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The Best Outdoor Bars in NJ

The latest update for The Best Outdoor Bars in NJ is written by Lindsay Podolak.

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. 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. As a result, we love the outdoor bars scene in NJ.

Of course, the spread of COVID-19 means that many spots are only open for outdoor dining. Which makes this feature a perfect fit for a summer full of social distancing. When you visit any of the spots on this list, please keep in mind you must wear a mask; in addition, diners must keep their parties to eight people or less and social distance as much as possible.

Without further ado, check out this list of the finest outdoor bars the Garden State has to offer.


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North Jersey Outdoors Bars

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The Alementary Brewing Co.

Location: 58 Voorhis Lane, Hackensack
Details: The Biergarten at Alementary is the perfect place to try some tasty, local beer. Tables for standing are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, but seated tables are by reservation only. During the summer they have eight beers on tap, including the 8.5% ABV Stage Separation; this IPA has extreme notes of mango, as well as orange and peach pit.
Why I like it: They offer special child-friendly hours on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 4:00 pm.
More info: Click here to visit the website or click here to call.


Long Valley Brew Pub

Location: 1 Fairmount Road, Long Valley
Details: Long Valley Brew Pub’s history dates back to the late 1700s as a barn to house dairy cows. This was its main use until the 1940s, when it fell into disrepair. In 1995, renovations began transforming the amazing structure from barn to brew pub; in fact, it’s worth the visit just to see the old-school stones and architecture. They brew their beer on site and each year-round selection has a name with a story behind it. Lazy Jake Porter, for instance, is named for Jake, the black lab owned by the renovation’s master carpenter. They also do pub tours, so be sure to leave time for a quick trip around the grounds!
Why I like it: The historic setting is perfect for enjoying cold beer and dinner specials, like oven-roasted duck.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Moonshine Bar

Location: 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg
Details: You’ll find the Moonshine Bar inside the Mineral Hotal at Crystal Springs Resort, offering a relaxing, country vibe. Of course, summertime happy hour deals steal the show from Sundays through Thursdays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm; specials include $3 drafts, $4 house wines and $5 bartender’s specials. In addition, hot sandwiches, wings, and appetizers are available from The Farmstand.
Why I like it: New to the bar area is The Twisted Treat, an ice-cream shack with soft serve.
More info: Click here to visit the website or click here to call.


Pier 13 Hoboken

Location: 1301 Sinatra Drive North, Hoboken
Details: Pier 13 is the place to be in Hoboken in the summertime. The pier juts right out into the Hudson River (as piers tend to do), and the Astroturf 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.
Why I like it: Before you hit the bars, work up an appetite paddleboarding, kayaking, or jet-skiing, all available along the pier.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Zeppelin Hall – CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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 (dubbed “The Polar Vortex”) 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.
Why I like it: Check the website for special events like Game Night Meet Up every Thursday night. Play Scrabble, Giant Jenga, Cards Against Humanity and more, with happy hour prices all night long.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Central Jersey Outdoor Bars

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Artie’s Bar and Grill

Location: 1121 State Route 12, Frenchtown
Details: Get that beach feeling without actually being at the beach when you hang at Artie’s. Patrons here have their choice between dining at the beach bar outside or tables on the patio. Otherwise, you can dip your toes into the sand for a game of horseshoes or beach volleyball. Live music, cold drinks, and a menu with classic bar fare combine to keep you coming back week after week.
Why I like it: All-you-can-eat wings are just $10.95 every Tuesday night!
More info: Click here to visit the website or click here to call.


Big Shots

Location: 780 US-1, Iselin
Details: The spacious patio at Big Shots has a full bar, dining tables, TV screens, and a live entertainment area. Meanwhile, signature cocktails, top-rated Djs, and a New York City-like atmosphere make this an NJ party spot.
Why I like it: Don’t want to touch the menu? Use your smartphone to scan the QR code and view the drink menu right from your phone. Big Shots plays it safe and smart!
More info: Click here to visit the website or click here to call.


The Lobby

Location: 821 Spring Street, Elizabeth
Details: The outdoor patio at The Lobby is open late every night of the week. The dress code is upscale stylish at night, with sports shown on the large patio TV screen during the day. The menu boasts one signature dish in particular, known as One by Land, Two by Sea; this bacon-wrapped filet mignon comes with a butter-poached lobster tail and shrimp linguini.
Why I like it: The Lobby offers to-go options as well; including cocktails, frozen drinks, and sangria all available for curbside pick-up or delivery.
More info: Click here to visit the website or click here to call.


Stage House Tavern

Location: 1719 Amwell Road, Somerset
Details: The rustic Stage House Tavern offers a sophisticated menu (braised lamb shank anyone?), a huge drink menu, and live music every Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour also happens every weekday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Then on Tuesdays, all Stage House cocktails are $5 all day. Basically, you can’t go wrong here with good food, good drinks, and good music outside on a Jersey summer night.
Why I like it: If you want to enjoy outdoor dining with the whole family, bring the little ones along; Stage House offers “Kids Eat Free Wednesdays” from 4:00 pm til closing!
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Jersey Shore Outdoor Bars

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Baker’s Water Street Bar & Grille

Location: 4 Robbins Parkway, Toms River
Details: Picky eaters, rejoice; Baker’s Water Street Bar & Grille has it all. Their menu boasts everything from nachos and brick-oven pizza to snow crab and filet mignon. In fact, I dare you to come here and not find at least five things you’re in the mood for. Plus, what’s better than sitting on the water and listening to some good old country music blasting through the speakers?
Why I like it: Splurge on the Water Street Rum Bucket; this punch is made with Cruzan Rum and flavored with banana, coconut, mango, pineapple, and cranberry juice.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


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 Atlantic City casinos; moreover, it’s a chance to breathe in the fresh, ocean breeze. Bally’s specializes in incredible cocktails, many of which feature rum, and you can even get your drink in a bucket. (Why spend half your day in line at the bar?) DJs take over at night, so if you want a low-key hangout spot, head here while the sun’s shining.
Why I like it: Photo stations and bikini-clad waitresses keep the emphasis on fun at this beach hot spot.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Bar Anticipation

Location: 703 16th Avenue, Belmar
Details: Ask anyone who hits 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 spot with many bars to choose from, as well as tons of places to hang around or dance with friends. There’s a food window, a shot wheel, and the infamous “Beat the Clock” every Tuesday starting at 8:00 pm. (When cups of Bud Light start at 50 cents, with the price increasing 25 cents every hour until midnight.
Why I like it: Feel like splurging? Book a cabana on Bar A’s Grotto Beach, a tropical oasis with palm trees, VIP service and, of course, a grotto.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Beachcomber Bar & Grill

Location: 100 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights
Details: Head to the Beachcomber for live music every weekend. Even better? There’s no cover charge at this classic Seaside bar. So hit the Beachcomber for Sunday Funday or stop by after your weekday beach trip and check out the rooftop.
Why I like it: Easy access to the boardwalk means heading over for some fun and games after a drink!
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Daddy O

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; it offers beautiful views of the island in a comfortably beachy atmosphere. Meanwhile, the bar is fully stocked with a fantastic wine selection, cocktail list, and 12 draft handles that swap out seasonal favorites regularly. If you’re spending time in LBI, Daddy O is a must-visit!
Why I like it: There’s nothing better than sipping a cocktail under the stars just steps away from the beach.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Dublin House

Location: 30 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
Details: The Dublin House serves traditional Irish fare, with some seafood options for good measure. For instance, if you want some Maryland crab cakes before your bangers and mash, this is your spot. The outside bar, aka The Temple Bar (after Dublin’s famed ‘hood for hard-drinking and late-night partying), is the perfect place to take in some live music in beautiful Red Bank.
Why I like it: It’s a great place to be if you’re a fan of Premier League Live football matches.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


H2O Pool Bar & Grill at the Golden Nugget

Location: 600 Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard, Atlantic City
Details: From its perch on Golden Nugget’s sixth floor, H20 boasts beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and AC skyline. Hit this spot for some light, delicious food options and fancy, fruity drinks. (In other words, it’s best for more of a bite to eat than a full meal.) Hop in the pool with a cool drink in your hand and enjoy the beautiful summer weather in Jersey. Due to COVID-19, the typically public bar is only open to hotel guests until further notice.
Why I like it: A pool, cocktails and a view…need I say more?
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


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 leans toward the club side of the spectrum; so if you’re looking to avoid that whole scene, then stick to daylight hours at this spot. But whatever time you decide to go, be sure to try the Tiki Tea!
Why I like it: The Tiki Bar is the perfect spot for an afternoon drink before heading back on the sand. If it’s before 5:00 pm, you don’t even need to wear clothes over your bathing suit!
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


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. Right on the beautiful Barnegat 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. You can either sit downstairs on the dock or take in the view of the bay from the second floor. There’s also a delicious menu with everything from pot stickers to lobster tail!
Why I like it: Free dock slips are available for patrons; as a result, you can head over by boat OR by land.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Star Beach Bar

Location: 402 E Rochester Avenue, Wildwood Crest
Details: Visit Star Beach Bar for food, drinks, and fun for the whole family! Star brings South Beach vibes to the Jersey Shore, and sits in a historic South Beach Miami lifeguard stand. The additional open-air cabanas and lounges make for a luxurious spot to enjoy an ice cold drink directly on Diamond Beach, one of NJ’s finest. Patrons can pick between one of Star’s signature cocktails or a local brew.
Why I like it: Happy Hour here features a local beer of the day for just $6!
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Sweetwater Marina and Riverdeck

Location: 2780 7th Avenue, Hammonton
Details: Take in the beautiful views of the Mullica River at Sweetwater, no matter the weather! This outdoor tiki bar can handle any forecast, so not even a bout of summer rain can ruin your day. Menu options can please any palate, and the live entertainment ranges from lively acts to soulful acoustic gigs. So if you’re in the mood to eat, drink, dance, and sing the night away, Sweetwater is the spot.
Why I like it: Sweetwater has a full roster of events, like Zumba classes by the river every Friday from 8:00 am to 9:00 am!
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


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. Likewise, this live music hot spot is the best of all that summer in the Garden State has to offer.
Why I like it: You can lounge by the fire pit with your drink; it’s the perfect place to be on a summer night.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Uncle Ricky’s Outdoor Bar & Grill

Location: 470 Wheat Road, Vineland
Details: Uncle Ricky’s is the place to go for a great hometown atmosphere, awesome prices, and tons of specials. Right now, Ricky’s is offering some great all-you-can-eat seafood specials for the summer; for example, they’ve got crabs, scallops, blackened grouper, and even shrimp kabobs. Be sure to check their Facebook page for daily specials and to see which bands are playing each weekend.
Why I like it: Crab season starts in March at Uncle Ricky’s, and their blue claw crabs are mighty popular.
More info: Visit the website or call click here to call.


South Jersey Outdoor Bars

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The Golden Nugget Tavern

Location: 433 Berlin New Freedom Road, Berlin
Details: The Golden Nugget’s outside tiki bar has drinks, food, a fire pit, and lawn games. Moreover, you can dance on the deck or have a seat at the bar while you order refreshing drinks; but don’t forget about their hot apps, such as deep fried pickle spears. Later in the summer, live music will be making a comeback on the weekends.
Why I like it: Check out the all-you-can-eat pizza deal on Monday nights!
More info: Click here to visit the website or click here to call.


Keg & Kitchen

Location: 90 Haddon Avenue, Westmont
Details: Cocktails, beer and a full menu of eats are available at Keg & Kitchen’s outdoor beer garden. The draw here is the huge selection of craft beers, plus a delicious menu that has traditional bar fare and some inventive, new vegetarian and vegan options. The grilled carrot steak with onion jam and turmeric yogurt looks especially intriguing.
Why I like it: The beer garden’s cozy vibe is enhanced by twinkling lights all around you, making it the perfect place to kick back and relax on a warm summer night.
More info: Click here to visit the website or click here to call.


P.J. Whelihan’s Pub

Location: 1854 E. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill
Details: Firepits, huge TV screens and a full bar make the outdoor patio at P.J.’s perfect. Meanwhile, happy hour specials are on tap every weekday from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm, and the menu offers traditional bar fare like burgers, nachos, chili and more.
Why I like it: The famously delicious wings are half price every Tuesday, starting at 3:00 pm. The signature sauce is Hot ‘N Honey, but if you’re feeling brave you can order the Inferno wings.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Redstone

Location: 500 Route 73 South, Marlton
Details: You can smell the outdoor grill burning from across the parking lot at Redstone and, trust me, it will draw you in. When the weather’s nice, Redstone is perfect for people-watching as you sip on a Stoli Doli; they make this refreshing cocktail with pineapple-infused vodka. My personal favorite appetizer is the buffalo jumbo shrimp appetizer, a taste explosion of tangy buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumbles.
Why I like it: Redstone sits at the entrance to The Promenade, a shopper’s delight with stores like L.L. Bean, Anthropologie, Sur La Table and more.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


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