I was asked the question “What makes a beach bar great?” and it’s something I’ve
asked myself many times before. My dream has always been to own a beach bar in
the Caribbean and every time I’m reminded of that dream, I always wonder what it
would be like. What would I want to see in my beach bar? The answer to that
question should provide the answer to what makes a beach bar. After all, who
wants to open up a beach bar that sucks?
First things first – location,
location, location. It would have to be on a west facing beach. You would think
that a beach bar being located on the beach is a given but it’s not. Sand would
have to be a major component of the floor whether it’s the beach itself or it’s
trucked in via sandals or the soles of feet. And sunsets would have to be
available. The best way to end any day is watching the sun set. Along with the
ocean, it’s a daily gift from Mother Nature and something we can offer for free
to our patrons.
I don’t want it to be anything fancy. If a hurricane
comes along and blows it away, I want to be able to rebuild it in a week or
Great music should always be heard. Whether it’s from a laptop, a
DJ, a local band or someone’s boom box, music helps set the mood and it’s
something I can’t live without.
A really basic food menu. You need
something to absorb all of that alcohol. If you can’t include the menu options
on a small chalkboard, you don’t need them. And if I have to do anything but
nuke it, grill it, deep fry it or toss it, we’re in trouble.
code. Someone should feel absolutely comfortable sitting there in their swimsuit
… or less. Anything more than a top, shorts and sandals would be considered
Happy employees. Happy employees make for happy patrons. Happy
patrons drink more.
Home to all. Everyone would be welcome and treated
like family. You can’t depend on just locals or tourists. Tourists will help
turn a profit but the locals will keep you open.
Last but certainly not
least, the patrons. Laid back, stress free, easy going, happy go lucky, not a
care in the world. If they aren’t that way when they arrive, they should be when
What does all this add up to? A place anyone can walk into,
order a burger and a drink and start making new friends as their worries are
melted away by the sun, ground down by the sand and carried away by the waves.