If there are two things I enjoy in this world, it's good whiskey and fine wine.

Luckily for me, there's a new restaurant that just opened up in Marion called The Mary Celeste Whiskey and Wine Library. Why "library?" It's located around the corner from the former Bookstall store at the old Harriet's building.

"The Mary Celeste" comes from the legendary ship of the same name, captained by Benjamin Briggs of Marion, that was discovered in December 1872 with its cargo intact but its crew had vanished without a trace. It's a mystery that has never been solved.

The Mary Celeste Whiskey and Wine Library menu offers group and single charcuterie boards for $25 and $13, respectively; there are also offerings such as pan-roasted nuts, pan-seared scallops, and bourbon bananas. The menu focuses on light fare and desserts to go with its drink offerings.

The best part? The Mary Celeste also serves various alcohol tastings ranging from $31 to $56. So if you're someone who is a connoisseur of fine spirits, then this is the place for you.

Reservations are easy a click away on their website, right alongside some pretty decent customer reviews:

Mary-Lee Gifford of Ithaca, New York says: “Wonderful service, great atmosphere, perfect location! Knowledgeable, friendly staff prioritized educating my husband and me on the selections and finding samples we would like. We will definitely be back and highly recommend The Mary Celeste to anyone looking for a unique local experience or looking to try something new in a relaxing environment.”

Cindy Ko Irving wrote: “I was so happy to hear about this new place that opened in Marion. The food was absolutely delicious, drinks were great, and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Staff was super great and we couldn’t ask for a better experience. I look forward to going back!”

Located at 7 Cottage Street in Marion, The Mary Celeste Whisky and Wine has a lot to offer for the SouthCoast, and I personally can’t wait to see it all come to fruition.

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