Sitting at the former location of The Ketch, Bird & Betty’s seeks to reinvigorate the hard partying attitude of Long Beach Island and mix it with bar grub, fish, and pizzas. They succeed on all counts. Looking over the bay from the end of Dock Road, Bird & Betty’s is a place for all those young at heart.
The decor looks much the same as it did when it was the Ketch, but they’ve added a room seemingly dedicated to disco with a spinning, hanging ball to boot. The giant deck is still the structure’s centerpiece and come nightfall, it is filled with twentysomethings looking to have a late night. The place is packed by 10pm and there is a line down the street by 11. Covers come in around $20 on Fridays and Saturdays, which is a little steep for the Shore, but worth it for those looking to party the night away to sounds from live bands and DJs.
During the day, the deck is still filled with those looking to sip the day away and the bar and eatery still provides one of the best spots on L.B.I. to sip a cocktail and watch the sunset. There is a legitimate cocktail menu available, which includes Betty’s Old Fashioned Smash (Wild Turkey, peach, blackberry) that is sure to set you straight. Grub is straightforward and excellent for coating the gut. Any of the well-sized sandwiches should help keep you upright for at least a couple hours, while those looking for something more Shore specific should turn their stomachs towards the Clam Bake.
Unfortunately, Daiquiris on the Deck is no longer a thing, but that shouldn’t stop visitors from sipping away their Sundays with a fruity, alcoholic beverage – we recommend Nuge’s Mai Tai. Brunch is an option for those looking to start their Sunday off right. Classics like breakfast pizza or a brunch burger are available, along with Shore-inspired plays like biscuits & oysters, which comes with andouille sausage gravy and a sunny-side-up egg.
Find It At:
529 Dock Rd.
Beach Haven, NJ 08008