An enthusiast’s view of America’s Original Seaside Resort… by Meghan Kunz
It’s no secret that I’ve had my share of cocktails in Cape May. Some of my best moments have been at 19 Jackson Street, at the Mad Batter enjoying a strawberry cosmopolitan (prepared by Bob or Joanne), and engaging in great conversation. But, aside from the tasty drinks, I’ve also met a lot of fantastic people while sitting at the ice stone bar.
I’m a very loyal patron, so when the Mad Batter renovated their interior, I felt a bit wistful. I missed the intimate atmosphere of the original setup, but absolutely fell in love with the open, airy vibe of the new bar, which definitely can accommodate more incredible people to hang out with during their happy hour (4-6pm). Emily Buehrle designed the layout of the new bar area, keeping the unique spirit of the Mad Batter while utilizing more environmentally-friendly materials. The results are perfection, complete with a striking mosaic backdrop.
I love seeing the owners of the Mad Batter and Caroll Villa Hotel, Mark and Pam Kulkowitz, greeting the patrons, circulating through the crowd of thirsty and hungry Cape Mayniacs, always with a warm, friendly smile and a story to tell. I believe I’ve had at least two conversations with Mark about his Chihuahuas (Chihuahua owners seek each other out).
The dining area walls are adorned with local artists’ exhibits available for purchase, as is the gallery room, which offers more three-dimensional art. I absolutely love the idea of supporting local artisans and displaying their work here.
Upcoming displays include Steve Grison, Steve Bradway, and Neil McPheeters in the main dining room from October 20-November 24, and Marie Natale from November 24-January 5. Gorgeous mosaics by Marta and Pam Kulkowitz and Robyn and Melannie Huber exhibit in the gallery room on October 24.
The Mad Batter is no stranger to live entertainment and events. Go back to school this autumn and sign up for a class at the Mad Batter Beer School. Each class is $25 and includes five beer samples and treats. Upcoming schedule includes: Microbrews (10/17), Flying Fish (11/21), and Sam Adams (12/19). All classes are on Sundays at 2pm. Live music is a staple on the weekends. Check out Geno White on Friday nights in October and Joe Lynch, Blondage, Erik Simonson, Class Act, and Robin & Amy on Saturdays.
Excellent food, unique drinks, cool décor, and stellar entertainment — it’s no secret that I love the Mad Batter – I have great memories there, and many more to come!