When you think of New Jersey, you probably think of pizza and Italian food. But New Jersey is also home to tons of pubs with fantastic food and even better drinks! From the potato chowder at Auld Shebeen Pub to the Dublin Decker at McGoverns Tavern, we’ve rounded up the 10 best pubs in New Jersey.
If you're looking for a new place to eat, drink, and be merry, Kelly's Tavern is the perfect option. This long-standing New Jersey pub has been serving up authentic Irish fare and beer for half a century.
The Auld Shebeen Irish pub is located at the Hanover Marriott, but this is different from your typical hotel restaurant. With a perfectly poured pint of Guinness paired with potato chowder or chicken pot pie, you'll find ultimate comfort here.
Visit Tir na nOg, the most authentic Irish pub in the States. You'll feel like you've been transported to Ireland—right down to the Guinness on tap, dart board, and traditional Irish music playing in the background.
Tierney's Tavern in Montclair is a traditional Irish pub with a Jersey spin. Complete with a rugby team and memorabilia from classic soccer games, Tierney's is a great place to grab a burger, drink some stout, and watch the big game with friends.
McGoverns Tavern is a historic bar in Newark that recently reopened after a renovation. Locals love its Corned Beef Reuben and the Dublin Decker, washed down with one of their many beers and stouts on tap.
O'Leary's is a classic Jersey City hang. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the food is incredible. They often feature unique burgers of the day and other limited-time culinary creations.
Don’t let the Voorhees name fool you — this pub is nothing like the camp in "Friday the 13th." Instead of a scary movie setting, it's filled with welcoming people who love sports. Try one of the pub's hundreds of beers on tap and a pulled pork sandwich with Guinness BBQ sauce and coleslaw!
P.J. Sweeney's Restaurant has been a fixture in the community since 2015, and it's only getting better. The family-owned establishment offers traditional Irish pub fare, draft beers, live music, and even line dancing every week.
The Local Eatery and Pub is a bit more upscale than other pubs on this list, but it's well worth the visit. The Mac and Cheese here is some of the best in the state.
Chesterfield Inn is the best place to watch football, eat great food, and have a few drinks. With pub tables, a laid-back atmosphere, and high-quality ingredients, you can enjoy lunch or dinner and catch the game with friends! Try the pizza—it's some of the best in town.