10 South Jersey Beach Bars You Need to Visit This SummerLast Edited:
The staff at the South Beach-inspired Bungalow Beach Bar in Atlantic City, where the fun, food (try the Thai shrimp!) and drinks are available in your own private cabana . (Photos: Kelly Roncace)
SOUTH JERSEY — Sun, sand, and a tropical drink served by a beauty in a bikini. These are just a few of the reasons to visit one of New Jersey’s many beach bars. With nearly 130 miles of coastline, New Jersey beaches are a great place to grab a drink, some gourmet fare, and amazing views of the water.
Although both Atlantic City and Wildwood have their own beach and Boardwalk — and thus several beach bars — dotted throughout South Jersey are plenty of other spots — most with a full beach nearby.
Check out these 10 beach bars (in no particular order) before the summer slips away.
Rusty Nail (205 Beach Avenue, Cape May) — This iconic surf bar dates back to the 1970s when lifeguards, surfers, and beach goers frequented what was known as the “longest wooden bar in Cape May.” Located at the Beach Shack, “The Nail” features sun, sand, a fire pit, signature drinks, and a “beach blanket comfort food” menu that put the eatery in the top 10 of Zagat’s Hottest Restaurants on the Jersey Shore in 2014. The Rusty Nail is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Visit caperesorts.com to learn more about the Rusty Nail.
Bungalow No. 7 Beach Bar (402 East Rochester Avenue, Wildwood Crest) — Located at the Icona Diamond Beach, Bungalow No. 7 Beach Bar blends the Jersey Shore with Miami’s South Beach at a sophisticated oceanside oasis. The venue features daily live entertainment and community fire pits every evening at 7 p.m., tropical drinks and craft beers, and a menu that includes light salads and sandwiches, three different kinds of unique French fries, and steaming brick-oven pizzas. Bungalow No. 7 opens at 11 a.m. everyday. For more information, visit icona.com/bungalow-no-7.
Stubborn Brothers Beach Bar and Grill (2501 Boardwalk, Wildwood) — Located at the ocean end of Morey’s Surfside Pier, overlooking the Wildwood beach and the Ocean Oasis Water Park, is Will and Jack Morey’s beach bar, Stubborn Brothers — named for the siblings’ inability to agree on any other name. With a spectacular view of the ocean, waterpark, and rides, Stubborn Brothers has been called the boardwalk’s best kept secret. The restaurant offers signature tropical drinks and a beach-inspired menu including house-made guacamole, sandwiches, salads, and even a kid’s menu. The final seating is normally at 5:45 p.m., but Stubborn Brothers is now open every Friday from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. so guests can grab a drink or a bite while watching the fireworks. Visit moreyspiers.com for more information.
Carousel Beach Bar at the Springfield Inn (43rd Street and Pleasure Avenue, Sea Isle City) — With entertainment inside and out, the Carousel Beach Bar is the place to be on a hot summer night in Sea Isle. Find nightly drink specials at this sandy saloon that sits right on Sea Isle’s promenade. Visit thespringfieldinn.com for more information.
Bally’s Beach Bar (1900 Boardwalk, Atlantic City) — Step off the Atlantic City Boardwalk and walk across the dunes to Bally’s Beach Bar for fun, sun, sand, and spirits. Bikini-clad waitresses deliver signature drinks and beach fare from Guy Fieri’s menu to tables, cabanas, or a seat at the bar. Guy’s Twisted Dogs — Fieri’s unique hot dogs — include the Jersey Shore Belly Buster with two dogs on one bun, crispy potatoes, chili, cheese, and all the fixins, and the Sucker Punch — a spicy dog with smokehouse beans, barbecue brisket, and jalapenos. Bally’s Beach Bar opens at 11 a.m. everyday and features live music day and night. Visit caesars.com/ballys-ac/ for more information.
LandShark Bar and Grill (1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City) — Don’t blow out your flip flop until you get to Jimmy Buffet’s LandShark Bar and Grill on the A.C. Boardwalk. The LandShark is both an indoor restaurant and a beach oasis with direct access to the waves of the Atlantic. The restaurant offers signature drinks in cups that look like blenders and a menu featuring everything from tuna tartare to poutine to seafood entrees. Play cornhole, listen to live music, or catch some rays at LandShark’s beach bar. For more information, visit atlanticcity.landsharkbarandgrill.com.
Bungalow Beach (2641 Boardwalk, Atlantic City) — Located on the Atlantic City Boardwalk near Tropicana Resort, Bungalow Beach brings a South Beach vibe to the Jersey Shore. With VIP bottle service, cabanas, daybeds, and lounge chairs, the tropical drinks flow as you bury your toes in the sand. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu features something for everyone from eggs Benedict for breakfast to pineapple Thai shrimp for dinner. For reservations and more information, visit bungalowbeachac.com.
Laguna Grill and Rum Bar (1400 Ocean Avenue, Brigantine) Situated on the beach in Brigantine is an island oasis with beach-front dining, live entertainment (including national acts), and signature drinks and dishes for a tropical experience at the Jersey Shore. Laguna’s Mojitos — the Grande, Watermelon or Pomeberry flavors — feature Bayou Silver Rum. Grab a bucket of beer, glass of wine, or a handcrafted Sangria. Start dinner with steamed clams with garlic butter broth, move on to the seafood bar where you can grab a spicy tuna roll or a California roll, or enjoy Laguna’s fish fry with cod or flounder. For more information, visit lagunagrillandrumbar.com.
Back Bay Cafe at the Tuckahoe Inn (1 Harbor Road, Beesleys Point) — Situated on Great Egg Harbor Bay, the Back Bay Cafe is an open-air eatery with a full menu of starters, salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Don’t forget to try a signature cocktail, craft beer or rum bucket. The bar is open every day, and food is served from 5 p.m. to close, Monday to Friday, and from 1 p.m. to close on weekends. The Back Bay Cafe offers live music Wednesday through Sunday until Labor Day Weekend. Check tuckahoeinn.com for more information.
And don't forget the food. Here is a sampling of some of the extraordinary fare (and some of the creative cocktails) available at the aforementioned establishments.
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