Island Time Daiquiris at The Wharf is a great place to watch football.
By John Mullen
October 4, 2017 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – When Bobby Graves opened his first business that wasn’t a car dealership, he was met with a little skepticism. He opened a bar in Orange Beach anyway.
“You’re crazy for opening that place,” Graves said he was told. “And you’re opening it at the end of the season. It’ll never make it.”
That was hardly the case. His first foray into the beach economy, Island Time Daiquiris at The Wharf, has been a success story.
“It was five years ago this August,” he said.
During the busy tourist season, thirsty visitors can step into his bar at the far eastern end of The Wharf complex, and walk out with an icy adult beverage. Entertainment district status for the shopping, dining and entertainment venue allows for patrons to have drinks outside.
“We have daiquiris, but we also have liquor, cocktails and shots,” he said. “We have beer, draft and bottles.”
The recipes for the frozen drinks are all his, including a different take on what is probably the most popular frozen cocktail on the Gulf Coast.
“My bushwacker is a little bit different because of the liquors we put in it,” he said. “But my Orange Beach Attitude, with 190 proof grain alcohol and whipped cream vodka make it taste just like a dreamcicle.
“I came up with the recipes myself. You just play with it. I don’t use any of the chain brands or stuff like that to do it. If you overthink it, it’s not going to be good. If you keep it simple, it’s good.”
Running a car business in Louisiana was Graves’ staple for many years, but he sold out and moved to Orange Beach to decide what he wanted to do.
“I was a Chevrolet dealer for 20 years,” he said. “I sold out and came down here. Honestly, I didn’t have anything going on. I didn’t know what I wanted to do if anything.”
He began talking to a buddy back home who was in the bar business and the two talked about a partnership.
“I have a friend of mine who owns a daiquiri bar and we were thinking about partnering, but I didn’t need a partner,” Graves said. “He didn’t know if he wanted to do it. He wound up zigging and I zagged and ended up taking it on myself. I learned the bar business one day at the time.”
daiquiri to goAnd it’s been a successful venture, cultivating the tourist crowd in the season and developing locals who regularly come by for a drink or a beer. Most of his bartenders have a loyal following among the locals.
“Luckily, it’s become a local hangout,” Graves said. “JJ (Andrews) does a good job over there for us and used to be at the Happy Harbor. And we’ve got Scott Coe who’s been with us a while.”
The Daiquiri Bar also has a musical side with live music on Thursday nights and karaoke on Fridays and Saturdays. It's also your football headquarters with the NFL Sunday ticket so you can watch your favorite teams.
And it sits directly across the street from Graves’ other business, the Intracoastal restaurant. It recently moved from the far west end of The Wharf to the far east side in the old Baumhower’s space.
It has helped the Daiquiri Bar’s business, he said.
“It’s amazing how many people won’t walk down here from the other end,” Graves said. “But they will walk out of this door and right across. And we’ll deliver food over there.”
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