Post-pandemic pints: Foraging Vintners confirm beach bar opening

Wanting to jet off to white sand beaches to forget about the dreaded C-word, but know that your summer holiday just isn’t on the cards this year?

Sigh no more friends, the bosses of Foraging Vintners, Ian Swindells and MaryBeth Coll, have you covered. They’re opening their new pop up beach bar in Port Erin, Playa Del Vintners, next week – so it’ll feel just like you’re sunning yourself in Saint Tropez (weather permitting).

After a tough few months for the Isle of Man’s hospitality trade, the bar will host its opening night on July 23, and will stay in place until August 5. For two more weeks after that, they’ll be available for private hires.

You’ll be able to enjoy their famous fizz, wine, cocktails, cider, tea, coffee and soft drinks while you watch one of the Island’s famed sunsets.

We all know that the Manx summer can be a little, ahem, temperamental, so keep an eye out for a pink flag to make sure the bar is open. It’s going to be weather dependent, but all being well they’ll be open midday to 10pm, every day.

The bar’s licensed area is the hard standing area of the Cosy Nook and a section of beach directly in front.

Ian said they are “extremely excited” for the opening, and explained that the Coronavirus pandemic “planted the seed” of the beach bar idea.

“With covid happening we were pretty desperate for expanding our outdoor area,” he said.

Social distancing is no longer in place, but they decided to carry on with the project as “it will still be amazing”.

Minister for Enterprise, Laurence Skelly said he was “delighted” at the news.

“It will be a fabulous enhancement to Port Erin and I am sure this exciting new venue will be a major attraction for Manxies this summer.  Shoh Slaynt as Aigh Vie – Cheers & Good luck!”

Ian added that they are also keen to get through reserves of cider which went undrunk during lockdown – a challenge we accept.

So pop on your best Hawaiian shirt, have yourself a pint of something nice and we’ll meet you there.

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