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10 Classic Jersey Shore Nightlife Spots to Visit This Summer

by Claire Tomasi
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Summer is just around the corner, which means it is the beach’s time to shine. As beach season quickly approaches, you’re probably wondering about Jersey Shore nightlife after you’ve spent the day at the beach — and we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up the 10 best nightlife bars and local spots to try at the Jersey Shore.

Bar Anticipation | 703 16th Ave, 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 offers 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.

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

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Does the beachside bungalow make you a little sleepy? Luckily, Bird and Betty’s in Beach Haven plays live music until 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.

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.

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D’Jais Oceanview Bar + Cafe | 1801 Ocean Avenue N, 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 offers 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 N, 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 more.

Jenks Club | 300 Ocean Avenue N, 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’s 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.

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

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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.

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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.

The Stone Pony | 913 Ocean Avenue N, 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 Jesse McCartney, Fitz and the Tantrums, Counting Crows, 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 N, Asbury Park


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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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