The Venue

The skinny on local clubs

August 31, 2006|By SARAH MARSTON

Bottle & Cork

This coastal Delaware concert venue and bar was established 70 years ago and today remains one of the most popular nightlife hotspots in notoriously wild Dewey Beach. Loud, crazy and well-liquored, the Bottle & Cork embodies the Dewey reputation. Good for a night of drinking and meeting people in bars; not so great for actually listening to a concert.

Where -- 1807 Highway One, Dewey Beach, Del.

Call -- 302-227-7272

Web site --

Notable -- Concerts run from May through September. The stage and bar areas are covered, but an open-air patio provides some relief from the sometimes-overbearing crowd. Several bars and arcade games are scattered in the back of the giant room, with an open floor space between the bars and the stage. The ladies' room is equipped with hair products, lotions and even lollipops.

Vibe -- Be prepared on a busy night to be pushed around while you're watching the show by people walking to and from the bars. The noise at the bar overpowers the music on a high-traffic night. Miller Lite girls roam the crowds near the stage selling beer and shots.

Crowd -- A recent Friday-night crowd was rowdy, drunk and at times downright rude. Look out for drink-spilling and leering men. Most of the crowd ranged from mid-20s to 50s.

What to wear -- Almost anything goes.

Music -- This month, the Pat McGee Band hit the stage, with warm-ups Army of Me and John Eddie. Bottle & Cork does offer cheap tickets for big names, including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Better Than Ezra, Vertical Horizon, SR-71, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Citizen Cope, Vanilla Ice and Gin Blossoms in the past three years.

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