Sea Isle City Bars
Sea Isle has a very healthy bar scene. If you are looking for casual drinking holes with outdoor seating you came to the right place. If you are looking for upscale clubs, you better look elsewhere.
Unlike Ocean City to the north which is dry and Avalon to the south (where all the old beach bars faded away), Sea Isle still has thriving beach town bars. Yes we mean the bars with low ceilings, and sticky floors where bartenders hustle all night to keep up with the crowd.
To be fair, the bar scene in Sea Isle offers a lot more options than it did even five years ago. The Springfield Inn used to be the only place to enjoy an outdoor bar in Sea Isle. Now almost every Sea Isle bar has an outdoor area. There are also a some quite places to enjoy a drink without the crowds including the outdoor bar at the Pour House and Henri's Bar.
Below is a run down of the bars in Sea Isle City and what you can expect at each.
The Ocean Drive ( the OD) - 3915 Landis Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243 (609) 263-1000 - The Ocean Drive is the top place for the 21 to 25 year old crowd. Loud, packed on weekends, hot, and just about everything a beach bar should be on a Friday and Saturday night. Saturday and Sunday afternoons it's the No Shower Happy Hour. Live bands, drink specials, what's not to like if your young and down for the weekend. The addition of the Sand Bar, the OD's outdoor bar was a huge improvement. Although it is a lot of fun, something doesn't seem quite right about spending a beautiful summer afternoon in a dark bar. The Sand Bar eliminates this moral dilemma. The outside bar is large and a lot more laid back than inside. On a warm summer afternoon what could be better than a cold beer at the bar while you can still feel the ocean breeze. VOTED BEST BAR FOR AGES 21-35 + BEST NO SHOWER HAPPY HOUR
LaCosta - 4000 Landis Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243 (609) 263-3611 - La Costa has both indoor and outdoor bars and a liquor store. The outdoor bar gets a great crowd on weekend afternoons and although it's not very big, it makes more than its share of noise. In fact it may be the loudest bar in Sea Isle as the sound of the band echos off the surrounding buildings. The indoor bar at the La Costa is just what you would expect in for any downtown Sea Isle bar on the weekend; crowded, loud, and a sticky floor.
McNutley's - 63rd and Landis Avenues, Sea Isle City, NJ (609)-263-6341 - McNutley's is the only bar in the middle of the island. They also have an outdoor bar. McNutley's has bands on the weekends and a liquor store as well. McNutley's is in the middle of Sea Isle so it's a pretty long walk to the next bar if you plan on bar hoping. As a result, the younger crowd tends to stay away from McNutleys. However with the Sea Isle jitney service it only takes a couple of bucks and a few minutes to get back and forth to down town, so this may make McNutley's more of a viable option.
Springfield Inn - 8 43rd St #12, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243 (609) 263-4951 - The Springfield brings in an older crowd especially the outdoor bar that is right across the Promenade from the beach. In fact if you want to have a cold one with your feet in the sand, the Springfield is the place to be. A beer and a hot dog at the in the afternoon at the Springfield's outside bar, the Carousel is a right of passage. As with the OD and the LaCosta, the Springfield has live music outdoors in the afternoon, early evening and indoors at night. The indoor bar is exactly what every baby boomer remembers all shore bars used to be like. A ceiling so low you wonder how short people were when the built the place, sticky floors, no changes to decor since well ... never, cold beer and live music. VOTED BEST OUTDOOR BAR + BEST BAR AGES OVER 30
Shenanigan's - 3815 Landis Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243 (609) 263-3900 - Shenanigan's is one of the only bars in Sea Isle without an outdoor bar. I am sure they would put one in if they has the room to do it but they don't. (Neither did the OD until they bought and tore down the two house that used to be next door.) Shenanigan's has a mix of live bands and DJ's the ceiling is not very low, but the floor is plenty sticky. Shenanigan's is for the young crowd except on Irish night.
Dead Dog Saloon 3815 Landis Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243 (609) 263-7600 - The Dead Dog is small and laid back. No loud bands and rowdy happy hours. Like Shenanigans next door, the Dead Dog doesn't have an outdoor bar. But the truth is an outdoor bar wouldn't make sense for the Dead Dog any way. It's just not that kind of place. Just good beer, good crowds and acoustic guitar on the weekends. They fill a great niche in Sea Isle a laid back bar that you can still feel at home in if you are younger than 35.
Doc McGrogan's Oyster House - Located in Townsends Inlet on the site of the old Busch's Restaurant. Doc McGrogan's is Sea Isle's newest bar restaurant. Doc's features live music, and has a large selection of wines and beers, as well as some drinks specially tailored for Sea Isle. Doc's is also known for their legendary fishbowl drinks.
Braca's Café - 18 JFK Blvd, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243 (609) 263-4271 - Braca's bar definitely brings in an older crowd. However they are famous for their 302s which are daiquiris made with two shots of Bacardi 151 proof rum. They won't serve you more than two for obvious reasons. It is a great place to have a drink after dinner.
Henri's Bar - 18 JFK Blvd, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243 (609) 263-4271 Henri's Bar is tucked into a small area around the back of Braca's Cafe. It is one of the most unique outdoor bars at the shore. It is only a hundred feet from JFK Blvd but it is quite and cozy. Henri's bar is small, but you can order dinner from Braca's and watch the Phils on the large flat screen TV all while outside. It doesn't get much better than that. Henry's is a great place to have a drink before or after dinner or to just relax. The crowd at Henri's is a great mix. Every one from the 21 to 26 year olds getting the night life started with a 302 to 30 and 40 year old having a few drinks and catching up with friends to the 50 plus crowd enjoying a few after dinner drinks. It's hard to believe but at Henri's these crowds mix together with no problem at all. Henri's recently expanded and doubled in size adding additional tables and a large second bar.
The Oar House - 318 42nd Pl, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243 (609) 263-3000 - The Oar House (formerly The Lobster Loft) has a large indoor bar and a small outdoor bar. It is also the only bar near the marina. So if you are looking for a place to have a beer after eating at another Fish Alley restaurant, the Lobster Loft is the closest bar.
The Pour House - 3907 Landis Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243 (609) 263-5600 - Sea Isle's Irish pub serves lunch and dinner on the weekends but is also a popular bar. They have a small outdoor bar that is right next to the OD. Some times the traffic and crowds walking by can be a bit much, but considering it's location right next to the OD, it is quieter than you would expect. You can order dinner at the outside bar which also has a TV for catching the games.
No Shower Happy Hour
Sea Isle may or may not have invented the "no shower happy hour" but it certainly has reached its peak in Sea Isle City. The no shower happy hour is the best answer to that age old question; "What is there to do after sleeping on the beach but before going out for the night?". The no shower happy hour offers great (or at least not terrible) live music and drink specials. Best of all, it is a no shower required activity. lf your in your beach attire and still maybe a little bit (or a lot) sandy no problem, so is everyone else. The OD, LaCosta, and Springfield all offer a great no shower happy hour, with indoor or outdoor bars.
No Shower Happy Hour features classic bands, such as Secret Service Band at the OD and the Juliano Brothers and Springfield.