Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April 2013- Shelly, Plantation West 82 Bar and Grill

dirty martini
Dirty Martini made by Shelly
Every Thursday night, I put on my heels, a favorite dress and head to Plantation on Crystal River.  

They  host a magnificent $5 martini night at their West 82 Bar & Grill.  

The drinks are spectacular.  The ambiance is classy and the view of the river is one of the best in town. I always order the dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives.  It is by far the best one I have ever had! 

Located directly on the Crystal River, if you feel the urge to sit by the river while drinking your martini, they will even provide you with a plastic martini glass! Or if you are on the boat, fishing, scalloping or swimming with the manatees stop by their tiki bar.
Crystal River, FL
One of the best views of Crystal River!

But not just anyone can make a good martini.  Plantation is fortunate enough to have a talented, experienced bartender- Shelly.  Not only is Shelly a tremendous bartender, she is passionate about Plantation.
Plantation on Crystal River
Shelly works Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Plantation on Crystal River
"After owning and operating my own business it was hard to find a place that shared my standards for great service. Then I found Plantation."

Shelly has been a Florida girl the last twenty years and a Plantation girl the last two years.  She grew up outside of Albany and does not miss the snow! 

"I fell in love with the water and people in Crystal River."

Plantation on Crystal River
Plantation serves a variety of handmade cocktails.
Q: What is one of the most popular drinks served at Plantation?
A: "The Plantation Punch- Captain Morgan, Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, mango, orange and passion fruit rum, a splash of orange juice and pineapple juice, a splash of grenadine, and topped with Myer's Original Dark Rum floater.  It is a favorite at the tiki bar especially during the summer."

Q: How long have you been a bartender?
A: "For six years. When my husband and I owned a restaurant, I really began to appreciate the art of bartending.  I started concocting my own special recipes.  Now, at Plantation, I use my experiences to make the best drinks for our customers."

Q: What do you think makes Plantation on Crystal River special?
A: "The resort has a genuine enthusiasm to please the guests.  Within the past few years, I have seen how patrons grow to love the resort more and more.  All the staff is like a family.  We work together to be a top team for our customers."

plantation on crystal river
Get there before 6pm (Monday- Thursday)
for delicious early bird specials.
Shown : Grilled Skewer Shrimp
Q: Do you have favorite ingredient?
A: "Yes! I love making drinks with mango.  Visitors love a good cocktail with mango, especially after swimming with the manatees and boating all day."

Q: What is a drink that most would not know of?
A: "I make a drink called the Southern Cucumber.  It is a whisky drink with lemonade and cucumbers.  It is very refreshing!"

plantation on crystal river
Order the Fresh Pecan Encrusted Mahi
served with asparagus off of the dinner
menu to help prevent a hang over.

Q: What is a suggested hangover cure?
A: "The newest cure according to scientists is asparagus.  Apparently, you can either eat it before, during or after for results. We have many dinner menu items that include asparagus."

Q: What do you toast to?
A: "I toast to relationships and success. I could toast to my happiness every day!"

Make sure you stop by Plantation on Crystal River for custom made drinks by Shelly.  You can find her there Thursdays for martini night. And working the tiki bar Fridays and Saturdays. You won't be disappointed!

Find West 82 and Plantation on Crystal River on Facebook!

Plantation Room on Urbanspoon


  1. Hi ,

    Your first post just appeared on Urbanspoon! Check it out:

    I encourage you to claim your blog, which allows you to add a picture and change some settings. The blog photo shows up next to your posts wherever they appear on Urbanspoon. Here's how to claim:

    - Make sure you're logged into Urbanspoon

    - Go to your blog page on our site:

    - Click "Claim your blog" in the left sidebar

    After you submit it, we may contact you to verify your claim. Check your spam email folder if your claim hasn't gone through in a day or two. You'll also find some interesting badges and widgets on your Urbanspoon blog page - look in the right sidebar.

    If you have any questions, please contact me via email.



  2. Thanks! I just approved your blog claim. Now your Urbanspoon profile picture is displayed on your blog page. You can upload a blog-specific photo if you prefer, and can change a few other blog settings there. Also, if you vote for a restaurant that you've reviewed on your blog, we now show your vote next to your post everywhere on our site.