A great place to begin a Cape May evening is at Sunset Beach, as the sun dips below the horizon of the tranquil Delaware Bay, and the nightly flag-lowering ceremony takes place.  Romantic for couples, and great fun for families.  Once the sun is down, there are several charming bars with live music to kick back and grab a drink. Some local favorites are the Ugly Mug, Cabanas, and Carney's.

  • Carney's is located on Beach Avenue and has live music many nights on weekends where people dance it out on their large dance floor.
  • Ugly Mug, on Washington Avenue opened back in 1926. The secret behind the bar's name comes from a vaudeville tradition of "ugly mug" members all having their own mug which stays at the bar. When a member dies, his mug hangs from the ceiling. You'll notice many mugs there today, proving the popularity of this bar over the years. This bar is a hotspot for dining, live music and DJs.
  • Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill on Beach drive has a more laid back scene with blues and reggae music performed live several nights a week.
  • Martini Beach is just above Cabanas and will get you going with faster DJ-spun beats.
  • Turn up the sophistication level a notch with a cocktail at the Brown Room in Congress Hall with its big couches and dark wood decor, then head downstairs to the Boiler Room for live Jazz or R&B.

Aside from bar-hopping and live music, tourists love a romantic carriage ride though Cape May at night. Cape May Carriage runs night tours between 6-10pm on the weekends, weather permitting. Tours leave from the corner of Washington Street Mall and Ocean Street; this is the only location where one may purchase tickets.