Food & Drink

It’s Easy to Get Stuck at SandBar Marina & Grill

Check out the new spring cocktail menu

SandBar Marina & Grill, a lakeside food, drink and docking destination on Lake Hickory, offers family and friends a place to relax after or during a long day on the water.

Located on a peaceful stretch just off of the main lake, the restaurant serves a number of food options every day of the week save for Tuesday, with a brunch menu available on Sundays until 2 p.m.

On March 21, the SandBar unveiled its new menu for the coming spring and summer seasons. New options include bánh mì steak and baja chicken tacos; chicken pesto, Italian and margarita flatbreads; a Southwest chicken salad; and entrees like the El Sandbar carne asada.

a plate of wings from SandBar Marina & Grill
Wing platter from SandBar Marina & Grill (Courtesy of SandBar Marina & Grill)

Don’t panic when you don’t see any wraps on the menu; any sandwich can still be ordered as a wrap.

After (or before) your meal, venture over to the wine shop, which features options from all over the world to wash your food down. The SandBar hosts monthly wine dinners with a five-course food-pairing menu so be sure to ask about that for your next date night.

Enjoy the convenience of purchasing your SandBar Marina merchandise, nautical novelties, locally made products, limited boating supplies and premium or regular non-ethanol fuel all in one place.

SandBar offers many activities, discounts and events throughout the week, including Wine, Wing and Well Wednesdays, during which customers get $.80 wings, $2 Coors Light and Miller Light bottles, $5 well liquor drinks and $10 house wine bottles.

a bottle of wine next to a platter of wings on the deck of SandBar Marina & Grill
WIne, Wing & Well Wednesdays at the SandBar Marina & Grill ( Courtesy of SandBar Marina & Grill)

The bar also serves a bevy of signature cocktails that rotate by the season. This spring’s cocktail menu includes the Tequila Mockingbird, Hickory Iced Tea, Surfer on the Lake, and Berry Happy Mojito, while the frozen options consist of the piña colada, slushy margarita, strawberry daiquiri, Sex on the SandBar, and mudslide.

The outdoor dining area overlooks the beautiful waters of Lake Hickory and the restaurant’s 30 boat slips allow for a convenient dock-and-dine opportunity. Customers can regularly enjoy music from a variety of live bands and musicians throughout the boating season.

“This is a hidden gem,” said one happy customer in a Google review. “Enjoyed a relaxing visit on the outdoor patio for a beautiful afternoon. We ate fish and chips, turkey club, Philly cheesesteak, and Cajun chicken alfredo. We had the most delicious fries, they were seasoned to perfection … We sat for a while visiting and enjoying the music overhead.”

two margaritas on the deck of SandBar Marina & Grill
A couple of margaritas out on the deck at SandBar Marina & Grill (Courtesy of SandBar Marina & Grill)

SandBar is a private bar, but you won’t have to jump through hoops to get in; adults can register for a 10-year membership during service hours with a valid ID, telephone number and $1.

Located at 3210 Rink Dam Road in Taylorsville, SandBar is open Monday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday, 4-9 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and is closed Tuesdays.

Visit their Facebook page for regular updates about goings on at SandBar.

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