One of our favorite activities year-round is to stop at a local bar and grab a drink and a snack before heading home. In other terms, we love trying out the best Jersey Shore happy hours and exploring the best and tastiest deals!
Yes, they’re a great way to hang out with friends and coworkers, but they’re also an opportunity to try out a restaurant in a very inexpensive way. Since not all Jersey Shore happy hours are created equally, we’ve taken the liberty to do the research and have rounded up our favorites so you can get the best bang for your buck.
We’ve hit every aspect of happy hour, from the view, the booze, the food, and of course the most important question – is it a good deal? With these spots, it’s a resounding yes.
Here’s to the happiest hours of the week! (Check out our favorite Ocean County Jersey Shore Happy Hours here!) If you are using this list to head out and enjoy Happy Hours, please reference each restaurant’s website for the most current Happy Hour offerings.
Jersey Shore Happy Hours in Monmouth County
Waterviews, sea breezes, and a great waterfront happy hour. At The Proving Ground, you get all three for a great price! Stop by Monday – Friday from 3 – 6:30pm for bar bite deals including peel and eat shrimp, mussels, and even bacon wrapped scallops that pair perfectly with $6 house mixed drinks, house wine, and delicious Caribbean Mules. 56 Shrewsbury Avenue, Highlands https://www.theprovingground.com/
One of the best Happy Hours at the Jersey Shore, Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant hosts a party whether it’s sunshine or raining. Enjoy $8 appetizers (including their legendary Artichoke pictured above), $9 sandwiches, clams on the half shell, oysters, and plenty of drink specials inside or out! Mondays 3-6pm outside and 3-9pm inside, Tuesday-Friday 3-6pm. 100 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch 732.870.1200 www.rooneysocean.com/
Beach Tavern, Monmouth Beach
Head to this restaurant on the water on Sundays to kick off the work week with their all-day happy hour, or just celebrate any work day with their happy hours specials from 12-7pm. Take a little trip to Mexico without the airfare on Taco Tuesdays, where you’ll enjoy $5 tacos and $5 margaritas. Thirsty Thursdays give way to half price wines by the glass and there are plenty of food specials (including oysters – yes, even Happy Hours can be decadent!). 33 West Street, Monmouth Beach 732.870.8999 http://beachtavern.net/
Looking for a daily dose of fun? Check out the Happy Hour at Marlin’s Cafe that’s available Monday – Friday from 11am – 3pm. It’s a great place to stop for deals on your favorite draft or glass of wine after (or before) you hit the beach! 1901 Ocean Avenue, Pt. Pleasant Beach 732-714-8035 www.marlinscafenj.com
Thirsty Thursdays take on a whole new meaning at Neapoli. From 4-7pm, enjoy 1/2 price pitchers of house made sangria and $10 appetizers that will keep you’re belly full and your tastebuds satiated. 10 Wallace Street, Red Bank 732-741-1321 www.neapolinj.com
No matter how you’re arriving (by boat, SUP, kayak, or car), there is almost always a Happy Hour going on at The Marina. Monday – Thursday 4-7, Friday 3-6, and Saturday – Sunday 2-5pm, you’ll find drink and food specials to tide you over until your next outing. 10 Riverside Avenue, Oceanport 848.456.4396 https://www.marinaatoceanport.com/
Hang out at one of the chillest outdoor bars in the county. Blu Grotto’s Beer Garden is the perfect place to hang out on warm summer nights. Daily specials run from Wednesday – Friday and include Wine Down Wednesdays with 1/2 priced Sangria pitchers, Pizza and Beer Thursdays, and Feel Good Fridays. 200 Port Au Peck Avenue, Oceanport 732-571-7900 http://blugrottonj.com/
Running from Wednesday – Sunday, 3-7pm, Used to Be’s is the place to chill out after a long day at the beach or a place to get your night moving! You can sip on $4 well drinks, $5 Svedka and Stoli drinks, $3 domestic bottles and drafts, oh and $5 house wines (all day… every day.) We can honestly say they love locals as much as we do! 287 Highway 35 North, Mantoloking 732-892-2770 http://www.usedtobesnj.com/
Mister C’s Beach Bistro, Allenhurst
Mister C’s brings a lot to the table for Happy Hour. They offer some of the best ocean views in Monmouth County, $6 house martinis, $5 house wines, beer specials, some great $6 appetizers, and 50% off all menu pastas! Happy Hour at Mister C’s Beach Bistro goes from 3 to 6:30pm daily in the bar area only. Ocean Place and Allen Avenue, Allenhurst 732.531.3665 http://www.mistercsbeachbistro.com/
Cubacan Restaurant & Bar, Asbury Park
If you’ve never been to this boardwalk staple, happy hour will give you a taste of what a night out in Havana would be like. You’ll find us here every Wednesday and Thursday enjoying half-priced bottles of wine and appetizers, turning happy hour into happy hours. 800 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park 732.774.3007 https://cubacanrestaurant.com/menu/food-menu/
Get to Stella Marina early before both the first AND second bars fill up. Everything from your favorite cocktails, wines, beers, and flavorful Italian appetizers are all a happy hour special, Monday – Friday 3-6pm and Saturday – Sunday 12-4pm. Stay in the action at the downstairs bar or go for the elevated ocean view upstairs. Either way, you’re winning. 1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park 732.775.7776 https://stellamarinarestaurant.com/
We may have to rename happy hour into happy week. Thanks to Old Glory who has committed to keeping their patrons happy all day Sunday with signature cocktail specials and $6 “Happytizers.” Jersey Shore happy hour indeed. Monday – Friday 4-7pm, Monday – Thursday 9pm – close, and Saturday – Sunday 11:30am – 4pm. 84 Broad Street, Keyport 732.479.5555 www.oldglorynj.com
How does a sunset, a drink, and some food sound? Yeah, pretty good. At Eventide Grille in Sea Bright, you can get all of that any Monday -Thursday 4-7pm and Friday 12-6pm for $1 oysters and wings, $2 off all drinks, and a bar menu ranging from $6-10. It has all the makings of a Jersey Shore Happy Hour. 1400 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright 732.530.1414 http://www.eventidegrille.com/
Every day from 3 – 7 pm (Monday – Friday) and 3 – 6 pm (Saturday – Sunday) take a break and head to the tiki bar where it’s five o’clock all the time. Enjoy half price house wine, well drinks, frozen drinks and $2 Lite beer specials. Sitting under a thatch roof tiki bar, watching the boats go by on the inlet, all while sipping a pina colada, we can see why it’s one of the best Jersey Shore happy hours in Monmouth County. 708 River Road, Belmar 732.681.1177 http://www.kleinsfish.com/
Rory’s Pub, Sea Bright
Rory’s Pub boasts so many deals for happy hour, we just don’t know which ones to pick! Stop by for your choice of $3 domestic beers, $4 import beers, or $5 select wines, sangrias, and $6 house cocktails. These deals are so tasty, we’re already planning on when we can come back! Monday through Friday from 3pm to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 3-5pm. 1124 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright 732.383.7685 https://www.roryspub.com/
Interested in upping your Happy Hour ante? There’s no better place then Bareli’s By the Sea for “Elegant Hour.” Yes, it’s a bit fancier (who doesn’t want a stunning view of the ocean while sipping on a cocktail?), but it’s still has all the features of a great Jersey Shore Happy Hour – delicious drinks at great prices. Monday – Friday 4-6pm. 1505 Ocean Avenue, Spring Lake 732-769-5700 https://www.barelisrestaurantandbar.com/
Happy Hour at the Pearl Lounge in the Oyster Point Hotel is not only a must stop – it’s a classic. Whether you’re pairing a $5 Margarita with some Clams or a $3 Draft Beer with a German Pretzel, you’ll feel (and look) like a million bucks without spending big bucks. 146 Bodman Place, Red Bank 732-747-2500 http://www.theoysterpointhotel.com/
Get as happy as your average Italian at one of the most elegant and delicious Jersey Shore happy hours around. Drink and food specials (make sure you go order at least one glass of Sangria) will give you the idea that you’re Sophia Loren and Vittorio Gassman. Just imagine that the Atlantic is the Mediterranean. 27 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch 732.222.1119 http://www.sirenaristorante.com
With happy hour specials like $1.75 domestic drafts, $2 domestic bottles, and $3 mixed drinks, it’s no wonder why McDonagh’s Pub has been a go-to bar in the Bayshore area for the last decade! And if you’re hungry, they even offer up $3 baskets of pub grub! Its a happy hour fit for an Irishman… or any man (or woman)! Monday – Friday 4-7pm, Saturday 11:30am – 4pm, and Sunday ALL DAY! 2 West Front Street, Keyport 732-264-0999 www.mcdonaghs.com
There’s no place quite like Bum Rogers Crabhouse & Tavern when you’re looking for a place to chill out with friends or family. Offering a daily Happy Hour from 11am – 6pm that includes $6 food specials (think clams, shrimp, mussels, burgers, and pizza) and live entertainment, there’s no way they won’t put a smile on your face! 2207 SW Central Avenue, Seaside Park 732-830-2770 www.bumrogerstavern.com
If it’s the middle of the week, you should be resting on a bar seat at Trama’s Trattoria. Happy Hour features half portions of Tuscan inspired pasta dishes, vodka and gin drink specials, half price on select wines by the glass and bottled beer specials. Local’s tip: Chef Pat is also bringing new custom burger creations to the bar for happy hour on Wednesdays! Not to be missed! 115 Brighton Avenue, Long Branch 732.222.1121 http://www.tramastrattoria.com
Stop by for a drink (or two) along with some tasty bites at Trama’s at One Willow. Happy Hour runs 3-6pm, Monday through Thursday and includes $4 beer specials, $6 spirit specials, and plenty of $8 “Happy Eats.” Our favorite has to be the 50 cent local Little Necks and $1 oysters! 1 Willow Street, Highlands 732-730-7770 http://tramasatonewillow.com/
If you’ve ever taken the train to or from Red Bank you’ve probably familiar with The Walt St. Pub. It’s a common watering hole for residents of Red Bank’s West Side, and for the unlucky (or dare we say lucky) NJ Transit riders who missed their train. WSP is exactly what you’d want in a watering hole; unpretentious, cheap beer and some great sandwiches! With happy hour specials like $2 domestic drafts, we may have to “miss” our train a few more times! Monday – Friday 4-7pm. 180 Monmouth Street, Red Bank 732.741.5936 http://waltstreetpub.com/
It’s kind of like the Cheers bar of Monmouth County. Rest easy in the cozy interior of The Pour House as you take full advantage of the long list of $5 appetizers and a menu of specially priced drinks that are guaranteed to lift your spirits. 640 Shrewsbury Avenue, Tinton Falls 732.842.4337 http://www.pourhouserestaurant.com
Get a guaranteed attitude adjustment at The Sitting Duck’s happy hour. $5 appetizers, $5 house wines, $5 martinis, and $5 beer paddles. Oh and there’s more, but you have to go check it out for yourself. 104 Myrtle Avenue, Long Branch 732.229.5566 http://www.sittingduckrestaurant.com
The Wine Bar, Atlantic Highlands
Every Thursday and Friday, The Wine Bar offers up a special happy hour & tasting menu that let’s you indulge in specially priced martinis, wines, and small plates. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy a great meal without breaking the bank. It’s always a great happy hour date spot. 40 1st Avenue, Atlantic Highlands 732.291.1377 http://www.ahwinebar.com/winebar/
We know what you’re thinking… a bake shop… for Happy Hour? Well, think of it as a Happy Hour for those who have a sweet tooth! You can put yourself into a sugar craze with any of Sugar Bake Shop’s Monday – Thursday sweet specials. Whether it’s 1/2 dozen chocolate covered strawberries for just $2.99 on Mondays or 25% waffle sundaes on Wednesdays, there’s no reason that Happy Hour should be limited to drinks only! 406 Higgins Avenue, Brielle 732-612-8282 www.sugarbakegourmet.com
There’s always something going on at Joey Harrison’s River House, especially “the best Happy Hour in town!” Bring your pups for Doggy Hour on the beach from 6-9pm on Mondays (it’s also all day happy hour!) Or stop and mingle at their bar from 3-6pm, Tuesday – Friday for $5 – $7 snacks and shares menu with $2 draft beers and $4 house wines. 361 East Lacey Road, Forked River 609-242-2648 https://jhriverhouse.com/
No matter what day of the week you head over to SimplyGreek in Pier Village, you’ll find great food and Happy Hour specials. Snack on bar bites starting at just $5.95 and wash them down with $5 Sangrias, $4 beers, $7 Martinis, and $10 Frose (perfect on those hot summer evenings!) Monday – Friday 4-7pm and Saturday – Sunday 1-6pm. 44 Centennial Drive, Long Branch 732-571-0222 https://www.simplygreekeats.com/
Locals head to McIntyre’s Pub Monday – Saturday from 3-7pm for can’t beat ’em specials on food and drink, but it’s the Late Night Happy Hour from 9:30 to closing that gets us excited all because of the “great big beers” they feature. 1747 Hooper Avenue, Toms River 732-349-0420 https://www.mcintyrespub.com/
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