The Gateway continues to be an  iconic LBI hot spot

Bartender Don Darge serves up drinks at The Gateway Restaurant and Lounge on Long Beach Island, which rotates its martini list to keep its offerings from growing stale.

Photo courtesy The Gateway

If you've been on Long Beach Island, you know about The Gateway Restaurant and Lounge –– that's what manager Victor Falango says about his establishment.

The Gateway is an iconic, year-round island's LBI hot spot that has been serving the islands' locals and visitors "from its fishermen who come in religiously to its summer tourists" since 1939.

It's a third-generation family owned business, opened by Emilio Guida, who later passed the business down to his son, Emil, who then passed it on to his son, Ron, it's current owner and general manager.

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The Gateway consists of three different, yet connected spaces: the restaurant to the right, the lounge to the left and the bar and the stage at its center.

The restaurant closes in the winter, opening for private events only. During the summer, it serves lunch and dinner daily starting at 11 a.m. with a menu centered on local and fresh seafood, including its award-winning New England clam chowder, sold in-house and for take out.

The kitchen closes at 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends, with an under 21-age restriction starting daily at 10 p.m.

Happy Hour & Entertainment:

The Gateway Restaurant and Lounge hosts a happy hour at its bar from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and has live entertainment several days a week.

The full bar features 16 beers on tap, which includes a rotating, seasonal craft beer selection, a specialty martini list and an extensive wine selection available by the glass or bottle.

On Tuesdays, The Gateway hosts an all-age karaoke from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and an adults-only karaoke starting at 8 p.m.

Thursday night is Irish Night, with live music by LBI local Mike Byrne, "who has a great following," Falango says.

The Gateway also has live music every Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight and every Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.

This weekend's lineup includes, Friday, Aug. 16, Jason Booth; Saturday, Aug. 17, Joey D and Bob Duo; Sunday, Aug, 18, Fred Connelly.

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