Wine Down Sip Sip, Sots, and Ice Cream

If a title like that doesn’t get your attention, what will? This is a post about three of our favorite things here in Hope Town.

Wine Down Sip Sip, a great little wine bar

Wine Down Sip Sip, a great little wine bar

On our second night in Hope Town way back on Friday, December 13th, Dan and Marcia took us to a classy little wine bar named Wine Down Sip Sip.  The atmosphere is both casual and sophisticated, with a lounge area and shelves filled with books for lending and exchanging.

A very inviting place

A very inviting place

The name is decidedly unusual, but, oh, so fitting — Wine down = to relax. Sip-sip= to share ‘news’, the Bahamian equivalent of gossip. Wine Down Sip-Sip is the place to do both – relax and enjoy conversations with others.

Hanging out at Wine Down Sip Sip

Hanging out at Wine Down Sip Sip

Within 10 minutes on that first Friday, we were introduced to Deanna and Sara, who enticed, encouraged, persuaded and cajoled us into joining the SOTS. The official Webster definition of a sot is a person who is habitually drunk. But that is not really what this is about, not really at all. Sara took our photos for our membership cards, which were available the very next day (when do you ever get service like that anywhere?).

We are now lifetime Sip Sip SOTS

We are now lifetime Sip Sip SOTS – “Enjoying life one sip at a time.”

What does this mean???  We received a witty email the next day that explained just what we had joined the night before. From that email, we learned — The idea was born back in 2009 when four friends were enjoying drinks and the conversation. “Why not found a group that had as its purpose nothing but chatting with friends over a flagon (or wine glass, or tumbler)?  A group without rules, directories, by-laws, meetings, committees, or fundraisers. Our only goal would be to gather like minded souls for the camaraderie.”

These four friends were “besotted” with the concept and were sitting at the Wine Down Sip Sip, so their new group was baptized “the Sip Sip Sots.”  For the alliterative touch, not the negative connotation.  One thing led to another and their idea expanded to include other local island establishments.  Wine Down Sip Sip is the headquarters, but “meetings” of the Sots are also held at several other locations on Elbow Cay. During Happy Hour, light treats are provided for the members to enjoy. Membership entitles us to 10% off purchases in some local businesses. The major portion of the lifetime membership fee of $5.00 goes to Friends of Abaco Animals, a charity that provides for abandoned and needy animals.  We are proud to be SOTS!

Every Friday at 5 pm, the Sip Sip Sots gather at Wine Down Sip Sip for conversation and a drink. In four Fridays, we have already met many terrific people there, other cruisers and Elbow Cay residents, year round and seasonal.

Juliet and Eric work at Wine Down Sip Sip and do a wonderful job!

Juliet and Eric work at Wine Down Sip Sip and do a wonderful job!

The chef ( why didn't I ask his name??) makes delicious flatbread pizza, jamaican beef patties and the most unusual key lime pie I have ever had with a chocolate crust.

The chef ( why didn’t I ask his name??) makes delicious flatbread pizza, Jamaican beef patties and the most unusual key lime pie I have ever had with a chocolate crust.

That leaves only one more thing in the title to explain – ice cream. We love ice cream, as you may well know 🙂  and we went without any ice cream for nearly three weeks here in the Abacos. Yes, that is truly hard to believe, I know.  We found our first Bahama ice cream at the Sugar Shack.

The Sugar Shack

The Sugar Shack

The Sugar Shack sells the ice cream by weight, not by scoop. We got a small to share and it was $5.00. I am wondering what a medium for $5.00 would be?

Ice cream prices by weight. $3-$5 for a small and $5 - $ for a medium

Ice cream prices by weight. $3-$5 for a small and $5 – $8 for a medium

We enjoyed Pirates Plunder, a chocolaty delight.

We enjoyed Pirates Plunder, a chocolaty delight.

I guess this little sign says it all.

I guess this little sign says it all.

 

1 thought on “Wine Down Sip Sip, Sots, and Ice Cream

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *