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Nightlife in the Pines

The people of the Pine Barrens and the towns and villages surrounding them are real people.  No pretense, just fun!  From the Pinelands Cultural Society, which presents local talent every Saturday night in the form of Country and blue-grass music, to the local "hot spots", be prepared to enjoy!


For the best "award-winning" wings, great sandwiches, and a fun & friendly staff, be sure to visit


Same family owned and operated since the 1920's!

866 U.S. Route 206, Shamong, NJ 08088

1509 Route 542 Lower Bank, NJ 08215



"Have You Been to Lower Bank Lately?"
Sit down and enjoy a drink and a meal in a place from the days before chain restaurants overpopulated our state.

Directions and Map

12 miles from Tuckerton; 12 miles from Egg Harbor City.
10 minutes from Batso.

THE LIGHTHOUSE TAVERN Route 9, Waretown - a local watering hole that just happens to have great food and generous but reasonably priced drinks!  Besides excellent food, specializing in steaks and seafood, the Lighthouse offers shuffleboard, pool tables, darts, video games, and NTN. Sports are a focal point on the many flat screen TV's scattered throughout the bar.  Don't forget to stop in on Thursdays when "Harry Karaoke" is in town!

CAFFREY'S, Route 9, Forked River - another local favorite, always jammed after work and on weekends.  Caff's is primarily a restaurant featuring prime ribs, but their pasta dishes are not to be missed.  However, my visits there are for the great bar pies and atmosphere.  Lots of tv's are about, tuned to either sports or NTN.  The clientele is mixed so no one ever feels out of place.  This is a place where you can take the kids for a good meal or get out for a night of fun, and on weekends hear some great live music.

CAPTAIN'S INN, East Lacey Road - nightlife here is great fun in the Summer, and then it's at its best from 5:00 to 9:00 or so on weekends when the outdoor waterfront bar is in full swing. Folks come by land and by sea to hear local groups performing, grab a snack and have a cool beverage. The Captain's Inn is a fun place to people-watch and boat-watch.  The off-season crowd here is great too, with a fire roaring in the lounge, where easy-listening entertainment is provided on weekends. .The dress is casual.


Sweetwater Casino, in the heart of the Pine Barrens on the Mullica River, was a popular night spot in its day. However, this landmark burned to the ground in June of 2008. We all miss Sweetwater...see photos of Sweetwater before the fire.




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