Waiting around for the weekend to have a fun night off campus can make the week feel like it’s crawling by. If you need a little music, a break from the typical dining hall food or even want to join in on some fun competition, then Shore Drive is the perfect place to look!
Restaurants and bars such as Chicks Oyster Bar, CP Shuckers, ShoreBreak Pizza & Taphouse and Central Shore are the top places to find a quick escape from your typical week night.
Instead of sitting in your dorm, CP Shuckers, located just beyond the Lesner Bridge, offers Monday night karaoke to kick those Monday blues. DJ Casey Jones has just about every song you can think of to sing your heart out.
With classics like “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi and newer pop hits like “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus, CP Shuckers draws in a tremendous judgment-free crowd. “My friends and I love to come here after work and de-stress by singing like we’re in the shower,” Victoria Dessoffy, a local patron, said.
“DJ Casey is a pretty cool guy and always has what song I want,” Dessoffy said. Friendly bartenders like Caroline and Manny provide outstanding service.
If you’re feeling like you need to test your extra stored knowledge and want the chance to win a prize, then Tuesday trivia nights at Chick’s Oyster Bar is the place to be. Starting early this January, Chick’s decided to join in on the weeknight fun. With teams of six or less, you and your friends can enjoy an extended happy hour with $6 signature orange crushes and $10 appetizers while competing for restaurant gift cards.
“We’ve had a really great turnout lately,” front of the house manager Dylan Cake said. Hosted by Beach Trivia from 7 to 9 p.m. in the “Marlin Room” of the bar-restaurant, teams can win gift cards priced up to $100.
“It’s been really fun and people really get into it,” Cake said. Question categories can range from sports, to general knowledge, science and entertainment. There is a category for every style of person so creating a team with just about anyone can put you on the road to victory.
For the middle of the week, ShoreBreak Pizza & Taphouse offers something just for the ladies. If you’re looking for a more low-key relaxed and less competitive evening, then free ladies pool night is the way to go! “A lot of people don’t know about it,” waitress Kenzie Morgan said. Whether you know how to play or not, ShoreBreak offers multiple pool tables with a variety of pool stick sizes. “It’s a nice night to just hang out with friends,” Morgan said.
There’s always plenty of room for you and your group to share a large pizza and play. On top of the exclusive free ladies pool, Wednesday night is also 99 cent wing night. Whether you like boneless or traditional, all wings are 99 cents.
In the midst of weekly activities, Central Shore offers a monthly way to boot scoot your heart out. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Central Shore offers a country karaoke night. DJ’d by the one and only, familiar friendly face of Shore Drive, DJ Casey Jones; you can sing your heart out to your favorite country tune.
In celebration of facing your fears and having courage, Central will even buy you a shot for your first song. “It’s free parking and entry with a fun-filled atmosphere,” owner Brandon Dearborn said. The country-themed karaoke night is accompanied by beginner line dancing as well.
“We wanted to do something different so line dancing and karaoke turned into Country Night,” Dearborn said. By mixing different ideas and offering liquid courage, Central Shore’s country nights have been an incredible success.
Waiting around for the week to crawl by to do something fun is no more. By taking the short drive down Northampton Blvd to Shore Drive, a diverse nightlife of fun opens up. Instead of sitting in your residence halls after a long day of classes, a few appetizers and stress relieving song and game nights are the best way to change it up. The only question now is, which will you attend?
All restaurants and bars listed above can all be found on Instagram through the handles @cpshucker_shoredrive, @chicksoysterbar, @shorebreakpizza and @centralshoredrive and have corresponding pages on Facebook as well. Each page provides more information, extra details on happy hours and updates on all fun event nights
By Kylea McCarel