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  • Hot spot: Tiki Bay, Home of Schmidty’s

  • The place is simple and the bartender is famous. Schmidty’s at Tiki Bay Marina is one of the Lake’s most popular waterfront bars and restaurants.
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  • What it is
    The place is simple and the bartender is famous. Schmidty’s at Tiki Bay Marina is one of the Lake’s most popular waterfront bars and restaurants.
    Schmidty is the ‘nom de cocktail’ of one of the Lake’s best-loved bartenders, the man behind the myth at the Tiki Bay bar.
    There has been a restaurant on the property since the 1950s. Over time, there have been a number of drastic changes.
    In 2008 the place was known as "a gas station with food. Now it is the place famous for the Walking Taco.
    What it is
    On the 4 mile marker by water. By land, 39 Knox Road in Rocky Mount.
    Insider information
    Stop by the Tiki Shop for a souvenir. There is also house rental and boat rentals available.
    Info
    Open: March-October
    Dress: Casual
    Prices: $3.95 to $19.95
     What's cool about it
    Besides the panoramic Lake views, there's a party at Tiki Bay no matter what time of day you cruise by. Fish net hangs from the ceiling, adorned with wooden parrots and sunglasses. Writing on every inch of the plywood bar documents some interesting nights.
    The menu
    The menu is as unique as the place and includes the Hangover Hamburger, served with a side of Advil. It’s a good choice for those who have had one too many signature drinks, some of which combine as many as nine different liquors.

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