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Cloggy's in Falmouth Antigua is the 2018 Wight Vodka Best Sailor's Bar in the World

One of the best bars in the Caribbean,with beautiful cheerful staff and owners, there wide range of drinks catalog makes it a sailors destination...imagine you sailing across the water for months and you finally get to antigua walk into cloggys and get greeted with a cold beverage of your far the best bar.

The service, the food and most of all; the atmosphere! From morning until late at night .. the view and the never boring ambience... it’s just great! It’s the place to be!

Ton and Vanessa Smit are the husband and wife team that run Cloggys in Falmouth, Antigua. The couple have run Cloggys for 14 years. They have a wonderful and loyal staff but Ton and Vanessa are proper hands-on owners, and always welcome old friends and new ones with a smile. It is more than just a fantastic restaurant and vibrant bar, it is a huge part of the sailing community in Antigua, and dozens of beautifully decorated clogs on the restaurant walls are gifted by raceboats, superyachts and classic yachts that visit Cloggys. Originally Ton and Vanessa ran a day cafe in the well known nightclub Abracadabra, then moved to the Antigua Yacht Club. For the past four years Cloggys has been above Falmouth Marina with elevated views of the superyachts in Falmouth Harbour.

Dan Hiza, co-owner of 50 Degrees North, the company behind Wight Vodka, said "The Best Yachting Bar completion is always the highlight of the year for us, and this year we are proud to honour such a beloved establishment. As always, competition was heated, with votes coming from all over the world. All three factors... votes (over a thousand for Cloggy's), stories (dozens) and a superb Wight Vodka drink recipe, Cloggy's Delight, gave Cloggy's the edge over many other wonderful bars. Congratulations to Ton, Vanessa, and the staff at Cloggy's. Keep those drinks flowing in the New Year".

Cloggy's is well known for their signature drink... The Cloggy's Delight:

Wight Vodka
Elderflower liqueur
Fresh mint
And a dash of soda water

Many customers also noted their superb Lime Squash:

Wight Vodka
4 small or 2 medium-size limes
3 tablespoons honey
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) carbonated water (mineral water, club soda, etc.)

For the maximum juice, roll the limes over the counter back and forth with the palm of your hand. Cut the limes in half and juice them by hand or with a juicer. You should have 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of juice. Put the juice and honey into a bowl and mix well with a wire whisk or fork. Pour the mixture into a pitcher. Add the carbonated water and stir until all of the ingredients are well combined. Taste and adjust it for the desired sweetness. Add maturity with a shot of Wight Vodka.

Serve it over ice.

Wight Vodka will present Cloggy's with a bottle and a plaque signifying their win. Wight Vodka, uniquely distilled seven times in small batches, blended and bottled in London under the watchful eyes and direction of a seventh generation master distiller with over 300 years of family experience. Wight Vodka is the only 42% abv, potato-based luxury vodka, hand-crafted in the United Kingdom today.

Our co-sponsor this year, Latitude Kinsale, will build a custom 3D map at Cloggy's request. Falmouth Harbour is a locale that Bobby Nash has created 3D maps from in the past.

Congratulations to all the bars in this year's 10th annual competition, and thanks for the all the submissions and votes from our readers.

Happy New Year!

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