Call To The Bar : Life still sweet at Honey View Club
The sound of lively banter can be heard from outside, even along the busy Mannings Hill Road-Whitehall Avenue intersection where the club sits.
That's how things are at the Honey View Club that's been providing an idyllic spot for bunches of bargoers since the early 1970s.
The name Honey View came from the fact you could view the landmark known then as Honey Hill from the club's entrance. Honey Hill later became Church On The Rock.
Like the church, Honey View continues to 'lift the spirits' of all who step inside. Current owner Christopher Harpaul, whose father founded the club, is ecstatic about now running the community landmark.
"It's like going back home," Harpaul said. "You know when you reach home and you can just put your feet up? I'm comfortable here."
And so are his customers. Many of them have been imbibing at Honey View for decades, like Samuel 'Nutsy' Tulloch, a peanut vendor.
He estimates he has been going to Honey View for at least 30 years.
"Yah so a fi wi place, nuh weh nuh betta. Everything good deh right yah so," he said, drink of Campari in hand.
Whether it's good music or a game of pool around the back, fun and good times you'll find in abundance at Honey View.
"I play music on a Friday, so you will see more people coming out. We open at about 10 a.m. daily and go until you say when," said Harpaul, noting his official closing time is 4 a.m.
He jokes that some of the regular patrons probably started partaking of Honey View's offerings before they were legally supposed to do so.
"Basically, some of them grew up with the business," he said. Conroy 'Sidney' Campbell, a newspaper vendor, said he's been going there for about 20 years.
"The prices are good. It's a very nice club. I am here every day after me done work. I'm just relaxed here," he said.
The bar has had a strong relationship with Wray and Nephew, dating back to its inception.
And those ties have strengthened over the last few years, with the company providing its branding and doing some refurbishing. But some things never change.
"In any foundation bar, the biggest seller is white rum because the older patrons love it. But the young bwoy dem a drink off all a the white rum now enuh," Harpaul laughed.
Harpaul would love to add a lounge area to the establishment, giving patrons something else to enjoy.
Harpaul said: "It would be an area where you can sit down with your girl and your friends, and you dance to some tunes. It would be like a backyard setting, and for me, those things are even nicer ... you feel like you're at home."
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