The Best Cocktail Bars In Newark, New Jersey

Photo of Talitha Duncan-Todd
10 December 2016

Newark has great cocktail bars for friends to meet up and enjoy an evening of drinks. There are places to suit everyone’s tastes, whether it is a restaurant, nightclub or lounge. We list the best cocktail bars in this New Jersey city.

Jimenez Tobacco

Jimenez Tobacco is a fantastic place to visit if you want to smoke a great hand-rolled cigar, have a drink and enjoy some great hospitality. Peter and Armando are always there with a smile; it’s the kind of venue where the owners remember your name and immediately make you feel welcome, giving the place a sense of community. Their staff are equally friendly and attentive.

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The Monk Room

The Monk Room not only serves the best drinks in Newark but is also a pizza restaurant. The pizza and pasta made by the chef are delicious, light and crispy. On top of that, the cocktails are blended with real creative flair by the mixologists. The Monk Room has a homely atmosphere with live jazz scheduled and the flat-screen TVs for customers to watch the football.

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The SkyLab

Eat, drink and play at The SkyLab, Newark’s first rooftop lounge, which brings a whole new vision of nightlife to the Newark neighborhood. The richly designed, inviting lounge features a collection of fantastic cocktails. Enjoy alongside a spectacular late-night menu and service overlooking a fabulous view of the New York City skyline.

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Hell’s Kitchen Lounge

The Hell’s Kitchen Lounge has a wide variety of drinks to offer at the bar. The menu is eclectic and the decor is kitschy in red and gold retro-Vegas style. The lounge always has a fun crowd in house though, especially on the burlesque nights every Thursday. The staff is made up of a great bunch of bartenders that always make the evening a pleasant experience.

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McGovern’s Tavern

McGovern’s Tavern is a long-running, low-key Irish bar and grill with a pub-food menu in Newark. Its walls are historically rich with old paintings and dark varnished murals instead of flashy TV screens. Souvenirs of retired police and firemen helmets, along with other artefacts from the local working class, are exhibited throughout. At its core, McGovern’s is a traditional Irish pub and resembles the classic American taverns that would have been found in the 1050s, 1960s, and 1970s.

McGoverns Tavern | © Nick Savio/Flickr

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