After 84 Years, an Out-of-business Sale for Wildwood’s Oldest Bar
The foggy relocation I have of the Shamrock bar in Wildwood is a decades-old mix of tanned young people, loud music, and 7 beers for a buck.
It seems to me that they would actually pour out 7 tiny glasses of beer on the bar for you, but I may be romanticizing things.
After all, it was a long time ago and I told you it was a foggy memory.
Take a look on their still active Facebook page, though, and you will see that just before the pandemic in 2019, the Shamrock was still offering 4 beers for a dollar during happy hour, so maybe my memory is better than I thought.
One way or the other, the 7 beers for a buck deal was a pretty good gimmick, because I still remember it decades later.
Soon, the only memories anyone will have of the Shamrock will become foggy because the party spot at 3700 Pacific Avenue in Wildwood has closed permanently.
The Facebook page says the Shamrock was established in 1937 by the Ward Family, from Donegal, Ireland, & has been in operation for 84 years, making it the oldest tavern in Wildwood.
The Facebook page also say the business was sold in 2016 and the new ownership hoped to serve you the way the Shamrock always had when they reopen in October of 2021.
That story seems to be the beginning of the end for the Shamrock.
In April, we reported that the Shamrock Beef and Ale was barred from serving alcohol from May 1 through September 30 under a settlement between the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Tommy G’s Shamrock, LLC, the entity that holds the bar’s liquor license.
Two other bars that operate under that license at the property, Castaway’s Pirate Bar and Club Amnesia, were also be barred from serving alcohol during the same period.
That penalty came after the ABC found the business to be in violation of COVID-19 executive orders twice, including repeated violations of social distancing requirements and the then-10PM curfew on indoor food and drink services,” according to a statement from the attorney general’s office back in April.
The infractions uncovered during the ABC’s inspection on March 3 happened just two days after the bar finished serving another 100-day license suspension imposed by the division for previous coronavirus-related violations.
Now, the Wildwood Facebook site, 'Watch the tramcar Please,' says a source tells them the Shamrock has been sold and will be demolished and replaced by a parking lot for new projects planned along Pacific Avenue.
The latest post on the Shamrock Facebook page seems to validate that information.
Open to the public: We will be having a sale of various items from all 3 bars and other treasures. We will open the doors at 8am and stay open till 3 pm on both Saturday and Sunday June 12th and 13th.
So, if you are looking for some memorabilia of a one-of-a-kind party place from the glory days of Wildwood, you may want to shop the Shamrock's going out of business sale this weekend.
I might even join you just to take a look and to ask them if they will sell me 7 beers for a buck....one last time.