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Scotty’s Pub on the Bay drops anchor in South Shore

Jul 05, 2016 01:12PM ● By SCENE MAGAZINE STAFF
Scotty’s Pub on the Bay sailed into South Shore Harbour in early June and is already making quite a splash. Their convenient location (3202 Marina Bay Drive in Kemah) makes it easy for guests to cruise in for exceptional service, unique drink menu and fun daily specials.

The South Shore Harbour location is the second Scotty’s Pub to open.  In 2011, Scott Sexton III, Scott Sexton Jr., Craig Sexton and Greg Castro opened the original Scotty’s Pub, a friendly neighborhood bar located at 10943 Scarsdale. The pub was a long-time dream of all the owners, and they still take an active part in the day-to-day work of the bar.  Scott III credits the Scarsdale staff for enabling him, Scott Jr. and Quinton Turner (long-time manager of the Scarsdale pub) to open Scotty’s Pub on the Bay in June.

“Our staff helped us get where we are today,” making the South Shore location a reality.  Scotty’s Pub on the Bay reflects the successful menu and hybrid bar concept (part nightclub and part pub) that was perfected at Scotty’s Pub on Scarsdale over the last five years.  Scotty’s owners continue to partner with their friendly and knowledgeable employees to provide a “whiskey-heavy, craft beer-centric, foodie haven.”

When the idea to open a new pub was first tossed around, the guys knew they wanted to drop anchor in South Shore.  They wanted to be near the water, and they knew the people in the area “love to party and are good people, nice and well-mannered.”  As the work on the new pub was taking place, they made it a point to have lunch and dinner at locally owned restaurants and shopped close by to support their new neighbors throughout the build.  It was immediately obvious that there were many creative residents with knowledge and appreciation of good food.  For three culinary experts, this was perfect.  All three of the founders studied culinary arts – and Scott III continues to teach culinary classes in Houston.

In the near future, the kitchen will open at Scotty’s Pub on the Bay.  Be on the lookout for daily chef-inspired specials. Just like at the Scarsdale location, the chef will prepare a limited amount of plates every day, featuring new and fresh ideas.  Favorites expected on the menu include Scottish Eggs, Sober Sticks (locally made spicy pork tamales, breaded and deep fried, served with queso), Jerky Bird and Los Tacos (beer-batter fried shrimp with pineapple preserves, pico and awesome sauce).

The hybrid concept that worked so well at Scarsdale is now making waves in South Shore as a combination nightclub and pub.  Guests love the dance floor, complete with a new DJ booth and a state-of-the-art jukebox, as well as the specialty drinks, 12 beers on tap and impressive whiskey selection.  Scotty’s Pub on the Bay has TVs in every corner, two pool tables, three dartboards, Golden Tee and two 120-inch projection screens.

The pub is known for crafting many of their specialties in-house, including their award-winning Bloody Mary. Guests will notice peppers and onions infused vodka at the bar, ready to be combined Bloody Mary mix, celery bitters, house-made bacon salt and a spicy pickled green bean. You can try this specialty for only $4 on Sunday nights!  Other specials on Sunday include $2 wells and $7 domestic pitchers.  Another must-try is their Pimms Cup, a southern take on an English classic with fresh lemon, cucumbers and ginger beer.

Scotty’s has something fun going on every night of the week, including “Geeks Who Drink Trivia,” blind draw dart tournament, snowman poker tournament, and plenty of nightly drink specials.  Friday features live music from DJ Swift and $4 Fireball Whiskey. Saturdays are all about hit videos and music. Happy hour is daily from 4 to 8 p.m.

Scotty’s team of founders, bartenders, waiters and waitresses thrive on working together to provide guests with the best experience possible when they walk into their neighborhood bar, Scotty’s Pub on the Bay.

- Tanisha Hicks