Life is too short to drink crap beer. That’s the rallying cry of many a craft beer drinker, as well as the motto of Goodnight Irene’s in Wildwood, where good beer — and good food — take center stage.
What to expect
With a huge beer selection and an outside bar, Goodnight Irene’s is your standard madhouse come summer. But off-season, it’s a locals bar first and foremost, with a cozy 25-seat bar and a laid back, relaxing vibe perfect for winter nights. Throw in a few flat screens and a tap takeover here and there, and you’ve got yourself an answer to the proverbial question: Where should I go tonight?
Food and drink
If you love good beer, Goodnight Irene’s is your new best friend. With 38 beers on tap and dozens of bottled brews during the off-season (the outside bar provides access to 46 tap brews come summer), Goodnight Irene’s could exist on beer alone. In addition to a rotating selection of bottles and seasonal ales, Goodnight Irene’s puts a real focus on local breweries, including beer from Cape May, 7 Mile, Glasstown, Ship Bottom and Slack Tide breweries.
Fortunately, for those of you who love food as much as a cold beer — and we count ourselves in this category — Goodnight Irene’s is as much a food paradise as it is a beer lover’s mecca. A focus on revitalizing the menu within the past two years has resulted in an elevated selection of gastropub-style selections. In addition to a variety of pizzas made in their wood-fired brick pizza oven, specialties include the fried kielbasa sandwich with hash browns, long hots and grain mustard, and chicken and waffle sliders made with homemade fried chicken, maple syrup and apple butter. On weekends, you can often find house-made pretzel rolls used for their cheesesteaks and burgers. Soft pretzels and meat? We’ll take one.
A huge variety of craft beer and good food makes every day a special event. Still, Goodnight Irene’s sweetens the everyday with entertainment and themed nights, including sets by DJ Denny Oh on Wednesdays and Saturdays, DJ Johnny V on Fridays and Quizzo every Thursday. If that’s not enough, you can head there for the food specials — Mexican Mondays ($3 Coronas, $1 tacos and $5 nachos), Tiny Tuesdays ($1 mini fries and $1, $2 and $3 sliders), plus $5 plain or white pies Wednesdays and 49-cent wings and steamers Thursdays.