826 East Elkcam Circle
Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. Summer specials: Monday - BOGO night, Tuesday and Thursday - 1/2 price pizza, Wednesday - NTN Trivia, Saturday - Beer Pong Competitions and our Rainy Day specials. Watch your favorite games on 50" ...More about Sand Bar - Marco Island »
826 East Elkcam Circle, Marco
A popular drink at the Sandbar on Marco Island has to be the Bloody Mary, Bar Manager Capri Sickler says. She starts with vodka, Zing-Zang bloody Mary mix, Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces, followed by a little lemon and lime, an olive and a celery stick into the ice-filled, celery salt-rimmed glass.
The Sandbar has two daily happy hours, from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to close. During happy hour, patrons can score well drinks for $2.50, or $1 domestic draft beers with eight to choose from (Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Light, Michelob Light, Michelob Ultra, Coors Light, Amber Bock and Yuengling). Other happy hour prices include $1 off house wines and $5.50 domestic pitchers.
During football games, patrons can get a pitcher of domestic beer and a nine-inch cheese pizza for $10. Buckets of beer cost $10 for five during games, or get $5.50 domestic pitchers.
Action in the sports bar and restaurant changes almost daily, with specialty nights throughout the week. On Saturday nights, customers can compete in beer pong, starting at 10 p.m., and on Wednesdays, they host a trivia night, starting just shy of 8 p.m. A pool league fills the bar on Thursday nights and coincides with half-price pizza night. On Mouthwatering Mondays, anyone who orders an entrée can also order two drinks for the price of one.
Sickler’s two favorite drinks to serve up any day of the week are Brass Balls and Colorado Kool-Aid. Brass Balls includes a bit of Grand Marnier, Malibu coconut rum and pineapple juice. The Colorado Kool-Aid shot (named because it looks like Kool-Aid) is a shaken shot of Crown Royal mixed with peach schnapps, cranberry juice and sour mix. Sickler likes shots that aren’t hard to take, which why she favors the two fruity shots. “They are so sweet, it doesn’t taste like a liquor shot. It’s so smooth,” she says.
Sicker is only 24, but she moved her way up from server to bar manager after three years on Marco Island. She moved here from Tampa and can’t get enough of tending bar during the day.
“I love the atmosphere,” Sickler said. “I like daytime bartending because I’ve got my local guys that take care of us all year. We have our guys that come in four days a week. I like to see the familiar faces.”