BREWSTER — When Ocean Edge Resort announced the opening of “the only true hotel beach bar on Cape Cod” this past weekend, our first reaction was that this was an assertion that needed to be thoroughly researched.
Time constraints limited a physical inspection of all possible configurations, but it appears the Beach Bar is indeed a pioneering effort. The 32-seat canopied structure on stilts is right at the dunes doorstep of Bay Pines Beach, overlooking the sea of royal-blue resort-issue umbrellas, and the expanse of the Brewster Flats.
The Beach Bar opened on the Saturday of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, instantly populated by both bare-chested bros and families with toddlers in strollers. A young woman regaled friends with a video from her wedding, while two gentlemen discussed a recently completed round of golf. By Monday, there may have been the greatest spike in selfies per capita, this side of the Nauset Light Beach lighthouse.
Bartenders in bright yellow polo shirts played the role of Tom Cruise in “Cocktail,” mixing regionally inspired handcrafted cocktails such as Cape Cod Cranberry Mojito (cranberry flavored vodka, muddled mint, simple syrup, berries) and the Beach Front Smash (Belvedere Citrus, pineapple, strawberries, lemon juice), along with margaritas made with Patron and a Negroni mixed with Tanqueray.
The draft beer selection, served in 20 ounce plastic cups, is exclusively regional, with Shipyard Summer Ale and Sea Dog Blueberry from Maine, and Harpoon IPA, Harpoon UFO, Jack’s Abbey Lager, and Bayzo’s Brew from Massachusetts.
For the peckish beachcomber, a succinct menu of chips and salsa, shrimp cocktail, hummus, an all-beef hot dog, chicken Caesar salad, and lobster roll sliders is available. The bar is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, exclusively for guests of the resort, which recently completed a $10 million luxury renovation in its 90 guest rooms plus the addition of the Presidential Bay Collection, the accommodations with the closest proximity to the water.
Guests can make themselves comfortable at the bar, or bring their orders to the beach to enjoy in the sun and sand.
The scene is more Yankee tasteful than Miami Beach, but things do tend to pick up towards sunset. It’s a temptation too great for those making their way up the boardwalk after a long day at the beach. There’s nothing quite like bellying up to a bar that overlooks the beach, with the little skyline of adult beverage offerings framing Cape Cod Bay. When the tide goes out, an oyster farm the size of half a football field is revealed, beckoning the celebrants to head right back out again.