10 Ways to Celebrate the Winter “Blues” in Ocean City, Maryland

The winter blues are celebrated in Ocean City, Maryland!

The winter blues are always something to celebrate here in Ocean City, Maryland! Here are the top 10 things to do to celebrate winter in Ocean City. 

The Blue Sky Views of Spain Wine Bar

Whether you sit indoors or outdoors, the views from Spain Wine Bar are unmatched.

Located at the top of the sheik Cambria Hotel, Spain Wine Bar, not only serves five star food and drinks, they are serving up top notch views of Ocean City, MD. Tapas style dishes such as lamb meatballs and chicken lollipops are amongst the favorites. But you must order the famous paella.  Bottomless brunch is also wildly popular on the weekends. Reservations are highly recommended. For hours and more information, please visit here.

Steamed Blue Crabs at The Shrimp Boat

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Crabs served at The Shrimp Boat are local to Maryland!

The extremely popular Shrimp Boat serves up award winning crabs in West Ocean City. Winning Best of Ocean City- Crabs, the crowds go wild for their $1.99 crab special. When you pull into the parking lot, it’s hard to miss the boat hull loaded with pounds of crab meat, fresh shrimp, and soft crabs to go. The Shrimp Boat offers indoor and outdoor seating and offers a small steamed shrimp tasting with every meal. Calling ahead is recommended for winter hours.

Sing the Blues at The Captain’s Table

Phil sits behind the piano and serves up beautiful dinner music at The Captain’s Table in OCMD.

Dinner, drinks, and live piano music is being served up at The Captain’s Table located in The Courtyard by Marriott on 15th street and the boardwalk. Pianist, Phil Perdue, tickles the ivories every Friday and Saturday from 5pm-9pm. Requests are taken at the piano and tips are not required but always appreciated! Phil has been playing at The Captain’s Table for over ten years and loves dazzling the crowds with his talent. While you’re there, we recommend an espresso martini or the locally infused liquor kept behind the bar.

Bright Blue Water of the Indoor Pool at The Grand

The indoor-pool at the Grand and it’s blue waters.

Everyone loves a good swim in the middle of winter! The blue waters of the pool at The Grand Hotel located right on the boardwalk between 21st and 22nd streets, The Grand boasts a quality indoor pool for those winter months. Not only do they offer an indoor pool, they have an ice cream shop, java café, pizzeria, and on two site restaurants! Rates vary and there are always promotions for weekend getaways and thru the week visits as low as $69.

Wings and Bleu Cheese at Pickles Pub

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Pickles Pub was voted Best of Ocean City wings 2023.

Pickles Pub located in downtown Ocean City is serving up 18 different flavors of wings paired with the obvious bleu cheese. Priding themselves of being the best in consistency, Pickles is opened 7 days a week from 11:30am-2:30am along with their kitchen being opened until 1am. They also offer half price wings every Monday- now making Monday the best night of the week to dine in Ocean City, Maryland.

Blue Fish Sushi

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Lychee Lemonade, Thai Iced Tea, and A Rainbow Roll

Sushi is delicious year round- especially in Ocean City.  Christmas rolls, Godzilla rolls, and Hawaiian rolls are some of the unique signature sushi rolls Blue Fish is serving up. However their lo mein, fried rice, and pad thai are also notable. They are currently offering a promotion. Sign up to be a VIP member and win a chance at a $100 gift card! One winner is chosen each month. More information on their website.

Blueberry Selters at Sinepuxent Brewery

When a place by the beach offers firepit Fridays and blueberry selters, you know you must visit. Located between Ocean City and Assateague Island on Stephen Decatur Highway, Sinepuxent Brewery sits on a 17 acre farm. Away from the hustle and bustle of the beach and boardwalk, Sinepuxent offers a chill and relaxed atmosphere, weekend music (inside and outside), and cornhole. There are also goats to feed (food is available for purchase). Sinepuxent Brewery offers small snacky foods (nachos, hot dogs, chips, and popcorn) and is dog friendly (as long as you pick up after your pooch). For hours of operation visit.

The Beautiful Blue Building of Crawl Street Tavern

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A family friendly vibe with great food and even better bartenders.

Looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, live music, pool table, and close proximity to the beach, boardwalk, and music festivals? Crawl Street Tavern is the place to be. Located on the end of “Black Out Alley” in downtown Ocean City, you can’t go wrong no matter what time you visit. They have a family friendly environment, terrific prices, and bomb bartenders. For hours, menus, and their live music schedule, check them out on Facebook.

Blueberry Pancakes for Breakfast from Dough Roller

Blueberry or Strawberry pancakes makes for a great weekend breakfast.

You can’t go wrong with a classic Ocean City staple along side a classic breakfast plate. Dough Roller serves up a variety of pancakes including blueberry, chocolate chip, pecan, banana, and coconut. They also serve up gluten free pancake options as well! Depending on the location, hours during the winter months can vary. Be sure to call ahead.

Blueberry Cold Brew Crepes from Bad Monkey

Breakfast at Bad Monkey includes complementary monkey bread as well!

Bad Monkey has two locations in Ocean City and both have incredible cold brew crepes options. Whether you chose blueberry, strawberry, or apple, Nutella cream cheese crepe with hot black coffee will always be on the top of our list for sure!

BONUS: The Enticing Blue Cover of Marlin Week

Set during the White Marlin Open, this 300 page book is a great beach read!

Are you missing the electricity of the largest fishing tournament in the world? No fear! Grab a copy of Marlin Week, an adult fiction novel, where characters chase the elusive white marlin in exchange for an incredible $8 million purse. There is no lack of drama as author Katherine Ruskey takes readers around Ocean City with her characters, who get into a little bit of trouble during the tournament and entangle themselves in a lovers spat to boot. Contact Ruskey on social media for copies or visit any local Delmarva bookstore. Bonus buy- not only are you getting an excellent read, you’re getting brilliant piece of cover art from the world renowned trophy fish artist, Carey Chen.

Katie Ruskey
Katie Ruskey
Katie Ruskey is a local author, splitting her time between Baltimore and Ocean City. Her debut fiction novel, Marlin Week, was released in August 2022 based on three captains that fish in the infamous White Marlin Open. Her first children's book, The A B Seas of Ocean City, Maryland takes young readers on a tour of OC. For more information on how to purchase her books, visit her website or follow her on IG/FB at Katherine Ruskey Author.


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