Cape May

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Cape May has a limited nightlife scene; most visitors have a drink at their hotel or turn in early, tired after a day in the sun. For those who are desperate for excitement, Atlantic City is an hour away by car. Otherwise, be prepared for low-key evenings.

Cape May Nightlife

Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill

This ocean-side sports bar is a fun place to have a few beers once the families have gone back to their hotels (kids 4 and under eat free, so it’s best to wait until after bedtime, if you’re not fond of little ones); the pool tables, wireless internet and live bands liven up Cape May’s quiet nightlife scene. For a more sophisticated experience, try Martini Beach, upstairs.

429 Beach Ave., NJ, 609-884-4800, www.cabanasonthebeach.com
Tags: nightlife | waterfront | bar

Martini Beach

The dramatic ocean view and the understated elegance of Martini Beach’s bar and restaurant, have long made this establishment a favorite after-hours hangout of the local gay crowd, but travelers of all sexual orientations will enjoy the vibe here. Visit at the right time of month to see the full moon light up the ocean. The adjoining lounge has live music – and a disco ball.

429 Beach Ave., NJ, 609-884-1925
Tags: nightlife | views | trendy | dancing | gay

The Boiler Room

Tucked into the old boiler room of the Congress Hall hotel, this nightclub looks like a throwback to Manhattan circa 1990. But the local jazz, blues, and reggae bands are good, the revelers are friendly, and if you want to dance, this is the place.

Congress Hall Hotel, 251 Beach Ave. (entrance on Perry St.), NJ, 609-884-6507, www.congresshall.com
Tags: nightlife | trendy | dancing

The Brown Room

The chocolate walls of the well-named Brown Room, right off the Congress Hall lobby, make this a relaxing place to have a drink after dinner. On summer nights and off-season weekends, enjoy your cocktail with live music. The friendly crowd makes it a good place to meet other hotel guests and travelers.

Congress Hall, 251 Beach Ave., NJ, 609-884-8421, www.congresshall.com
Tags: nightlife | trendy | bar

The Ugly Mug

Mugs hang from the ceiling at this friendly tavern, which has been serving brews since 1926. On the last Sunday in August, members of the Ugly Mug club compete to see who can blow the most foam from their frothy glasses and thus earn the title of “United States National Froth Blowing Champion.”

426 Washington St. Mall, NJ, 609-884-3459, www.washingtonstreetmall.com/theuglymug.html
Tags: nightlife | local favorite | bar

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