5 things to know about Laguna Grill and Rum Bar
Live bands abound
Few places anywhere in South Jersey can match the quality or quantity of the free live music acts that Laguna Grill hosts this summer, among them G Love on July 1, Tommy Conwell on July 23, John Eddie on Aug. 20 and former Simple Minds lead singer Derek Forbes on Sept. 4. Two outdoor stages, set right on the beach and adjacent to a huge outdoor deck, will also feature Incognito and the Dan Burke Band on Sundays; Shorty Long and the Jersey Horns on Wednesdays; the Amish Outlaws on June 24 and July 9; The Nerds on July 22 and Aug. 13; The Chatterband on June 18, July 8 and 30, Aug. 6 and 19 and Sept. 3. Fridays and Saturdays with beloved Springsteen tribute band The E Street Shuffle, set to appear June 24, July 15 and Aug. 19.buycheapnfljerseys
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Its location alone literally on the 14th Street South beach in Brigantine would have been enough to attract the masses without any capital investment beyond the purchase price. However, when Rip Reynolds and Tony Bruno took over ownership, they renovated everything from the wall studs out, only to have to do it all over again when Superstorm Sandy demolished it in 2012. The second makeover was even more impressive, with every seat at one of its two large indoor bars facing the ocean, and a third bar sited outdoors on the deck and near the stage. Guests can dine outside or relax in Adirondack chairs on palm fringed sand while watching the beach goers or listening to the bands.
Try a tropical concoction
Laguna Grill’s bartenders can build you any drink you can name and probably a few you’ve never heard of. Margaritas, mojitos and rum runners are popular orders during the hot summer months, but there are also several specialty drinks like the Pain In the Ass, which is a frozen layered combination of a rum runner and pina colada. Asking a mixologist to make you one quickly earns you PIA status.
A primo place to host a party
Laguna Grill is sited at the foot of the historic, circa 1920s Brigantine Hotel, now home to Legacy Vacation Club. It is a hugely popular spot for wedding receptions, private parties and special events, and serves as headquarters for such fundraisers as the Run for the Animals 5K to benefit the Marine Mammal Stranding Center each spring, and the Polar Bear Plunge to benefit injured military each winter. It also hosts a massive Eagles tailgate party in the fall with a monsterous TV screen showing the game on the beach.
Libations are not the only things Laguna Grill does well. Its menu is extensive and its culinary staff is top notch. Naturally, being just steps from the ocean, seafood is its specialty, offering such delectable dishes as ahi tuna, seared scallops, blackened salmon, lobster rolls and much more.