Celebrate the ‘Worst Thing About Living In Rockaway’ With Vino & Whit's


Vino By the Sea, Rockaway’s newest wine and spirits store, just turned one! To celebrate the anniversary, they’re teaming up with Whit’s End to celebrate, “The Worst Thing About Living in Rockaway,” with some of the best things about living here—great food, delicious drinks, live music, and good people.

Last November, Vino By The Sea opened its doors near Beach 69th Street at The Tides in Arverne By The Sea, bringing a unique selection of wines and spirits that are hard to come by anywhere else locally. As people are still learning about this new addition to the peninsula, owner Adam Linet says business has been good as they grow their customer base. “It’s awesome. We’re going in the right direction, maybe not as fast as I’d like but we’re going. But it’s only been positive. Everyone has been pretty receptive to the concept,” he said. Vino By The Sea’s selection of wines and spirits mostly come from small production wineries and distilleries, making their selection unique. “For the most part, we don’t have any big name brands, so people who actually like to taste what they drink are very appreciative that we carry producers that care about what they make,” Linet said.

Vino By The Sea also offers services that have customers making it their go to. Every Friday, they hold in-store tasting events so customers can sample their unique wines and spirits. They also offer a delivery service and allow customers to place orders on their website: vinobythesea.com

To celebrate their first year, on Saturday, November 23 at 8 p.m., they’re throwing a party, called “The Worst Thing About Living in Rockaway.” As we approach the winter, a time when the beach crowds all-but-disappear, and locals have a chance to show some love to all of the local businesses mostly in the company of neighbors, for some, the off-season is anything but, “the worst thing about living in Rockaway.” “It’s tongue-in-cheek,” Linet said. “The winter is about local love. Yeah, the A train sucks, but the beach is empty and it’s still beautiful. We’re just happy to be around, so let’s have a good time hanging out.” What better way to do that than offering food provided by Whit’s End, drinks provided by Vino By the Sea, and local music—for free. “It’s a way to thank everyone for coming out and supporting us and helping to spread the word,” Linet said.

Instead of at the store, the party will be held at Whit’s End to accommodate the expected crowds. Plus, Whit's and Vino already pair well.  “Vino and Whit's collaborate on wine pairings for the restaurant,” Linet said. Whitney Aycock was immediately on board when Linet presented him with the idea of an anniversary party.

Linet says the party will serve as a reflection of some of the positive changes in Rockaway. “We hope that people appreciate the direction that the Rockaways are going in when it comes to food and beverage,” Linet said. He also hopes it serves as a reminder to the community to support local businesses throughout the off-season. “We just want people to know we’re here and to come out and have a good time on Saturday,” he said.

“The Worst Thing About Living in Rockaway” bash kicks off at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 23 at Whit’s End (97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd.) While the event is free, donations are welcome.