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13 Classic Bars to Visit at the Jersey Shore

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There’s not much that can top a great day at the beach, except perhaps a freshly churned scoop of ice cream or an expertly mixed cocktail. The Jersey Shore nightlife scene is a serious part of the appeal of a visit to the area, and there’s a bar or nightclub to suit practically any kind of taste. For visitors looking to grab a laid-back beer to those looking for an epic night out From Bird + Betty’s to Daddy O, there are many classic Jersey Shore bars to check out. Read on for our complete list of classic bars in the Jersey Shore area for the next beach night out.

Bar Anticipation | 703 16th Avenue, Lake Como


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Feeling like a VIP? Bar Anticipation’s VIP cabanas with specialty drinks, a full cocktail bar, and bottle service on the weekends will put a glam end to your beach day. The menu is large and has pub fare — there’s even an entire page dedicated to burgers. After hours, you can toss your flops, grab your friends, and hit the Grotto Beach, Bar A’s outdoor dance floor.

Bird + Betty’s | 529 Dock Road, Beach Haven

Does the beachside bungalow make you a little sleepy? Luckily, Bird and Betty’s in Beach Haven plays live music until the last call. The menu serves up seafood, sandwiches, pizza, and more. Cocktails on the sunny bayside rooftop are awesome, and after that, there’s the Nite Club for skeeball and live music until well after the sun goes down. It’s the perfect bayside end to a beachside day.

Read More: A Jersey Shore Getaway to Ocean Grove

The Columns | 601 Ocean Avenue, Avon-By-The-Sea


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With stunning ocean views, The Columns is a go-to spot, especially during the summer nights. Known for its live music, The Columns invites Jersey Shore-based bands and DJs for live music sets regularly. While dancing the night away, order their mini burgers, fresh-steamed lobsters, and other tavern-style specials.

Daddy O | 4401 Long Beach Boulevard, Brant Beach


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Looking for that perfect after-beach day date? For that, there’s the rooftop at Daddy O for ocean views, small plates, and classic cocktails down on Long Beach Island. It’s great for watching the sunset over the bay or grabbing a bite on the patio under the stars, martini in hand. Daddy O is also a hotel, so if you’re looking for a fun night where you don’t have to drive anywhere afterward, this is the place to go.

D’Jais Oceanview Bar + Cafe | 1801 Ocean Avenue, Belmar


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This is the spot to dance your flip flops off — D’Jais is not to be missed. This prime Jersey Shore staple has a happy hour with a huge selection of mixed and frozen drinks for all your beachside cravings both on and off the dance floor. For food, D’Jais has a variety of affordable eats, including a raw bar, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and more. Don’t forget to buy tickets in advance.

Donovan’s Reef | 1171 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright


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Need a lifeguard? At Donovan’s Reef, you can jump into happy hour at this oceanfront privately guarded beach bar, serving you seaside. When you’re done with fun in the sun, you can head up to the outdoor deck for live music at what is rightfully named, “One of the Best Beach Bars in America.” Donovan’s also has live music, ‘Off the Grill’ menu items, wings, tacos, and other things.

Jenks Club | 300 Ocean Avenue North, Point Pleasant Beach


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For a real shore experience on the Boardwalk, Jenks Club is the place for drinks, DJs, and dancing the sand out of your swimsuit. There are live performances on the weekends and specialty cocktails while you and your crew hit the dance floor. Jenks is a true Jersey Shore nightlife staple.

Leggetts Sand Bar | 217 1st Avenue, Manasquan

With daily specials on the reg, Leggetts is another var to check out when in the Squan area. Leggetts is open daily from 11:30AM-2AM and has drinks, food, and live music — as well as its very own dart league. It’s a lively time that will keep anyone entertained.

Martell’s Tiki Bar | 308 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach

Named ‘The Jersey Shore’s Island Getaway,’ Martell’s is a classic Point Pleasant haunt for locals and visitors looking for that beachside slice of heaven. In search of live music, beach parties, and that summertime frozen margarita? Martell’s has it all, and then some. There are also a variety of eats to choose from — including lots of seafood and sushi.

The Osprey Night Club | 201 1st Avenue, Manasquan


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This infamous spot dates way back to 1946, making it a long-time favorite in the Manasquan area. It was once a hotel — and later was labeled as the home to the “World’s Longest Bars.” The Osprey’s live music lineup features Jersey Shore bands and Jersey Shore-based DJs. If you plan on staying in the area for a while, The Osprey has seasonal rooms to book — available to reserve starting from Memorial Day Weekend all the way through Labor Day Weekend.

Parker House | 290 1st Avenue + Beacon Boulevard, Sea Girt


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For drinks and dancing in a beautiful classic beachside Victorian, the Parker House has got you covered — and it’s one block from the sand and sea. People from all (board) walks of life come to the Parker House looking for that perfect summer night. It also serves a variety of food — and you can dine on the beautiful porch outside. Whether you’re craving fine-dining seafood or a more casual tavern burger (a menu available only on select days), Parker House has something for everyone.

See More: A List of Must-Try Jersey Shore Seafood Restaurants

The Stone Pony | 913 Ocean Avenue North, Asbury Park


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If headliners are what you’re looking for, The Stone Pony is the spot. Hosting Jersey artists like Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, you’ll find more than what you asked for at this shoreside rock club. Popular artists such as Jake Owen, Whiskey Meyers, and more are coming up in this summer calendar to get your seaside sway on. This is not one to be missed.

Wonderbar | 1213 Ocean Avenue North, Asbury Park

At Wonderbar, you can grab your pup and their best friends and head to Wonderbar’s beachside Yappy Hour, where dogs (and their humans) can get some seaside socializing. Feeling snacky? Wonderbar’s Wonder Burger and cocktail menu will keep you set up in the sun while Fido makes new friends. You can also find Cruzan Rum Buckets here — which is, like it sounds, a bucket of a rum mixed drink.

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