Wednesday, April 1, 2020
56.2 F
Ocala

Tiki-themed ‘Tipsy Skipper’ hoping to open downtown Ocala lounge this winter

The Tipsy Skipper is hoping to open the doors on its new tiki-themed lounge in downtown Ocala later this year.

The new business, which is located next door to the Marion Theatre at 48 S Magnolia Avenue, recently announced via Facebook that they were planning on opening their doors in “early-mid November,” indicating that they would “announce a grand opening date” when finalized.

The Tipsy Skipper in Ocala, Florida
The Tipsy Skipper has plans to open soon in downtown Ocala, Florida

In an email to Ocala-News.com, the business says that although they are still hoping to open in November, it is “seeming more like December.”

The Tipsy Skipper bills itself as a “1950’s boutique, tiki-themed lounge” that will feature a rotating selection of cocktails, juices, and “secret menu items hidden throughout the town.” The interior is filled with tropical decorations and the tiki bar’s logo, which was designed by local tattoo artist Adam Roof, features a hula dancer with an island backdrop.

The Tipsy Skipper Logo - Adam Roof
The Tipsy Skipper logo was created by local tattoo artist Adam Roof

Just before this year’s Ocala Arts Festival, the business installed new windows, and earlier this fall, they shared a sneak peak photo of the interior.

The Tipsy Skipper
The Tipsy Skipper shared this image on their Facebook earlier this fall

Regardless, the restaurant joins a growing list of businesses that have opened in downtown Ocala in just the past six months, including Big Hammock Brewery which opened its doors in May, and Bank Street Patio Bar and The Black Sheep on Broadway, which started serving customers in early October.

Later this year, The Mellow Mushroom, a popular pizza restaurant chain that serves creative pizzas in a setting filled with funky art and decorations, has plans to open a location in the building formerly housed by Brothers’ Keeper Thrift Store.

For more information on the opening of the new tiki lounge, visit The Tipsy Skipper website.

Do you have plans to try the new tiki lounge? What other types of businesses would you like to see open in downtown Ocala and throughout the rest of the city? Share your opinions with us in a comment below, a letter to the editor, or by visiting us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Photos in Ocala, Florida

Subscribe for email updates

* indicates required

Headlines

Marion County Fire Rescue deploys three COVID-19 response rescue units

Marion County Fire Rescue has deployed the first three COVID-19 response rescues in the county.

Marion County firefighters battle Belleview blaze started by illegal backyard burn

Marion County firefighters fought a blaze in Belleview on Monday that erupted from an illegal burn.

25 Marion County residents test positive for COVID-19 with majority in Ocala

Twenty-five Marion County residents have now tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, with the majority of them – 17 – living in Ocala.

Ocala puts $250,000 in loan fund to help small businesses amid COVID-19 crisis

The Ocala City Council on Monday agreed to do its part to help small businesses that are struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Foul-mouthed Belleview man admits to pushing woman

A 41-year-old belligerent Belleview man was arrested last week after he admitted to pushing a woman during a drunken argument.

Business

Ocala businesses shutter doors in wake of COVID-19 fallout

Businesses across the city of Ocala shuttered their doors Friday morning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has ground the nation to a halt. 

The Fiery Chef serving up ‘Ready to Eat Meals’ at new east Ocala location

The Fiery Chef has opened the doors on its new east Ocala location in hopes of serving up "Ready to Eat Meals" to the local community. 

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar opens new Ocala location at Market Street at Heathbrook

Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar opened the doors on their new Ocala location at Market Street at Heathbrook this week.

Mojo Grill is a must-visit restaurant in Ocala

The Mojo Grill and Catering Company, which has multiple locations throughout Marion, Lake and Sumter counties, is a must-visit restaurant in Ocala.

Epic Theatres opens doors at new Ocala location

Epic Theatres opened the doors on its new Ocala location earlier this month.

More Headlines