Wednesday, July 10, 2024

“The O.G.” Speakeasy Bar Opens Friday in Delray Beach

A Bloody Mary served in a Campbell’s tomato soup can, frozen sangria in an Icee cup—after working in the Miami bar scene, Challo Schott is officially opening his latest venture on Friday, the “blue-collar cocktail bar” the O.G.

“I want people to have fun,” Schott said. “Palm Beach [County] really just needed a fun neighborhood cocktail bar where they can come every day, see familiar faces. It’s an upscale dive.”

Located on Second Avenue just off of Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, Oceanside Grocers, or “the O.G.,” is a speakeasy bar hidden by the cover of an old-timey general store. On the front there’s an old-school 7-Up ad and a sign for oranges on sales for three for $5—he has had a few people come inside asking to buy some oranges.

“I’m aways concept-driven,” Schott said of the bar. “I like a storyline and I like a storyline that everyone can talk about it.”

And if the public’s strong, nostalgic response to shows like “Stranger Things” is any indication, we could use a little bit of yesteryear. Inside the O.G., guests are can take their complimentary tubs of popcorn and cozy up to a wooden bar with plants draping from the ceiling. Order a number of creative custom cocktails like the drinks mentioned above, or perhaps an O.G. Michelada, a beer spiked with Mexican spices. If what you need is a shot of caffeine, Schott’s 70-year-old vintage refrigerator has been retro-fitted to serve up nitro coffee. Customers can also test their muscle memory at an authentic Ms. Pac-Man machine from 1981.

Schott is known for his creative concepts when opening a business—Radio Bar in Miami Beach was aptly named for the radio tower that shot up from the top, and Better Days in Miami is a sort of high-end basement hangout inside a thrift store. Why the move two counties over? The business owner revealed a secret: he’s not actually from Miami.

“I always just acted as if I lived in Miami and was a part of the community,” he said. “But I’ve lived here all along… [The O.G.] is bike ride from my house.”

Not only does this cut down on the drives to the Magic City, but Schott joked that work being closer to home is good news for his 10-year-old daughter: now they can get a dog.

“Really, it’s about getting my daughter a dog,” he laughed.

The OG, 166 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach;

Christiana Lilly
Christiana Lilly
Christiana Lilly is the editor in chief of at Boca magazine, where she enjoys putting a spotlight on the Boca Raton and Palm Beach County community through both print and digital. Previously, she was the company's web editor. An award-winning journalist, she is the past president of the Society of Professional Journalists Florida chapter and a proud graduate of the University of Florida.

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