Ocean City Bars and Nightclubs
Ocean City is a great bar town, here are the top six reasons you should start your bar search here:
- We have comprehensive bar listings that direct you to the place best suited to your mood.
- We have discounted gift certificates to save you 40 percent on your night out,
- Coupons for discounts and specials at all of your favorite Ocean City establishment.
- We make an effort to get out to the bars and report back with stories about the experience.
- As the craft beer boom continues, we have our own section devoted to bars serving up local beer.
- Finally, we have the Best of Ocean City® winners listed. These are the places that are voted on by our regular readers.
The bar scene in Ocean City, Maryland is second to none and regardless if you’re looking for a night out on the town, an energetic happy hour, or just a laid back spot to sip a cocktail and watch the sunset, Ocean City has a bar stool or a beach chair with your name on it.
A guide to Ocean City bars
Downtown Ocean City has some excellent bar options overlooking the Boardwalk and the bay. Along the Boardwalk, check out the Purple Moose for some of Ocean City’s best live entertainment, Shenanigan’s to drink like the Irish, or Fin City, Ocean City’s first brewery. Just off the boardwalk on Wicomico Street, you’ll find local favorites like the Bearded Clam and the Cork Bar. Bayside, just under the Route 50 Bridge, drop into the well-known Angler, or MR Ducks. Finally, you’ll also find great sports bars like Pickles Pub between 7th and 8th Streets on Coastal Highway.
Greg Shockley was siting at the end of the bar, enjoying an iced tea and looking at one of the weekly papers. It was just after noon and the bar was relatively quiet. Labor Day had come and gone and, for those in the know, it was a great time to spend a weekday afternoon in …
As you get into mid-town you’ll reach one of Ocean City’s most iconic restaurant/nightclubs, Seacrets. With over 18 bars, several concert stages, a full-service restaurant and a beach/bay party area, Seacrets is not only one of the most popular Ocean City bars, but it’s also among the most popular in the country. If you’re looking for other options, stop by Ironweed Ale Werks for homemade beers on tap, Macky’s Bayside Bar and Grill for Tuesday night Theme Parties or a Saturday Beach Bash, or Fager’s Island for Monday Night Deck Parties or an awesome happy hour sunset, all located between 54th and 59th St.
It was the right kind of dark when I came into Pickles Pub. The bar area wasn’t sun-lit, but there was no question that the ambient light was directly related to the time of day. It was barely noon, and the people at the bar sat with their backs to the window to minimize the light interference.
Should you want to sip your beer or cocktail by the pool, Ocean City has some great pool bars to choose from the Caribbean Pool Bar at Plim Plaza on 2nd St., the Holiday Inn on 17th, and Riptide Pool Bar on 26th are some of the most popular.
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Craft Beer in Ocean City bars
Want craft beer that’s local to the region? Stop by the Taphouse on 45th St. or Pizza Tugos in West OC for some of the best selections of any Ocean City bars. If you want karaoke, sing your heart out at the Sandbar on 33rd St. If you want to try to last eight seconds on a mechanical bull, ride over to Cowboy Coast on 17th. If you want an Irish experience, Duffy’s Tavern, Shenanigan’s and Kirby’s are just a few of your options.
Finding a bar with a sweet spot isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Some places can feel too loud, or too clique-y or too corporate, whitewashed of the natural charm that you expect in a dark tavern.
Ocean City Sports Bars
Finally, if you’re looking for an awesome sports bar experience, Ocean City has you covered. The Original Greene Turtle on 116th St. is a must, but the West OC location is a great second option. Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers fans can both find comfort on 28th St. where the pro-Ravens Pit & Pub and pro-Steelers Buxy’s Salty Dog stare face to face across the street from one another.