Drink Reveling at Anguilla’s Beloved Beach Bar
That’s what Deanna remembers best about her first visit to the bar: Elvis himself. “His warm, lively personality is the definition of Anguillan hospitality,” she explains. “He’s the kind of guy who teaches his bartenders how to mix a cocktail to your exact specifications and has a million interesting stories about all the people he’s ever met. Everyone also raves about his co-owner Brett, whose dog Blue is usually nearby digging a hole in the sand or chewing on a coconut. That’s why this spot remains so popular with both tourists and locals. They add charm and flavor.” But here at Elvis’, flavor can be found elsewhere too—specifically on your plate. “Don’t leave without ordering the famous goatchos,” Deanna says. This mountain of nachos arrives at your table smothered in melted cheese, jalapenos, and sour cream with chunks of slow-cooked local goat. And then there are the freshly fried snappers wrapped in warm flour tortillas, bowls of tender jerk chicken, and piles of peel-and-eat shrimp. “You wouldn’t expect it from a small local watering hole, but the menu actually serves out-of-this-world, delicious bar food,” she promises. And as if to rise to the occasion, the drinks here are particularly strong—with names like Love Me Tender and Goat’s Milk—and served ice-cold. Before you even realize it, you’ll end up spending hours at Elvis, either lounging on a chair just steps from the water or in the middle of the action inside the boat. “There are a handful of other cool bars in Sandy Ground, but by sunset, we always find our way back to Elvis’,” Deanna says. Indeed, the views from this boat-turned-bar are fantastic—as long as you find an empty chair from which to enjoy the sun melting into the sea, sprouting colors in the sky as vivid as the mango margarita in your hand.