On this page we will be breaking down drinking at the best bars in Newark. Whether you are looking for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to buy cheaper liquor during drink specials, or just to sing some karaoke hopefully we can assist.
Our first section will cover the best wine and cocktail bars in Newark. Up next we will get into breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool and throw some darts.
Then we will mention some of the best drink specials near you so you can hit up the right bars at the right times to do your drinking cheaper. After that we will discuss bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area.
Lastly we will talk about bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music. Towards the end there will even be a local bar map that pins all of the spots from our various lists on it.
And if you want to compare the scene here to others cities around the Northeast you can do so at that link.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
Some of the top cocktail and wine bars in Newark are:
- Mompou Tapas Bar & Restaurant at 77 Ferry St
- Bar Vanquish NJ at 218B Market St
- The Deep Inn at 60 Pulaski St
- Marcus B&P at 56 Halsey St
- Marbella Lounge at 610 Broadway
- Nico Kitchen + Bar at One Center St
- Vivo Tapas Kitchen & Lounge at 167 Ferry St
The menu at Mompou Tapas Bar & Restaurant combines contemporary takes on classic Spanish dishes with inventive cocktails and hand-selected small-batch wines.
Bar Vanquish NJ is a chic hip speakeasy oyster bar and lounge with two floors that serves craft beer, signature cocktails, delectable food, and good music.
The Deep Inn is a semi-swanky cocktail bar in your area that serves good food and cold beers with a wide variety of liquors plus they offer pool, darts, and some of the best alcoholic drink specials in Newark every Monday through Friday from 5pm to 7pm.
A fine selection of specialty cocktails, wines, and draft beers can be found at Marcus B&P where you can find local happy hours every Tuesday through Thursday from 4pm to 7pm.
Nico Kitchen + Bar serves an American menu, a variety of cocktails, wines by the glass or bottle, and beers by the bottle, tap, or can.
Vivo Tapas Kitchen and Lounge has upbeat and friendly atmosphere on weekdays and it transforms into a neighborhood favorite dance lounge on weekends while always serving authentic Spanish cuisine alongside an eclectic list of cocktails and world-class wines.
Newark Breweries & Sports Bars
Sample new suds and watch the big game with your friends at the best local breweries and sports bars:
- Blitz Sportsbar at 179 Wilson Ave #5317
- Bello’s Pub & Grill at 376 Market St
- Cozy Sports bar at 329 Ferry St
- Castle Sports Bar & Restaurant at 189 Bloomfield Ave
- El Pool Sports Bar at 116 Elm St
- Newark Local Beer at 538 Broad St
- SideLines at 65 Elm Rd
- Galpao New Jersey at 57 Poinier St
Blitz Sportsbar usually opens at 11am except on Sunday when they open at 12pm and they are a solid spot to enjoy great food, cold beer, and cocktails while watching sports on TV.
Bello’s Pub & Grill was Newark’s First Gastropub and has been family owned and operated since 1974 offering a selection of over 180 craft and local beers.
Cozy is a fun sports bar near you with good burgers and sliders that plays football every Sunday on their 13 televisions spread throughout the bar both inside and outside.
For another good sports bar in your area with a creative cocktail menu, Caribbean eats, DJ’s, and live events head to Castle.
Newark Local Beer is a craft brewery and taproom that offers beers and daily tours.
Expect to find a wide range of menu items to choose from including home-cooked Brazilian and Portuguese cuisine as well as live music and entertainment on weekends at SideLine sports bar.
Local Drink Specials
Visit these bars with drink specials near you to buy cheaper alcohol and your wallet will thank you:
- Lit 21 at 1034 McCarter Hwy
- The City Lounge & Restaurant at 225 Washington St
- A & R Lounge at 610 S 10th St
Lit 21 serve a variety of foods as well as cocktails, frozen drinks, and beer with good drink specials in Newark from 3pm to 7pm Tuesday through Friday.
The City Lounge & Restaurant is an upscale bar and lounge that serves great cocktails and bites with local liquor specials every Monday through Friday from 6pm to 10pm.
You can buy two shots and get one free every Wednesday from 8pm to 11pm during the happy hours at A & R Lounge.
We have tried to mention any time a bar near you has drink specials to save you money on liquor all throughout the post so don’t only focus on this section.
Trivia, Quiz & Game Nights
There are some bars with local trivia, quiz, and game nights like:
McGoverns Tavern has bar quiz nights in your area every first Wednesday of the month from 6pm to 8pm plus they provide drink specials from 4pm to 7pm Monday through Friday.
Dance, Karaoke & Live Music
Anyone that wants to dance, listen to live music, and sing karaoke can head to:
- Allure Lounge at 417 Halsey St
- Pour Abbey’s Bar & Grill at 107 Hawkins St
- La Rouge at 972 Broad St
- Oasis Bar & Restaurant at 184 Elm St
- QXT’s Night Club at 248 Mulberry St
You will find live music and dancing at Allure Lounge from 9pm to 3am every Saturday.
Pour Abbey’s Bar & Grill offers great food, drinks, and services with a live event twist every Thursday at 10pm.
La Rouge is a great bar for live music near you along with gourmet dining and airy surrounds with modern accents, a full bar, and live jazz.
You can get drinks and delicious Hispanic dishes at Oasis which is a fun bar with music and karaoke in Newark and you should visit every Thursday from 9pm to 3am.
QXT’s Night Club is New Jersey’s longest running alternative dance club offering a variety of musical genres including alternative, EDM, new wave, 80s, 90s, industrial, dark wave, Goth, punk, and rock.
Other fun local bars for music lovers from other sections include Bar Vanquish NJ and SideLines.
You might also want to read our posts on:
- All Kinds Of Bars In NYC
- All Kinds Of Bars In Philadelphia
- All Kinds Of Bars In Baltimore
- All Kinds Of Bars In Washington DC
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Newark
After reading all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available near you. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke in your area.
If you think we got anything incorrect or notice us listing any venues that are no longer open please tell us in the comments so we can keep this info as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Newark.