Beyond sun, sand and surf: Ocean City's nightlife

Going Out

May 23, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,Sun Staff

The fun doesn't stop in Ocean City when the sun goes down. In fact, the resort town has plenty of night life, from massive theme clubs to quaint neighborhood bars.

Some places to live it up:

Seacrets

49th Street on the Bay

410-524-4900

www.seacrets.com

Since opening in June 1988, this sprawling nightclub, restaurant and bayside village has been a big attraction for many locals and vacationers. In fact, the site now attracts an average of 750,000 fun-seekers during each summer season.

Owner Leighton Moore believes that his establishment draws a high volume of customers because the laid-back atmosphere differs drastically from the other more rowdy bars and clubs that speckle the town's main drag.

"If [patrons] let their mind go, they can be in Jamaica for all they know," he says. "They can get away from the same old same."

From the bar's rum drinks and the restaurant's Blue Mountain coffee to the 500 new palm trees that are shipped in and planted each year, Moore pays attention to detail and says he is always trying to maintain Seacrets' Jamaican look and vibe -- which, in turn, pleases customers.

To add to the nightclub's appeal this year, Moore has decreased the admission prices for his regular events and will not charge more than a $10 cover at the door.

Fager's Island

60th Street on the Bay

410-524-5500

www.fagers.com

Fager's plays host to a weekly hours-long deck party that is a favorite among tourists and residents alike.

Assistant general manager Duane Bell says hundreds flock to the restaurant and bar's "world-famous" fete -- perhaps because one lucky patron wins a three-day vacation getaway (to such destinations as Aruba and Disney World) during each Monday night event.

Like Seacrets, Fager's makes every attempt to keep customers coming back -- including holding admission costs to a minimum.

Bell says deck-party patrons won't pay a cover charge if they arrive before 6 p.m.

Jive

82nd Street on the Bay

410-524-1111

www.ocjive.com

With its upscale decor and deck overlooking the bay, this club combines metropolitan class with beachy vibes.

Regular patrons can join the bar's Jive Talkers Club and get extra privileges. Members don't wait in line or pay a cover.

Tequila Mockingbird

130th Street at Montego Bay Shopping Center

410-250-4424

www.octequila.com

In addition to an array of Mexican fare, this tiny bar and grill offers more than 100 types of -- you guessed it -- tequila.

Located far away from the boardwalk bustle, the location is perfect for those who're looking for an Ocean City watering hole that has a neighborly flair.

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