Cloggys wins Best Bar 2018
Published on January 1st, 2019
When voting closed on December 28 for the 10th annual Wight Vodka Best Sailor’s Bar Competition, the winner was Cloggys in Falmouth, Antigua. With beautiful cheerful staff and owners and epic views, their massive drink catalog has made it a sailor’s destination and the 2018 winner.
Ton and Vanessa Smit are the husband and wife team that have been running Cloggys for 14 years. They have a wonderful and loyal staff but Ton and Vanessa are proper hands-on owners, and always welcome old friends and new ones with a smile.
It is more than just a fantastic restaurant and vibrant bar; it is a huge part of the sailing community in Antigua, and dozens of beautifully decorated clogs on the restaurant walls are gifted by race boats, superyachts, and classic yachts that visit Cloggys.
Ton and Vanessa originally ran a day cafe in the well-known nightclub Abracadabra but then moved to the Antigua Yacht Club. For the past four years, Cloggys has been above Falmouth Marina with elevated views of the Falmouth Harbour.
The 2018 contest changed things up a bit, as it was not only votes that put a bar on the podium, but expert opinion too (and there’s plenty of that). Contributions on stories and Wight Vodka drink recipes were also factored into the selection, plus all previous winners were eligible for the tenth anniversary award.
Cloggy’s is best known for their signature drink… The Cloggy’s Delight:
• Wight Vodka
• Elderflower liqueur
• Fresh mint
• And a dash of soda water
2009 – Peter Cafe Sport in the Azores
2010 – Soggy Dollar; Jost Van Dyke, BVI
2011 – IYAC; Newport, USA
2012 – Sint Maarten Yacht Club
2013 – One Bar Playa Blanca; Lanzarote, Spain
2014 – King & Queen Pub; Hamble, UK
2015 – Plas Heli; Wales, UK and Pier View; Cowes, UK
2016 – Pewaukee Yacht Club; Pewaukee, USA
2017 – Pensacola Yacht Club; Pensacola, USA and St. Thomas Yacht Club; USVI
2018 – Cloggys; Falmouth, Antigua
Editor’s note: To those bars that may not pour Wight Vodka, we salute you too.
Source: Scuttlebutt Europe