If there’s one thing we’ve learned about the closing of some favorite bars, it’s that new favorite bars often take their place, which is exactly what’s happened with the closing of Baia and the subsequent opening of The Point. We’ll be honest, the lack of an actual building had us momentarily stumped. But what The Point lacks in terms of interiors, it more than makes up for in beach vibes, music and a seriously tiki-esque environment.
1. The Scene. The parking lot looks just like it did when Baia existed, but where there was once a building, there is now a wall made of bamboo, several palm trees, and an opening arch leading to an unexpected tropical oasis complete with three tiki bars, gorgeous bay views, and cabana-like seating. Heads up — once inside, you may not want to leave.
2. The Scenes. If your first time at The Point is anything like ours, you’ll notice the line of people waiting to enter the area’s newest beach bar. Rest assured that the line moves along and all those people make for a fun crowd. And with people arriving by car and by boat (there is first come, first serve watercraft docking), you never know who may show up next.
3. The music The Point isn’t just the newest beach bar around, it’s also the newest venue for live music seven days a week. Get there this week for Brian McConnell on Thursday; The Locals on Friday; Secret Sauce Band on Saturday; Summer Jam with DJ Sepper followed by reggae from The Verdict on Sunday; Matt Santry on Monday; Chuck Selfe on Tuesday and Brent Christopher on Wednesday.
4. The grub Beach grub at The Point includes all the noshes you would want at a beach bar, including Captain Jack’s Conch Fritters; Caribbean Crabby Cake with mango salsa, pineapple, tropical slaw and Key lime dressing; Scully’s Pulled Pork Sandwich; crispy fried plantains with fruit salsa and Sriracha honey drizzle along with steamers and salads.
5. The cocktails Is there anything better than an icy cold cocktail while your toes are in the sand? We don’t think so. Try the frozen cocktails — Colada Breeze, Strawberry Daiquiri, Margarita Chill or Sneaky Monday — or any of the fresh-squeezed Crushes (orange, grapefruit, and strawberry) to up the ante on your sunny day. If those don’t work for you, try a mule, a mojito, or Sucker Punch (Tito’s, memonade and a splash of cranberry). Dee-lish.