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
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/
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
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/
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
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/
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
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
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
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