The Bounty Bar, a Love Story
I still remember my first time walking up the dimly lit, dark wooden staircase towards the little speakeasy I had heard so much about. I slowly ran my hands against the red velvet wallpaper as I took each step to the top. When my eyes finally met the space I had a reaction most commonly known to people as love at first sight.
Dancing candlelight and dangling Edison bulbs illuminated the Bounty. The space lined with dark warped wood was filled with nautical relics of a different era. The 1930’s boat hovered above a vintage church pew with oars sprouting out its backrest. A thick chain linked castoff anchor ascended down the fireplace made of brick and stone. Classic Films played on a glass mirror over the dining room; filled with elegantly crafted cedar wood tables that were complimented by soft leather director chairs. I was drawn inside like a moth to a flame.
Bounty’s Main Bar itself stood as the centerpiece of the room. The stern of a Chris Craft boat floated overhead a blue lit back bar filled with premium spirits no one else has in Volusia County. Tequila Barrels stood transformed into ornate bar chairs in front of the striking acid-washed bar top. Wooden Barrels protruding from the wall behind the bar offered freshly batched cocktails on tap.
The Bounty’s cocktail list was unparalleled. Smoked Maple Old fashioned and Main Sail Margarita topped with housemade Grand Marnier liquor foam. YES PLEASE! I watched as the mixologist behind the bar made fluid movements with flare while concocting each desired libation. Every drink made from only the freshest ingredients. I was impressed. I was inspired. I wanted to be apart of the Bounty.
Now as the lead mixologist, I aspire to give everyone that feeling that was given to me on my very first visit. Follow my coming Bounty blog spots to stay connected to the scene and growing craft culture. I invite you on a journey filled with strong spirit, good company and joy. Come see for yourselves.
Drink well & be happy.