Wine Down–Sip Sip & the Sip Sip Sots

OK, I’ve had some crazy post titles before but this one certainly needs explanation.  We were at the liquor store here in Hope Town and saw a sign that offered a 10% discount for SOT members.  What in the world is a SOT, how can we be one (little did we know that we already were, we just hadn’t paid our dues yet).  We were told to go to Wine Down–Sip Sip, a great little restaurant/wine/martini bar on the Back Road here in Hope Town on any Friday at around 5 PM to join.  Not to be left out of any revelry, we hopped into the dinghy and went ashore to become SOTS.   There we met Deanne and Sarah who relieved us of $5.00 and then took our photos for our official membership cards. 


Deanne and Sarah

Welcome to the Sip Sip Sots!  FYI sip sip is the Bahamian equivalent to gossip.  Rather than my giving you the background to this esteemed organization our official welcome is below:

Greetings Sots,

In case you have no idea why you joined this illustrious yet somewhat dubious organization, then you are definitely Sip, Sip, Sot material, and you have found a home. If you are sober enough to read this newsletter, then now is the time for us to enlighten you about the organization’s history, origins, purpose, and goals.


In June of 2009, four friends got together for a few sips of their beverage of choice. While enjoying their drinks and the glow of companionship they had an idea. Why not found a group that had as its purpose nothing but chatting with friends over a flagon (or wine glass, or tumbler)?  A group without rules, directories, by-laws, meetings, committees, or fundraisers.  Our only goal would be to gather like minded souls for the camaraderie.  Because the four friends were besotted with the idea and were sitting at the Wine Down Sip Sip, they decided that the name of this august group of friends should be the Sip Sip Sots. This was not meant as a denigrating appellation but as a lilting bit of fanciful sibilance with just a touch of alliteration.

After a few more sips we had another idea. Perhaps some of the local island establishments that sell spirits might want to solicit the good will of such a jolly group of friends. If that were the case, then the proprietors of these businesses might make it worth our while to have our gatherings with them. We mused, “Might they add some time to their Happy Hour prices for us?”  “Might they provide us some goodies to be nibbled whilst we sip?”  Well, after some investigation, we found that The Abaco Inn, Sea Spray, and The Lodge were willing to entertain such an idea if enough of our members were in attendance. The Wine down Sip Sip also was willing to offer their establishment as a headquarters!


Our last job then, was to gather around us friends with like minds. When you joined, we asked that a fee of $5.00 be given to the founding members. This is for all their efforts, and to defray the cost of membership cards, newsletters, and rosters, and the major portion goes to Friends of Abaco Animals, a charity that provides for abandon, homeless and needy animals. This is a onetime assessment for a lifetime membership (your card expires when you do).

We thank you for your $5.00 and say: Welcome and enjoy your new membership in the Sip Sip Sots.


The Four Founders


P.S. Informal Sot gatherings are held every Friday at our Headquarters

Additional Perks:

10% off all liquors at Light House Liquors

10% off any breakfast lunch or dinner at Sea Spray

10% off food and drink at Cracker P’s

10 % off food and drink at Lubber’s Landing

10% off food at the Wine Down Sip Sip

All of these perks are only good if you present a Sip Sip Sot card for I.D.


My card, ready for presentation.