Ocean City’s after-dinner scene can start before sunset, as many restaurants and bars entice customers in with happy hour specials and live music. A seafood dinner might be the highlight of the evening or the kick-off a long night of fun. Convenient city buses make bar-hopping safe and easy, while town-sponsored evening beach events draw families to the sand for music, fireworks, and friendly competitions.

    Here’s a compilation of the great things to do after dinner in Ocean City, ranging from those known for hearty American fare to fun spots for letting loose, getting down, and gambling. There are even fun karaokes where you can channel your inner popstar.



    A lively waterfront hotspot

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    Seacrets is a cool place to visit for an evening out on Ocean City’s bayside. Aptly calling itself ‘Jamaica, USA’, it has several dance floors, outdoor stages, tropical cocktails, and a Caribbean-inspired menu. You can also find multiple bar tables in the water and a playground of floating rafts against a backdrop of swaying palm trees.

    Seacrets is an Ocean City ‘entertainment complex’ that spans 6 acres. The evening entertainment starts early and runs very late. The place encourages a more refined vibe – a simple dress code applies here. The beach stage is where you’d usually want to be around for their great live music performances. Happy hours are from Sundays to Friday, between 4 pm and 7 pm.

    Location: 117 49th St, Ocean City, MD 21842, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 410-524-4900


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    Purple Moose Sedan

    Live rock and gigs on the OC boardwalk

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    Purple Moose Sedan is one of the legendary nightlife fixtures in Ocean City, well-known for its live summer gigs showcasing some of the best rock bands on the East Coast. When there aren’t any live bands filling the rosters, you can expect resident and guest DJs keeping the vibe alive every night.

    The emphasis may be on the stage and music for everyone to enjoy, but the bar serves a great selection of liquor, cocktails, and ice-cold beer (you won’t find any food service here). Some of its signature cocktails are fun and naughtily named – something you should check out for yourself. Find Purple Moose Sedan on your strolls along the boardwalk, snugly fitted between Talbot and Caroline Streets.

    Location: 108 S Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD 21842, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 2 am

    Phone: +1 410-289-6953


    Skye Bar & Grille

    Head up to the rooftop bar

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    Skye Bar & Grille is a rooftop bar where you can spend an evening out in Ocean City with live sports feeds, great food, and good company. The quirky hotspot presents a menu that highlights creative American fare complemented by the cool bay views.

    It’s a nice spot to hit if you’re craving a meaty meal, thanks to its menu that presents broiled steaks and fresh seafood – all served until late. When there isn’t a live sports event on large screens at the center of the bar, there’s often good live music to keep the energy levels up. Enjoy happy hour everyday between 3 pm and 6 pm.

    Location: 6601 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842, USA

    Open: Thursday–Tuesday from 11.30 am to 2 am, Wednesday from 11.30 am to 12.30 am

    Phone: +1 410-723-6762


    Pickles Pub

    Enjoy a game of pool with pub fare and craft beer on tap

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    Pickles Pub offers a fun and fulfilling night out in OC with its game room and an assortment of beverages, coupled with an extensive pub menu. Regular pubgoers covet the fried pickles, though everyone seems to come here for its pub wings, dubbed ‘Ocean City’s best wings’.

    Pickles Pub's daily special deals on beverages run throughout the week on various beers, shots, and cocktails. Its gig roster is also quite packed, featuring great local bands performing everything from classic to fusion rock. If you aren’t keen on scoring at the 4 pool tables, there are plenty of screens broadcasting live sporting events, including a giant high-definition one.

    Location: 706 Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842, USA

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 2 am

    Phone: +1 410-289-4891


    Brass Balls Sedan

    A funky OC nightlife institution on the boardwalk

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    Brass Balls Sedan is a kitschy spot that has been a boardwalk institution in OC since 1980. It’s known for serving popular house cocktails and hosting rowdy karaoke nights. Among the top picks from its vast party cocktail menu is the hilariously named Dragon My Balls. The summery blend is a fruity mix between Bacardi Dragonberry, DeKuyper Watermelon Schnapps, sour mix and a splash of Sprite.

    The sedan is also a go-to for late-night munchies on the boardwalk. Check out their flavoursome wings with hot garlic or cheese fries to go with your cold pint or cocktail or ask for their stacked build-your-own burger option if you’re really hungry. If you visit in the day, the upper-level deck overlooking the beach is the place to be.

    Location: 1105 Atlantic Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 2 am

    Phone: +1 410-289-0069


    Backshore Brewing Company

    Ocean City’s beachside craft beer brewpub

    • Nightlife

    Backshore Brewing Company is one of Ocean City’s best and oldest craft breweries. Beers are crafted in small batches, about 4 kegs at a time, which allows it to experiment constantly with various flavors and styles. The beer menu changes often, so there's always something new on tap for you to try.

    Small-batch beers and hip moonshine cocktails complement a trendy pizza menu. For something light and easy, ask for the Boardwalk Blonde, a blonde ale that’s an excellent refreshment in the summer. The Downtown Sugar Brown is Backshore's very smooth English brown ale that has a slight hint of sweetness.

    Location: 913 Atlantic Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842, USA

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm, Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 410-289-0008


    Ocean Downs Casino

    Have a date with lady luck at the slots or simulcasts

    • Nightlife

    Oceans Downs Casino is where you can head to for a fun evening out to try your luck. It may be small by most casino standards, but it’s quite nice and well laid out inside. There's good spacing between slot machines so that you won’t ever feel too cramped.

    If you’re not trying your luck at roulette, keno or poker, you can hit the luxurious lounge space and place a bet on the horse of your choice at the horseracing simulcasts. The prices are fair, though the beverages are naturally on the pricey side.

    Location: 10218 Racetrack Rd, Berlin, MD 21811, USA

    Phone: +1 410-641-0600


    Macky’s Bayside Bar & Broil

    Have a cold pint while planting your feet in the sand

    • Nightlife

    Macky’s Bayside Bar & Broil is a longstanding and unofficial Ocean City landmark, with an open-air bar and restaurant and tables laid out on its private beach. It’s one of the best places for watching the sunset in OC, which you can enjoy with great food and beverages.

    The setting is rustic, with palms bordering the beachfront layout. The open-air bar serves cold beers and cool cocktails, some of which match the colors of the spectacular sunset. Hang around for happy hour from 3 pm to 6 pm daily, with good deals for beers on tap and a selection of sliders, wings, cheese pizza or steamed clams to complement your memorable OC beachside moments.

    Location: 5311 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 3 pm to midnight (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 410-723-5565


    The Sandbar

    Sing along to your favorite tunes

    • Nightlife

    The Sandbar is a small but fun karaoke and sports bar in Ocean City where you’re bound to have a great time with friends, especially when channeling your inner popstar. It has more than 35,000 tunes in its song bank, along with a fog machine to augment that stage vibe for your expressive covers of classics and contemporary hit singles.

    The Sandbar has been voted the best karaoke in Maryland for consecutive years. Opening hours may change seasonally, so it’s good to check beforehand, especially during the off-season. The presence of its full bar makes this a favorite bachelorette hotspot to let loose.

    Location: 3303 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842, USA

    Open: Tuesday from 4.30 am to 6 pm and from 8 pm to 2 am, Wednesday–Monday from 8 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +1 410-289-1558


    BJ's on the Water

    For great times on the bayside decks

    • Nightlife

    BJ's on the Water is a bayside venue in Ocean City that serves great pub grub and seafood selections with deck seating overlooking the water. The longstanding Ocean City hotspot is great for live music with a big, busy dancefloor. The large screens are usually tuned to sports channels, while the spacious open deck fills up for Wednesday's extended happy hour. Regular happy hours are from Mondays to Fridays between 4 pm and 7 pm.

    On certain afternoons, you can watch sunsets and daily duck feedings on the bay as you sip on your cocktails. Its top signature selection is Sunset on 75th, which contains infused pineapple vodka with pineapple juice, sour mix, grenadine, and garnished with whipped cream.

    Location: 115 75th St, Ocean City, MD 21842, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 410-524-7575

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