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The 11 best Jersey City bars

Looking for the top Jersey City bars? Pull up a stool for one of the liveliest nightlife scenes in the country.

By Rocky Rakovic
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Jersey City is having a serious moment. Need proof? Check out this list of worth-the-trip watering holes. While you’re here, be sure to consult the best Jersey City restaurants to pad that stomach and our list of the top things to do in Jersey City too. Happy drinking, all! 

Best Jersey City bars

The Archer
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp

1. The Archer

Bars

“It has more than 300 bourbons on the wall and arguably the best cocktail menu in all of Jersey City,” says Steve Guzman.

Cellar 335
Photograph: Courtesy Cellar 335

2. Cellar 335

Restaurants American New Jersey

Tiki, do you love me? Are you… classic Polynesian cocktail kitsch in a stunning bar that also offers Coors Banquet beer for the person in your party who hates fun? 

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Golden Cicada
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp

3. Golden Cicada

Bars

If there’s a bar that’s one step below a dive, this is it—and it’s spectacular. Go late on a weekend night for one of the most casual but ecstatic karaoke sing-alongs you will ever experience. Pro tip: Ask the bartender to try the Chinese firewater (báiijŭ).* *Not responsible if you go blind after drinking it.

Lucky 7 Tavern
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp

4. Lucky 7 Tavern

Bars

Don’t ruin this for us: If you are planning to show up to Jersey City’s cool-kid living room, be chill. All walks and stumbles of life, from artists to bros, rub elbows here.

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Photograph: Maggie Marguerite Studio/@maggiemarguerite

5. Mathews Food & Drink

Restaurants Contemporary American New Jersey

Chic, new-ish, Charleston, South Carolina–ish, this beauty was embraced by the neighborhood almost immediately. The star is undoubtedly the 80s Glam, a gin-based tipple with edible glitter.

Courtesy Pet Shop Bar/Honey and Moon Photography

6. Pet Shop

Bars

Named after the space’s former tenant, this dope bar has “its finger on the pulse,” says Guzman. “Pet Shop knows how to cater to the regular downtown Jersey City resident, but it’s open to the new people, too.” Drink like a townie (or a JC resident) as you nosh tasty vegan bites.

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Pint
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp

7. Pint

Bars

Step into the warmest gay-bar atmosphere in the tristate area to sample more than 50 craft beers.

South House
Photograph: Courtesy South House

8. South House

Bars

“The space is gorgeous and exquisitely curated to match the changing seasons,” says Amanda Prior of this ode to Austin. If Pinterest had a bar, it’d look like this one.

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New Park Tavern
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp

10. New Park Tavern

Bars

There’s nothing “new” about this old cop bar. Order what is perhaps the best burger in the country (get it with Taylor ham, cooked by bartenders when they are not slinging pints of Guinness). 

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Henry Wok
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp

11. Henry Wok

Bars

A sketchy dive bar connected to the greasy Chinese takeout. (This setup should be franchised.)

Hungry for more?

Razza
Photograph: Robin and Sue

The 26 best Jersey City restaurants

Restaurants

Jersey City has become a culinary hub in its own right, complete with waterfront restaurants and bars, fine-dining restaurants and a critically acclaimed pizza joint slinging pies that (gasp) rival those across the river.

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