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Martini 494 Website | 973-642-4900
494 Broad St., Newark, NJ 07102  Northern NJ
Martini 494 classy bars in Newark NJ Best martini bar in Essex County
Martini 494 was opened when the owner, Ted Stampoulos, noticed a lack of upscale bars at the north end of downtown Newark. The owner, servers, bartenders and chefs aim to elevate their patrons dining experience by offering scratch-made cuisine and upscale cocktails in a sustainable, green environment. They use only Energy Star-certified appliances and equipment, as well as recycled glass bottles and jars for condiments and water.

As the name of the establishment suggests, Martini 494 is known for their martini selection. With over 24 different martinis on the menu you can start off with a classic Dirty Martini then venture out to try the Godfather a creative blend of Hennessy, amaretto and lemon juice or the French Kiss, vodka, chambord and pineapple juice and end your experience with the Ecstasy Tini a sexy blend of red berry vodka, triple sec, pomegranate and cranberry juice. If you want to keep it classic, stick to one of their 12 draft beers, 20 bottled beers or wide selection of red and white wines. Visit the website for a full look at their food and drink menu.

Second location in Millburn, NJ
Egan & Sons Website | 973-736-3355
104 Harrison Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052  Northern NJ
Egan And Sons Irish Bars in Essex County NJ Most authentic Irish pub in Essex County
Egan and Sons gives its patrons the most authentic Irish pub experience in Essex County, NJ. The atmosphere, ambiance and authentic artwork lining the walls makes patrons feel as though they have been transported to Ireland once they walk through the doors. They serve a wide range of beers on tap, including four brewed in-house seasonally and a plethora of bottled beers and liquors.

Their authentic Irish fares are unmatched by any pub in Essex County. Egan & Sons' Fish N' Chips are award-winning, served with imported marrowfat mushy peas, hand cut chips and a house made tartar sauce. Other exquisite menu items include lump crab cake, Moroccan Skewers, chicken pot pie, cottage pie, burgers and much more. Visit the website for more information.

Voted Best Bar six years in a row!
Bello's Pub and Grill Website | 973-465-0052
376 Market St., Newark, NJ 07105  Northern NJ
Bellos Pub and Grill gastro pubs in Essex County NJ Newark's first gastro pub
Bello's Pub and Grill is Newark's first gastro pub! Conveniently located across from Newark Penn Station, minutes from the Red Bull Arena and just a few blocks from the Prudential center, it is the best pub to come to after an event or sports match and enjoy a cold beer.

Bello's boasts the most extensive beer menu in Essex County with over 180 different beers on the menu! Their domestic beers are broken down by IPA, Wheats, Stouts, Ales, Lights and Lagers and each category has over 10 beers. Bello's imported beer list consists of beers from England, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, Trinidad and several other countries. Non-beers and non-alcoholic options are also available. Pair one of their beers with an item from their pub menu. Their food menu consists of all traditional pub items including sandwiches, wings, burgers and bar pies. Check out their website for more information.

Over 180 beers!
Blitz Sportsbar Website | 973-465-1313
179 Wilson Ave., Newark, NJ 07105  Northern NJ
Blitz Sportsbar best bars in Essex County NJ Neighborhood sports bar
Blitz is one of the most popular sports bars in Essex County NJ. Young hipsters flock to this establishment to watch primetime sporting events and for specials on select nights during the week. On any of their 50-inch HD TVs you'll see a soccer, football or baseball game playing. The owner of Blitz recognizes Newark's strong support around soccer and plays all of the European games during the day.

The bar is stocked with the most popular beers both on draft and bottled. Cheer on your favorite team with a cold Yuengling, Sam Adams, Budweiser, Blue Moon and much more. If cocktails are more your style, their talented bartenders can mix up almost any creation you can think of. Pair any of their drinks with a delicious item from their small food menu featuring artful blends of American and Portuguese flavors. Blitz Sportbar's most popular food items include the Blitz wings, Picadinho, a Brazilian beef and rice dish and the Mini Prego, a small steak sandwich. Visit their website to see special events happening throughout the week.

DJs every weekend!
Cloverleaf Tavern Website | 973-226-9812
395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ 07006  Northern NJ
Cloverleaf Tavern Best Bars in Essex County NJ Oldest establishment in Caldwell NJ
In 1933 the first liquor license since the end of prohibition was purchased in Caldwell NJ and the Cloverleaf Tavern was opened for business. What started out as a man's only bar has changed immensely in the last 80 years. Today, the Cloverleaf Tavern prides themselves on their family-friendly atmosphere, specials and happy hour prices, American cuisine and extensive beer selection.

Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4 - 6:30pm featuring $2 Yuengling and Coors Light, $5 red sangria and cocktail of the week, $5 martinis and $4 off all appetizers. Beer Appreciation Night is the first Tuesday of every month from 6pm to close. During this special event enjoy discounted prices on specialty beer and beer flights. During regular operating hours the Cloverleaf Tavern boasts a beer list featuring over 20 rotating beers on tap with 50 bottled varieties. Their bartenders can also mix up a wide range of delicious cocktails.

Large selection of draft beers!
Just Jake's Website | 973-655-8987
30 Park St., Montclair, NJ 07042  Northern NJ
Best live music bar in Montclair!
Just Jake's is one of the most popular bars in Montclair, NJ. It has gained much attention from the younger crowd due to its convenient location, live music performances, drink specials and relaxed atmosphere. Happy hour specials run from 3-8pm Monday through Friday with $2 off select pints and bottles, plus select 1/2 price drinks. Besides Happy Hour specials, every night after 8pm enjoy discounted drink prices. View their specials here.

Come out to watch live music performances every Friday and Saturday. Every weekend both local and national bands come out to perform their original pieces for a packed house. Friday shows start at 10:30pm and Saturday features two performances at 7pm and 10:30pm. No advanced purchase is required, but show up early to get a good seat and a cocktail! Just Jake's also features a pool table, a lounge area with a fireplace, HD TVs surrounding the bar and outdoor seating during the warmer months.

Best drink specials in Essex County!
McGovern's Tavern Website | 973-643-3984
58-60 New Street, Newark, NJ 07102  Northern NJ
McGoverns Tavern best Essex County NJ bars Old-school neighborhood bar
McGovern's Tavern has become a staple in the Rutgers-Newark campus community. Although they have remained a low-key neighborhood bar, their patrons are loyal and continue to flock here weeknights and weekends for their draft beer selection, Irish fare, bar food, specials and events.

Happy Hour specials run daily from 4 to 7pm with $3 domestic drafts. During Monday Night Football patrons can enjoy $9 pitchers and $4 wings during the game. Trivia Tuesdays start at 10pm with $9 Coors Light Pitchers! Thirty Thursdays feature $5 Well Drinks from 4 to 7pm. The food menu is complete with all of the bar foods you can think of! Pair your ice cold beer with wings, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, bar pies, soups, sandwiches, burgers, wraps and much more. Call the bar for more information.

One of the longest running bars in Essex County
Upstairs Restaurant and Bar Website | 973-744-4144
608 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043  Northern NJ
Upstairs Restaurant and Bar trendy bars in Essex County NJ Trendiest bar in Essex County NJ
Upstairs Restaurant and Bar is a true hidden gem in one of New Jersey's trendiest neighborhoods. Patrons of all ethnicities and age groups flock to Upstairs for their vibrant decor and unique atmosphere. 20-somethings frequent on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights to indulge in delicious cocktails and listen to the live music. Older couples and groups of friends come out for late lunch and early dinner small plate items, paired with artisan drinks.

Their menus change every season based on what is fresh and grown locally. They offer small and large plate options for all palates, check their website frequently as the items change quite often. While their food menu changes seasonally, you're guaranteed to find your favorite drink or cocktail of choice consistently on the menu. Their hip bartenders mix up over 100 different specialty cocktails with the utmost precision. Besides cocktails, Upstairs offers over 20 different wines by the glass, 50 different bottles and a small selection of beer on draft.

Over 100 different cocktails!
The Verona Inn Website | 973-239-0544
624 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044  Northern NJ
The Verona Inn best essex county nj bars A local favorite since 1947
The Verona Inn has been serving patrons in Essex County NJ since June 1947. They offer specials on food and drinks Monday through Saturday. Kick off your week right with Verona Inn's Double Happy Hour from 4-7pm and again from 9pm to close! Tuesday is Taco & Trivia night with $2 chicken tacos, $3 steak or fish tacos and $3 Heinekens, trivia starts at 9pm with prizes and giveaways. Wednesday enjoy $5 burgers and 1/2 price craft beers, a perfect pairing! Thursday is Ladies Night, grab your girlfriends and enjoy 1/2 off drinks and apps from 8-11pm. Live DJs spin today's hottest tracks every Friday and Saturday from 11pm to close. No matter what day of the week you chose to head down to the Verona Inn, there's always something going on! Besides incredible drinks mixed up by their professional bartenders, enjoy their traditional bar fares of burgers, quesadillas, sliders, nachos, sandwiches, salads, wraps, pastas and much more. Visit their website for an in-depth drink and food menu.

Voted "Best Sports Bar" by Suburban Essex Magazine
Mompou Tapas Wine Bar and Lounge Website | 973-578-8114
77 Ferry St., Newark, NJ 07105  Northern NJ
Mompou Tapas Wine Bar and Lounge classy Essex County bars Best wine bar in Essex County
Established in 2005, Mompou Tapas Wine Bar and Lounge has quickly risen to become Newark's premier dining establishment. Their tapas menu features a wide range of traditional Spanish dishes with modern twists. The restaurant and bar also features a full dinner menu with sandwiches, fish options and sides.

Pair any of their food items with one of their artfully crafted cocktails, martinis and margaritas. Their famous Mompou Cocktail is a delicious blend of cava, lychee and a splash of Campari, but patrons return time and time again for their house-made sangria. Try the original red and white or venture out to their other flavors including mango, passion fruit, pomegranate, peach, coconut, strawberry and raspberry. One glass is $7 or order a pitcher for the table for just $24. Come out for regular wine tastings or wine dinners, check the website for specific dates and times.

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