Bar Hopping Through Ocean City, MD in the Off Season
With that in mind, we made the supreme sacrifice and bar hopped our way around Ocean City, Maryland to find some of the best bars that are open whether it’s sunny and eighty degrees or flurries are falling. Cheers!
Evolution’s eats, crafted in the kitchen by Executive Chef David Wells, are equally enjoyable. Charcuterie and cheese plates are adorned with mustard seed, cornichons, sliced almonds and fresh bread while classic deviled eggs are garnished with scallions and a big chunk of bacon. Clams or mussels are served several ways - we couldn’t get enough of the tomato-based spicy sauce in the Thai Curry variety. Brisket served on brioche is moist and flavorful (and pairs well with the Lucky 7). Burgers are a favorite of regulars, with a specialty burger featured daily.
If you’re lucky enough to arrive at select times on the weekends, you can also score a tour with the highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic Head Brewer Mike Piorunski. (20 E Vine St., Salisbury MD; 443-260-2337)
If you’re looking to go where the locals go, Kirby’s is your destination bar. Known for wings and beer specials, the small pub is a laid back, low-cost option perfect for day-drinking or staying out late. (9209 Coastal Hwy; 410-723-1700)
One of the classier spots in Ocean City, we love stopping by Liquid Assets for crafty cocktails or an afternoon of wine and cheese. LA also offers plenty of wine and beer in packaged good form. On a mid-week trip? Don’t miss the weekly Whiskey Wednesday events. (9301 Coastal Hwy; 410-524-7037)
Offering one of the most expansive views from any bar in Ocean City, this glass-enclosed rooftop spot sits above the brand new General’s Kitchen (previously the home of Galaxy 66). For those who were fans of Galaxy 66’s food, fear not: much of the menu remains at Skye Bar. During happy hour, slurp oysters or clams for $1 each, or start with heavier appetizers like crab dip or cheesesteak nachos ($8 each). The cocktail list is beyond extensive with sparkling cocktails incorporating champagne and fruity liqueurs and dessert martinis like the Salted Cantaloupe, or one of our favorites, Tiramisu. There are almost two dozen wines by the glass and plenty of domestics,
Note: In the off-season, Backshore is only open on Saturday and Sunday. (913 Atlantic Ave.; 410-289-0008)
You can call ahead for a reservation in the fine dining area, but we prefer to sidle up to the bar for ridiculously tasty (and boozy) Rum Runners or one of the local brews on tap and light fare like oysters from the raw bar. Also, Jazz Brunch happens every Sunday at this waterfront spot from 10:30 AM–3 PM. (201 60th St.; 410-524-5500)
Photo via Shark on the Harbor
Shark on the Harbor
Situated in West O.C., this spot, with a breathtaking water view from any seat, is ideal for lunch, a romantic date or for an afternoon of tasting wine from various flight options. The cuisine is new American with a large amount of Chesapeake-inspired dishes and locally sourced meats and vegetables. Many dishes incorporate international flair with flavors from the Mediterranean or Asia.
Make a reservation, or get there early because this place fills up fast. (12924 Sunset Ave.; 410-213-0924)
Any list of beach bars in Ocean City wouldn’t be complete without Seacrets, the bayside Jamaican themed bar and restaurant with no shortage of specials for day-drinking or happy hour swilling. Throw back brews or sip signature cocktails, nosh on anything from smaller bites, like jerk chicken or nachos, to steaks and seafood dishes and catch music from dj’s or local bands at likely the most expansive nightlife venue in OC. (117 49th St.; 410-524-4900)
Top photo via Backshore Brewing Company
Tags: Beer, Cocktails, Food, Spirits, Wine