When you're looking to meet up with friends for appetizers and adult beverages, you'll find plenty of options for casual fare and cocktails in Belmar, New Jersey. Here are the Belmar Beachcomber's top picks for happy hour dining.
1. Flames Brazilian Steakhouse
1000 Main Street
Belmar, New Jersey 732-681-7680
COVID-19 UPDATE 8-24-2020: Flames reopened on August 22, 2020, after completing several months of extensive interior renovations to allow for social distancing.
At Flames Brazilian Steakhouse in Belmar, you can enjoy happy hour at the full-service bar Monday to Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and all day Sunday. Happy hour specials include half-price appetizers and $5.00 cocktails and house wine.
Try a refreshing caipirinha cocktail made with Brazilian rum, Sao Paolo Tropical with Grey Goose vodka, or a pitcher of Portuguese sangria. For appetizers, half-price small plates are perfect for sharing. We like the garlic shrimp, Parmesan-fried polenta, and empanadas.
2. Klein's Seafood Restaurant & Waterfront Cafe
708 River Road
Belmar, New Jersey 732-681-1177
COVID-19 UPDATE 7-15-2020: Klein's Tiki Bar is currently closed due to the pandemic, but the restaurant and fish market are open. Outdoor seating during happy hour time is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The restaurant is not taking reservations in summer 2020. Call ahead to find out hours and specials.
The bar menu includes $5 Tito's cocktails, $6 Tito's martinis, half-price wines by the glass, and frozen/well drinks, as well as specials on both draft and bottled beer. Happy hour prices include discounted raw-bar specials, and you also can order from your choice of the all-day menu or the riverfront bar and grille menu. The Belmar Beach sushi roll and boom-boom shrimp are some of the Beachcomber Blog's personal favorites.
3. La Dolce Vita Italian Seafood Grill and La Terrazza
400 and 408 Ocean Avenue
Belmar, New Jersey 732-749-3177
COVID-19 UPDATE 7-15-2020: La Dolce Vita restaurant is open with outdoor seating. Reservations are recommended. Call the restaurant directly to reserve.
In addition to daily $5 appetizers and drink specials, you'll enjoy the people-watching and ocean views during happy hour at La Dolce Vita on Ocean Avenue. Just next door, the bar at La Terrazza ("The Terrace") also serves casual Italian fare, flat breads, pizza, and cocktails.
4. 10th Avenue Burrito Company
801 Belmar Plaza
Belmar, New Jersey 732-280-1515
COVID-19 UPDATE 7-15-2020: The indoor bar at 10th Avenue Burrito is currently closed due to state mandates. The outdoor bar and patio are open for drinks and dining, and table seating is also available in the parking lot in front of the restaurant.
Known locally for its "all-day happy hour," 10th Avenue Burrito Co. in Belmar offers $3 domestic drafts, $5 house wines, and other drink specials Monday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the inside and outside bars. Wednesday is ladies' night, with $5 appetizers, $5 glasses of wine and sangria, and $5 margaritas. Our favorite appetizers are the pork molé nachos with guacamole and sweet chili chicken wings served with avocado ranch dressing. The sweet and spicy corn soup is also terrific! RELATED: Favorite Mexican Restaurants In Belmar And Beyond
5. Mr. Shrimp Seafood Restaurant and Market
1608 Highway 71
Belmar, New Jersey
COVID-19 UPDATE 7-15-2020: The dining room at Mr. Shrimp is closed. The seafood market is open, and the restaurant is serving takeout and delivery, with outdoor seating in the parking lot.
Mr. Shrimp is a BYOB seafood restaurant, so the "happy hour" here is all about special pricing at the raw bar every Monday to Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Raw bar specials include oysters and clams on the half-shell, shrimp cocktail, and more.
Other Popular Places For Happy Hour
You'll find lots of other choices for happy hour dining in Belmar, including the Boathouse Bar & Grill at 1309 Main Street, Anchor Tavern on 8th Avenue and Main Street, the Marina Grille, and 9th Avenue Pier waterfront bar at the Belmar Marina. In nearby Lake Como, New Jersey, Bar Anticipation (Bar A) is a year-round destination for Friday happy hour.
Outside of Belmar, we recommend the happy hour at Pagano's UVA Restaurant and Wine Bar, 800 Main Street, Bradley Beach, New Jersey. Happy hour at UVA is all day Sunday, noon to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and noon to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. The bar menu features pasta dishes, salads, pizza, grilled sandwiches, and other selections. Also, Tuesday is specially priced pasta night at UVA in the dining room and at the bar. We've also enjoyed happy hour at The Elbow Room, 416 Main Street, in Bradley Beach. Their bar menu includes appetizers (try the hummus platter with veggies and warm flat bread), small plates (fried calamari with sweet chili sauce is good), quesadillas, burgers, sides, sandwiches, and house specialties.
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