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    1 They kept the menu old school, but couldn’t resist adding a happy hour. Starting April 1, The Twenties in The Claridge Hotel will add a daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. that includes a drink of the week. Their new drink, Rum Punch ($6), made with Real McCoy Rum, is first in line to kick off happy hour. If you’re not into that, happy hour also introduces specials on cocktails such as the Tuxedo No. 2 (made with dry gin, vermouth and absinthe, $6), and bar snacks are half price. Philly cheesesteak eggrolls ($6), three types of sliders ($1.50 each), three types of deviled eggs ($1 each) and their Texas burger with applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, onion rings and BBQ Twenties sauce ($7) are among them.

    The Twenties

    With the amount of places at the Jersey shore making no effort to stand out amongst the crowd, it’s nice to find a place where the phrase “cookie cutter” doesn’t apply. Welcome to Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro.

    Sandi Bistro bartender

    At an age when most kids are only dreaming of becoming rock stars or famous musicians, Mia Bergmann is already hard at work trying to make that dream a reality.

    Mia Bergmann


    Comedy Clubs

    1 More music, more beer, more fun at BoneYard Bar and Grill. BoneYard hosts THE official afterparty for Atlantic City Beer and Musical Festival. Get there early as tickets are sold first come, first served for $8 each night immediately after the Friday and Saturday sessions, March 20 and 21. The kitchen will be open until 5 a.m., serving house favorites including the Mondo burger, BoneYard tacos, fresh-baked pizza and wings ($3 to $10). BoneYard is home to 18 taps and nearly 40 beers in total such as Budweiser, Coors Light, Miller Lite and Yuengling ($3 to $7). The bartenders will also serve “secret drink specials,” but you have to attend to find out what they are. Local band Keep This Close and NULL band from Houston will perform on Friday. Come back for more on Saturday to hear bands Aspiga from Collingswood and Twin Coves from Atlantic City.

    AC Beer Fest

    It’s nice to find a spot that focuses just as much on making its nightlife great as it does making its food great. The Crab Trap in Somers Point is one of these gems.

    Crab Trap

    If you have ever visited Stone Harbor, you have likely seen more than one of the locals bumming around town in a “Fred’s Tavern” T-shirt. The shirt, like the bar itself, is something of a classic. And once you visit Fred’s, it’s not hard to see why.

    Fred Tavern

    1 Who can resist a cold slushy with alcohol? Wet Willie’s at The Quarter at Tropicana is sure to give you a brain freeze after a few sips of their signature daiquiris. They have 20 daiquiri machines with drinks sized small ($10), medium ($11) or large ($12). Popular mixtures include Monkey Shine, banana flavor and Bacardi rum, and Bahama Mama with vanilla, banana, coconut, raspberry flavors, Bacardi rum and Bacardi select. Some of Wet Willie’s most famous drinks are a combination of their 18 flavors. For instance, Call-A-Cab and Shock Treatment mixed together makes a Superman. And a Bob Marley is a combination of strawberry, sour apple and mango flavors.

    Wet Willie's

    For Debra Lynn Kavky, singing isn’t only a profession; it’s a passion. The versatile performer, who is currently holding a residency in Egg Harbor Township’s Library III every Sunday, says her musical roots date back to her early childhood.

    Debra Lynn Kavky

    TVs, sports, food and drink — it would be hard to find many people in America who don’t enjoy just about all of these things. So by that logic, it would also be nearly impossible to find anybody who wouldn’t enjoy Clancy’s By The Bay in Somers Point, because they specialize in all of them.

    Clancy's By the Bay bartender

    1 It’s the perfect combination of a bar and a lounge. For those who can’t make up their mind as to what type of venue they feel like hanging out at, Gypsy Bar at Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa is the place for you.

    ATS/Gypsy Bar

    For all its shimmering, beachfront beauty, when it comes to bars and restaurants, the Jersey Shore can get a little … well … repetitive at times. Anyone who travels the coast of this state will inevitably be greeted by a mind-numbing conveyer belt of indistinct “bar and grill” type establishments which, while occasionally satisfying, leave little to distinguish themselves from the pile. What one will not run into on a regular basis, is an endless parade of waterfront, Bavarian-themed venues, rich with lederhosen and more than six decades of family history. For that type of unique nightlife experience there is but one option — The Dutchman’s Brauhaus in Manahawkin.

    Dutchman's Brauhaus

    Apparently Virginia is no longer the only place for lovers. For those looking for a bit of a romantic twist to their traditional night out, there really is only one obvious choice in South Jersey. And that is The Ram’s Head Inn.

    Ram's Head Inn

    It seems these days that every new bar that opens gets a bunch of flat screen TVs, throws them up on the wall and thinks it can call itself a “sports bar.”

    Crest Tavern

    1 It’s very ‘underground.’ When the folks over at Harrah’s Resort began to conceive the idea for this new lobby bar, they wanted it to seem mysterious and underground.


    A Jersey Shore restaurant with an old-time train station theme? Sure, why not? With all the generic bars and grills popping up on every block, it’s nice to find a bit of a change of pace from a thematic standpoint. Rio Station nails it from the minute you walk in the door.

    Rio Station

    1 Happy hour? Try “happy day!” From Mondays through Fridays, the Atlantic City Bar & Grill, a local favorite, has happy hour from noon to 6 p.m. with martinis such as the Orange Crush — fresh-squeezed OJ, triple sec and 7-Up — cosmos or the Key Lime for only $5 (regularly $10), wines priced at $4 and beers at $2. You can also take advantage on deep discounts on their seafood — their house specialties — such as clams, mussels, snow crabs and oysters. Or maybe try one of their most popular items, crab pizza ($9) with a homemade scampi sauce, cheese and crab meat, a huge seller during happy hour. If you’re really hungry, go for the $25 lobster dinner — which is the price whether it’s happy hour or not. It’s a whole 1¼ pound lobster that includes a house salad, veggie and bread.

    ATS/AC Bar & Grill

    It’s 5:30 a.m. on a Friday. You suddenly awake with a profound and desperate thirst, the kind that can only be quenched by a parade of ice-cold Budweisers straight out of the tap. Only trouble is, you live in Absecon and can’t seem to muster up the desire to schlep all the way into A.C. at this time of night. The solution? Skelly’s Hi Point Pub.

    Skelly's Hi Point Pub

    1 “Lights go down, music comes up and inhibitions disappear.” This phrase, found on their website, perfectly sums up the experience at MIXX. With a dance floor that can hold about 500 revelers, two bars, plush seating and private table service, MIXX is a high-energy, two floor, extra large nightclub that makes you feel as if you are in the middle of a hip, urban metropolis and nowhere near the breezy Jersey shore. It’s a place where you can let yourself go wild while having the time of your life.


    When you think of nightlife on Long Beach Island, images of wild summer revelers downing frosty margaritas in the warm summer breeze may immediately pop into your head. Fair enough. That is summer at the shore, after all. But for many, Long Beach Island is more than just a summer getaway, it’s home — and like most great hometowns, it boasts a great local watering hole: The Gateway Restaurant and Lounge.

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