1 The bars that line Landis Avenue in downtown Sea Isle City easily make this shore town one of the state's wildest, and The Ocean Drive is the hub of all that action. The four-story, 126-year-old former hotel building, with its iconic white-and-red sign towering high above, has been a party destination for generations. That tradition continues every summer, with a consistently crazy crowd packing its dimly lit interior almost every single night.
2 "No Shower Happy Hour" is like the unofficial slogan of Sea Isle. From 4 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, the bar openly encourages you to come in right off the beach for bands and cheap beer. Both days are nuts, but Sunday's edition, fondly labeled "Sunday Jam," is the bar's peak each week. The inside and outside is invariably filled with people in beachwear grasping plastic mugs of "Electric Lemonade," the sugary, Vodka-filled concoction for which The OD is famous. And Secret Service, the two-man band that's been playing the place for decades, consistently rocks the house and has people banging on the ceiling.
3 The cover bands and DJs that play The OD are some of the best around, many of whom are known throughout the Delaware Valley and whose fans follow them to the shore. This summer's weekly lineup includes the aforementioned Secret Service, Burnt Sienna, Mr. Greengenes, Laura Lea & Tripp Fabulous, Lost in Paris and Stellar Mojo. GoGo Gadget is another one of the house favorites, and this season they play a wild mix of music every Tuesday night, with a power hour that runs from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. - that's 60 songs in 60 minutes. With $2 drinks all night, you shouldn't miss a sip.
4 Like much of Sea Isle's party atmosphere, The OD shuts down soon after Labor Day. Still, the bar reopens on weekends in the spring and for special events, namely New Year's Eve, the annual Polar Bear Plunge and St. Patrick's Day weekend. Somehow, the bar replicates the crazy scene that's normal each weekend on those few cold days it reopens, with people packing the place on the freezing last night of 2010 and after diving in the icy surf for February's plunge.
5 The majority of people who go to The OD are only aware of its nightly menu of strictly liquids, but the bar actually revamped its grill menu this year and serves food from 1 to 10 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, both inside and outside. The food is made by The OD's neighboring sister restaurant, O'Donnell's Pour House, and ranges from conch chowder to fish tacos to steamed littleneck clams. Of course, it also offers something to wash it down, too, with craft beers on draft such as locally brewed Beach Haus pilsners and California-bottled flipflop brand wines.
Heard on a Sunday afternoon: Secret Service churns out a steady stream of standard pop favorites from each recent decade, from "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz to "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison to "Africa" by Toto, followed up by house DJs spinning the latest and most energetic hip-hop and dance music, including "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer.
Seen at 6 p.m. on a Sunday: The bar is filled inside and out, by a young crowd of mostly girls in bathing suits and guys in shorts and flip-flops. Indoors, people have colored plastic mugs filled with the bar's signature hard lemonades, while the rest swig light beers and hit their hands on the low wooden ceiling in unison with the music. Outside, people laugh, smoke cigarettes and relax before going back in the madness inside.