The Block Island Times

The Oar receives some international love

Feb 13, 2014
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The Oar Restaurant is one of the hubs of the boating community on Block Island. The annual Tri-Sail Race is headquartered there, and it looks out over the Great Salt Pond. On any given summer day the vista is nothing but spinnakers and sails.

Because of that, The Oar has received an honor all the way from London: it’s placed fifth in the Wight Vodka Favourite Sailors Bar competition.

Owner Rita Draper received a note from Dan Hiza, the director of 50 Degrees North Ltd., which distributes Wight Vodka (although not yet in the United States).

“You probably know that I have spent many an evening at the Oar. Long-gone are ‘Dollar Vodka Nights’ that entertained friends and family back in the ’80s and ’90s. And now, after moving to London and launching Wight Vodka with my wife five years ago, it’s great to see the Oar being nominated by so many of your current customers,” Hiza wrote.

The company that the Oar finds itself in is international. The four “sailors bars” ahead of it are: The One Bar Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, Spain; The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club; the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Annapolis; and the Bitter End Yacht Club in the Virgin Islands. — Lars Trodson

Comments (3)
Posted by: John Lehman | Feb 14, 2014 16:44

It may place Fifth in the world, but it's number one in our hearts!

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Posted by: William McKernan | Feb 15, 2014 21:14

Well said John.

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Posted by: Jack Pedro | Feb 20, 2014 08:40

I've been to Spain, Portugal, Bahama's, Mexico, and up and down our eastern coastline from Maine to Florida, the Oar and the rest of Block Island are our favorites scince 1980.

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