Trying 20byNine

Buy yourself a one-way ticket to Flavortown, with a quick stop at Whiskeyville.


I want things in life. I want success with my writing. I want humans to land safely on Mars. I want that girl I met at Coachella to text me back. I want to see Vin Diesel make “Fast and Furious 9,” “10,” “11,” “12,” and “13.” Most of all, however, I want to relive my transcendent experience at 20byNine in Oak Bluffs.

I want to go back and take the first sip of that marvelous Old Fashioned ($10) that made me feel like I was Don Draper, or that Sazerac ($10) that sent me back to the French Quarter in New Orleans circa 1912.

I want to try every single whiskey on the menu, but might die because I’m not Ron Swanson, so I’d settle for the Beginners Bourbon ($20), one of the many whiskey flight options.

I want to savor the Pappy Van Winkle 23 ($275, no that’s not a typo) Kentucky bourbon even though I’m not Bill Gates, Amancio Ortega, or Oprah.

I want to once again take a bite of the Lobster Fritters ($13) dipped in tartar sauce, which reminded me of the motto of my homeland: Dirigo.

I want to have another fork full of the Beef Chili Fries ($6) that were barbaric in all the right ways, loaded with spiced meat and melted cheese.

I want to dig back into the gooey heaven of the 3 Cheese Grilled Cheese ($15) that seemed to inebriate me more than the whiskey did.

I want to relive my experience, so I can live in the timeline where I ordered the Cherrywood Smoked Wings ($10) that were so highly recommended by the establishment’s staff.

I want to have not been removed to a high point of displeasure after eating the Shrimp Popcorn ($5) that did not agree with my taste buds, but may tickle the fancy of popcorn enthusiasts seeking a palate adventure.

I want a Time-Turner from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” so I can lay siege again and again to the Taste of 3 ($19) Charcuterie and Cheese Board, whose binding spells of kunik goat and cow, Middlebury cow, and Red Rock cow cheeses trapped me with their magical pairings of strawberries, blackberries, rambutans, toasted bread, and almonds.

I want the Pig & Waffle ($25) with its pork loin–sweet potato waffle–maple reduction combo again for dinner, and then for breakfast, and second breakfast, and lunch, and every moment in between.

I want the plans I heard about a burger being added to the menu to come to fruition.

I want to relish again the dessert offerings of Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Mousse, and Fruit Salad with coconut whipped cream and a sweet rhubarb shaved ice ($9 for all desserts).

I want to once more sit in the warmly lit and cozy gastropub, be served extraordinary food crafted by Executive Chef Gustavo DeAguiar, be given sensational cocktails mixed by owner and manager Mike Sopp, and chat about the brilliant menu with server Leslie Guzman.

I want everyone to go to 20byNine to see just how transcendent it is.


20byNine is located at 16 Kennebec Ave. in Oak Bluffs, and is open seven days a week from 4 pm to 12 am. For more information call 508-338-2065‬, or go to