The latest update for this article is written by Lindsay Podolak.

Ah, football season! It’s a joyous time in New Jersey. It’s the season of tailgates, bars and tossing the pigskin around in the yard. That special time of year in NJ when you break out your lucky jersey, and the sound of your screaming neighbor breaks through the crisp fall air to remind you that even grown-ups cry sometimes, too.

But whether you’re a die-hard football fan — or suffering through the emotional roller coaster of fall alongside a loved one — it’s time to take part in the most wonderful seasonal tradition of all: Watching the game at one of your local sports bars. It’s the place to go to remind you that we’re all in this together, good or bad. So grab your jersey and your crew, and get ready for food and drink deals so good they make it hard to feel like a loser even in the face of defeat. Here’s hoping this season’s a good one, whoever your team may be!


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Redd’s Restaurant & Bar

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If you’re a New York sports fan, Redd’s is the place to be. Located just down the block from MetLife Stadium, this is as close as you can get to actually being at the game. This NJ restaurant and bar features more than 40 flat-screen HD TVs. They’ve also got a menu filled with all of the game-time deals you could hope for. Another fun fact about Redd’s: I was there for Super Bowl XLVI. It was the most fun I’ve ever had watching a game at a bar — my friends and I even made it on the news after the Giants won!
Location: 317 Washington Avenue, Carlstadt
Team Allegiance: New York Giants and New York Jets
Game-Day Drink Specials: Starting right at kickoff every Monday, Thursday and Sunday, Redd’s offers $5 house wines as well as $3.50 pints of Coors Light, Miller Light, Yuengling and Shock Top. Additionally, Redd’s offers $5 pints of Radeberger, Heineken, Schoffenhofer Grapefruit and Strongbow Cider.
Food Specials: Your choice of 50¢ jumbo wings, $1 famous sliders, $1 pork rib sliders and $1 tacos as well as $5 Bavarian pretzels, $5 nachos and $5 pizzas.
Why I like it: If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to a game, Redd’s provides shuttle service to and from Metlife Stadium. So you can fill up on snacks and drinks at the bar and then head to the game!
More Info: www.reddsrestaurant.com or call 201-933-0015


Black Bear Bar & Grill

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Black Bear Bar & Grill is home to one of the biggest TV displays around. In addition to its many other walls packed with over 50 HDTVs, Black Bear also has a 25-foot TV wall. It’s a must-see, especially if your team is playing! Plus, there’s a game-day Instagram contest, where winners who use the hashtag #Dare2Bear can win football tickets and jerseys as well as Black Bear swag.
Location: 205 Washington Street, Hoboken
Team Allegiance: New York Giants and New York Jets
Game-Day Drink Specials: Sunday specials include $5 Blue Moon pints, $6 Jack Daniels mixed drinks and shots, $7 “Manmosas” (a mixture of champagne, Blue Moon, orange juice, and orange-flavored vodka), in addition to $11.99 Coors Light pitchers. On both Monday and Thursday, Black Bear hosts happy hour from 4:00 to 8:00 pm with $5 house wines and well drinks, $3 domestic drafts and $7 bomb shots.
Food Specials: The menu varies each week, but Black Bear does offer day-long food specials on Sundays, plus appetizer specials during the evenings.
Why I like it: Outdoor seating is available for those fall days when it’s still nice enough to enjoy the sunshine.
More Info: www.blackbearbar.com or call 201-656-5511


Green Knoll Grill

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Watch the game (without emptying your wallet) at the Green Knoll Grill. Chow down, then relax in front of one of 40 LED TVs — and if your team isn’t playing well, you can grab a drink at the tiki bar, or take out your frustration on the beer pong table!
Location: 645 Route 202/206, Bridgewater
Team Allegiance: All fans welcome!
Game-Day Drink Specials: $2.50 drafts and $20 beer tower
Food Specials: Half-price appetizers
Why I like it: Green Knoll Grill features college football games and UFC fights, in addition to all NFL games.
More Info: www.greenknollgrill.com or call 908-526-7090


Phily Sport Bar

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This shrine to Philadelphia teams is packed with TVs and memorabilia — as well as avid football fans taking advantage of the sports bar’s Sunday deals. In addition to food and drink specials, customers who post on social media with the hashtag #PSBFANGAME can win prizes and get featured on the following week’s menu.
Location: 31 South Black Horse Pike, Runnemede
Team Allegiance: Philadelphia Eagles (obviously)
Game-Day Drink Specials: Starting at 11:00 am on Sundays, come in to Phily’s for $2.50 Miller Lite drafts and bottles, $3.25 23 oz. drafts, $5 grape Gatorade, $4 Tito’s green lemonade, $4 Jameson shots (for Eagles home games) as well as $4 Tito’s lemon drop shots (for Eagles away games).
Food Specials: Phily’s offers deals on items such as wings, personal pizzas and Bavarian pretzels as well as other delicious bar fare.
Why I like it: You’ll never have to stop celebrating an Eagles win, because the Phily Sport Bar and Diner is open 24 hours a day!
More Info: philysportbar.com or call 856-939-4322


Grasshopper off the Green

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Looking to post up at a nice Irish pub on game day? Then Grasshopper off the Green is your go-to spot in NJ. Located in the heart of Morristown, this pub and restaurant offers some great specials on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays. It’s also got the added bonus of that traditional Irish feel.
Location: 41-43 Morris Street, Morristown
Team Allegiance: All fans are welcome!
Game-Day Drink Specials: Sunday Funday specials are $3.50 Coors Light 20 oz. pints and $5 shots of Crown Royal, Crown Apple and Crown Vanilla during all games. During Thursday night games, get $3 pints of Bud Light or $3.50 bottles, and enjoy 20 oz. of Blue Moon for $6 on Monday nights.
Food Specials: Grasshopper’s game day menu includes a variety of sliders, nachos, wings, chili and tacos — all for $6 each.
Why I like it: While also offering traditional bar fare like mozzarella sticks and chili, the menu has a handful of Irish-inspired dishes like Irish Ale Battered Onion Rings and Irish Burgers, which come with rashers (Irish bacon) and Guinness cheddar cheese on them.
More Info: grasshoppermorristown.com or call 973-285-5150


Joey McBride’s Pub

Joey McBride’s is a casual, traditional spot with an awesome menu in addition to ice cold pints on tap. With 16 TVs packing the walls, there’s also a great view of the game no matter which spot you and your crew choose inside the bar. Add that to the ample list of food and drinks specials and you’ve got yourself a new favorite pub!
Location: 1145 McBride Avenue, Woodland Park
Team Allegiance: All fans are welcome!
Game-Day Drink Specials: $2 Coors and Pabst Blue Ribbon drafts, $7 Coors and Pabst Blue Ribbon pitchers, $2.50 Yuengling pints, $8 Yuengling pitchers, $18 import buckets, $15 domestic buckets.
Food Specials: 75¢ wings, $13 McBride Sampler Platter, $5 dumplings, $5 nachos.
Why I like it: Joey McBride’s is another spot with a non-traditional bar menu. Here you will find Mama Han’s Korean Dumplings, Korean Pork BBQ, Lamb Philly Steaks and more.
More Info: joeymcbrides1145.com or call 973-256-3778


Miracle Pub

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If you’re looking for a low-key spot with tons of spirit, then Miracle Pub is the place for you. From decorations, to unbeatable drink specials and menu deals, Miracle Pub goes all out for football season. It’s truly enough to make even the most reluctant of sports fans feel right at home watching the game with a plate of delicious wings at their fingertips.
Location: 201 Route 37 West, Toms River
Team Allegiance: All fans are welcome!
Game-Day Drink Specials: $3 domestic bottles and $5 Bacardi specials as well as various wine and house drink deals.
Food Specials: Miracle Pub’s football season specials include a discounted appetizer menu.
Why I like it: The Miracle Pub has a liquor store attached to it, which is handy if you need to pick up a six-pack for the post-game celebration at your house.
More Info: www.miraclesportspub.com or call 732-244-4262


Willie McBride’s

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It’s an Irish pub in the front — with back room devoted to all things football, where every Sunday a live DJ keeps the party going even if your team isn’t doing so well that particular week. (Hey, we’ve all been there). Willie’s also features unbeatable food and drink specials during the games.
Location: 616 Grand Street, Hoboken
Team Allegiance: All fans are welcome!
Game-Day Drink Specials: $15 domestic buckets, $12 domestic pitchers, $3 pints and $3 shot specials.
Food Specials: $8 potato skins, $10 chicken finger basket, $8 pretzel bites, $8 black bean sofrito nachos, $8 buffalo chicken meatballs and $7 basket of wings.
Why I like it: With its location in downtown Hoboken, Willie McBride’s is the perfect starting point for bar-hopping on a football Sunday.
More Info: hoboken.williemcbrides.com or call 201-610-1522


Jack’s Goal Line Stand

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Jack’s offers the best of both worlds: It’s a traditional sports bar featuring 50 TVs and more than 60 beers on tap — but it’s also as a family-style restaurant with 100-plus items on the menu, and arcade games to keep the kids occupied while they wait for their food. So whether you’re a local college student looking to cheer for your team over beers, or trying to find a place to watch some football with your whole family, Jack’s has something for everyone.
Location: 149 Brighton Avenue, Long Branch
Team Allegiance: All fans are welcome!
Game-Day Drink Specials: $2.50 Budweiser and Bud Light pints and bottles, and $9 pitchers.
Food Specials: $5 pizzas and $5 buffalo wings.
Why I like it: You’re right by the beach, so if the late September weather is still warm you can pop in the water for a dip before the game!
More Info: Call 732-870-8800


Fireside Grill & Bar

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Do you love Coors Light just as much as you love football? Then head to Fireside Grill & Bar in NJ for the ultimate Coors Light deal during the games. For just $2.50, an ice-cold pint of the delicious game day beverage is all yours. Big screen TVs, an expansive food menu and an unbeatable Coors Light deal? Fireside is a must-visit for your fall game day needs.
Location: 133 South Main Street, Marlboro
Team Allegiance: Giants and Jets
Game Day Drink Specials: $2.50 Coors Light pints, $4 Blue Moon pints and $5 Tito’s mixed drinks.
Food Specials: During all NFL games, check out the amazing $24 all-you-can-eat ribs deal, including fries, coleslaw, salad and soup. Plus, $6 sliders and $4 Reuben or buffalo rollers. And, for those late games, Fireside offers half price appetizers and wings after 10:00 pm.
Why I like it: Here’s a good deal – purchase a $50 Fireside Grill & Bar gift card for a friend and receive a $10 voucher for yourself!
More Info: www.firesidegrillandbar.com or call 732-780-7900


Blue 42 Restaurant & Bar

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With its ample menu and restaurant feel, Blue 42 provides the opportunity to reserve a spot to watch the game rather than elbowing your way to the bar. The best part? Dollar beers all season long. So grab your friends and enjoy a cold beer and a hot dog (for under $5) at Blue 42.
Location: 158 Market Street, Elmwood Park
Team Allegiance: Packers
Game Day Drink Specials: $2 Miller and Bud Light drafts, $5 IPA of the day, $3 green tea shots, and $5 Packer Patron Punch.
Food Specials: New menu snack items include $5 pot stickers, zucchini sticks, mac & cheese bites and jalapeno poppers, plus $3 brats and hot dogs.
Why I like it: It’s rare to find a Green Bay Packers bar in New Jersey, so Cheeseheads will likely flock here to root for their team in unity.
More Info: www.blue42nj.com or call 201-773-0970


Dadz Bar & Grill

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Head down to Dadz for their “NFL Ticket Sundays!” Catch all of the day’s games on Dadz’s nearly 30 HD TVs and be sure to take advantage of their awesome drink specials – they have a bunch. Drink deals and a blue crab claw special for the game? Sounds good to me!
Location: 744 Main Street, Lumberton
Team Allegiance: Eagles
Game Day Drink Specials: Bud, Bud Light and Miller Lite pints are $2.50 and bottles are $3 on Sundays. For Thursday night football, enjoy $1 jello shots as well as $2.50 Bud and Bud Light pints. On Monday nights you can get Dos Equis Amber pints for $3 or a shot of Jose Cuervo Gold or Crown Royal Apple for $5.50.
Food Specials: On Sundays, feast on ½ lb. pick and peel shrimp for just $7.99 or a full pound for $14.99. Thursday nights get $2 off any fajita and Monday nights have too many specials to list – you’ll have to check out the menu when you’re there!
Why I like it: Dadz has over 20 beers on tap, including Allagash (my personal favorite) and you can even take your favorite one home in a growler!
More Info: www.dadzbarandgrill.com or call 609-267-4344


Rack’s Pub & Grill

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Get started early with Racks’ breakfast, which runs from 9:00 am to noon. Breakfast-time drink specials come free with $6 meal purchase and also include domestic pints, mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. There’s no better way to start your football Sunday. The real game day deals start at 11:00 am and the options are vast, so don’t miss out!
Location: 286 White Horse Pike, Atco
Team Allegiance: All fans are welcome!
Game Day Drink Specials: Bud and Bud Light pints are just $2, with 23 oz. Miller Lite drafts going for $3.50. Red Bull Bombs are $5 and on Sundays, get most domestic buckets for $10 and most import buckets for $15.
Food Specials: On Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays enjoy 75¢ wings, plus also get $6 cheesesteaks on Sundays.
Why I like it: Is the Atco location not convenient for you? Racks also has a second location in Williamstown, with all the same food, drinks and fun times.
More Info: www.rackspubandgrill.com or call 856-719-1500


McDonagh’s Pub

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At McDonagh’s Pub “every day is St. Paddy’s Day” and I see absolutely no problem with that. This warm and inviting Irish pub offers more than 80 beers, and boasts 20 TVs and some stellar food and drink specials for game day. So grab your friends and head to historic downtown Keyport this Sunday!
Location: 2 West Front Street, Keyport
Team Allegiance: Giants and Jets
Game Day Drink Specials: During the all-day happy hour on Sundays, enjoy $2 Miller Lite, Coors Light and Bud Light, or bottles for $3. Wines, sangria and house mixed drinks are each $5.
Food Specials: $6 game time menu, with a choice of chili and beer cheese slider dogs, pub slider burgers, chicken bacon-ranch flatbread and more!
Why I like it:  Also on the menu are fried pickles with sriracha horseradish aoili…yum!
More Info: www.mcdonaghs.com or call 732-264-0999


Plank Road Inn

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The Plank Road Inn boasts 40 TVs to watch any and every NFL game your heart desires. And to cure your half time blues? Dart boards and arcade games as well as a jukebox are available to help you kill some time. This spot is a game day dream come true – as long as your team wins, that is.
Location: 1538 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus
Team Allegiance: All fans are welcome!
Game Day Drink Specials: For all NFL games, $5 beer pitchers and $3 aluminum bottles.
Food Specials: Call ahead for food specials!
Why I like it: Want to have a private party? Rent the back room and invite all your football-loving friends!
More Info: www.plankroadinn.com or call 201-865-9516


Sharky’s

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If you’re in the mood for some wings, Sharky’s is your best bet in NJ. This super-casual spot is known for having some of the best in the whole state (according to The Star Ledger, that is!) and their game day drink specials are sure to save you a pretty penny this football season.
Location: Alpha, Boonton or Clifton
Team Allegiance: All are welcome!
Game Day Drink Specials: $2 Coors Light, Yuengling and Miller Lite pints, plus $3.50 Heineken drafts.
Food Specials: Selected appetizers are $5 during games.
Why I like it: In addition to the typical wing sauce flavors, Sharky’s offers standouts like sriracha, mango habanero and salt and vinegar, so there’s a flavor for everyone.
More Info: www.sharkyswingsnj.com or call individual locations


Franklin Steakhouse

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The family-owned and -operated Franklin Steakhouse has it all. With an awesome and expansive menu filled with everything from wings to seafood to steak dinners, this is more than just a place to watch the game. And that’s before you even get to the Sunday Funday goodies. Think raffles and prizes in addition to the games on 30 HD TVs.
Location: 318 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield
Team Allegiance: All are welcome!
Game Day Drink Specials: Check out the 80 oz. beer tower for you and your buddies to share!
Food Specials: On Mondays and Thursdays eat buy-one-get-one-free wings.
Why I like it: Franklin’s extensive craft beer list is designed to impress. Options include IPAs, wheat beers, pale ales, pilsners, porters and ciders as well as speciality beers.
More Info: www.franklinsteakhousefairfield.com or call 973-808-9400


Mulligan’s Pub

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Are you a Philadelphia Eagles fan living in North Jersey? Do you find yourself hassled every Sunday by all of the New York Giants and Jets fans that call this part of the state home? Then Mulligan’s in Hoboken is the place for you. Eagles fans unite over amazing food and drink specials and, of course, your favorite team!
Location: 159 First Street, Hoboken
Team Allegiance: Philadelphia Eagles
Game Day Drink Specials: $3 domestic pints (plus Yuengling), $10 domestic pitchers, $14 domestic buckets as well as $16 Blue Moon buckets.
Food Specials: Each Sunday there will be a special food menu – rumor has it that Philly cheesesteaks may or may not be involved.
Why I like it: Fans of the Super Bowl champion Eagles that live in the northern half of the state deserve their own bar, and Mulligan’s is happy to be of service!
More Info: mulligansonfirst.net or call 201-876-4101


Spring Lake Tap House

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Spring Lake Tap House is the Jersey Shore’s football Sunday destination. With more than 28 beers on tap and awesome food and drink specials every Sunday, Monday and Thursday, it’s a football fan’s dream come true. Be sure to call ahead and reserve your table today!
Location: 810 Highway 71, Spring Lake Heights
Team Allegiance: Giants and Jets
Game Day Drink Specials: $2 Miller and Coors Light pints, $3 house mixed drinks and $5 house wines.
Food Specials: $5 food menu
Why I like it: Book a self-service draft table for one of the games for a guaranteed fun time for you and your gang; call 732-664-1235 for details.
More Info: www.springlaketaphouse.com or call 732-282-1530


Wicked Wolf Tavern

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Located directly on the Hudson River, Wicked Wolf hosts the “#1 football party in Hoboken” every Sunday. Wicked Wolf gets packed each and every week with fans looking to take in the game on 35 flat screens as well as a 100-inch projector. Doesn’t that sound awesome? Just be sure to get there early, due to the fact that they fill up to capacity each week. Guests can also call ahead at 201-659-7500 to reserve a table with a minimum spend. This is a full-on party, complete with a DJ, and you definitely don’t want to miss out.
Location: 120 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken
Team Allegiance: Giants and Jets
Game Day Drink Specials: Every Thursday, get $4 Bud Light personal pitchers, $20 Bud Light towers and $20 Corona or Modelo buckets.
Food Specials: 50 cent wings
Why I like it: The view! The bar’s 20-foot windows look out onto the New York City skyline.
More Info: www.wickedwolfhoboken.com or call 201-659-7500


Miller’s Ale House

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Eat, drink and be merry at Miller’s. The menu here is huge and delicious, with something for even the pickiest of game day attendees to enjoy. The bar has more than 75 beers to choose from, and that doesn’t even include the wine and liquor options. So what are you waiting for?
Location: 270 West State Route 4, Paramus. (There are also locations in Mount Laurel and Woodbridge.)
Team Allegiance: Giants and Jets
Game Day Food & Drink Specials: The “1st and Ten” gets you 10 wings or Zingers in addition to an ice-cold Coors Light for $10.99.
Why I like it: Miller’s is known for its “Zingers,” which are breaded chicken tenders tossed in your choice of sauces, from garlic parmesan to sweet Thai chili to Mt. St. Helen’s…or create your own flavor!
More Info: www.millersalehouse.com or call 201-342-4800


Mother’s Ale House

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With more than 100 HD TVs spread out over two floors, you’re guaranteed a great view of the game at Mother’s Ale House. Hungry? This NJ bar and restaurant also offers a full menu in a casual environment. Thirsty? There are more than 50 beers on tap. Additionally, Mother’s has prizes and giveaways each week!
Location: 95 Mountainview Boulevard, Wayne
Team Allegiance: Giants, but all fans are welcome!
Game Day Drink Specials: $6 craft beer cocktails, $2 mimosas and shot specials every time the Giants and Jets score!
Food Specials: These specials are designed to be shared! $44 for 40 wings and 4 Big Mother’s Pints, $30 for the Giant Ale House Nachos and a domestic beer pitcher as well as $15 for an order of wings and a Big Mother’s Pint.
Why I like it: A revamped menu this spring has offerings such as street tacos and personal mac & cheese skillets. Additionally, there are healthy options called “Fit N’ Easy Bowls” for those not on their cheat day.
More Info: www.mothersalehouse.com or call 973-633-7400


Gabriele’s Bar & Grill

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Three bars offer awesome seating for each and every fan as well as a fantastic view of the 50-inch HD TVs, which will be playing all of the day’s big games. Additionally, the menu here is enormous — French fries have their own section — and the drink specials are on point.
Location: 1351 Centennial Avenue, Piscataway
Team Allegiance: All are welcome!
Game Day Drink Specials: $3 Coors Light drafts, $12 Coors Light pitchers, $5 Bloody Mary’s, $5 sangria and $5 LIT drinks as well as shot specials all day!
Food Specials: $5 traditional flatbreads, $5 buffalo chicken bites as well as $5 popcorn shrimp.
Why I like it: Gabriele’s boasts three separate bars, including the huge front bar which seats up to 50 people.
More Info: www.gabrielesbarandgrill.com or call 732-981-1234


Ellery’s Grill

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Ellery’s offers more than their fair share of game day specials. So, if you’re in the market to take advantage of some awesome deals, this is the place to do it. Head to this casual spot for that neighborhood feel as well as one of the best “tailgate” parties of the season – every Sunday!
Location: 701 Lincoln Boulevard, Middlesex
Team Allegiance: All fans are welcome!
Game Day Drink Specials: $2 Miller Lite or Bud Light drafts, $3 Corona Light drafts, $5 Miller Lite or Bud Light pitchers.
Food Specials: $6 cheese pizzas and 75¢ wings.
Why I like it: So, your team’s not doing well? You can still get lucky by playing the NJ Lottery “Quick Draw” game at Ellery’s, with a new winner drawn every five minutes.
More Info: www.ellerysgrill.com or call 732-356-2444


Asbury Ale House

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Asbury Ale House is known as one of the Jersey Shore’s premier sports bars. With more than 40 TVs on which to watch the game and 50 beers on tap to sip while you do it, there’s not a lot more you can ask of a game day hang out. So head to Asbury for food, drinks and even some bar games to cure your halftime blues.
Location: 531 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park
Team Allegiance: Giants and Jets
Game Day Drink Specials: $2 Miller Lite drafts, $3 Miller Lite bottles, $8 Miller Lite pitchers and on Sundays there’s also a Bloody Mary bar and $25 endless mimosas.
Food Specials: There aren’t any particular food specials, but the Sunday brunch runs from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and it’s unreal.
Why I like it: You can follow Asbury Ale House on Instagram for a glimpse at their yummy eats as well as specially crafted cocktails. Additionally, there are announcements of daily specials.
More Info: www.asburyalehouse.com or call 732-455-3808


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