21 Apr We visited this new Shore pier’s exclusive pool and bars and found it’s pretty awesome
WE VISITED THIS NEW SHORE PIER’S EXCLUSIVE POOL AND BARS AND FOUND IT’S PRETTY AWESOME
By Chris Franklin | For NJ.com
For a decade, what had been left of an old pier in North Wildwood had sat empty on the sand but that’s all about to change.
Seaport Pier, located on 22nd street next to the North Wildwood Police Building, officially opened to the public Friday.
With two bars, a pool and a stage area situated right on the beach, the entertainment area gives residents and visitors a new option for fun this summer.
We had a chance to take a tour of the venue and the following is what we saw.
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The Dive Bar
When entering the pier and passing by security, it takes only a couple of steps to see The Dive Bar to the left. The large bar area has a very modern look. The walls are lined with pictures of old scuba divers with the “portholes” lighting up at night.
The bar itself is big, with 98 seats and dining tables surrounding the barstools. If you are sitting at the bar, each seat has an outlet to plug in electronic devices so can stay connected while drinking and having fun.
It could also pass as a sports bar. While we were there, the multiple televisions were showing all kinds of events such as the Wimbledon matches, cycling, and other ESPN programming. Seaport Pier Director of Operations at Amy Schauffner says it is yet to be decided if The Dive Bar section of the pier will remain open in September when college football and the Philadelphia Eagles games will happen.
Amy Schnauffer, left, director of operations, and bartenders John Damiano and Andrea Malizia, pose for a picture inside the Dive Bar at the Seaport Pier in North Wildwood, Monday, July 9, 2018. The pier features an outside and inside bar plus food and a swim club.
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It’s ok to fruit the beer
There was a campaign by a company back in the early 2000’s, asking if it was ok to “fruit the beer,” meaning if it was ok to add fruit flavors to the drink. This instance it was. We tried a version of the Crowdsurfer Summer Shandy, and it wasn’t bad at all. It has a citrus-like taste to it without a bad aftertaste. The bar also has the traditional beer and liquor offerings and the specials are still being finalized.
The food selections the day we were there were very limited because the pier is finalizing preparations for Green Eggs Café, which has other locations in Philadelphia, to come in and be the food provider for lunch and dinner. In the meantime, the pier is bringing in different food trucks to provide quick meals to visitors. Schauffner said the pier would also be tailoring menus to suit whatever customers need to host cocktail hours, rehearsal dinners, weddings and other private events.
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Starboard Swim Club
Across from The Dive Bar, is the Starboard Swim Club that requires a membership to enter. There are no daily or weekly passes available to access the pool. Memberships range from $499 for a single person up to $2,000 for a Family Premier membership and give access to the pool from Memorial Day until the end of September.