Cool Things: The Shipwreck Bar

Starboard side of The Shipwreck Bar (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Starboard side of The Shipwreck Bar
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

It’s probably the best stocked shipwreck ever and the perfect escape for landlubbers.

The Shipwreck Bar on Shelter Island is actually an authentic 39-foot schooner from Greenport that has been outfitted as an outdoor bar. Built in 1929, several years ago it was gutted and re-built as a full service outdoor bar with three taps. The Shipwreck rests at the Shelter Island Boat Yard at the end of South Menantic Road, near the southern end of the island. Owned and operated by restaurateur couple Alison Bevilaqua and Keith Bavaro, the unusual bar is located just few steps away from their popular restaurant Salt.

The Shipwreck serves up everything from chilled wines to Dark & Stormys to mojitos. Both the Shipwreck Bar and Salt are part of the changing face of the boatyard, once a place dedicated to refueling boats.

During the day the boatyard bustles with construction, but as sundown approaches, the Shipwreck comes alive as patrons pull up a stool to the schooner’s hull. Nearby a bocce court keeps people amused as they await their next drink. Both Salt and The Shipwreck offer amazing views of Shelter island at West Neck Harbor and Menantic Creek.

The Shipwreck Bar had a very close call two years ago when the schooner accidentally caught fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was hurt, but the boat did sustain some damage. The Shelter Island Fire Department speculated that “heat guns” used to shrink-wrap the boat for the winter probably touched off the blaze. The Shipwreck was re-built and back in business in 2014.

The Shipwreck Bar is now open seven days a week until Labor Day with music every night starting at 5:00 p.m. The West Neck Harbor Marina reserves five slips for Salt restaurant customers. To reserve a slip contact the Dockmaster at 631-749-3333.

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Port side of The Shipwreck Bar (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Port side of The Shipwreck Bar
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)