Have you been to The Rum Runner since the rebuild?

It took a few years post-Sandy for Tim McLoone to get The Rum Runner on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright built. It's been open now for about a year-and-a-half, but New Year's Eve was the first time I was able to get there...and it is spectacular.

(Photo by Liz Jeressi)

Standing near the bar is equal to being on a cruise ship...you are literally right over the Shrewsbury River. I will surely be coming back here in the summer to enjoy being outside on the back deck with that spectacular view!

(Ice floating in the water, photo by liz Jeressi)

But it was warm and cozy inside with the beautiful fireplace and the lights from the buildings on the other side of the river. And there were chunks of ice floating by -- it felt like we were on the Titanic and I should be yelling "Iceberg!"

(The Rum Runner, photo by Liz Jeressi)
(Big booths overlooking the water, photo by liz jeressi_
(The ceiling lights are beautiful, Photo by liz jeressi)
(photo by liz jeressi)

Dinner was fabulous....Filet Mignon cooked to perfection and some wonderful Brie En Croute, Lobster Guacamole, and so much more!

(baked brie en croute, photo by liz jeressi)

I had the pleasure of dinner in the restaurant and drinks at the bar while my son Ben (14 years old) performed at his first New Year's Eve gig with BethAnne Clayton, Byron Smith, Mario Casella, and the amazing Paul Reinhold on bass -- Ben's friend/band mate (he is 15!) and BethAnne's son.

(BethAnne Clayton, Paul Reinhold, me and my son Ben)


It was an awesome experience listening to the band and watching everyone dance and knowing that Ben got to be a part of making peoples' New Year that much more enjoyable.

(BethAnne, Liz, and Manager Jonathan)
(Byron Smith and Mario Casella, photo by BethAnne Clayton)

What did you do on New Year's Eve?