14 Places to Pregame Before Tim Hits the Stage

Before Tim McGraw hits the stage this Fourth of July, head to one of these 14 bars in Wildwood for some pre-concert fun!

1. Backfin Blues Bar & Grill
517 W. Rio Grande Ave., Wildwood
(609) 522-0243, www.backfinwildwood.com
Sit back and relax on Backfin Blues rooftop deck before the party on the beach begins. Enjoy beautiful views of the bay, and take advantage of Happy Hour from 12 to 6 p.m. featuring $2 domestic drafts, $2.50 domestic bottles, $3 craft drafts, $3 house drinks and food specials. A variety of drinks are available, including frozen drinks such as rum runners, piña coladas and margaritas so you can get the party going!

2. Beach Creek Oyster Bar & Grille
500 W. Hand Ave., Wildwood
(609) 522-1062, www.beachcreek.net
Sunsets, stained glass, palm trees and tropical flowers are what you’ll find at this waterfront restaurant. The new outside bar is a great place to get the beach vibe going before hitting the sand for some tunes. Enjoy Happy Hour specials from 3 to 5 p.m.!

3. Boathouse Restaurant & Marina Deck
506 W. Rio Grande Ave., Wildwood
(609) 729-5301, www.boathouseonline.net
If you’re looking for some fun in the sun, the Boathouse Restaurant is the place for you. Enjoy drinks and a meal on the Marina Deck while taking in the spectacular view and relaxing in a warm summer breeze. From the delicious fresh seafood to the pasta dishes, there is something for everyone! Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. and features select half price appetizers and drink specials.

4. Casey’s on Third
301 New York Ave., North Wildwood
(609) 522-7759, www.caseysonthird.com
Although Casey’s is where the Irish come to play, you’re welcome to sport your red, white and blue attire at this Irish pub. Happy Hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. and includes $2 bottles, $1.75 pints, $3 drinks and a special appetizer menu full of quality, fresh food. Hang at one of the two long bars, in the large dining room or on the dance floor!

5. Crab House at Two Mile Landing
1 Fish Dock Rd., Wildwood Crest
(609) 522-1341, www.twomilelanding.com
The Crab House is known for its waterfront views, fresh local seafood and deliciously famous Crushes. Choose a classic Orange Crush, or opt for the grapefruit or strawberry-orange flavor. Whichever flavor you choose, pair it with some fresh, local seafood for the perfect pre-concert meal. “Crabby Hour” at the bar is from 2 to 5 p.m. and features $1 off all drinks and $5 food specials!

6. Dogtooth Bar & Grill
100 E. Taylor Ave., Wildwood
(609) 522-8383, www.dogtoothbar.com
Take in the sights and sounds of summer in Wildwood on Dogtooth’s outside patio. One of the most well-known restaurants and bars in Wildwood, Dogtooth is the place to go for a diverse selection of both food and drinks. Catch Happy Hour before the concert from 4 to 6 p.m., and grab $1.50 domestic pints, $2.50 domestic bottles, $3 well drinks and discounted appetizers at the bar. Come check out this Jersey Shore favorite!

7. Flip Flopz Beach Bar & Grill
106 W. Spruce Ave., North Wildwood
(609) 522-3350, www.flipflopzbarandgrill.com
Flip Flopz is your one and only one-stop party resort in South Jersey! Chill by the pool at the rooftop Tiki bar, sipping cool cocktails, listening to live DJs and enjoying views of the ocean. Or, head to the downstairs bar and take advantage of Happy Hour from 3 to 7 p.m. with $5 appetizers, $2 tacos, $2 sliders, $5 flat breads and drink specials! Either way, Flip Flopz is sure to be the party before the party!

8. Ice House Restaurant & Bar
4415 Park Blvd., Wildwood
(609) 522-0033, www.icehousewildwood.com
At Ice House, you’ll find classic “down the shore” dining and relaxation. Take the elevator up to the deck for awesome views and fabulous sunsets overlooking Otten’s Harbor. Enjoy a glass or bottle of wine from the outstanding wine list, and fill up on some appetizers and sandwiches before heading to the beach. On Mondays, the deck features $2 fish or chicken tacos!

9. Mulligan’s Shore Bar and Grill
310 W. Hildreth Ave., Wildwood
(609) 522-4883
At this coastal-themed bar and restaurant, you can grab some fruity cocktails and signature sandwiches. Try the “Mullitini,” a family secret recipe you’re sure to enjoy, and pair it with one of Mulligan’s well-known cheesesteaks or Reuben sandwiches. Happy Hour specials are from 3 to 6 p.m. and end just in time for you to make your way to see Tim!

10. Owen’s Pub
17th Ave., North Wildwood
(609) 729-7290
Owen’s is the perfect place to pregame, with an all-day Happy Hour at the bar from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Happy Hour features $1 domestic drafts, $3 import and craft drafts, $1.75 domestic bottles, $2.75 import bottles and $2.50 mixed drinks. Plus, enjoy half price appetizers from 3 to 6 p.m. – get all of the bar bites you want before jammin’ to Tim!

11. Ship n’ Shore
434 W. Montgomery Ave., Wildwood
(609) 522-0377
With Happy Hour prices all day every day, it’s always Happy Hour at Ship n’ Shore! Enjoy cold beer and cocktails, homemade burgers, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, pizzas and more, all at great prices. Monday’s Super Special is a cheesesteak and fries for just $3.50! Overlooking Otten’s Harbor, Ship n’ Shore is a great escape from the summer crowds before hitting the busy beach concert scene.

12. Urie’s Waterfront Restaurant
588 W. Rio Grande Ave., Wildwood
(609) 522-4189, www.uries.net
Be swept away to the tropics at Urie’s! All your friends can pull up a seat at the outside Tiki Bar and Raw Bar, where you can get lost in the sights and sounds of the shore. Join in on the fun during Happy Hour from 2 to 4 p.m. with half price appetizers and $2 draft beers!

13. Westy’s Irish Pub
101 E. Walnut Ave., North Wildwood
(609) 522-4991, www.westysirishpub.com
Meet your friends at Westy’s, an Irish style pub with a relaxing atmosphere. Take a seat at the oceanfront deck’s sprawling wrap-around bar, or order one of Westy’s specialty drinks from either the upstairs or downstairs bar. Take advantage of drink specials during Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m., as well as Monday’s food special, $5 burgers.

14. The Wharf
708 W. Burke Ave., Wildwood
(609) 522-6336, www.thewharfnj.com
The Wharf is your hideaway on the waterway! Relax and prepare for the night ahead with an ice-cold beer or a frozen drink in hand, all while enjoying bay views and cool breezes. Indulge in freshly caught scallops, clams, tuna or mussels, or opt for entrees from land. Catch some drink specials during Happy Hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as $5 appetizers from 4 to 6 p.m. and $6.95 lunch specials at lunch time.

For other pre-concert food and drink options in the Wildwoods, check out dotheshore.com/dining!