The Bar Exam
Our resident party boy tested a few great places to get your drink on.
These earn the As.
research assistance by Caitlin Birch
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Bethany Beach-Fenwick Island
Catch 54 (54 Madison Ave., Fenwick Island, 436-8600) packs 200 boaters, golfers and other thirsty customers into its marina bar in the summertime—and even more in its 100-foot indoor bar. They show for fresh orange crushes, mojitos and other island-style drinks, plus jerk chicken wings, crab cake sliders and fried baby lobster tails. The view of Fenwick is unparalleled.
Happy Hour at Cottage Café (Coastal Hwy., Bethany Beach, 539-8710) is downright ecstatic—since it lasts pretty much all day. From opening until 6 p.m., the café’s call drinks, well drinks and the excellent happy hour menu are offered on
Harpoon Hannah’s (Del. 54 and The Bay, Fenwick Island, 539-3095) boasts sublime outdoor drinking from its tiki bar, with live music, any number of frozen concoctions like the aptly named Pain-N-De-Ass, which combines a piña colada and rum runner.
Set up shop with a Newcastle ale and a bowl of Quahog and Scallop Chowdah and you’ll begin to see why Nantuckets Restaurant (601 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, 539-2607) is such a local treasure. Smoked oysters in a drink? Try it.
Smitty McGee’s Raw Bar (37234 Lighthouse Road, Selbyville, 436-4716) is insanely busy during NFL season, when locals pack the pub for specials on clams, shrimp, oysters and wings. Then there are the 51 TVs stuffed “wherever we can fit them,” says manager Mel McKinney.
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