Head to OOB, where neon never seems to go out of style, and check out the Oasis Bar and Grille.

Although the place might need to get a new sign for next summer because it’s recently discontinued its kitchen items, it’s still a bar near the beach, so the Oasis part makes sense.

Chris Steele and Chris Small have owned the Oasis for more than nine years, according to the bartender on duty when I visited. I was surprised to hear this bar wasn’t a hangout for the 21-year-olds like the Oasis in Portland. (Same owners? Still open? I’m too old to know!) This location attracts a lot of locals and a crowd of 30- and 40-somethings.

Nickelback is playing loudly when we enter. It’s a Wednesday, so there is no DJ in sight but plenty of room to dance if you want. If you need a break from shaking it, you can saddle up to one of seven booths, a large bar or the outside patio to get your drink on.

Did you know you can smoke on patios in Old Orchard Beach? Yeah, neither did I. But you might as well this time of year, since everyone who walks by is, too.

Oasis has a fully stocked bar. Glasses of house wine are $5, and full bottles are available, ranging from $16 to $20. Tap beers include Gritty’s, Shock Top, Harpoon IPA, Dos Equis XXX, Rolling Rock, Budweiser and Bud Light. The choices for bottled choices are even more expansive — and cheap for that matter at just $3 — featuring Shipyard, Shipyard Summer, Samuel Adams, Twisted Tea, Corona, Heineken, PBR, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Bud Lime, Bud Light and the always-popular Budweiser.

With all the Old Orchard Beach bars in competition all summer, you have to have good specials to draw in a crowd. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, in addition to live DJs and no cover, the Oasis features $2 drafts and your choice of $2 well drinks.

Oasis will be open full-time until the season ends, a few weeks after Labor Day. And since the club is open until 1 a.m. every night of the week, there’s plenty of time to stop in before summer is over.


Amber Olesen is a freelance writer who lives in Westbrook.


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