It doesn't get much better than Harry's Ocean Bar & Grill, Cape May's beach-block bar offering live music, good food & drinks and a beautiful beach view.
"It's one of the best views in town," says food and beverage manager Jonathan Hirsch. "People can come right off the beach and grab a mojito or an orange crush (made with orange vodka, Triple sec, orange juice and Sprite) and then get back to their tanning."
Harry's staff also will bring your lunch right to your beach towel. Beach delivery, for food only, is available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Harry's hosts live music at its outdoor bar 4 to 8 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday.
Thursday, July 25: Cape May local Kate Delany Chew
Friday, July 26: Cowabunga Chris, also a Cape May local
Saturday, July 27: Nicki Sbaffoni
Sunday, July 28: Ron Gallo
Harry's has two full bars, one inside and the other outside, with happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.
"We have 16 drafts on tap and approximately 20 rotating craft beer bottles," Hirsch says. "We try to represent as many local breweries as possible from nearby Philadelphia, New York, Dogfish Head from Delaware (and Cape May)."
Why the name The Montreal Inn?
In the '60s, many of Cape May's visitors were from Canada, so Harry chose the name to attract them to his business.
Jonathan Hirsch is the grandson of the original owner of The Montreal Inn, Harry Hirsch, a Holocaust survivor who died in 2011. Harry bought the property in an auction in 1966 and built the hotel. He added on the restaurant and bar in 1971.
"Back then, Cape May was mostly residential, but my grandfather found out from a secret source that they were selling land for commercial use," Hirsch says. "He was the highest bidder, then he turned to the guy who was the second highest bidder and said, 'What were you going to do with the land?' The guy said, 'Build a hotel,' and my grandfather said 'Good idea. If you could do it, I could, too.'"
In his lifetime, Harry was a regular at his restaurant, usually found sitting at a barstool in the corner chuckling as he watched people order the Kake punim which is made with vodka, gin, tequila, cranberry juice, orange juice and pineapple juice.
Harry's face is still seen around the bar, in pictures and plastered on T-shirts, mugs and more.
"He's still here with us," Hirsch says.
Harry's sons, Larry (Jonathan's father) and Joseph Hirsch are now the owners of The Montreal Inns.