Grab a cocktail at the all new Flying Goat on Shelter Island

“The 19th Hole” at Flying Goat. (Credit: Annette Hinkle)

If you’re on Shelter Island and looking for a view that’s hard to beat — we know the ideal spot where you can grab a summer cocktail whenever the mood hits.

And with summer almost here, the mood should be hitting right about now.

Of course, we’re talking about the clubhouse at the Shelter Island Country Club where the views go on practically forever in all directions (well, at least to the North and South forks).

It’s just the place to grab a drink after finishing a nine-hole round of golf or when you’re looking to meet up with friends.

A new team headed by John DeLeo is running the clubhouse bar and restaurant this year, and they have also given it a new name — Flying Goat.

As bartender Bob Mullins pointed out during a recent visit, the establishment’s moniker was inspired by the golf course itself, which locals have long referred to as “Goat Hill.”

“We wanted to maintain a local character,” he said. “Everyone loves this club, we thought The Flying Goat was catchy and current.”

Indeed it is, and since settling into the space earlier this spring, The Flying Goat has found its footing (or is it hoofing?) and is up and running, offering American cuisine (including plenty of comfort food) in a family friendly setting all season long.

Behind the bar, Bob is the man to see if you’re in search of a classic drink to usher in the season. He loves mixing up Bloody Marys (complete with celery, three olives, lime and a Worcestershire sauce that he maintains is a secret of Joanne Picozzi).

Another new favorite is something he likes to call “The 19th hole.”

Technically, it’s a martini comprised of gin, bitters and dry vermouth — stirred, not shaken (no James Bonds here).

“It was first served in 1901 at Goat Hill Golf Club,” said Bob. “Someone discovered it and made it — and I’m sticking to it.”

Sounds like a plan. Summer’s on … so Climb Goat Hill and enjoy the food, the views the people — and the 19th hole!

The Flying Goat (631) 749-5404 at the Shelter Island Country Club is open Mondays through Wednesdays from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 9 p.m. Each Monday, dinner is served family style, and a special lobster dinner will be served every Thursday in the season.