The Best Live Music Venues in Newark

Talitha Duncan-Todd

Newark’s great nightlife and performing art centers also promote the live music available in the city. Some lounges and restaurants bring in live music during the evening to attract the crowd, making Newark an ideal place to grab a few drinks and enjoy the performing talent. In this article, we’ve highlighted the best live music spots in Newark, of New Jersey, to make it easier for you.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

1. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Restaurant, American, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a barbecue chain serving Southern-style meats and draft brews in a retro setting with live music performances. Dinosaur BBQ’s Newark building was built in 1890 and originally housed Roehlich and Kohler spirits and fine wines. Bringing a great atmosphere to enjoy a feast with a few drinks served by the bar, the BBQ pork also a must-try as it’s the highlight of the food available at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Try it with their sweet potatoes and mac and cheese. A great night is always had with the talented live music, tasty food, and welcoming service. Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11.30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am-11pm224 Market St, Newark, NJ, US

2. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center


New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Center Street
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The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in downtown Newark is one of the largest performing arts centers in the United States. It is home to the Grammy Award-winning New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. More than seven million visitors have visited the center since it opened in October 1997 on the site of the former Military Park Hotel. It is a great spot to buy tickets for an incredible show of great talent and live music. All in all, it’s a place for all ages to come and experience the amazing shows performed. Opening hours: dependent on shows1 Center St, Newark, NJ, United States

3. Mompou Tapas Wine Bar and Lounge

Bar, Tapas, Pub Grub

NICO Kitchen + Bar
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Mompou Tapas Wine Bar and Lounge is a trendy spot with Spanish tapas, wine, beer and cocktails on a back patio where you can enjoy the occasional live music. They offer a wide ranging menu that is sure to tantalize your tastebuds. Lunch and dinner options are also served alongside wine and cocktails to properly complement the meal. Keep your eyes peeled for the organised events of live music and come to enjoy your meal whilst listening to great talent on stage – you won’t be disappointed. Opening hours: Mon-Wed 12pm-10pm, Thu 12pm-12am, Fri 12pm-3am, Sat 5pm-3am77 Ferry St, Newark, NJ, United States

4. Mix

27 Mix

27 Mix houses a lively crowd with Latin, Asian and American eats in an arty, exposed-brick setting near NJPAC. Come on the nights of live music to enjoy the energetic and spirited atmosphere of the restaurant. The back patio is a beautiful setting to be seated for a meal and a perfect area after happy hour. It is always a full house on the nights of the live bands and singers, so make sure to head down early to grab a drink and chair. Opening hours: Mon-Wed 11.30am-12am, Thu-Fri 11.30am-1am, Sat 5pm-1am27 Halsey St, Newark, NJ, United States, +1 973 648 0643

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5. Manu's Kitchen Bar & Sushi Lounge

Manu’s Kitchen Bar & Sushi Lounge

Manu’s Kitchen Bar & Sushi Lounge is a Mediterranean-sushi fusion cuisine, including tapas, in a stylish bi-level space with live music. Born out of a lifelong passion for quality dining and architecture, Manu’s finds itself in the heart of the historical Ironbound community. The result is a distinguished menu of sultry dishes serving up an eager appetite. From vegetarian to their delicious tapas, they offer a mixture of cuisines to satisfy the palate of every customer. Imported wines, sake, and beer will bring out the flavor of your chosen dishes. Joining the live music will make your night even better. 90 Ferry St, Newark, NJ, United States, +1 973 465 5600

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By Talitha Duncan-Todd

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