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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.

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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

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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.

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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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