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June 2, 2009

What are some great Ocean City bars?

seacretsIt's hot and heavy out, and I'm hoping to get downy ocean here soon.

I only get to Ocean City once a year -- sometimes even less than that. And every year, I wonder what bars I should be hitting up.

I went to Seacrets. Once.

After a few drinks, I got lost inside the sprawling, sandy party zone and spent a good chunk of the night trying to find my friends.

I did run into a dude wearing a T-shirt with the words "Suck it" on it, with an arrow pointing to his crotch. Tactful.

I've also stopped by the Purple Moose Saloon, which was a little worn around the edges, but still fun ...

And I've hung out at the Greene Turtle, another classic OC party spot.

But I wanna know: Where are the non-touristy (or just plain cool) OC bars? I know they exist. Where are they?

I need names, people, and quick -- my coworker Jill wants to do an article on OC nightlife. She's headed down there this weekend for just that very reason.

Rehobeth, Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach count too.

So fill us in.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:09 PM | | Comments (33)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


For better or worse, I tend to hang out at the Cork Bar on Wicomico Street. Not touristy, and a little dirty. But pool tables and better than average food. And cold, cold beer.

Coins on 28th street. Dive bar, but cheap drinks and interesting people.

FishTails at the Bahia Marina.

Best bar in Ocean City

The Steer Inn (just outside OC near Ocean Pines, next to Ocean Downs) tends to attract more locals. They have great food, good prices, and great live bands on the weekends.

Definitly Fishtails on 21st far one of the best in OC....

I love the outdoor area at Fagar's. Its great when you get a spot in front of the fire pits and you are able to sit and relax with friends. If you want to avoid crowds, Castaways is fun. Never too busy, good drinks and live music. And of course, Macky's is a classic if you want to run into everyone from home.

dogfish for their beers. Froggs head for the live music and abundance of dykes on the weekend, and aqua grill for the fun drinks and hot gay boys. all in rehoboth.

Fishtails, Macky's, Fagar's.

Kirby's Pub, Fager's (early...before the meatheads show up), Macky's,
Sunset Grille in West OC, Liquid Assets, Fish Tales, Galaxy 66 (roof top bar)...just to name a few

I was going to mention Liquid Assets (wine and martini bar) in Ocean City and Dogfish Head Brew Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach. Dogfish Head also distills their own vodka, rum, and gin.

The Pirate's Den, of course. Just don't stand up and sway to the Billy Idol music.

Arena's Deli in Rehoboth is the best spot there, with good deli food and a great beer list. The Irish bar... Finns? a few doors down from Dogfish has the best atmosphere of a pub anywhere in town. They shipped the bar from Ireland.

Shenanighan's at 4th and the Boardwalk for the music or Mother's Catina 28th Street Plaza for their Happy Hour

I swear to God I'm going to pistol whip the next guy who says, " Shenanigans."

Tequila Mockingbird is good hole-in-the-wall located around 130th.

As for Dewey:

Bottle & Cork
Rusty Rudder



Definitely Macky's... Fager's is fun too, but can get crowded. They normally have some sort of cover band, which is always a good time.

I agree the Cork bar has the coldest beer in OC. A few doors from it the Bearded Clam is a good spot for relief from boardwalk crowds. Shennegins at 6th and boards on the nights they have the Irish band is a fun time. Fish Tales is great by the docks. You can sit in swings and enjoy frozen libations of just plain good cold beer. Try the Conch fritters they're great.

Macky's for OC and Bottle & Cork for Dewey :)

I agree Fishtails is the best in OC. I still love Seacrets but only during the day.

Far as I know, Bethany doesn't have much in the way of bars and that's why people like it.

Dewey: Lighthouse for happy hour on Friday night, then Starboard; Bottle & Cork for jam session on Saturday, then Starboard; Sunday, Starboard.

Rehoboth has great places like Dogfish but note they are bars in restaurants, i.e. restaurants that have a bar without much space beyond the bar itself to drink & hang out.

Absolutely Cork Bar. It's like a Baltimore bar at the beach...oh wait, I mean downy o-shin, hon.

Dutch Bar!

How about John Traders "Liquid Assets"
The guy loves wine nd demands gret service!!!

Always go to Kirby's when I'm down there. If you want to get a little classier you can always walk next door to Liquid Assets.

I would recommend Liquid Assets, Sunset Grille, Fish Tales, The Shark, Lenny's Beach Bar at the Clarion and of course, BJs on the Water.

I'm also a big fan of Kirby's. Reasonably priced drinks and a decent menu, chill people, and, surprisingly, some of the best wings I've ever had - that "goat sauce" is good stuff.

BJ's on the Water is a good one. I agree.

I like going to is pretty good...

Bethany has Bethany Blues which has great BBQ and decent "fun" drinks (electric lemonade was always good) and Mango Mikes (which has a 2nd location in Alexandria I think) which has a good happy hour with Mango Margaritas which are awesome, the food isn't bad there either

@ Tyler - Good get on Tequila Mockingbird!

I have enjoyed getting plowed under at Big Pecker's. Plus I like saying Big Pecker's. I suggest playing Drink Roulette/Drink Draft with some friends. Comedy ensues.

The Blue Ox is a nice lounge on the north side of town. Ask for Chaz, and he'll take care of you. You can't miss the 300 lb. Samoan, who is as close to a local celebrity as you can get.

"The Dungeon" on 23rd st, located under some hotel I can't remember is definaltey out of the ordinary, and chock full of characters. "Peppers" -14th st. on the boardwalk lives up to its reputation as a "5 star Dive".

Pickles on 7th st. is as non touristy as it gets, and seems to have a crowd on any given night. (tuesdays were always the biggest for the seasonal locals.)

The Bearded Clam is a great place if you want to test your hand at knife fighting...Just kidding, they're all really cool there, Ask for "Killer" behind the bar, he'll be happy to see you. Paddock can be fun, usually on a monday night when Mr. Greengenes play. I have seen them way too many times to like them, but it does create a fun atmosphere in a club like that. weekends can get a bit meathead-ish, especially now since the Jet-Set Mafia crew is starting to promote events.

Last but not leaste, the riptide pool bar. I say pool bar becasue it has a pool next to it, but you are not allowed to swim in it unless you go are staying at the hotel. Aside from that, it is just a flat space with some seating on the boardwalk. For some reason, this place gets all of the summer locals day drinking it up any day of the week. Weekends usually have bands, and a relatively huge crowd for the capacity of the "pool bar". It is probalbly the best vibe in OC, and a who's-who of the 28th st. all stars.:)

Fager's is my favorite (I valet there). But, here are the weekly deals:

Monday: Fager's Deck Party
Tuesday: Macky's
Wednesday: Harpoon Hannahs Hump Night
Thursday: Castaways Raggae Night
Friday-Saturday: Just gets too crowded.

Some other good bars are Kirbys on 94h, Coins on 28th, Coconuts for day drinking, Seacrets during the day (gets WAY too crowded at night), Fishtales. Thats all i can think of off the top of my head

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