Anchorage Tavern

The Anchorage Tavern and Restaurant on Bay Avenue in Somers Point will be featured on ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ this year.

Staff photo by Michael Ein

The Anchorage Tavern and Restaurant may be old, but age is just a number, right? The Anchorage, located on Bay Avenue in the center of the city’s Bay Historic District, is the oldest, continuously running business in Somers Point.

It’s been in operation since 1874, and current owner and head chef Donald Mahoney has run the business with his wife, Michelle since 1996.

Mahoney says he feels fortunate to own a piece of local history, and he is prides his business on being a place that has, and will continue to, provide people with years of memories and good times.

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“Every day I walk through the door I think to myself ‘I’m a lucky man’,” Mahoney says.


During dining hours The Anchorage offers a relaxed tavern atmosphere serving lunch and dinner daily, with a happy hour Monday to Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and daily beer specials.

But on the weekend nights, the tables get pushed aside to create a dance floor and the DJ comes on for an all-out party well into the morning hours.

Mahoney says The Anchorage draws people of all generations, from ages 21 to 60, with a large base of loyal locals, including its many longtime employees.

Music is from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. This weekend, DJ Mike will spin the music live.

Halloween Party:

On Saturday, Oct. 26, The Anchorage will host its annual Halloween costume party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

There’s a costume contest with judging at midnight for a chance to win cash prizes. The panel of judges is made up of some of the restaurant’s longtime regular customers.

As always at the Anchorage, there is no cover.

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