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12 Outdoor Bar/Restaurants That Will Make You Happy

There’s something about the salt air, a scenic view, and fresh seafood that just makes us happy. A major benefit of living close to the Jersey Shore is that we are always discovering new places that we love. Whether we’re heading out for happy hour drink or a nice family meal, being outdoors and close to the beach, ocean or bay is our priority. Here are 12 of our favorites:

Backbay Alehouse -

Located in Atlantic City’s Gardner's Basin, there are mason jar drinks with fun names like Ziggy Marley and plenty of photo opportunities thanks to the stunning bay view.

800 N New Hampshire Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 | 609-449-0006


Located on the bay in Somers Point, the waterfront deck overlooks the Ocean City Bridge. Be sure to check out reggae night on Sunday's and the dancing bridge lights that glow in the distance.

998 Bay Avenue, Somers Point, NJ 08244 | 609-926-9611

The Bungalo -

Located on the Atlantic City Boardwalk on California Avenue near Tropicana Casino, you’ll find serene ocean-front dining, comfy lounge chairs and cabanas.

2641 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401 | 609-350-6823



Located on the bay in Sea Isle City, this one’s been a personal favorite for over 20 years. Yes, Carmen’s has crabs... and flounder, and crab chowder...

343 43rd Pl, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243 | 609-263-1634

Located on the Ocean City boardwalk, this family restaurant has an indoor/outdoor dining area that gives you a great view of the beach, ocean and boardwalk.

1244 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226 | 609-398-3344

Deuville Inn -

Located on the bay between Ocean City & Sea Isle City. The outside patio is perfect for watching the sunset. The adjoining Beach House bar is a little slice of heaven.

201 Willard Road, Strathmere, NJ 08248 | 609-263-2080

Laguna Grill Rum Bar –

Located right on the beach in Brigantine, this restaurant and bar has a beautiful ocean view and and a fun island flair.

1400 Ocean Ave, Brigantine, NJ 08203 | 609-266-7731

LandShark Bar & Grill

Located on the Atlantic City Beach at Resorts Hotel & Casino, it’s the only year-round full-service bar and restaurant on the sand side of the Boardwalk and it's always 5:00.

1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 | 609-431-4101

Ocean Drive Sandbar & Grill

Located in Sea Isle City, this is an outdoor extension of the iconic Ocean Drive. A fun place for happy hour and plenty of sing along songs.

3915 Landis Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243 | 609-263-1000

Located in Cape May, this dog friendly surfer bar and restaurant serves a drink called the Hammer in a souvenir coconut and was voted among "America's Top 10 Beach Bars".

205 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204 | 609-884-0017

The Windrift Beach Bar

Located in Avalon, there’s an outside restaurant, rooftop seating and tiki bar directly on the beach just steps from the ocean.

105 80th St, Avalon, NJ 08202 | 609-368-5175

Venturas Greenhouse

Located in Margate, the rooftop deck overlooks the ocean and the world famous Lucy the Elephant.

106 S Benson Ave #106, Margate City, NJ 08402 | 609-822-0140

What’s your favorite outdoor spot? Let us know and we’ll go check it out!

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