Let’s face it: nothing says ‘Murica more than beer and fireworks. Except, maybe, beef. And making fun of France.
So we talked to our guys out in the field to find out the best bars in the region to kick back with a CMBC brew and catch the local fireworks. We’re pretty sure you’ll be able to find a decent burger at most of these places, and the Francophobia we’ll just leave up to you.
And you should be nicer to France. If it weren’t for them, we’d have lost the Revolutionary War and be driving on the wrong side of the road and pronouncing “schedule” all weird.
And drinking warm beer. Seriously, thank the French.
Anyway. Check out these great bars with outdoor seating, either on the Fourth or any time this summer.
Check out McGillicuddy’s Tap House up in Asbury Park. A great Irish pub right on the lake, we’ve got Misty Dawn pouring on their outside deck. And were you looking for beef? Look no more — they use only Sterling Silver Premium Beef. Delish!
There’s Tommy’s Tavern + Tap there in Sea Bright. They’ve got pizza, burgers, salads and sandwiches, and an outside deck with our Jersey Fresh Honey Porter on Nitro. So creamy and delicious, the perfect match to one of their Cali Burgers.
How about Sawmill Cafe in Seaside? Their pizzas are cr-ay-zay and we’ve got Coastal Evacuation on tap. And it’s right on the boardwalk! You really can’t get any better access than that.
Further west, check out the Pour House in Westfield. They’ve got a killer menu out there: oyster bar, soups,some bangin’ chili, and, of course, burgers. Kick back,watch the fireworks, and knock back a few Salty Lips or Escape the Capes.
There’s Keg and Kitchen out that way, too — emphasis on both of those words! Their menu is off the freakin’ hook: clams, grilled octopus, salmon, flatbreads, burgers, tacos, yum, yum, and more yum! And we’ve got Mooncusser Pilsner and Misty Dawn on tap, so belly up, boys!
And you can’t forget Connie Mac’s out in Pennsauken. Their menu has just about everything: burgers, steaks, sandwiches, cheesesteaks, pastas, crab cakes… but their wings are where it’s at! Chill for awhile outside, drink a few CMIPAs, and watch the fireworks.
Gonna be in Philly this Independence Day? You should. It’s literally where it all happened. If so, check out the Irish Pol. Irish-Polish fusion cuisine? Sounds interesting to us! Even if it’s not your thing, they’ve got Summer Catch on tap, so give it a whirl.
Or maybe head over to Con Murphy’s. A great Irish pub right in Center City, they’ve got flatbreads, sandwiches, burgers, and a helluva Irish menu. Sit outside, watch the fireworks, and sip on some Summer Catch.
Doc Magrogan’s in University City is a killer location, too. They have all the seafood. Seriously. All of it. People have been asking us for seafood, and we have to say, “Sorry, Doc Magrogan’s took it all.” Chow down on some… well… every imaginable seafood dish. Oh, they’ve got Summer Catch, too, which just pairs beautifully with anything from the sea.
Man, Philly seems to be loving Summer Catch.
Up in Atlantic City, we’ve got Chickie & Petes at the Tropicana. You’re right on the boardwalk, so you can’t miss the fireworks, and the food is awesome: mussels, crabs, lobster pie, and, of course, crab fries! Grab a few Coastal Evacuations and plan for a great night!
And you’ve gotta love the Back Bay Ale House! Wings, crab dip, crab cakes, and of course some killer burgers. We’ve got The Bog pouring, so sit back and enjoy.
Farther inland, there’s The Old Oar House Irish Pub in Millville. If you haven’t been there yet, check this place out. A whopping forty-two taps, four of them are current CMBC brews: Salty Lips, Sea Mistress, Beets by May, and our IPA on Nitro. They’ve got a great menu, too: awesome burgers, shepherd’s pie, a great Guinness stew, fish and chips, the whole nine. (And if you see a guy sitting in the beer garden, munching on sweet potato fries, feverishly studying the script of Sweeney Todd, and really just wishing he were at a Phish show, say hi to Scott and buy him an IPA. He’s probably had a long day of storytelling for CMBC and rehearsing as Sweeney, opening July 15. Yes, another shameless plug.)
Closer to the Southern Shore, there’s Joe’s Fish Co. in Wildwood. They’ve got an awesome new upstairs, outdoor bar, where they’re pouring our Jersey Fresh Honey Porter and our flagship IPA. And their menu is INSANE! Crab dip, guac, mussels, corn and crab bisque, a raw bar, lobster mac and cheese, cedar planked salmon, and a “boring” burger — yep, that’s what it’s called! Check it out!
And in good, old Cape May, we’ve got Harpoon Henry’s, right on the Bay. GORGEOUS views, the best sunsets in Cape May, and some really killer seafood dishes, we’re also pouring IPA on their deck. (Well, no. That’s bad phrasing. We won’t be pouring it ON the deck. That’s wasteful and impudent. They have a deck and our IPA on tap. We seem to have lost track of why we’re here.) Don’t miss the fireworks!
And, of course, where it all began: Cabanas. They bought our very first keg of IPA back in the early days, and it hasn’t left their taps since then. While you’re there, munch on some fish tacos, calamari, wings, flatbreads, and burgers. Sit outside and watch the fireworks over the ocean. Should be a great night!
None of these close enough to you? Check out our Beer Finder for more locations.
And we’re sorry we couldn’t highlight every one of our accounts, but Phish is at the Mann this week.
Have a great holiday!