1. Vue. It just makes sense that a place called Vue would make this list. And it’s more than just a clever name, Vue sits atop the 23rd floor of The Claridge Hotel, providing patrons sweeping, majestic views of Atlantic City’s skyline as well as the ocean and surrounding landscape. The bar’s outdoor area comes packed with comfy couches and chairs and offers guests one of the most unique nightlife experiences in Atlantic City. Located at 123 S. Indiana Ave. in Atlantic City. Go to Claridge.com.
2. Laguna Grill & Rum Bar. Brigantine may sit just beyond the bright lights and clanging slot machines of Atlantic City, but most people do not associate the sleepy beach village with nightlife. With one serious exception: Laguna Grill. Laguna Grill sits directly on the beach, giving its customers the ability to grab a lounge chair and sit in the sand while sipping frosty frozen cocktails and enjoying the music of the live bands that play both indoors and out. Needless to say, gorgeous ocean views are par for the course. Located at 1400 Ocean Ave. in Brigantine. Go to LagunaGrillAndRumBar.com.
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3. Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille. For many folks, summer just isn’t summer without a trip to Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille. And it’s easy to see why. The vibe is as relaxed as humanly possible at this rooftop bar where the many varieties of “crushes” (try the grapefruit) serve as the perfect complement to the warm sea breezes and stunning views of the surf at this seaside paradise. Harry’s epitomizes the concept that “down the shore everything’s alright.” Located at 1025 Beach Ave. in Cape May. Go to HarrysCapeMay.com for more info.
4. Oyster Creek Inn. Tucked away just past the deepest parts of the pine barrens of Leeds Point sits The Oyster Creek Inn. A waterfront bar/restaurant, this spot offers up views of the marsh as well as the casino skyline of Atlantic City off in the distance. They earn extra points in the authenticity department for the series of fishing shacks that sit just adjacent to the property. Stop in at their boat bar and have a beer and some fresh seafood to celebrate the arrival of summer. Located at 41 N. Oyster Creek Road in Leeds Point. Go to OysterCreekInnNJ.com.