Enjoy the Super Bowl at the Beach

Snow everywhere in Jersey. Nonetheless, you can celebrate the Super Bowl on the beach in Sea Bright. In Driftwood Cabana Club's rebuilt, enclosed, all-weather tiki bar, "You kind of feel like you are on a cruise ship," says beverage director Beau Keegan, "because all you see is water.”

Tiki bar at Driftwood Cabana Club, Sea Bright
The rebuilt, all-weather tiki bar at Driftwood Cabana Club in Sea Bright.
Photo: Andrei Jackamets Photography

In summer, the tiki bar is a members-only hang out near the club’s private pool and mile and a half of cabanas in the sand. But the bar is open to the public in the off season.

The club, owned by the same family since 1957, had an open-air tiki that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Last year, the family debuted the rebuilt, upgraded facility that stands 15 feet above the sand.

Keegan call it his “spectacular, brand-new, shiny toy. It’s a cool, happening kind of place.”

On Super Bowl Sunday, starting at 4 pm, 50 guests (21 and older) will huddle by the waves to watch the game and enjoy six or seven hours of top-shelf open bar and a lavish tailgate menu. Tickets are $100 per adult or $150 per couple.

Unlimited food and drink will be served throughout the game. At half-time, the club will serve prime rib of beef and lobster, cooked on the outdoor grill on the deck.

Tickets include two chances to win a drawing, with prizes including a gift certificate to nearby Ama Ristorante and a beer cooler “that is perfect for somebody’s man cave,” says Keegan.

The grand prize is a 32-inch TV.

Meanwhile, miles from the Shore, another sea-related Super Bowl event is Oyster Bowl XVI at Blue Point Grille in Princeton.

Blue Point Grill opens for lunch only one day a year–Super Bowl Sunday. From 11 am to 2 pm on February 1st, pre-game festivities at the restaurant will include limitless slurping of oysters. 

The challenge? To break the 2009 record of consuming 102 oysters in two minutes.

The 16th annual event will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central and South Jersey and YWCA Breast Cancer Resource Center. It includes prizes and raffles.

Tiki Bar at Driftwood Cabana Club
1485 Ocean Avenue
Sea Bright
401-286-8904 (tickets)

Blue Point Grill
258 Nassau Street


SUZANNE ZIMMER LOWERY is a food writer, pastry chef and culinary instructor at a number of New Jersey cooking schools. Find out more about her at suzannelowery.com.

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