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The Happiest Happy Hours

The best happy hours at the Shore

Happy Hour at Dougherty's Steakhouse and Raw Bar (image provided)

Happy hour is a popular social tradition that originated in the United States during the early 20th century. During happy hour, bars and restaurants offer discounted prices on drinks, appetizers, and small plates to encourage customers to gather and socialize during off-peak hours.

Happy hour has become a restaurant and bar industry staple, with many establishments offering unique specials and promotions. Even coastal towns have coined the phrase "No Shower Happy Hour," encouraging customers to go straight from the beach to their favorite bar without changing their beach attire. While you can always check with your local bars for other happy-hour offerings near you, here are our recommendations for some of the happiest happy hours in the area.

You can't mention happy hour without including the hottest spots in Atlantic City. The Chart House offers happy hour Wednesday - Friday and Sundays from 4 - 6 pm, including select appetizers for $5-$11, wine for $6-$8, $5 well drinks, $8 cocktails, and $5 domestic and specialty bottled beers.

Located at Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino - 644 Huron Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Butterfly Effect cocktail at The Chart House (image provided)

Dock's Oyster House, a popular Atlantic City seafood restaurant, offers daily happy hour at the bar from 4 - 6 pm. Happy hour visitors can enjoy half-priced appetizers at the bar, including fried calamari, broiled oysters, and clams casino. Another favorite Atlantic City spot for happy hour is the Knife and Fork Inn. Pull up a seat at the bar daily from 4-6 pm, and enjoy half-priced appetizers. Their special happy hour menu includes delicious bites such as Kobe sliders, ribeye skewers, an artisanal cheese plate, or a crispy duck leg confit.

Located at 2405 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 

Artisanal Cheese Plate from the Knife and Fork Inn (image provided)

Dock's and the Knife and Fork Inn have the most well-known happy hours. This might make it hard to get a spot and sometimes require standing in line before they even open. However, suppose you would like to skip the lines and still enjoy a great happy hour? In that case, Dougherty's Steakhouse and Raw Bar (located on the dining level of Resorts Casino Hotel) has a daily happy hour 4-6 pm, plus a Late-Night happy hour Friday and Saturday 9-10 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, the happy hour is accompanied by live music from 5-10 pm. $1.50 Oysters$1.25 Clams and other Appetizers for $10 and under Don't miss out on these mouthwatering deals!

Located inside Resorts Hotel and Casino at 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-7329

Dougherty's Steakhouse and Raw Bar (image provided)

Linwood Country Club in Linwood is another happy hour hit. Open to the public, Linwood Country Club is a great spot to enjoy appetizers and drinks after a round of golf or to swing by solely for their happy hour specials. Happy hour is offered at the bar from 4 - 6 pm with menu offerings including small plates, sliders, beer, wine and cocktail specials.

Linwood Country Club Happy Hour (image provided)

Located at 500 Shore Rd, Linwood, NJ 08221

Good Dog Bar Atlantic City - Atlantic City, NJ - Good Dog Bar invites guests to indulge in their happy hour offerings, available Monday to Friday from 3-6pm. Guests can take advantage of ½ priced draughts, $5 mixed well drinks, and $6 wine by the glass. Pair your drinks with delicious bar snacks ranging from $6 to $10, including tempting options like Crispy Goat Cheese Poppers, Loaded Truffle Fries and Garlic Basil Cream Mussels. Patrons can enjoy a dog-friendly outdoor patio ambiance, complete with outdoor games like cornhole, creating a lively and enjoyable atmosphere. The bar also features rotating daily food specials, adding excitement and variety to each visit. Guests are encouraged to bring their furry friends along to join in the fun on the outdoor patio, making it a perfect destination for pet owners looking for a relaxing and enjoyable happy hour experience.

Good Dog Bar Atlantic City is located at 3426 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.

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Margate's vibrant dining scene includes several top spots for happy hour fun. A local favorite is the Oyster Bar at Steve and Cookie's. Happy hour is offered Sunday - Thursday from 5 - 7 pm and all night on Wednesdays at the Oyster Bar. Their happy hour menu includes menu favorites like buttered poached clams, lobster mac and cheese, and a Wagyu Beef burger. Enjoy $6 wine specials, $5 Corona and Corona Light, $5 draft beer and $8 pineapple martinis.

Located at 9700 Amherst Avenue, Margate, NJ  08402 | 609.823.1163

Lobster mac and cheese from Steve and Cookie's (image source: Facebook)

Sofia Restaurant in Margate has a happy hour which takes place Sunday - Friday from 4 - 6 pm. Enjoy their famous wood-stone Mediterranean flatbreads, fire-roasted shrimp, chicken gyro, wood-stone oven-roasted wings, dips or assorted small plates. Drink specials include $6 wine by Sycamore Lane, $8 Cimmaron Zinfandel blend, martini and mixed drink specials, and beer specials.

Located at 9314 Amherst Ave, Margate City, NJ 08402 

Are you spending some time in the dry town of Ocean City? Head over the bridge to Josie Kelly's Public House in Somers Point, where you can take advantage of their happy hour menu Monday - Friday from 4 - 6 pm. Enjoy $3 beer, $5 wine, $7 cocktail specials, and $8 Irish coffees. Their happy hour menu includes $8 - $10 appetizers and snacks, including crack shrimp tacos, pickle fries, spinach and artichoke dip with crostini and Irish poutine.

Located at 908 Shore Rd, Somers Point, NJ 08244

Irish Poutine from Josie Kelly's Public House (image source: Facebook)

Happy hour is the perfect time to unwind, socialize and treat yourself to some of our area's best libations and culinary delights. To make the most of happy hour, check the websites and social media pages for your favorite establishments to stay up-to-date with timing and unique offerings.

The Tennessee Avenue hot spots Rhythm & Spirits (Monday - Saturday from 4-6pm) and the Tennessee Beer Hall (Monday - Friday from 3-6pm) are offering several great Happy Hours that will entice anyone looking for a reason to leave work a bit early. Each venue has different hours but they $5 offerings are a tremendous value and a great way to sample the food at both spots. Were talking ribs, sliders, tacos and rigatoni! Lets not forget the crafted drinks and one of the best beer selections in the area with 40 taps. Check out the link below for the offerings at each venue located right next to each other at 33 South Tennessee Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

HAPPY HOUR — Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall

Can't make it till 5 but you need a cerveza? Check out Mexico in AC offering an great Happy Hour offering authentic Mexican food. This is a local jewel that has stood the test of time with an offering (Sunday - Friday from 3-7pm) Authentic music plays in the background while an international "Football" game plays on the TV. Great service and great food guaranteed! Try the Mango Margarita...

Street parking for a few buck on the Parking app. Located at

3810 Ventnor Ave Atlantic City, NJ 08401 | 609-344-0366

And for authentic Italian cuisine with a modern flair you must try Girasole located at Ocean Club Condos. A local legend for over 30 years will leave you wanting more. Offering an amazing happy hour in the lounge from 4:30 - 6:30 Sunday - Thursday. Parking in the lot across the street or off street parking

Girasole is located at 3108 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

The Roost Pub and Grill in Egg Harbor Township has a lot to offer in an upscale atmosphere overlooking the Harbor Pines Golf Course . Atlantic County’s most popular Pub and Grill.  The Roost offers guests indoor and outdoor (in season) dining experiences.  The delicious menu of imaginative and freshly prepared food includes shareable appetizers, classic American Pub fare, and delectable dinner entrees.  Happy Hour is from (Tuesday thru Thursday 3pm to 6pm) with great food and drink specials.   During this time, guests can enjoy $2 off drafts, $5 off appetizers, and $6 specialty drinks. NFL Sunday’s feature specials all day during football season and, our popular Friday Night’s Live features some of the best musicians in the tri state area.

 The Roost Pub & Grill is Located at 500 St Andrews Dr, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a hot spot for dining and entertainment. Boasting many music venues with entertainment nightly you will get lost in good times and great food.

Council Oak Steaks & SeafoodGuests can start and end their evenings in style with Council Oak Steaks & Seafoods recently unveiled happy hour menus Happy Hour is hosted Monday to Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and features modern steakhouse favorites such as wood-fired oysters, alongside curated cocktails, and a selection of wines.

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood is located in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City NJ 08401

Kuro Japanese Craft KitchenGuests can enjoy happy hour every Thursday and Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring contemporary artisanal dishes using locally sourced imported ingredients directly from Japan. Happy hour offerings include specials on seasonal cocktails, beer and wine, and a selection of food items.

Kuro is located in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City NJ 08401

Shuckers in Margate is a great seafood spot offering a great happy hour (Monday - Friday from 4-6pm ) and daily specials. Know for great food and friendly service, Shuckers is open all year and has a laid back vibe. They offer outdoor seating in season and have off street parking.

Shuckers is Located at 9403 Ventnor Ave, Margate City, NJ 08402

Johnnys Cafe & Bar is located right next to Shuckers in Margate and offers one of the best happy hours on the island from (Monday - Friday from 4-6pm and all night Wednesdays). Know by locals for a great spot to celebrate the workday and dance the night away. Offering great food and daily specials, Chef John Liccio will not disappoint when it comes to flavorful dishes. Your host Giovonina Liccio makes everyone feel welcome and special. DJ Johnny Looch is featured every Wednesday from 6pm for the all night celebration.

Johnnys Cafe is located at 9407 Ventnor Ave, Margate City, NJ 08402

Cielo Wine Bar located inside Capriccio Restaurant at Resorts offers an amazing selection of Italian small bites and a wide variety of delicious hand made cocktails. This is a must stop on your Foodie Happy Hour tour.

Cielo Wine Bar | Resorts Casino Hotel | 1133 Boardwalk | Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Congress Hall – Cape May, NJ – Congress Hall's Brown Room invites guests to unwind during their happy hour from Monday to Thursday, 4-7pm. Indulge in handcrafted cocktails and refreshing brews such as the Bourbon Sidecar for $12, featuring Bourbon, Orange liqueur, and Lemon, the Daquiri for $12 crafted with Dark Rum and Lime, or opt for a classic choice like Heineken for $6. On Friday and Saturday from 8pm-10pm, the Boiler Room sets the stage for late-night revelries with enticing offers. Enjoy well drinks for $11, $2 off draft beers, and $2 off bottled beers. Appetizers like Mozzarella Sticks for $12 and Truffle Wedges for $9 add to the experience. Whether winding down the week with friends or starting the weekend on a high note, both the Brown Room and the Boiler Room promises a memorable evening. Congress Hall is located at 200 Congress Pl, Cape May, NJ 08204.

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Beach Shack - Cape May, NJ -  Beachgoers and locals alike will enjoy an array of Cape May delights at unmatched prices. Rusty Nail kicks off High Tide Happy Hour on Monday, running Monday through Friday from 3 pm to 5 pm. Dive into fantastic deals including $4 Pacifico Draft, $8 Shack Margarita, $8 Dip Trio, and $10 Buffalo Chicken Dip. It's the perfect way to savorer and save by the beach. Beach Shack is located at 205 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204.

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Looking for a little bar-b-q to start you Happy Hour? Look no further than Wild Honey Smokehouse and Tavern located at the Tropicana Atlantic City upstairs on the 2nd floor in the Quarter.

Wild Honey located in the Tropicana at 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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