On March 23rd, I was out shooting a sunrise and then headed to Pleasant Street to capture the Warwick Theater. I then turned to see what other local businesses I might be able to photograph and realized I was standing directly in front of The Riptide.
When I decided to share this image, I turned to the Riptide’s Facebook page for a bit of background on the bar/lounge. I had no idea so much history resided here:
- The Riptide Lounge became a bar in the late thirties or early forties when it was known as Kylie’s
- It is believed to have received the first license to serve alcohol in Marblehead when Prohibition ended
- The name was changed to the Rip Tide (or Riptide) in the 1950’s
- In 1968, George Ciampa purchased it and now owns it with his son, Chris Ciampa