205 BEACH AVENUE, CAPE MAY, NJ 08204(877) SHACK-07

Cape May's Iconic Surfer Bar & Restaurant

“The Nail,” as it’s known by the locals, is the famed iconic surfer bar and restaurant that made a name for itself in the ‘70s. It's right here at the Beach Shack, just steps away from your room. Back in the day lifeguards, surfers and beautiful beach bunnies gathered around the wood bar that was rumored to be the longest in all of Cape May. Now it’s your turn to join in the fun for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Now that the Beach Shack is open from May-December, so is The Nail, with the same great live entertainment and classic seaside menu.
In the summer gather around the fire pit for a cold drink. When the weather starts to cool down, come on in and sit by the new indoor fireplace. Kids’ meals are served on a souvenir Beach Shack Frisbee, giving you a fun after-dinner activity. Indoor spaces spill into outdoor seating, sand bar, fire pit and shuffleboard. Young, old and even four-legged friends are invited in from the beach for live entertainment and Rusty Nail’s beach blanket comfort food that can also be wrapped to go.
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Open Daily

7:30 am - 12:30 am

The Seventh Annual

Rusty Nail Doggie Pageant

Benefitting the Animal Outreach of Cape May County

Get waggin' to the Rusty Nail on Saturday, September 14th for the seventh annual Rusty Nail Doggie Pageant! Join us to watch some talented pups in action as they compete to be the official 2020 Rusty Nail Dog Mascot.

Saturday, September 14th | 3:00pm - 6:00pm

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Dining Specials

Rusty Nail Football Sunday Specials

Available Football Sundays

Head to the ‘Nail this football season for our Football Specials! Grab a cold beer or cocktail at either our patio or inside bar and watch the big game on one of our nine HDTVs. On game days we’ll be serving up delicious food and drink specials.

Military Discount

Available with Valid Military ID

15% Off Food

Bring family and friends! Enjoy a 15% discount for your entire party seated at the table.

Must present a Valid Military ID in order to receive the discount. Discount is applicable to food items only. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

Entertainment Lineup

at the Rusty Nail

The Rusty Nail is proud to host a regular lineup of talented local musicians.
Acoustic acts take the stage during sunny afternoons outdoors by the sandpit, followed by full bands and DJs that keep the party going indoors when night comes around. Unwind to sunny tunes and beachy jams that blend perfectly with our laid-back vibe.

The Rusty Nail is proud to be a Travel & Leisure Pick for One of America's Top 10 Beach Bars.

The Rusty Nail
205 Beach Avenue
Cape May, New Jersey 08204

it’s easy to find us

Cape May is easily accessible from the Garden State Parkway and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. The Rusty Nail is located on Beach Avenue at the Beach Shack Hotel.

Parking is available in the spaces directly in front of the restaurant.
Parking is first-come, first-serve. Metered parking is available along Beach Avenue.

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From Specific Points

From The Garden State Parkway | From The Cape May Lewes Ferry | From New York | From Washington/Baltimore | From Philadelphia