The Best Bars in New Jersey

Cocktails, beer, food and fun. The great establishments stir them together in a variety of ways, creating a vibe and scene that is always more than the sum of its parts.

A selection of beverages from Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen in Morristown, one of our Best Bars.
A selection of beverages from Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen in Morristown, one of our Best Bars.
Photo by Laura Moss

Such a simple word, bar, but so packed with meaning. Bars encompass history and culture, community and coming of age, good times and sad times, romance and bromance, sass and sisterhood, affirmation and escape. New Jersey Monthly set out to celebrate the state’s finest examples of each sector, from sophisticated parlors to hipster hangouts, beer halls to sports bars, retro to gleamingly contemporary, bar bites to exceptional cuisine. We narrowed the overwhelming field by eliminating brewery and distillery tasting rooms, brewpubs (which we’ve written about in depth) and places that are primarily wine bars. Our picks were made on the basis of recommendations by NJM staffers and food-and-drink writers, dives into social media, conversations with hospitality professionals and cocktail-and-beer cognoscenti, finally backed by visits to the most promising places. Just as all politics is local, so is one’s choice of a bar. Thus we present the bars by region (and alphabetically by town within region), and encourage you to take a designated driver.


Best Bars North Jersey


Best Bars Central Jersey


Best Bars South Jersey

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  1. Kevin Shelly

    Seems as if y’all missed, oh, about half of South Jersey in this survey.

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