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Our Top Year-Round Bars in Ocean City

It may be a little bit quieter than it is in the summertime, but Ocean City’s bar scene stays alive in the rain, sleet, sub-zero temperatures, and snow. No matter what you’d like to be drinking, there’s an open bar stool with your name on it and a bartender who’s ready to slide you a cold drink. 

Happy Hour times and specials are below, but call ahead of time to ensure accuracy. 

Pickles Pub

Pickles is essentially the reason for the off-season in Ocean City: They’re open seven days a week year-round, serve their entire menu until 1 a.m., and host some great live acts throughout the season. Not to mention their giant high-def TV, perfect for watching a game, plus pool tables, craft beer, and delicious pub fare. Pickles was voted the Best Sports Bar in Ocean City for the last two years, so be sure to stop by and see what makes them so special (and try an Original Pickle Shot). 

Happy Hour: Monday – Friday, 3 – 6 p.m. See the full list of specials here.

Find beer, pickle shots and more at Pickles on 706 Philadelphia Ave. in downtown OC.

The Original Greene Turtle

Sports, burgers, and beer. What more could anyone need? The Original Greene Turtle in North Ocean City provides the same great burgers and beer as its sister locations throughout the East Coast, but with that dive-y, fun atmosphere that traditional Ocean City bars are known for. The Original Greene Turtle was, as its name indicates, the first Greene Turtle restaurant ever. Join their Mug Club and you can receive exclusive beer specials and notifications when they add new craft beers behind the bar.

Happy Hour: Monday – Friday, 3 – 6 p.m. • $2.50 domestic drafts, $2.75 domestic bottles. Menu here.

Greene Turtle
The Original Greene Turtle on 116th Street.

Longboard Cafe

Since 2013, the Longboard Cafe has been the perfect place for any surfer to stop for fish, tacos or gourmet burgers after a long day spent riding the waves. And for anyone who worked up a thirst after a long day at the beach, the Longboard Cafe is well-known for serving delicious cocktails and local craft drinks at their full tiki bar. 

Happy Hour: Daily, 5 – 6 p.m. • Two drinks for the price of one • discount margaritas on Tuesdays, half priced bottles of wine on Thursdays after 6. Specials here

Longboard Cafe on 67th Street.

Breakers Pub

Breakers Pub is a cozy, tucked-away bar on the second floor of the Clarion Resort, next to their restaurant Horizons. Enjoy a floor-to-ceiling view of the ocean while feeling at home in the welcoming, beachy atmosphere. 

Happy Hour: Daily, 4 – 7 p.m. Menu here

Looking down the bar at Breakers Pub.

28th Street Pit & Pub

If you’re a big fan of the Ravens or the Orioles–or both, preferably–then the 28th Street Pit & Pub is your go-to on a Sunday afternoon. Especially when Happy Hour is all day on Sundays. The environment is fun and family-friendly, and children’s menus are available, too (just no Happy Hour specials on those). Additionally, in the off-season, there are half-priced specials every day.

Happy Hour: Daily, 3 – 6 p.m., all day on Sunday. Menu here

Breakfast and a Bloody Mary at the Pit & Pub.

Fagers Island

Fagers Island specializes in fine dining all year round, offering delicious food and beautiful bayside views, but what you’ll find at Fagers’ bars is just as high-quality. They’ve got plenty of craft beer, fine wines, crushes, and martinis, and for only $5 during Happy Hour.

Happy Hour: Daily, 3 – 6 p.m. View the Happy Hour drink specials here.

Happy Hour at Fagers Island.

Backshore Brewing Company

If you love craft beer, then Backshore Brewing’s bar on the Boardwalk is the bar for you. They specialize in local craft beers brewed right on-site in the salty ocean air, in addition to Hoop Tea, a spiked ice tea concoction made from natural ingredients.

See what beers are currently on tap here.

The bright Backshore bus lets you know you’ve arrived at your destination.


As far as the best bars in Ocean City go, no matter what time of year it is, Seacrets is an obvious choice. But even in the off-season when Ocean City is all but abandoned, Seacrets keeps Ocean City’s vibrant spirit alive with live music, cool events, and beachy drinks even in the dead of winter. 

Happy Hour: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 4 – 7 p.m. View the Happy Hour drink specials here

people at Seacrets
It’s always a party at Seacrets, at all times of the year.

Skye Bar

See the ocean to the east and the bay to the west as you look off of the Skye Bar’s rooftop bar and sip on a craft cocktail. 

Happy Hour: Thursday – Sunday, 3 – 6 p.m. View the Happy Hour drink specials here

This may not exactly be a balanced meal.

Captain’s Table

Located on the 3rd floor of the Courtyard by Marriott on 15th Street, Captain’s Table is known for its daily Happy Hour, early bird specials, and live musical entertainment all year long. Everyone’s welcome to take a seat at this captain’s table.

Happy Hour: Daily, 5 – 7 p.m. Menu here.


Shenanigans isn’t technically open all year, but they do open their doors for St. Patrick’s Day every year, and that’s essentially the most important holiday of the shoulder season in Ocean City. Because St. Patrick’s Day is all but the official holiday of Ocean City and no one throws an Irish pub party better than Shenanigans, here they receive an honorable mention. Shillelagh season can’t come fast enough.

See their menu here

Ocean City Shenanigan's
And it won’t be long until 2019!

This list was updated on 2/12/19 because we left out a few great bars and couldn’t stand having an incomplete list –ed.

Kristin is a writer and photographer in Ocean City, Maryland, and is the content manager for OceanCity.com and other State Ventures, LLC sites. She loves getting reader-submitted stories and photos, so send her an email anytime. She also works part-time at the Art League of Ocean City and the Ocean City Film Festival and lives just off the peninsula with her dog and fiancé. Her photos can be found on Instagram @oc_kristin.

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