The Windrift is taking it up a notch this summer with Level 2, an all-new elevated dining and nightlife experience with daily entertainment, dancing and a breathtaking ocean view.
Level 2 is the cap to a mega-renovation project that's been in the works since 2003, says Owner Paige Buckingham. It's more like the icing on a delectable two-tiered cake that is the Windrift Hotel Resort, a 45-year-old beachfront mega-property in Avalon that houses five distinctive bar lounges, dining room, pool, 89-room hotel, also renovated and remodeled this season, and an intimate sun roof that rests on top of Level 2.
"Level 2 is new level of service," Buckingham says.
The second-floor space debuted in late-May, featuring three full bars each with 16 beers on a frosted tap kept precisely at 32 degrees, a temperature-controlled white wine room, 12 flat-screen TVs, a DJ booth and an outdoor deck facing the ocean with fire pits, string lights and intimate seating areas.
The Level 2 structure is lined with nana doors, which fold open like accordions, creating an open-air environment. But if it's raining or too chilly, the doors also can be closed without altering the view, Buckingham says.
During the day, Level 2 is filled with tables, but at night the tables are pushed aside to make room for the dance floor, and the new state-of-the-art sound system and computerized laser lights come to life. Level 2 also brings in live bands such as Secret Service, The Amish Outlaws and Lost in Paris.
"This room just makes you feel good," Buckingham says.
For longer than Buckingham can remember, Tuesdays at the Windrift are wing night. Purchase a $5 souvenir wing night mug and get $1.50 Miller Lite Drafts and $7 pitchers from 4 p.m. to close. Or bring in your own Windrift mug for the same deal.
New this year, bring your wing night mug back on Wednesday nights for free entrance into Level 2, featuring a live band and $3 Three Olives drinks from 8 p.m. to close.