In 1997 Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay opened in Margate, offering fabulous food consisting of only the freshest seafood, meats and produce around, in a simple, yet elegant, setting.

While serving delectable food is still its top priority, its also morphed into a lively jazz venue with two spirited bar scenes.

What to expect:

The “Oyster Bar” lies in the rear of the restaurant and boasts a warm and friendly atmosphere where locals gather for a quick bite. At the front bar you’ll find old-school bartender George Patton, who will greet you with a riotously salty joke. He’ll happily mix you any of today’s trendier cocktails, but prefers to stir up something more classic such as a gin martini or a Rob Roy.

Their liquor list is extensive and includes an array of interesting bourbons, ryes and even barrel-aged gins. The exquisite wine list contains vintages from around the globe, including a lovely variety of rosés.

Live music venue:

Owner Cookie Till is committed to showcasing local musicians. So every night you can hear the area’s top jazz players perform.

Coming up:

On Sunday, June 8, hit up the “Spin for the Cure” afterparty at Steve & Cookie’s. This huge annual event will take place under a tent where there will be an oyster bar, live music, dancing, and more.

The weekly Farmers’ Market at Steve Cookie’s kicks-off its season 8;30 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 19. It’ll be loaded with wonderful local produce, fruit, honey and freshly-baked pies.