Creative cocktails, menu liven Terrace Tavern

Terrace Tavern, in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island, is a great place to get specialty drinks, such as ‘Cheap Sunglasses,’ made with Stoli raspberry vodka, cranberry juice, Sprite and a free pair of neon pink sunglasss.

As an avid traveler and self-proclaimed foodie, owner of Terrace Tavern and Crab Shack Steve Eisenberg is always searching for innovative and creative concepts to bring to Beach Haven.

Terrace Tavern's offerings combine some of his favorite finds with a taste of LBI flavor including a menu centered around locally caught seafood, most from Barnegat Light, local beer from Flying Fish Brewery and East Coast Beer Company, both based in South Jersey, and entertainment provided by some of LBI's most sought-out performers such as Ted Hammock, Erin Cook and The Pickles.

"My wife and I have traveled extensively to China, to Italy and what have you, and we love finding the local spots," Eisenberg says. "(Terrace Tavern) is the kind of place we would like to go to and enjoy."

Specials and specialties:

Terrace Tavern has more than a dozen creative drink concoctions, more than 40 beers - eight on tap - Jose Cuervo margaritas on tap and a daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m.

Some of the most popular specialty drinks include the "Cheap Sunglasses" made with a mix of Stoli's raspberry vodka, cranberry juice, Sprite and a free pair of neon pink flamingo sunglasses on the side; the "Bob Marley" with sweet tea vodka, lemonade and crushed mint; and the "Shark Week special" made with vodka, lemon, blue Curacao (to represent the ocean), a splash of grenadine (to represent blood), and a gummy shark on its rim.

Eisenberg also has a signature drink called "Steve's Martini." It's a fancy version of a dirty martini made with triple-filtered Titos Handmade Vodka, an extra blue-cheese-stuffed olive and an extra large cocktail onion.


Before becoming the Terrace Tavern and Crab Shack, the building housed Freddie's Bar, a little local bar owned by a violin player named Freddie who had a cat that danced on the bar, Eisenberg says. Another couple bought the place in 1976 and renamed it the Terrace Tavern, then Eisenberg took over in 1986.

"I saw an ad in the paper, drove down to LBI and said I'm gonna buy that place," he says.

Over the years he's made some changes and brought in some new offerings including adding "Crab Shack" to its name and spicing up its menu. But the original vibe has always stayed the same.

"It's intimate, there's no cover - never - and you can talk to the person next to you without having to scream," he says. "That's the way I like it."

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