The 10 Best Bars in New Jersey!

The bar scene in New Jersey is vibrant across the state. You can find dive bars that are cozy, intimate, and lazy for those days when you need to unwind. If you’re in the mood for a night on the town, there are higher-end bars with lounge areas. Outdoor bars and rooftop patios are perfect for those balmy spring weekends or lazy summer nights when you need some time away from work or home. Here are the 10 best bars in the state.  

1. Biergarten, Asbury Park, NJ

Biergarten is a staple on the Jersey Shore for a night out in the spring or summer. The rooftop patio is perfect when the weather is nice at night and their extensive beer selection has options for everyone. Check out their live music and try one of their amazing hot dogs and pretzels.

2. INC American Bar & Kitchen, New Brunswick, NJ

With their choice whiskey and meat dishes, INC provides a more stylish and chic bar in the town. Located in downtown New Brunswick, it is near theatres and shows. 

3. Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

If you’re looking for something that has both fun and drinks, this is the spot. They offer delicious bar snacks such as nachos. But the feature is the classic arcade games that take up the bar instead of tables—everything from the “Simpsons” game to “Pac Man.”

4. Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Princeton, NJ

The self-proclaimed gastropub is a classic bar in Princeton with a warm, inviting atmosphere. They keep 19 beers on tap at any given time, along with wines and other seasonal drinks.

5. Bar Anticipation, Lake Como, NJ

Bar A, as it is called by locals, is where everyone goes in the summer. From their Saturday happy hours to beat-the-clock, Bar A offers difference specials almost every day. They also offer VIP cabanas and have an extensive patio area.

6. The Shannon Rose, Ramsey, NJ

In need of a classic pub setting? This pub is a fun yet cozy spot that has plenty of beer options and an outdoor seating area. They also feature live music on the weekends if you want to find some local music.

7. The Old Bay Restaurant, New Brunswick, NJ

Old Bay is a New Orleans themed bar with a specialty drink menu, Cajun and creole food, and an outdoor area. They have drink specials every night and a happy hour. Weekends are a blast here with live music ranging from jazz to cover bands.

8. Iron Bar, Morristown, NJ

Iron Bar offers the best of both worlds with both a quiet bar and a dance floor area. They offer a good selection of standard drinks including wine, beer, and cocktails. Check our specialty drinks like their Starburst martini and unwind.

9. Northside Lounge, Manville, NJ

The lounge is the place to try beer if you’re in trying all different kinds from ales to lagers to IPAs. Craft beer is abundant and live music is available every Saturday – with no cover charge! Grab a bite and a beer to settle in. 

10. The Corner Bar, Woodstown, NJ

The Corner Bar is deemed by many to be the best local bar. The bar has been in operation since 1933, and the site considers it to be “a true roadhouse with traditions and deep roots.” Serving up great craft beers and comfort pub food, the Corner Bar makes for a perfect night out with your good buddies. 

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