Favorite NJ Watering Holes?
Personally I'll exclude the brewpubs (at least for now) and just focus on the bars. I lived in Burlington county for the first 2 tears of my drinking life so I found some real good ones there I'll start with
High St. Grill - Mt. Holly. Used to be my go to place. Especially whethe tn they used to do Irish Music and beer promo Tuesdays. Food is awesome beer selection is on point and I've never personally had an issues with dirty glasses or lines. Always left there very happy.
Blue Monkey Tavern - Merchantville - My other favorite, located about 5 minutes or so from the Cherry Hill Mall, this awesome bar has an expansive tap list and quality food. While the service is nowhere near as awesome as HSG the taplist is always on point.
Now that I live in New Brunswick I have a few go to places
George St. Ale House - New Brunswick - Good beer selection, probably the weakest on the list but I won't complain too much. Good food as well. Service can be on the eh side but I've also had amazing waitstaff there as well so it seems like luck of the draw and when you're there. But the almost always have one beer I'm dying to try or have not had in a long time.
Maloney's - Matawan - Kinda like Blue Monkey, very good beer selection, bar area is almost always crazy busy sometimes you have to wait a few minutes for a drink order. But it's almost always worth the wait. They have a fantastic selection of beer, local NJ crafts, some of the leading crafts (Brooklyn, Dogfish, etc.) and some excellent imports as well. Highly recommend the bar.
Northside Lounge in Manville. Current taplist:
B. Nektar Evil Genius IPA-Style Mead 8oz. Draft 6.0 $8.00
Butternuts Porkslap Pale Ale 16oz. Draft 4.1 $5.00
Fegley's Brew Works Rude Elf's Reserve 12oz. Draft 10.5 $5.00
Great Divide Yeti Stout Oak Aged 10oz. Draft 9.5 $6.00
Guinness 20oz. Draft 4.3 $4.75
Lagunitas Brown Shugga 12oz. Draft 9.9 $5.00
Long Trail Brown Bag IPA 16oz. Draft 6.2 $4.00
Lost Abbey Gift Of Magi 12oz. Draft 10.0 $7.00
Original Sin Apple Cider 16oz. Draft 6.0 $5.00
Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper 10oz. Draft 10.0 $6.00
Scaldis Noel 8oz. Draft 12.0 $8.00
Stella Artois 16oz. Draft 5.0 $4.50
Troegs Mad Elf 10oz. Draft 11.0 $5.00
Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter 16oz. Draft 5.7 $5.00
The price on that beer is pretty awesome. 5 bucks for Mad Elf is about as cheap as I've seen it.
The Cloverleaf in Caldwell is one of my favorites. I've been going there pretty regularly since I met my wife who is from the area. My mother just bought a vacation home down by Toms River. I'm going to have to find a place down there to wet my whistle!
Has anyone here ever been to BasilT's in Red Bank?
I was there once. The food was very good, but the I thought most of the beer was so so.
I'll second the blue monkey in merchantville. I went there for my birthday. The only problem was that the food and service was so quick, I got rushed and did not get to try as many beers as I wanted.
I just went here:
The Irish Mile
350 Haddon Avenue,
Haddon township, NJ 08108
It has 60 taps. They had flying fish exit 16 on tap when I went. That made me very happy. Plus cheap slices of pizza.
There is the pour house and keg in kitchen down Haddon ave in Haddon township but they get too crowed and pretentious. The Irish mile feels more like a solid local watering hole.
I'm up in Norther Jersey. Wayne, Passaic County. There's a few places around that are solid beer bars and stores. The craft beer demand must be growing around here because in the past five years there has been a huge increase in availability. Here's my list of places to check out if you're in the area:
The Tap House Grille
The Shepherd and the Knucklehead
+1 on The Cloverleaf (I haven't been there but it has a solid reputation)
Wine and Beverage Depot
Homebrew Store (with on site brewing availability):
Cask & Kettle (Boonton) - Great store with an extremely knowledgeable and helpful owner.
Salt in Byram-Great Craft beers,Great food,Cozy euro pub feel
Mohawk House Sparta-Bands and 48 taps,Great food
Shop rite liquors in Byram-one of the the best bottle shops around!
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