Goodnight Irene's Brew Pub

Goodnight Irene's Brew PubGoodnight Irene's Brew Pub
Goodnight Irene's Brew PubGoodnight Irene's Brew Pub
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2708 Pacific Ave
Wildwood, New Jersey, 08260-5248
United States

(609) 729-3861 | map

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Reviews by weeare138:
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Good beer bars at the Jersey Shore, or South Jersey for that matter, are hard to come by. GNI has broken the mold for decent beer bars at the Shore. Firewater's is a decent spot but they're a bit of a hike out to Atlantic City. This place is within walking, or biking distance if you're staying in North Wildwood.
The atmosphere is good enough, highlighting on the bar patron decor with microbrew signs being posted around the interior of the wooden chairs, long L-shaped bar, and tables. There's also an outdoor seating area that has a small performing area for local artists/bands to play music. The outdoor bar sports about 4 taps.
The quality of everything is in check here. Clean beer lines. Fresh food. Some stuff is obviously frozen ahead of time but can you blame them? It's a bar. I would be doing the same thing with certain items if I owned a piece of the action.
The service is attentive and usually pretty good at getting your drinks & food to you in a timely manner.
The selection is better than average for the Jersey Shore. I usually stop at one of my local places, or raid the cellar before coming down before hitting Canal's right before checking in. If you must have draft beer, GNI is the spot. They had Chimay White, Captain Lawrence DIPA, North Coast Old Stock Ale, Unibroue Maudite, Allagash White, & a host of others, including Stone, Southern Tier, Founder's, Victory, & more.
The food is good. It's mainly bar food, and things to pick at with tasty, small, 12" pizzas that are made in house.
Be sure to ask for Will while you are there, or contact him before you come. I spoke with him about craft beers and he special ordered a few things for us which were waiting for us when we came down.
The only complaint is that they call themselves a "Brew Pub", which they are technically not...even with the house beer that is brewed for them by Stoudt's.

Sep 10, 2009
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

This has been my go-to spot in the Wildwoods since it opened, as it's one of the few spots with any decent beer (quantity, variety) on tap. Usually go at least once per summer when I bike into town. The location near the boardwalk and beach is a plus.

Layout has an outdoor bar on the right (never been), indoors has most of the floor in the middle and to the right taken up by seating, but my usual spot is dead ahead at the upside-down-L-shaped bar in the corner, usually plopped down in front of the taps. Often I'm there during the day, so I've never had a problem getting a seat. Sports are always on. Dimly-lit, chill, sometimes sleepy atmosphere. Very much a locals joint off-season, but during nice weather, filled with all types from who knows where.

Service has always been laid back; have seen a variety of bartenders over the years, none too peppy outgoing, none too beer-nutty, but wouldn't expect that here. The draft list often (or at least in the past) featured a wide variety of styles and origins - requisite macros and regulars, as well as frequent blocks of taps from one local (tri-state) brewery, as they'll have tap takeovers here and there. So, as has been the case a few times, I've been able to sample several brews on tap from one joint: I remember early on trying out about 6 or 7 beers from Kane, which was convenient. Sometimes there will be multiple, overlapping tap takeover leftovers. At any rate, there's always predominantly well-established local beer and several enticing wildcards up and down the list. Haven't explored the bottle/can list all that much, though I did have a blackberry shrub cider the other day that hit the spot as an aperitif of sorts..

Known for their pizzas (I've heard), and they're good. Any other plate I've ordered has always been above-serviceable. Wouldn't call any of it fancy or gastro-pubic, but I've never been disappointed. Usually just passing through for a beer or two, and it'll continue to be my go-to, though Mudhen a little up the road will be cutting into those visits I'm sure.

Aug 07, 2018
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Aewachiw from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Aug 04, 2015
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keymcgrip from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

May 19, 2015
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Aug 11, 2014
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IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Jul 28, 2014
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Lorianneb from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Jul 05, 2014
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IPAchris from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.1%

Jul 01, 2014
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cheah from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Jun 10, 2014
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Furley80 from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Feb 23, 2014
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I have heard some good things about this place recently so I figured I would check it out for lunch. After being fleeced for all of my quarters by the ridiculously expensive parking meeter out front I entered the bar area and was greeted by a large brick and wood lined space. Pretty large bar area on the left with a decent sized dining room to the right. Tons of TV's all over the place and a separate bar area outside if you want to sit out there. Quality was good, correct glasses and decent enough food. Service was pretty good. He was around when I needed him and he offered some suggestions. Selection was great for the area. Tons of different beers from all over the country. I stuck with the local options and got a Cape May Blonde. They have two dedicated taps just for Cape May which is awesome, but they also have plenty of other options as well. Food was decent enough. I tried to get a brick oven pizza but it wasn't up to temperature yet so I had to switch to the chicken finger sandwich which was pretty solid. Overall a nice beer bar in a sea of nothingness. I will definitely return in the future.

Jun 24, 2013
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DanSmith17 from Delaware

3/5  rDev -24.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I've been here twice and both times service was terrible; ordered food and they brought entrees out at 3 different time. Waitress disappeared for a long while... bad service. They do have a large selection of draft beers, which was nice. Food is OK, nothing to write home about. I wouldn't be upset if I never went here again. Might be good if you grabbed a seat at the bar and ordered from Bartender.

Jun 18, 2013
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eaglesphan5 from Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Went for dinner on 6/30. We saw their tap list on their website so decided to go. When we got there, we realized their tap was out of date and so was their draft board in the bar. They have 36 taps so they have more craft beer than anywhere down in Wildwood and many of shore points for that matter.

A - Cool atmosphere. Plenty of TVs and glad to see the Phillies were on every one. They have an outside section and bar with a person playing guitar.

Service - It was ok. We sat at a table and our waitress was good, however she was not knowledgable about beer and she never brought one of the salads and it was on the bill. We asked for a sample of Cape May IPA based on the reviews on BA. We believe they gave us the Cape May Saison. I questioned whether or not they mixed up the taps and they said no. The young bar tender had very little knowledge of craft beers.

Selection - The food quality of drafts was average. Nothing to crazy and not a good selection of APA or IPAs on when we were there. Their takeout is really none existent. They maybe had six different beers in the takeout fridge, all cans. Their website claims to have more.

Food - The was not that good. Tyson chicken wings for the kids. Loaded cheese fries seemed like frozen crinkle fries served on foil. The brick oven pizza was average. The Farmhouse Mussels with blue cheese, bacon, and onions was VERY good. The boneless chicken tenders were average at best. We didn't realize they charge for refills on sodas until we go the bill.

They do have their own parking lot which is nice, especially in that part of town. Overall, the food was not that good and we could not find a decent IPA or APA to drink so we went back to OC and drank the good beer that we brought.
We won't be going back to Goodnight Irene's.

Jul 01, 2012
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Louski from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Since our shore house is about 3 blocks away, it's safe to say that this is our summer watering hole. We discovered this place a few years back and are frequent guests all summer long. A great beer selection especially for the town and good food to compliment. We were there last August (maybe September) for a Weyerbacher tap takeover at the outdoor bar where I first discovered their Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Can't wait to be sitting at that outside bar again shortly. Maybe a new discovery awaits me this summer.

Mar 25, 2012
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regspeir from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is the BEST (and almost ONLY) place at the Jersey shore I have stumbled into that has a great craft beer selection. There are a whopping 36 taps, and the couple I had tasted very fresh. Food was good as well - the thin crust, brick-oven pizza and steamers were particularly delicious. Everyone was friendly, as craft beer places are most often. They were a little understaffed (someone had unexpectedly quit) but the wait staff was courteous and prompt nevertheless. There was an outside area which I never made it to. All-in-all, this is a MUST if you are in South Jersey and I will absolutely be back!

Sep 19, 2011
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SpillyBeers from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited 3 out four nights in wildwood last week. I had read uP on this place and was really excited to check it out. Where else Down the jersey shore can you find 40+ taps, great selection and awesome food. This was a 33 block walk from where we were staying but I gladly made the trek everyday. Had a bunch of solid ipa's on tap including hoptical illusion, rumble, centennial, big A, mojo all of which tasted fresh. Also it was extravaCANza where all cans were 3 bucks. Food was great I had a white pizza with lump crab meat and fresh jersey tomatoes that was delish. Bar tenders were cool and friendly even tho they wouldn't bust out the keg of kbs they had in the basement. There was a weyerbacher event with 5 of their beers on tap including the 15, insanity and pumpkin. Good times. I recommend it and will be going back for sure.

Aug 20, 2011
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Jayli from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Hit this place up on 7/29 while down in Cape May for the graduation of Golf 185 of the US Coast Guard - Semper Paratus!

We were hoping to hit this place at around 9 or so but damn traffic on the Garden State Parkway put us in a touch later. By the time that we hit Goodnight Irene's, the place was JUMPING! A live band was inside (which made it impossible to hear yourself). The inside is broken out in to two rooms, the bar and dining area. We tried the bar area first as it was far away from the band...but not too far. It's a small place and the acoustics just overwhelm. On the bar side there are a few bar tables, about 5 or 6, with a decent size bar. They have roughly 25-30 beers on tap, the bottle fridge was looking rather barren... but since it was late and packed, I didn't really ask. There is an outside area to this place that has 6 or so huge tables to it, and a decent size bar. The bar outside had only 4 or 5 beers on draft and a a decent bottle/can area. We happened to hit this place while they were doing $3 extrava-CAN-za. For a New Englander, out of town, the most notable of the cans was Sly Fox Pikeland Pilsner and Slyfox Phoenix Pale. I had received the Phoenix Pale in a BIF a few months back, so I was stoke to have this again and then try the Pils. The taps inside (at this time of the year), represented, I think a few of their own brew, Rogue, Stone, DFH, Magic Hat, and a few others. The bar was so packed, it was hard to say what other gems may have been up there. This is definitely a craft bar, with craft offerings and I'd love to go while it's not as crowded to have a better visual of what exactly they HAVE...
That being said ... we ordered a Phoenix Pale and then headed outside. Sat at the bar outside, ordered a side of nachos (they were out of pork - boooo), so we just got the regular nachos. They seriously put some of the HOTTEST jalepenos on those mofo's! My girlfriend is half Mexican and eats jalepenos for breakfast, and even she had to pull a few aside they were so hot! But good! The waitress was pretty chill and talked to us for a while. She tried to hook me up with decent liquor stores in the area where I could find some Captain Lawrence. She tapped in to her beer guy who said - "Yea that stuff sits on the shelves and is so not fresh." Gotta love a bartender who will find out the info for you and give you a straight shot.
$3 cans, and $7 of decent size nachos was a good value. We stayed for a few hours, hung with the locals, and I would definitely go back. A chill local bar (yea made friends with some of the local North Wildwood PD out and about there), with a good beer selection, decent food, and chill ass wait staff.
The knock on selection may have more to do with what was visible and no beer lists available to customers. I'd love a trip back to bump 'em back up.
For a shore bar - this would be a go to place for me!

Aug 04, 2011
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beenitty from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I vacation in Wildwood every year so this year did some research and came across this spot.

Cool spot about 3 blocks from the boardwalk. Good selection, definitely better than any of the BMC bars in the area. Decent stuff on tap, few surprises like Epic, Great Lakes. Other than nothing that made me do a backflip but very thorough. No real crap on tap though and definitely the best you're going to find in the area.

Only knock was they didnt have any stouts besides Guinness. Even a decent porter would have sufficed. I know its summer, but thats just my personal preference. Great prices, all beers are 4.50 - 6$, with the exception being DFH Red & White, 8$.

On their website they have a bunch of sikk rares "coming soon" so I was hoping to get lucky with one of those but this place has really good selection.

Got some nachos that were pretty darn good, so kudos to that, and they let me order after the kitchen was technically closed which was cool.

Oddly lots of single drunk girls there on a Saturday night on the outside back bar, probably wandered in from all the rented houses off the boardwalk which is a plus if you're looking to score.

Will definitely be back next vacation, and if you're in town check this place out.


Came back here recently.

Walked in and they were hosting a beer pong tournament. Esentially a college frat bar, on a Wednesday night. It wasn't overflowing with drunks, but just not my personal scene for enjoying some beers.

Im not opposed to this and I played plenty of pong in my day, but this exacerbates the fact that they claimed to have Allagash Bourbon Black, and confirmed this when I called. Got there and of course, the confusion continued. I tasted it and couldn't confirm if it wasn't correct, neither could they.

I did have a few pints of GI Matilda which was heavenly. Barkeep/Manager admitted to not knowing much about the "better" beers they had on tap. Good beer, but don't expect the knowlege to follow.

As I said before, its the best you're gonna do in Wildwood, so I'll see you there next summer.

Aug 03, 2011
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beeryes from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This is the kind of place that many of us wish we had within a few blocks from our homes. For the South Jersey Shore, it's just a wonderful find - a neighborhood bar with a welcoming atmosphere, a beer-knowledgeable staff, good food, moderate prices, and a well-chosen beer selection. It even has darts!

A fun thing about the pub is that many of its sandwiches and wraps are beer-themed. For example, beef and pork sandwiches are infused with dopplebock au jus, and several of the wraps use Stone Brewery sauces (Dead Guy, IPA, etc.). Chimay is also used on one of the burgers.

The bar has a very relaxed vibe. Both the staff and the customers come across as really nice people, and you see families at the booths in the restaurant.

There are 36 taps, about 5 of which are mass market beers and the rest crafts. Among the latter, when I've visited, have been Boaks Two Blind Monks (an agreeable Belgian Triple style), Ithaca Apricot (a much better version of an apricot beer than Pyramid's, in my opinion), New Jersey Hudson River Pale Ale (a quaffable but quality session ale, good with food), and Yards Saison (a pleasant pour, though it doesn't quite nail the style).

Mid-summer seems to be IPA high season, when around a third of the craft beers on draft tend to be IPA's or other highly-hopped styles. Hopheads around me at the bar have been in hog heaven. This is just sort of FYI; I'm more of a malthead personally.

If you're in Wildwood on a rainy day, or in cold weather, or you just want someplace to go for lunch or dinner or after the beach, you can't go wrong here - terrific place.

Aug 29, 2010
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thor638 from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A- Very very cool place. Loads of micro/craft memorabilia and signs across the entire bar. A computer screen and chalkboard telling you what's on tap. Welcoming atmosphere.

Q - Beer was served perfectly & a perfect temperature.

S - The waitress appeared knowledgeable, and was eager to help us with anything we needed.

S - Great selection, they have their "own" beers plus a wide selection of breweries and styles.

F- Everyone enjoyed the "bar food" we ordered, but nothing out of the ordinary here.

Reasonable prices for the area. The only problem with this place is parking, we had to go around the block twice to find a spot. Other than that, would def recommend to any beer geeks around.

As of note, it seemed like they had some good specials during the week.

Jul 06, 2010
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Keith238 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great spot in the Wildwoods. The next best place for selection would be Atlantic City at Firewaters and I'm tired of the sub-par service there.

Nice selection with about 36 drafts and 40 bottles, not counting the BMC that no doubt pays the bills. New menu this summer is great with pizza that rivals the boardwalk and beats them in price. 50 cents to a dollar cheaper than any other bar in town that may even serve a craft brew and served in proper glassware. Beers are fresh with a good turn-over of the taps. My go to spot in CMC.

Aug 13, 2009
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Farrell from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Being a beer lover, I was very surprised by this place because they have a great tap selection and very reasonable prices for the shore: most craft beers only being $4.50 - $6.00 (with a 2 or 3 more expensive selections such as Chimay). And with 36 taps there was plenty to choose from, though it was apparent that the owners really liked Stone and Allagash... these two breweries alone accounted for about 10 of the taps when I was there.

The service was also great as the staff knew their beer and was able to make get suggestions to a few of my beer impaired friends. There was also a great outdoors seating area where there was even more taps available to choose from. The food was pretty good also.

Overall, if you are ever in Wildwood or Cape May head on over to Irene's if you want a great time with great beer.

Jul 24, 2009
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kevinbranin from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visted Irene's yesterday afternoon.

It's pretty hard to find a good bar down the shore that serves more than your usual suspects. Irene seems to like to rotate her tap often, as there were brands on the electronically displayed bottle list . I had an Allagash, Kenzinger, Southampton, and a Hennepin all deliciously served albeit not in their appropriate glasses.

I ordered the Arrogant Bastard Buffalo brick oven pie. Took awhile for it to come out for the time that I was there (2:30 PM) but sometimes things are worth the wait. In this case, it was.

The atmosphere was laid back for Wildwood, as a lot of the bars are filled with sketchy people or young, sex-starved teenagers (not a mistake... establishments have been shut down for a time due to drunken minors). I won't speculate as to what it's like on a Friday/Satuday night during the summer other than saying it's probably busy. I was here on the Friday afternoon before fourth of July, and it felt like the staff was preparing to get walloped by crowds come nightfall.

You would have to drive north to Firewater's in Atlantic City for more taps. Better yet, if you visit here, why not take your car on the Cape May-Lewes ferry to Lewes, DE and swing into Dogfish Head Ale House in Rehobeth Beach.

All said, Irene's is a nice addition on the shore where you can actually get lost gazing at the tap wall and peering into the bottle cooler.

Jul 04, 2009
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Birdiebeagle from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We go down here for wrestling over Easter every year. The kids like the place and the beer lovers love it. They have a ton of good stuff on tap. And a great selection of bottles also. The food is good and it isn't a rip off. They have shuffle board and some other games. It is a fun place. They have real good crab legs. We are there off season but the service is very good when we are there. It is always very clean. I go there every time I am in the area. Very good selection of beer including some good IPA's and featuring Stone. That alone would get me to stop in.

Apr 07, 2009
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IPA17 from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I used to visit this place before it was Goodnight Irene's and it was always ok. I got to Irenes shortly after they re-opened (it's probably six months to a year or more since then; sorry for the delayed posting) and it was a definite improvement in decor. I had the pleasure of being served by Irene herself, a very nice lady indeed. The beer selection was very good and the quality was there. I didn't have a chance to try the food. Definitely a nice place to stop and get some good beer in a nice atmosphere. I'll be back next time I head down to Wildwood. If you are in the area, stop in for a brew!

Mar 08, 2009
Goodnight Irene's Brew Pub in Wildwood, NJ
Place rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 25 ratings