There’s nothing quite like the first sip of a cold drink on a hot day. And anyone who’s spent a summer in New Jersey knows that we have our fair share of heat in the summertime. And you won’t hear anyone complaining about it, either. We’re fans of the summer months and the warm days that come with them and, as such, try to soak up as much of the sun-kissed air as possible. So next time you’re in the mood to head out for a drink, but just can’t come to terms with sacrificing that warm air, don’t choose. Check out this list and mosey on down to one (or more) of the finest outdoor bars the Garden State has to offer.
Zeppelin Hall Restaurant & Biergarten
Location: 88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City
Details: As far as bars go, Zeppelin Hall is massive. The indoor space alone is expansive, and that’s before you even get to the back area where the outdoor bar is located. Long, family-style tables line the yard, and the bar offers 144 European and American draft beer options. And if you’re feeling hungry, there are some delicious German-style food selections as well. Giant, fluffy pretzel? Yes, please.
More info: www.zeppelinhall.com or call 201-721-8888
Pier 13 Hoboken
Location: 1301 Sinatra Drive North, Hoboken
Details: Pier 13 is the place to be in Hoboken in the summertime. This pier juts right out into the Hudson River (as, you know, piers tend to do), and the Astroturf-covered ground is crowded with beach chairs, benches, and lunch tables to relax at with a drink. And speaking of drinks, hit one of the two bars for anything from beer to sangria to mixed drinks served in a coconut. Feeling hungry? Check out one of the food trucks, then settle down and enjoy what’s possibly the best view of the New York skyline in all of New Jersey.
More info: pier13hoboken.com or call 201-798-8065
Uncle Ricky’s Outdoor Bar & Grill
Location: 470 Wheat Road, Buena
Details: Uncle Ricky’s is the place to go for a great hometown atmosphere, awesome prices, and tons of food specials. Right now, Ricky’s is offering some great all-you-can-eat seafood specials for the summer – they’ve got crabs, scallops, blackened grouper and even shrimp kabobs. Yum! Be sure to check their Facebook page for daily specials and to see which bands will be playing each weekend. Live music in the warm summer air? There’s nothing better.
More info: unclesrickys.com or call 856-691-4454
Long Valley Brew Pub
Location: 1 Fairmount Road, Long Valley
Details: Long Valley Brew Pub’s history dates back to the late 1700s when it was built as a barn to house dairy cows. This was the establishment’s main use until the 1940s, when it began its descent into disrepair. In 1995, renovations began to transform the amazing structure from barn to brew pub, and it’s so worth the visit just to see the old-school stones and architecture, which were preserved as much as possible. The beer is brewed on site and each year-round selection has a name with a story behind it. Lazy Jake Porter? Named for Jake, the black lab owned by master carpenter who oversaw the renovation. The menu is expansive, with a mix of flavors from around the world. They also do pub tours here, so be sure to leave time for a quick trip around the grounds!
More info: restaurantvillageatlongvalley.com or call 908-876-1122
Location: 703 16th Avenue, Belmar
Details: Ask anyone who’s ever spent time hitting the bars at the Jersey Shore for a recommendation and “Bar A” is going to be on their list. It’s one of those rite-of-passage type places where everyone has ended up at least one time. Bar A is a sprawling establishment with a variety of bars to choose from and tons of places to hang around or dance with your friends. There’s a food window, a shot wheel, and the infamous Beat the Clock every Tuesday night starting at 8 p.m. What’s Beat the Clock? Cups of Bud Light start at 50 cents with the price increasing 25 cents every hour until midnight.
More info: bar-a.com or call 732-681-7422
Stage House Tavern
Location: 1719 Amwell Road, Somerset
Details: The rustic Stage House Tavern offers a sophisticated menu (braised lamb shank anyone?), an huge drink menu, and live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There’s Happy Hour every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesdays, all Stage House cocktails are $5 all day. So basically, you can’t go wrong here. Good food, good drinks, and good music outside on a summer night in New Jersey? Don’t mind if I do.
More info: www.stagehousetavern.com or call 732-873-3990
Location: 4401 Long Beach Boulevard, Brant Beach, Long Beach Island
Details: Take in the view of LBI from the only rooftop bar on the whole island. Daddy O sits atop the hotel and restaurant of the same name and offers beautiful views of the island in a comfortably beachy atmosphere. The bar is fully stocked with a fantastic wine selection, cocktail list, and 12 drafts handles that swap out seasonal favorites regularly. If you’re spending time in LBI — which you should do, because it’s amazing — Daddy O is a must-visit!
More info: www.daddyohotellbi.com or call 609-494-1300
Bally’s Beach Bar
Location: 1900 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City
Details: Bally’s is the spot to take a break from the flashing lights and stale air of the Atlantic City casinos and take in the fresh, ocean air. Bally’s specializes in incredible cocktails, a lot of which feature rum, and you can even get your drink in a bucket. (Hey, it’ll save you from spending half your day in line at the bar!) At night, DJs keep the crowd going, so if you’re looking for a low-key hang, head here while the sun is still shining. And remember, you’re in Atlantic City, it’s your sole purpose to have a good time!
More info: www.caesars.com or call 609-340-2000
The Rusty Nail
Location: 205 Beach Avenue, Cape May
Details: The Rusty Nail has been one of New Jersey’s top surf bars since the 1970s. Rumored to have the longest bar in the state, The Nail gives guests beach vibes so strong, you’ll change your name to Moondoggie. Sit at the bonfire while you sip on a Hurricane Irene with your toes in the sand. Not good enough? It’s also a Jersey Shore live music hot spot. It’s the perfect spot to embrace all that summer in the Garden State has to offer – which is a lot!
More info: www.caperesorts.com or call 609-884-0017
Location: 30 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
Details: It wouldn’t be proper a list of bars in New Jersey without at least one Irish pub. With that, I give you The Dublin House. Offering up traditional Irish fair, with a few seafood options sprinkled in for good measure, the menu is on point. Want some Maryland crab cakes before your bangers and mash? This is your spot. The outside bar is called The Temple Bar (after Dublin’s famed ‘hood for hard-drinking and late-night partying) and it’s the perfect place to take in some live music while you embrace your Irish roots in beautiful Red Bank.
More info: www.thedublinhouse.co or call 732-747-6699
Beachcomber Bar & Grill
Location: 100 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights
Details: Head to the Beachcomber for live music every weekend and Bud or Bud Light drafts coming in at a cool $1.50. Even better? There’s no cover charge at this classic Seaside bar. So hit the Beachcomber for Sunday Funday or just stop by after your weekday beach trip and check out the rooftop. Any day is a good day go to the Beachcomber.
More info: www.beachcomberbar.com or call 732-793-05269
Martell’s Tiki Bar
Location: 308 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach
Details: Even more so than Bar Anticipation, Tiki Bar is a Jersey Shore staple. This long strip of boardwalk with a big, rectangular bar at the tip is a true icon. If you’re from Jersey, you’ve been here — and so have your parents. While there are a bunch of tables to sit at, Tiki Bar can lean towards the club side of the spectrum, so if you’re looking to avoid that whole scene then stick to the daylight hours at this spot. But, whatever time of day you decide to go, be sure to try the Tiki Tea!
More info: tikibar.com or call 732-892-0131
Martell’s Waters Edge
Location: 125 Bayville Avenue, Bayville
Details: Martell’s Waters Edge is brought to you by the same masterminds behind the Tiki Bar. Located directly on the beautiful Barneget Bay, Water’s Edge definitely has a more formal vibe than the Tiki Bar, but it’s still got that low-key, beachy thing going for it. Sit downstairs on the dock or take in the view of the bay from the second floor — both are beautiful. There’s also a delicious menu with everything from pot stickers to lobster tail, making this spot well worth the visit!
More info: www.watersedgeonthebay.com or call 732-269-3000
Baker’s Water Street Bar & Grille
Location: 4 Robbins Parkway, Toms River
Details: Picky eaters, you’ve been put on notice: Baker’s Water Street Bar & Grille has it all. Their menu boasts everything from nachos to brick-oven pizza to snow crab and filet mignon. I dare you to come here and not find at least five things that you’re in the mood for – it’s that kind of menu. But the real selling point is the daily drink specials. Show up any night of the week and you’re guaranteed to score a deal at this spot. If you ask me, Tuesday is looking pretty enticing with 2-for-1 burgers, $5 sangria, and some good old country music blasting through the speakers.
More info: www.bakerswaterstreet.com or 732-240-4800
H2O Pool Bar & Grill at the Golden Nugget
Location: 600 Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard, Atlantic City
Details: From its perch on the Golden Nugget’s sixth floor, H20 boasts beautiful views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the colorful Atlantic City skyline. Hit this spot for some light, but delicious food options – think more of a bite to eat than a full meal – and some fancy, fruity drinks. So head down to AC, hop in the pool with a cool drink in your hand and take in the beautiful summer weather in Jersey. And if you’re feeling extra fancy, call ahead and reserve a cabana for you and your crew to soak up the sun in style.
More info: www.goldennugget.com or call 609-340-5015
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