Details for Pirates Cove Yacht Club

Pirates Cove Yacht Club

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Average rating 4.5 stars from 24 reviews

Address 6664 County Rd 95
Josephine, AL 36530


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


New slips in front of the restaurant.

VHF channel

No radio. Antenna hit by lightening too many times. Contact by phone.


Email contact

Owner, manager

Karl Mueller



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Off the ICW come directly to the entrance to Roberts Bayou. The channel is narrow but at least 7 foot draft can be carried into the anchorage area. New docks in place. "No Wake" markers at the entrance of channel. Favor the beach as you pass the sand spit.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: New docks in place that are free to use if you eat at the restaurant.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 65
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 16
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2009-05-30)

Other price info: Included power (2) 30 amp and water. Call ahead, very few slips with power. This marina also has a dozen or so slips for the restaurant that are 'free' according to the manager 'If you eat' but have no power, water, etc.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets wander about the bar/restraunt regularly not on leash.

Disability access

No - Most boats come bow to beach and access across sand.

Launch service


Pump out



Yes - Bags available for purchase at the restaurant.




Yes - Brand new clean showers and multiple restrooms, 2013.


Yes - Restrooms inside the restaurant.








Yes - The origional 'Cheeseburger in Paradise' --service a bit slow, very much country/red neck--great character. Eat outside or in.


Yes - Got to have a Bushwacker here.

Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities

No - Travel lift not functioning.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi from the restaurant.

Boat ramp availability




Other services

The bar will hold mail and packages addressed to; Pirates Cove Restaurant, 6600 Country Road 95, Josephine, AL 36530.


Reviews for Pirates Cove Yacht Club
Never changes, 2017-08-30
Captain: , Biloxi, MS (519)

Been coming here since 1984. It's a little bigger, but the atmosphere is the same. It's simply a good time on the water. Enjoy places like this before they are gone.

Lots of Locals, 2017-02-17
Captain: , USA,USA (81)

Nice place to hang for awhile. Dog friendly. Nice protected anchorage (if there is room!) Good food and a bar on site.

This is a mandatory stop., 2016-05-15
Captain: , Illinois (2552)

This place is over filled with Keys character. The hamburger and fries are simply outstanding and the beer is cold. We like to stop and eat here every year....couldn't afford much more often than that. Great stop.

Good place for dog lovers?, 2015-11-08
Captain: , warm waters (828)

Visited by dinghy from anchorage in Robert's Bayou. Very primitive. Plastic sheeting for walls. Much of it was ripped down. Lots of dogs, mostly very large ones, strolling freely throughout, looking for scraps from customers. A regional songwriters' festival was taking place. Everyone was very laid-back. Service was slow. Food was okay but expensivie (two cheeseburgers with fries and two bushwhackers was almost $40).

Great Experience...., 2015-04-06
Captain: , Deer Lodge, MT (329)

We were here during the off-season, from Feb-March. Really enjoyed visiting with Lucia, Rick and the gang and got to the point of craving their cheeseburgers.....excellent! Also try the Cove pizza. We tied up to their pier on the way out and loved the dock and meeting more of the local color. Definitely one of our favorite spots!

The Blackwater Pyrate crew use this as a destination, 2015-03-03
Captain: , Bains Canal (40)

If you really want the experience Lulu Buffet describes, come here and enjoy.

Super Cool Spot, 2014-06-18
Captain: , Cromartie Beach, Albany.Ga. (115)

Visited Pirate's Cove during the 2014 B.E.E.R. cruise and had a blast. Arived on Sunday afternoon to a very busy place, both on land and water. Was greeted by the Dockmaster and guided to a spot to tie up. Not sure if this is "normal", but it sure put a smile on my face. Food was great, lots of fun people watching. They even have an excellent breakfast sandwich.
Don't pass this place up!

loved the dogs, 2014-06-14
Captain: , Corpus Christi (221)

One of the "FUN" places around. The dogs were great...when you order your burger be sure to order one for the dogs.

Anyone passing this place and not stopping is missing the FUN of boating...this is a place that stories/songs are written about....It's Key West in Alabama

The crew...s.v. Gypsy Soul

Great place with great people, 2014-04-24
Captain: , Houston, TX (110)

I only stayed for a day, but the folks here are wonderful. Everyone is nice and friendly and the food was actually pretty good! Seems that all of the power boaters beach their boats even through there are many slips available. I ended up anchoring out in the bay and taking the dinghy in for lunch.

When I come around next time, will certainly stay here longer!

Overnighter for annual Cove Dog Olympics, 2013-10-21
Captain: , Garcon Point, FL (91)

Great weekend of dog events, music and fellowship. Never a dull time at the COVE. Best burgers in the area. Multiple areas to dock and tie up in the front of the marina but be prepared for rolling if the wind is out of the south. Some room in the back to anchor with good holding. FRIENDLY great bartenders, Rick and Lucia will fix you up.

Pirates' paradise, 2013-09-12
Captain: , Galveston, TX (599)

Great place to spend the week days. We hear the weekends can get crazy, so stay longer. Great beach a short swim from the boat, whether you're anchored or moored. Friendliest place we've been in a month, liveaboards and staff. Heads and showers are set up for the masses, but are kept very clean.

The sailors have some useful (finally) local knowledge and are just plain interesting to talk to. The dogs are friendly and playfull also. Worked out well for adults and kids.

Place is nifty except...., 2013-09-03
Captain: , Ocean Springs MS (1454)

...on a holiday weekend, at which time it turns into a zoo, both inside and outside. Your wait for food can be hours long, although the bar will be much, much faster. That is so you can spend your money on drinks while you wait. Getting in and out: people swim right across the very narrow channel, right into boat traffic. Dicey getting in/out of Roberts Bayou when Pirate's Cove is jammed up.

Great time at Priates Cove, 2013-06-24
Captain: , Galveston TX (100)

We were greeted with open arms and very friendly people. If you like to people watch, this is the place.
Food perfect to go with a lunch time beer. Enjoy!!

Great place to visit for the weekend., 2013-01-09
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (1178)

Update: Very friendly folks who make great cheeseburgers (served one way, but that way sure is good) and bushwackers. They serve breakfast in the morning. Sign out front says if you don't like dogs, then you shouldn't be there; that's because they have dogs everywhere, but well behaved and got along well with our dog who we took ashore with us. We really liked the laid back atmosphere and plan to return at our next opportunity. Prices are on par with typical beach bars (i.e. around $6/cheeseburger and around the same for a bushwacker).

A must stop!!, 2011-07-18
Captain: , Franklin Tn (441)

One of the last great places left!! Local stray dogs make the place even better.....A must stop, great burgers!!! Not a bad mudslide either....Very Colorful place.

One of the last "Hole in the Walls", 2011-06-08
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (390)

This is a great place to eat a greasy hamburger, enjoy music and watch people. The place has several stray dogs that are a riot to watch and everyone just get's along. Great old school beach bar

Great funky stop, 2011-05-03
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, FL (603)

This is a fun stop. If the weather is good, there is good dockage available but exposed to the south. Great burgers, fine bar. This is how a beach bar is supposed to be. Live entertainment on the weekend in addition to entertaining locals and bar dogs. Roberts bayou is a good anchorage and the narrow entrance channel has good depth.

Awesome Burger and Nightlife, 2011-02-17
Captain: , Fayetteville, Arkansas (671)

Short dingy ride acroos the bay from Bear Point for great food and some awesome Alabama night life. This is is must do. Of Course you could stay on this side of the bay as they offer free dockage.

Wild and Crazy Place, 2010-11-20
Captain: , Grand Isle, La., U.S.A. (45)

This is one really laid back operation. The people (owners and guest) are wonderful. Great food and always a good time. Well worth the trip.

Pirates Cove, 2010-05-02
Captain: , Perdido Key Florida (460)

Very very local but a lot of fun. We stayed there for the Wood Boat Show and took 1st Place in our category. Free docks out front if you eat there. No power no water. Main dock in front is 300+ feet llong. Great cheeseburgers. Good anchorage out front or out back in Roberts Bayou. Dogs run everywhere. Kind of like going back in time. No pretences, everyone is very friendly.

All the above reviews are accurate.., 2010-01-20
Captain: , Dauphin Island, AL (162)

I "love" this place... Real people, no Pretences... Absolutely the best greasy hamburgers in the world.. years ago, a visit convinced me to move up from sail to cruising power...that was over 18 years ago.

A double XL slice of heaven, 2009-06-04
Captain: , Fairhope, AL (167)

I have been coming here for burgers since before I could legally drink a beer. I have been legally drinking beer here for some 22 years. This is the spot that a good Irishmen can only pray for his family to hold his wake in. Pirates Cove has survived, although not graciously, every hurricane that has ever hit the Coast of Alabama. The place is a ramshackle creole shack with a tin roof and a porch that has been added to
one too many times. It serves the best hamburgers in the World. The bushwackers are great too. Lucia and JJ (the two ladies behind the bar) are part of the "riff raff" that have run this place for ages. It is a friendly, family, and animal loving place that you just must experience. If you belong to a Yacht Club, don't bother. If you listen to Jimmy Buffett, and have ever done things you regret the next day, or have the luxury of not remembering if you should have regrets the next day, this is your place. If none of this peeked your curiosity, stay away.

Oh, and the best part - run your boat (up to 25 ft.) up on the beach. Or, take a free slip (up to 100 ft.) and stay awhile, it don't cost nothing! If you want power, water, etc.... call ahead, they have 16 slips out back that have all those things, but they are rarely empty.

Laid back and on island time., 2009-05-22
Captain: , Beaufort, SC (261)

If your in the neighborhood and are not too snooty, this is a place you want to duck into for a beer, burger and onion rings. This is the start point for the Forida 120. Not sure what the rates are 'cause when we tried to settle up they weren't sure either. For one night in a slip and storage for truck and trailer for four days it was around thirty bucks. We were part of a group though so results may vary. It is the sort of place where the ice freezer isn't locked at night. You pay up when someone comes around in the morning. A dog is liable to jump into your lap while your sitting in the bar sipping a Bushwacker. Pooches are rampant and add to the flavor of the place. A decent ramp steep enough to launch a shoal keel boat. Sandy beach on one side you can pull your boat up to if you just want to stop for a quick burger. This place is a must for some good chow, local flavor and cold beer. If you are the sort who gets upset about a pooch sitting under your table while you eat or what the health insepction rating is you might want to mosey on down the ICW a bit. It is a five star rating for me for the ultra laid back attitude and friendly folk.

Great Place, 2009-05-10
Captain: , Orange Beach, AL (10)

This is a great place to bow up and have a cheeseburger and a bushwhacker. Not much of a marina but a bar with live music.

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