If you want to sit within hand-shaking range of major blues acts like Selwyn Birchwood and JP Soars and The Red Hots, rustic St. George’s Country Store is your place. You’ll also find regulars like Gary Cogdell and The Old Crispy Minstrels entertaining an enthusiastic audience of about 45 on Tuesdays-Saturdays. Check out the New Orleans-themed menu, too—from andouille sausage bites to muffuletta sandwiches.
(1 Delaware St., St. Georges, www.saintgeorgescountrystore.com)
Sure, you can get interesting ales, stouts and IPAs at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats as well as fat burgers, pizzas and other delicious casual fare (do try the sumptuous crab & corn chowder). But did you know there is live music on Fridays and Saturdays year round with no cover charge? The stage in the bar area is small, but management somehow brings in crowd pleasers like local band lower case blues and national acts like cutting-edge People’s Champs. There’s even a bit of room for dancing if you’re inspired.
(320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2739, www.dogfish.com)
There is no party bigger than those on the deck of the Chesapeake Inn. The music ranges from acoustic soloists and duos to deejays to bands like Lima Bean Riot, Truck Norris and the now-legendary Mike Hines and the Look. (605 Second St., Chesapeake City, Md., 410-885-2040, www.chesapeakeinn.com)