Luna's brings some outdoor partying to Vineland

The outdoor deck at Luna’s Outdoor Bar& Grille in Buena Vista has become a popular hangout for the evening crowd.

You don't have to drive to the shore to enjoy an outdoor bar with live entertainment and fruity frozen drinks.

But if you go, then here's the perfect Sunday Funday pit stop for the ride home.

"We're hoping people will turn off major routes and stop and see us," Luna's Outdoor Bar & Grille owner Tom Merighi Jr. says. "People have been telling me it reminds them of vacation spots they've gone to."

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Luna's Outdoor Bar & Grille is an outdoor extension of Merighi's Savoy Inn, a third generation business opened by Merighi's grandparents, Ernie and Rose Merighi, in 1953.

"We've grown from a little corner bar and tavern to the largest banquet hall in South Jersey," Merighi says.

The goal for Luna's was to add a more casual side to The Inn, as opposed to its fine dining indoors, and to give people a reason to stay in town this summer.

"Vineland typically clears out come summer," he says.

Luna's offers live music Thursdays through Saturdays, nightly drink specials and plenty of room to bask in the sun while sipping on a signature cucumber martini or "The Luna-tic," made with vodka, lemoncello, agaves, blue curacao and ginger ale.

"We infuse our own signature vodkas with flavors like cucumber and strawberry," Merighi says.

Flip Flop Fridays:

Visit Luna's from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays for live music by Jeff Guiliani, the lead singer of the band Eleven Eleven, drink specials on Bud Light Lime aluminum, Landshark drafts and margaritas, plus a full food and specialty drink menu.

There's no need to get all dolled up.

"Come off the golf course, from the beach, the pool..." Merighi says.

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