10 Best Live Music Venues in New Jersey!

New Jersey is the birthplace of many legendary musicians who got their start at the famous music venues throughout the state. New Jersey’s best live music venues are housed in many interesting settings from Victorian homes to bowling alleys and host fantastic lineups of local and national acts. You can also expect superior sound quality and service at the following music venues in New Jersey.

The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

At The Stone Pony, the sound and atmosphere is as good as it gets! This historic live music venue hosts national headliner acts and was even responsible for launching Bon Jovi and Springsteen! There’s so much heritage at this beachside venue, and the shows are always a blast because the bands are fantastic. Patrons have a great time both inside or at the summer stage and note “this venue is absolutely incredible.”

White Eagle Hall, Jersey City, NJ

Known as one of the best live music venues in Jersey City, White Eagle Hall is a must-visit spot for theater, live music, and dining in a beautifully restored, historic setting. This charming, spacious venue boasts a top-notch sound system, fantastic service, and plenty of bars for fast service.

The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ

There’s always something going on at The Saint, a small live music venue offering a lineup of great bands including some local musicians. The bands sound great regardless of whether you're in the front or the back, and you can be right up there in front of the stage experiencing the music to the fullest. Customers note the “excellent show and sound” and “plenty of drink options.”

Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck, NJ

For quality shows that look and sound fantastic, Debonair Music Hall hits the spot. It’s one of the best places for live music in the state as they host a variety of different bands performing at their best, giving the crowd spectacular rock shows in a chill atmosphere. In fact, folks have been coming to this venue for shows for almost thirty years! Customers note “overall really intimate place to see small bands.”

The Meatlocker, Montclair, NJ

The Meatlocker is the place to enjoy live underground music in New Jersey! This no-frills venue hosts six bands a night seven nights a week year-around, providing authentic, unpretentious performance art in an energetic, laid-back ambiance. Their talent ranges from small local bands to international acts. Customers note “always a great time coming here and seeing dope bands perform.”

Crossroads, Garwood, NJ

At Crossroads, every show feels like a hometown show. This friendly venue offers a lineup of live rock and country bands in a fun and entertaining atmosphere (basically a giant living room). They also have weekly trivia, bingo, delicious Cajun food, Sunday brunch, and great drinks. Customers note “always a positive experience” and “the staff and food are both awesome!”

Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

Starland Ballroom is known as the best intimate live music venue around, featuring incredible sound and fantastic views from every angle. They also offer three large bars for easy drink access and a raised VIP section near the stage. Customers appreciate the friendly, professional staff and note “awesome venue for smaller shows.”

The Vault at Victor Records, Berlin, NJ

The Vault at Victor Records is a hidden gem featuring phenomenal musicians and personable hosts in a fantastic atmosphere. If you want to hear The Beatles or Paul McCartney solo material, this is your place. You’ll find smaller crowds and less chaos than larger venues. The tickets are affordable and you’re guaranteed to have a good time. Customers note “see any show here, you will not be disappointed.”

The Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton, NJ

Located in a quaint historic Victorian home, The Lizzie Rose Music room is a charming music venue providing a uniquely intimate setting for up close and personal live performances. They host live music acts from local bands to well-known recording artists from everywhere. You can usually get to meet the band afterward, which is rare. This place is a utopia for the music fan and true music lover.

Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ

Asbury Lanes is a fun bowling alley and live music venue showcasing some great bands. Everything about this place including the staff, sound system, lighting, location, decor, and even food make it an enjoyable experience. They also offer multiple bars and friendly bartenders, plus an attached diner for grabbing some basic fried bar food.

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