Purple Parrot Bar rated in top ten drinking spots

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 10, No. 24            June 15, 2000

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Herman Wade, Anita Chi and Ruben Delgado of Purple Parrot

Purple Parrot Bar, located at the infamous Ramon's Village Resort in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye has recently been rated one of the top ten great places for a drink by well-known musician Jimmy Buffett. The Travel section of the June 2nd, 2000 issue of USA TODAY states:

    Jimmy Buffett has provided the soundtrack to many a beach vacation. When he's wasting away in Margaritaville, "I like bars that are not pretentious, that look like they've been there since the 30s," says the 53 year-old musician/writer/sailor/pilot. "There's not likely to be a computer-generated accounting system." While the changes-in-latitude guy is "not telling all my hideouts," he shares some favorite watering holes with USA TODAY's Kitty Bean Yancey. (P.S.: When you run into Buffett at one of them, he probably won't be guzzling margaritas. "If you'd have as many offered you as I have-" he says of the allusion to his hit song. "If I want tequila, I'll drink it straight.")

    In describing The Purple Parrot Bar, Buffett says, "I've been going there for 20 years." The open-air bar next to the pool faces the Caribbean, and the decor includes wooden parrots. The house special is a Purple Parrot (Baileys Irish cream, dark rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice and ice). Patrons speak English, Spanish and a local patois called Creole. "There's a great mixture of cultures here."

    The Purple Parrot Bar has been owned by Mr. Jerry Gilbreath of Laurel, Mississippi since 1989. The success and popularity of this establishment has been secured under the able management of Manager Ruben Delgado and his staff of bartenders consisting of Herman Wade, Raul Delgado, Joe Westby and bar waitress Anita Chi.

    The other nine favorites Mr. Buffett mentions are Louie's BackYard Restaurant & Lounge in Key West, Florida; MacDuff's in Norman's Cay, Bahamas; All bars on Straniel Cay, The Bahamas; Le SÈlect in Gustavia, St. BarthÈlemy French West Indies; The Deck in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands; Lulu's Sunset Grill in Fairhope, Alabama; RopeWalk in Nantucket, Massachusetts; Jimmy Cantler's Riverside Inn in Annapolis, Maryland; and Alabama Jack's in Key Largo, Florida.

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