One of the best things about the Thanksgiving holiday is seeing the return of friends who have long since scattered far and wide. This year, host a homecoming celebration out on the town, and catch up with the old crew. Looking for the perfect venue? We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 New Jersey bars that Uber riders frequented over Turkey Day in 2016 based on anonymized trip data. You can’t go wrong with one of these hip, happening spots.
New Jersey bars to visit on Thanksgiving Eve
1. Iron Bar
Nightly drink specials abound from 3pm to 8pm at Iron Bar, a spacious, 2-level venue with brick walls, wooden ceilings, and a great sound system. New Jersey’s longest bar serves up mean cocktails and a wide selection of local, domestic, and import brews. Giant screen TVs ensure you don’t miss a minute of the game, and later on, live bands and DJs keep the party going.
When: Tue – Fri, 3pm – 2am; Sat – Sun, 12pm – 2am
Where: 5 South St, Morristown
This homey, happening bar is a feast for the eyes, featuring wildly eclectic decor highlighting vintage tools, musical instruments, signs, and other curious bric-a-brac. Brick walls and wood floors lend a warm and cozy vibe, a great place to settle in with good friends for a night of reveling and reminiscing.
When: Daily, 11am – 2am
Where: 208 Main St, Asbury Park
Casual fare and an endless flow of beer keep Texas Arizona patrons happily cavorting into the wee hours of the morning. Happy hour specials include $3 domestic pints, $5 Absolut, and $15 pitchers of sangria. Live music on Thursdays and DJs on the weekends get you moving and grooving to your favorite tunes.
When: Daily, 11:30am – 2am
Where: 76 River St, Hoboken
Live music keeps you swinging and swaying on the dance floor at The Cornerstone, where every night has something special in the works, whether it’s Poker Night or Country Night. Serving up a mess of comfort food made with high quality ingredients and lots of love, this is a casual, easy-going place to hole up with your besties for dinner, drinks, and dancing.
When: Mon – Sat, 11am – 3am; Sun, 11am – 12am
Where: 84 Broadway, Hillsdale
This Irish pub and restaurant is a sports bar during the week and a nightclub on the weekends. Live music, DJs, karaoke, and bar games offer plenty of options for entertainment, and good old American fare with Irish accents keeps you in the eats whenever hunger strikes.
When: Mon – Fri, 11am – 2am; Sat – Sun, 10am – 2am
Where: 41-43 Morris St, Morristown
Day of the Dead decor and a Mexican menu get the fiesta going at Cadillac Cantina. A fun, festive atmosphere promises a lively night of partying with good friends. Tequila flows like water here, and the margaritas are to die for. Street tacos and other south-of-the-border fare feed your hunger, and happy hour drink specials make this night out easy on your wallet.
When: Mon – Wed, 3pm – 2am; Thu – Fri, 11am – 3am; Sat – Sun, 10am – 3am
Where: 80 River St, Hoboken
The show stopper at this old-school tavern is the beautiful antique bar lit from above with Edison bulbs. Here, you can order delicious pub fare, including colossal gourmet burgers, and wash ’em down with handcrafted cocktails and craft beers. Live DJs keep the party going until they kick you out at closing time.
When: Sat – Thu, 11am – 2am; Fri, 11am – 3am
Where: 70 Hudson St, Hoboken
8. Egan & Sons
This Irish pub is a cozy neighborhood joint where you can fill up on classic fare, including burgers and pizza. Choose from an extensive beer, wine, and cocktail list featuring plenty of exciting and rare selections. This is a friendly, welcoming place to celebrate the holiday and laugh it up with with your compadres.
When: Mon, 12pm -2am; Tue, 12pm – 10:30pm; Wed – Fri, 12pm – 2am; Sat – Sun, 12pm – 12am
Where: 118 Walnut St, Montclair
9. The Downtown
2 floors of fun await you at The Downtown, featuring live bands and DJs that keep the tunes coming and the dance party going. The upscale menu includes sushi and classic pub grub like huge, gourmet burgers and wraps, and the casual decor and friendly staff invite you to stick around and make yourself at home.
When: Mon – Fri, 11:30am – 1:30am; Sat – Sun, 11am – 1:30am
Where: 10 W Front St, Red Bank
Despite its enormous bar and spacious digs, P.J. Whelihan’s has an intimate vibe that’s laid back early on but gets wilder as the night goes on. Start the night out right with a mess of wings, P.J.’s specialty, or order up a gourmet burger and a bowl of hot ‘n’ delicious chili. Later on, live music gets you swinging and swaying to the beats until the wee hours call you home.
When: Mon – Thu, 11am – 2am; Fri – Sat, 11am – 3pm; Sun, 11am – 12am
Where: 1854 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill
Thanksgiving is all about family, but Thanksgiving Eve is all about friends. No matter where you are in New Jersey, head out and hit the town for some pre-Thanksgiving celebrating with the people you’re proud to call your pals.