Since its opening almost a year ago, Scotty’s Bayside Tavern in West Fenwick Island has done everything to ensure customer satisfaction.
Now, in addition to providing patrons with pool tables, darts, shuffle bowling, nine televisions, and one of the largest drink selections in the area, Scotty’s can throw live entertainment on their repertoire. With different themes offered throughout the week, nightly specials and periodic charity events, Scotty’s aims to please anyone who walks through the door.
Owners Bill Sharp and Alex Laird, both from Wilmington, are no strangers to the bar and nightlife scene. In Wilmington, the two owned the nightclub Porky’s in the early ’90s.
“That was sort of our joint venture,” said Laird. Since then, the two shared ownership of Bankshots, a tavern with locations in Pike Creek Valley, Bear and Hockessin. In addition to Scotty’s, Sharp and Laird share ownership of Gray Hare Tavern on Route 24 near Rehoboth Beach. Relocating their business at the beach seemed practical. “We have a lot of friends and family in the area,” said Laird.
With the recent rotation of local favorites Kevin Poole and John LaMere on Thursday evenings, patrons are sure to return. “They play a lot of popular tunes,” said Laird, “stuff that the customers recognize and enjoy, from Eagles to Jimmy Buffet. We get people dancing every once in a while when they’re here.”
In addition to performing, Poole also helps book performances in the area. “He has been a lot of help and he’s great to have here,” said Laird. Thursday nights are also ladies’ nights, where ladies can enjoy happy-hour prices all night long.
Prior to live entertainment, Scotty’s had tried getting DJ’s from the area to entertain. “It seems that everyone down here, though, is booked in Ocean City,” Laird said. Despite that, Scotty’s prevailed and currently hosts DJ Rupe on Saturdays.
The tavern brings in an array of people, and everyone always seems to enjoy themselves.
“We have locals from the neighborhoods nearby who like it here because it’s within walking distance,” noted Laird. “In fact, a number of folks even come in at lunchtime, and there’s a good happy-hour crowd. Around 8 [p.m.], we start to draw in the younger folks wanting to play pool or coming in to catch a game.”
Scotty’s recently started a promotion last Saturday for motorcyclists, too.
“We have a ‘bike afternoon’ rather than a ‘bike night.’ You can come in on two wheels and get two draft beers for two dollars from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.” There is also a drawing at 7 p.m. for a $50 gift certificate to Harley Davidson of West Ocean City.
“We’re a little unique here in that we have a tavern license — not a restaurant license like most places,” said Laird. Although no food is served at Scotty’s, and no one younger than 21 can enter, adult customers are welcome to bring in their own food. “A lot of people go next door Caruso’s and pick up something there before grabbing a drink here or playing a game of pool.”
Charity events are also held throughout the year at Scotty’s as well, supporting fundraisers for breast cancer, Special Olympics and volunteer fire companies.
“We have guest bartenders come in and raise money for charities. Organizations and groups come in and work alongside our bartenders. They schmooze with the customers and collect the tips for the time they were there. Then we write them a check for them to donate to whichever charity they wish,” said Laird. “Everyone really seems to enjoy those.”
For more information about nightly specials or charity promotions at Scotty’s Bayside Tavern, call them at (302) 436-1941 or stop in the tavern at 11 West Fenwick Station, located on Route 54, 3.8 miles west of Coastal Highway.