Bethany Blues shows off newly renovated bar with grand-reopening party


Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : General Manger Nate Williams was joined by staff and Chamber members to celebrate the grand re-opening of Bethany Blues in downtown Bethany Beach last Friday night.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : General Manger Nate Williams was joined by staff and Chamber members to celebrate the grand re-opening of Bethany Blues in downtown Bethany Beach last Friday night.Bethany Blues kicked-off their grand-reopening party at their Bethany Beach location last Friday night, introducing the neighborhood to their newly renovated downstairs bar area.

At the event, attendees were able to enjoy a Bethany Blues menu featuring all their old favorites in the brand new bar — now equipped with 12 TVs, 15 beers on tap and an overall more welcoming atmosphere, according to General Manager Nate Williams.

“People are blown away by it,” said Williams. “Everybody’s been very supportive of how we changed it. They feel like it’s more warm and inviting.”

In addition to more TVs and nearly tripling their draft beer selection, the restaurant took both aesthetics and functionality into account in the revamped design, replacing not only the bar itself but the booths in the bar area with high-top tables.

“The bar was kind of an island, so we pulled the bar top off, and it juts out and goes straight back. That whole back area is brand new,” explained Williams. “We knocked out a wall and got rid of booths and put in high-top tables to make it more like a pub area.”

One of the most unique features has to be the bourbon-barrel oak walls, which were once part of Maker’s Mark 46 barrels used to make the whiskey. With a reputation for one of the largest whiskey selections in town, the walls are certainly fitting. But, according to Williams, the beer selection definitely has its merits, as well.

“We had six [drafts]. We now have 15 — a lot of local stuff,” he said, citing local craft brews including Dogfish Head and 16-Mile, along with selections from breweries in Pennsylvania and Maryland. “Then we have some of the everyday beer drinker’s beer — Bud Light, Corona Light. We also put a cider on for those who may not partake in gluten, because we’ve found that’s a growing trend.”

While last Friday’s spotlight was on the revamped bar, Bethany Blues will, of course, continue to focus on food and family, Williams said, with both restaurant and bar specials throughout the off-season. The most popular specials include Wednesday’s wing night, with all of the restaurant’s signature sauces, and $5 build-your-own burgers on Thursdays. Even without football, Sunday specials will continue, as well, featuring $1 mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys.

Right now, the Bethany location is open seven days a week, opening at 4:30 p.m. on weeknights and at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

To find out more about daily specials, check out the Bethany Blues website at www.bethanyblues.com or call the restaurant at (302) 537-8081, or go see the re-design in person, in downtown Bethany Beach, located off North Pennsylvania Avenue, between Campbell Place and Garfield Parkway.