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“A Great Bar and Change of Pace from High Priced Restaurants” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dinghy Dock Bar OP

Dinghy Dock Bar OP
Ranked #2 of 17 Restaurants in Oyster Pond
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Dinghy Dock Bar is a true Caribbean dive bar. Situated on a historic marina in Oyster Pond, the bar straddles the Dutch and French line sitting over the water. It's a place where high and low, locals and tourists, rub elbows and party the night away. It was originally a place to get the rowdy drunken sailor's out of the finer establishments in the area. Sit at the bar and to hear stories told, some true and many not, from around the island and around the world. The "mix your own" happy hour is the best around. That's right, you get the bottle, glass, mixer, and make you own drink. This is also one of the best-stocked bars on the island, with the usual suspects, as well some unusual ones - even a selection of craft beers from the US for those missing a taste of home. The kitchen makes some of the best casual bar food around, lunch and dinner. You won't find better fish and chips, ribs, burgers, wings, or anything else on the menu. Daily specials vary from goat stew to jerk pork chops to blackened grouper. We open at 8am for coffee and fresh baked croissants. The kitchen opens around 11am and runs until you're stuffed. All are welcome - kids, dogs, iguanas, random dock critters, old and young people - provided, of course, they're up for a good time. Family friendly most of the day and night, late night is definitely more suited for the "big kids". You never know what will happen at this place. There is also live music every Sunday night and usually 2-3 other nights of the week. Sports fan? The game is always on at the Dinghy Dock. Whether it's NFL, NHL, NBA, Soccer, College, Pro, Olympics, you name it and we will like be watching. Stop by and yell at the tvs(that's right, more than one) with us. You are guaranteed to have a good time no matter what night you go, and once you've been there, you will be back. Maybe because you got so drunk you forgot your shoes, or maybe to do it all over again. Dinghy Dock Bar "The Peril of Oyster Pond"
New York City, New York
2 reviews
“A Great Bar and Change of Pace from High Priced Restaurants”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

I'll first start of by saying that there are a lot of restaurants/bars on St. Maarten that are rather expensive. Dinghy Dock Bar is not one of those. Cheap beers, great happy hour and great food. The food is inexpensive - probably $12-16 an entrée. The bar staff is great. Seth, Brian, and Ben (I forgot the chick's name) are all great people who want you to have as much fun as possible. IF YOU ARE YOUNGER - GO HERE FOR HAPPY HOUR - THAT IS ALL.

Okay, now I'll get into my story. I was told to write this story as clean as possible so I will do it in a timeline.

5pm: Arrive for happy hour (that lasts until 7)
6pm: Drinks make you forget about eating (make sure to EAT ALL THEIR DELICIOUS FOOD)

7pm: Happy Hour ends but the fun is just starting. The wait staff joins in on the fun as they play fun music and let you pick songs.

8pm: It's only 8 pm? It feels like 1am. Although happy hour has ended, the beer is still cheap and the ski shot is awesome so you should do that.

9pm: The dancing is in full motion and hints of what the rest of the night holds intrigues the group. Shirts were removed when Hot In Here by Nelly started playing. Food is needed and the kitchen provides greatness.

10pm: The staff (Brian) is basically one of our own at this point. Music is blasting and everyone is happy.

11pm: We're at a strip club. What? Yes, El Capitan. With the majority of the staff. What? Yes, our guides show us the way.

11:45pm: We are back home and are trying to realize what just happened.

8am: Wake up and smile back at a great night.

thank you Dinghy Dock!!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Dutch first
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  • French first
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English first
Norwalk, Connecticut
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4 reviews
“Best staff ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014

Me and 4 of my friends were out to Dinghy Dock for a happy hour. First of all, the happy hour is $3 for a mixed drink...except they hand you a bottle of your mixer and a bottle of your alcohol of choice...you make the drinks yourself!

After a few of those drinks and some amazing food (nachos are a must), we started talking to the staff, who were friendly as can be. We wound up making friends with them and found ourselves behind the bar taking shot-skis with whatever we wanted! We essentially ran the bar.

If you're on the younger side and are looking for a great time, hit up the happy hour (4-6).

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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St. Maarten-St. Martin
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9 reviews
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“FUN FUN FUN”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

great place for drinks and the food is awesome!! The staff is a lot of fun!! Alian is an amazing waiter love him!!

Visited February 2014
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Rochester, New York
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“Great food, great fun and served by Kendall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

Every time we go to SXM we go to the Dinghy Dock, never been disappointed. Surf & turf for $22 and mix your own drinks as well, who wouldn't love it. Kendall our waitress was just great, could not do enough to make our evening fun. We had such a great time and meal we did it again two nights later

  • Visited March 2014
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Philadelphia
1 review
“Great place to eat and drink!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

The food was good, nice happy hour, specials daily, friendly staff and great atmosphere. Prices were very reasonable.

Visited March 2014
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