Where to party down in towns a little further south on the Garden State Parkway this fall.
Many different places have plenty going on this fall in Cape May County, so if you didn’t make it down during a bustling summer season, now is still a prime time to do so.
A new establishment in the heart of North Wildwood’s entertainment district is the North End American Grill (206 Olde New Jersey Ave.). It does a daily Happy hour with half-priced beer (about a dozen on tap), wine and well drinks, and a primo selection of $5 and $6 appetizers like pulled pork sliders or mussels in homemade marinara. It also features several specialty cocktails like the Fish Bowl (Stoli Blueberry, whipped cream, Blue Curacao and fresh pineapple), and each Sunday radio hosts Joe “Krausey” Krause and The Philly Godfather broadcast their Eagles pre-game show live from the North End on 98.7 The Coast for two hours prior to game time. There is also a special $5 NFL menu every Sunday.
Down at Congress Hall in Cape May, lots of live music is going on most Thursday through Sunday nights at annexed Hall venues such as the Boiler Room, the Brown Room and the Rusty Nail. The acoustic duo Marnie & Nate play the Rusty Nail on Thursday, Oct. 4 (from 4:30-9pm), and on Friday singer/guitarist Carl Behrens is there 4:30-9pm. On Friday, singer/guitarist Wesley Ochs plays the Brown Room (8pm-midnight) and the horn-driven Dane Anthony Band is in the Boiler Room from 9pm-midnight. Visit congresshall.com to see a full fall music schedule. Also in Cape May, jazz keyboardist Paul Sottile plays the Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel (25 Jackson St.) from 6:30-10:30pm Friday, Oct. 5
The Windrift in Avalon (105 80th St.) still has an ambitious slate of live music going weekends throughout the fall in several attached venues, and a few special events. This Friday singer/pianist Darin MacDonald is at the Windrift (7pm) and the Big House Band is there starting 9:30pm. On Thursday, Oct. 4, the second annual Masquerade Ball is at the Windrift from 6-10pm, featuring a wine-tasting bar, silent auctions, butlered hors d’oeuvres and live music by an eight-piece orchestra. The event benefits Family Promise of Cape May County, a support group that provides shelter and food for homeless families. Don Tollefson, sports director for Channel 6 TV in Philly, is the special guest. Tickets are $75.
The Deauville Inn in Strathmere (201 Willard Rd.) is open from 3pm Monday and Thursday, and from 11am Friday through Sunday, during the fall. It still features a daily 4pm Happy hour, and this Friday, Oct. 5, Kenny Jeremiah & Bittersweet perform live at the Deauville’s main dining room starting 7pm.
Kix McNutley’s in Sea Isle City (63rd and Landis Ave.) is still rocking through the fall with occasional live music, and will be the site of the after-party for the Italian Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6, following the 22nd annual Sea Isle City Columbus Day parade (starting 2pm). The festival will feature vendors, live music, cooking demonstrations, a cannoli-eating contest and free gifts.
Two other Sea Isle City establishments have live music and special events on tap this fall. Singer/guitarist Chris Huff performs at O’Donnell’s Pour House (at 39th and 40th streets) on Saturday, Oct. 6, starting 9:30pm. Every Friday there’s a 5-7pm Happy hour there with free hors d’oeuvres and reduced drinks, and Friday is also pint night where you can get a 20-ounce pint of beer for $2.75 in a souvenir O’Donnell’s glass. Down the road at the Ocean Drive (40th and Landis), the Looseleaf Duo performs Saturday, Oct. 6, starting 9:30pm, then on Sunday, Oct. 7, the after-party for the 38th annual Philadelphia Firefighters Memorial 5K run and walk convenes at the OD.
There’s a huge contingent of Irish pubs in the Wildwoods that stay active year-round. Among them are Keenan’s Irish Pub at 113 Olde New Jersey Ave., Westy’s Irish Pub at 101 E. Walnut Ave., Tucker’s Pub at 3301 Atlantic Ave., Anglesea Pub at 116 West First Ave., and Goodnight Irene’s Brew Pub (2708 Pacific Ave.), which boasts a craft-beer selection of over 90 varieties and hosts a Beer Pong Tournament every Sunday during the fall.
Also in the Wildwoods, Juan Pablo’s Margarita Bar (3801 Pacific Ave.) is hosting a Craft Beer Fesitval and cornhole competition (tossing bags of corn into box holes) on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Other Cape May County establishments that go full-speed into fall include Fred’s Tavern in Stone Harbor, La Costa Lounge and Deck Bar in Sea Isle City, Levari’s in Woodbine, and Obadiah’s and Yesterdays in Mamora.
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Brian Ireland is a Ducktown bartender and lifelong Ventnor resident who, at age 26, can already claim eight years as a professional mixologist and amateur advice dispenser.
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