew.[3]

Some time later, an adult Sparrow returned to the tavern with Hector Barbossa and Billy Turner in tow so as to find some new crew members for his ship, the Black Pearl. He recruited a drunkard called Catastrophe Shane and was about to sign on another pirate named Henry when the Pirate Lord Eduardo Villanueva arrived and forced Henry and several of the other men in the tavern into joining his crew aboard the Centurion.

Mid-18th century

"And how do you intend to harvest these 99 souls in 3 days?"
"Fortunately, he was mum as the condition in which these souls need be."
"Ah! Tortuga."
Joshamee Gibbs and Jack Sparrow[src]
Gibbs Norrington Tortuga

James Norrington with Joshamee Gibbs in the Faithful Bride.

Many years afterwards, Sparrow brought Will Turner to the tavern while he met with Joshamee Gibbs to procure a motley crew for the journey to Isla de Muerta.[4] About a year later, Jack and Gibbs returned to the tavern to recruit sailors to crew aboard the Black Pearl. Though they were really attempting to use those men as souls to settle Sparrow's debt with Davy Jones. The four men who signed up were blighted with all manner of ailments and would hardly have made worthy crew members under normal circumstances.[5][2] The arrival of James Norrington, who threatened Jack with a pistol, caused a full-scale bar brawl, ending with Norrington being ejected from the tavern and thrown in with the pigs. A pirate band was known to play in the tavern, and continued their jigs even during the fight.[5]

During the War of Jolly Roger, Carver was the bartender of the Faithful Bride. At some point before the War Against Piracy, the former Gunner of the legendary pirate ship Nemesis became a regular visitor in the tavern, often telling the stories of the time he served under captain James Sterling to other visitors of the tavern.[6] Some time later, Arabella Smith returned to Tortuga to take over as the owner and operator of the tavern.[7]

Physical appearance


Concept art of the Bride.

The Faithful Bride appeared, from the outside, to be little more than an oversized shack, and was constructed from the timbers of wrecked boats. It was said that the tavern smelled of tar, salt, seaweed and fish. The roof was noticably too weak to keep rain from dripping inside the tavern.[3] The sign above the door was a politically-incorrect painting of a smiling bride holding a bouquet in her manacled hands.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • The Cantina seen in Dead Man's Chest, while not named onscreen, was indeed the Faithful Bride as confirmed on the The Complete Visual Guide.[2] In the script for Dead Man's Chest, the place was only called the "Cantina".[8]
  • A possible backstory appeared to be made where, at some point after the Jack Sparrow series, Arabella Smith returned to Tortuga to take over as the owner and operator of the Faithful Bride, which would be renamed "Tortuga Tavern". The old Faithful Bride sign can be seen put into a wagon.[7] However, the canonicity of the renaming is unknown.
  • The Faithful Bride appears in the video game Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned. But, since that game was canceled, it is unknown if the tavern's appearance in the game is canon or not.



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