Dale (at left) working the bar at The Lighthouse.

Dale Brown, The Lighthouse

Dale Brown is a local legend. He started bartending after college, and has kept at it for 43 years. For the past 20 years, he’s been tending bar at The Lighthouse. Dale started bartending in Dewey after college. “I was 20 years old and it was just for fun. It paid for gas in the boat.”   

Over the years, Dale obtained his real estate license and currently works with Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty, all while continuing to tend bar. “Bartending is a great way to network,” he says. “I met a lot of people and sold a lot of real estate because of it.” 

Dale also obtained his captain’s license and declares boating as his first love. During his 20s and 30s he would spend the off-season in the Florida Keys bartending, running boats and teaching scuba diving, as he is also a licensed divemaster. Dale also works for Cape Water Taxi where he still is an active boat captain.

While Dale claims to be “winding down” at 63 years old, you can still find him behind the bar most nights. After shifts, Dale often hops on his boat to head home with his daughter Alexis who works as a busser at The Lighthouse. 

What’s the most popular drink at The Lighthouse?
The Orange Crush. Every one HAS to be freshly squeezed. 

How do you deal with the summer crowds? 
I always try to keep it fun. So, head down and just keep rolling. 

What’s your go-to drink? 
I don’t really drink much anymore. I guess a cold beer, but I’d rather be on the boat. 

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