Central New Jersey Live music venues

Some of the 167 active venues below may be solo, duo or trio only gigs. Some don't operate November 1st thru March 1st (shore region). Central is defined as the region around Rt 80 as the northern border & Rt 195 as the southern border. There are a few clubs missing & possibly some errors or duplication.otoolemp@yahoo.com

microphone icon = Open Mic Night hosted regularly. Some locations are only acoustic guitar with a small, vocal only pa system for solo-duo A few marked with this icon also do full bands, either monthly or weekends only (ask!)

When an ownership/name change occurs it's VERY rare for the street address or town to change! If you don't see a club you think should be here perhaps it is here (below) as it's old existence! If it is send me the update: Mikeotoolemp@yahoo.com


22 West Tap & Grill
1601 US Route 22
Bridgewater, NJ 08805
(732) 627-5012 (was The Office B&G)


54 Main Bar & Grill
54 Main Street
Madison, NJ 07940
(973) 966-0252


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618 Park Avenue (Business Route 33)
Freehold, NJ 07728
(732) 577-0001 was Park Ave Bistro & Lounge/Park 33


Adelphia
1750 Clements Bridge Road
Deptford, NJ 08096
(856) 845-8200


Al Cibelli's Bar & Grill
1096 Convery Blvd
Perth Amboy, New Jersey, NJ 08861
(732) 826-6428


Ale House Tavern & Tap
1899 Route 35 South
Sayreville, NJ 08879
(732) 707-3966 (was PUB 35)


American Spirits Roadhouse
1090 State Route 173
Asbury, NJ & 08802
(908) 735.0101


The Ark Pub & Eatery
401 Route 35 North / Sea Avenue
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
(732) 295-1122


Bar A
703-5 16th Avenue
Lake Como, NJ 07719
(732) 681-7422


Bar Cilento
37 Plainfield Road
Stirling, NJ 07980
(908) 647-2272 (was Barton's Pub)


Bayliners Waterfront Bar & Grill
2 Beachway Avenue
Keansburg, NJ 07734
CLOSED


The Beach Bar and Grill
28 Boardwalk
Seaside Heights NJ 08751
(732) 830-7700


Beachcomber Bar & Grill
100 Ocean Terrace & Dupont Avenue
Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
(732) 793-0526


Beacon on the Bay
1 Willow Street
Highlands, NJ 07732
CLOSED


Bello's Pub
1 Roosevelt Boulevard
Parlin, NJ 08859
(732) 721-3331 (was Beacon St Grill)


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Bernie's
125 Hillside Road
Chester, NJ 07930
(908) 879-7120


Big Heads
315 US 206 Suite 502
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
(908) 281-0268 (was Joey G's B & G)


Big Nose Kate's Saloon
2484 Arthur Kill Road
Staten Island, NY 10309
(718) 227-3282


Biggies Clam Bar
430 Route 17 South
Carlstadt, NJ 07072
(201) 933-4000 (was Jay-Dee's P&G)


Big Shots!
780 Route 1 North
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
(732) 750-5050


Black River Barn
1178 Route 10 West
Randolph, NJ 07869
(973) 598-9988


Blue Moon
114 S Broadway
South Amboy, NJ 08879
(732) 525-0014


Blue Rock Cafe
522 Amboy Road
Keyport, New Jersey 07735
(732) 583-7699


Bogart's Lounge APA Hotel
120 Wood Avenue South
Iselin, NJ 08830
(732) 494-6200 (was Hilton Woodbridge)


Bogey's Sports Pub
103 Valley Road
Clifton, NJ 07013
(973) 523-4653


(The Historic) Bound Brook Hotel
507 East Main Street
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
(732) 947-0371


Brass Rail Bar & Grill
89 Freneau Avenue aka RT 79
Matawan, NJ 07747
(732) 290-8400


Brewster's Pub Bar & Grill
529 US Highway 130
East Windsor, NJ
(609) 448-8012


Brown Stone Bar & Grill
932 Middlesex Avenue
Metuchen, NJ 08840
(732) 902-2741 (was Metuchen B&G)


Burlew's Seafood & Steak
59 West Front Street
Keyport, NJ 07735
(732) 497-0500 (was Bulkhead B&G)


Butch Knowal's Tavern
950 Saint Georges Avenue
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 574-8457


The Buttonwood Manor
845 Route 34
Matawan, NJ 08835
(732) 566-6220


Cabanas Restaurant & Lounge
500 Ernston Road & Route 9
Parlin, NJ 08859
(732) 654-5706


The Cabin Restaurant
980 Route 33
Freehold, NJ 07728
(732) 462-3090


Cafe 34 Bistro
787 Route 34
Matawan, NJ
CLOSED


Cafe Z
2333 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
(908) 686-4321


Cagney's Pub & Restaurant
3276 Washington Road
Parlin, NJ 08859
(732) 525-5586


Carucci's Italian Restaurant
495 Saddle River Road
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
(201) 909-0611


Centro Night Club
2090 Route 35
South Amboy, NJ 08879
(732) 313-6256
CLOSED


The Chapter House
1454 Rt 9 South
Howell, NJ 07731
(732) 462-0056


Chevy's
1036 Cedarbridge Avenue
Brick, NJ 08723
(732) 262-0695


Christopher's Pub & Grille
(Howard Johnson's Hotel)
955 Hooper Avenue
Toms River NJ 08753


City Grind Coffee Shop
11 North Avenue East
Cranford, NJ 07016
CLOSED


City Streets Cafe!
510 Route 130 South
East Windsor, NJ 08520
(609) 426-9400


The Colorado Cafe
154 Bonnie Burn Road
Watchung, NJ 07069

CLOSED


Colts Neck Inn Hotel
6 County Road 537 West
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
(732) 462-0383


Connies Night Club
1899 Route 35
Sayreville, NJ

CLOSED 2/2010 (later Pub 35)


Corner Pub & Grille
115 North Feltus Street
South Amboy, NJ
CLOSED (aka Freddy's SA Pub)


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The Court Tavern
124 Church Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 246-7824


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The Crossroads
78 North Avenue
Garwood, NJ 07027
(908) 232-5666


The Crows Nest
309 Vincent Ave & Route 17 S
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 342-5445


Cryan's Irish B&G CLOSED '10
1270 Route 28
North Branch NJ 08876

Reopened as Willie McBrides II


Damiani's Oven (was Sal's Pizzaria & Rest)
220 Triangle Road Suite 230 (CVS Plaza)
Hillsborough, New Jersey, NJ 08844
(908) 369-6944


Delicious Heights
185 Madisonville Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
(908) 766-9499 (was Bamboo Grille)


Deltas Restaurant
19 Dennis Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 249-1551


Dexter's
92 Route 23 North
Riverdale, NJ 07457

CLOSED 2/2009


Dillinger's Pub & Grille
349 Hazel Street
Clifton, NJ
CLOSED


Dingbatz
620 Van Houten Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07013
(973) 471-1145


Donovan's Reef (beach bar)
1171 Ocean Avenue
Sea Bright, NJ 07760
(732) 842-8646


Downtown Cafe
8 West Front Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 741-7004


Dragonfly Music & Coffee Cafe microphone icon
14 East Main Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 393-4993


Drewby's Grill Pub
16 South Main Street
Manville, NJ 08835
(908) 685-7125


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Dublin Pub
4 Pine Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 538-1999


Ellery's Grill
701 Lincoln Blvd
Middlesex, NJ 08846
(732) 356-2444


The Emerson Hotel
31 Emerson Plaza East
Emerson, NJ 07630
(201) 262-7557

Erini Restaurant & Bar
1140 River Road (Route 29)
Ewing, NJ
(609) 882-0303 (no longer has live music)


Espresso Joe's
50 West Front Street
Keyport, NJ 07735
(732) 203-9499


The Exchange
160 Main Street
Rockaway, NJ 07866
(973) 627-8488


Famished Frog
14 Washington Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 540-9601


Fire House Pub & Eatery
455 Saint George Avenue
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 382-9500


The Franklin Steakhouse
318 Passaic Avenue
Fairfield, NJ 07004
(973) 808-9400


Freddie's South Amboy Pub
115 North Feltus Street
South Amboy, NJ 08879
CLOSED


Freddy's Sports Bar & Grill
149 Pierce Street
Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 356-3334 (no longer has live music)


Giamano’s Restaurant
301 Main Street
Bradley Beach, New Jersey 07720
(732) 775-4275


Gladstone Tavern
273 Main Street
Gladstone, NJ 07934
(908) 234-9055


Kilroy's Sports Bar
645 Washington Avenue
Carlstadt, NJ
CLOSED (was Grasshopper Also)


Glo Ultra Lounge & Tequila Bar
367 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
(732) 261-4044


Grasshopper Off The Green
41-43 Morris Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 285-5150


The Grasshopper
292 Grove Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
(973) 239-1189


Grasshopper Too
26 Erie Avenue
Wayne, NJ 07470
(973) 696-9698


Great Notch Inn
4OO Route 46 West
Little Falls, NJ 07424
(973) 256-7742


Green Knoll Grille Restaurant
645 Route 202/206
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 526-7090


Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley Street
Orange, NJ
(862) 252-9147


The Headliner
1401 State Highway 35 South
Neptune NJ 07753
(732) 775-6200


Horseneck Tavern
11 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
(973).287.6850


Huddy's Inn
20 County Road 537 East
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
(732) 431-0194


Illusions Nite Club
3995 Amboy Road
Staten Island, NY 10308
CLOSED


Irving Inn
1449 Irving Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(908).285.2530 (only duo-solo/jazz acts)


Ivy Stone Diner
875 Route 1 South
Iselin NJ 08830
(732) 510-7280


Jenkinson's Night Club
300 Boardwalk
Pt Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
732-899-0569


Joey McBride's Pub microphone icon
1145 McBride Avenue
Woodland Park (W. Paterson), NJ 07424
(973) 256-3778 (ex West Side B&G)


Just Jakes
30 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 655-8987?


KC's Korner
100 Oak Tree Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
(908) 757-5306


La Havana 59
110 Moonachie Avenue
Moonachie, NJ 07074
(201) 964-9515 (was Jimmy's Rock Cafe)


The Landing
311 Amwell Rd The Landing
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
(908) 281-1288


Langosta Lounge
1000 Ocean Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 455-3275


Laundromat Bar (23 and over)
4 Dehart Street
Morristown, New Jersey, NJ 07960
(973) 455-0200


Liberty Tavern Restaurant
633 King Georges Road
Fords, NJ 08863
732-738-4100


Long Valley Pub & Brewery
1 Fairmount Road
Long Valley, NJ 07853
(908) 876-1122


Lorenzo's   Hilton Garden Inn
1100 South Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 477-2400


The Mad Hatter Pub & Pizzeria
10 East Ocean Avenue
Sea Bright, NJ 07760
(732) 530-7861


Magee's West Side Tavern
2114 Route 88
Point Pleasant NJ 08742
(732) 892-1669


Mama Rosina's
350 East Main Street - Railroad Plaza
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
(732) 805-3377


Mannions Irish Pub
150 W Main St. (RT 28)
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 203-0700

Acoustic jams
Thursday evenings
6 pm to ~11 pm
Not an open mic,
everyone plays together.

The Marlin & The Ketch (seasonal)
529 Dock Road
Beach Haven, NJ 08008
(609) 492-3000


Mantoloking Road Pub
247 Mantoloking Road
Brick, NJ 08723
(732) 477-6000


Marlin's Cafe
1901 Ocean Avenue
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
(732) 714-8035


McCarthy's Bar and Grill
600 East Main Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
CLOSED (also Crossroads Pub)


McGillicuddy's Lakeside Taphouse
601 Main Street
Loch Arbour, NJ 07711
(732) 531-5555


McIntyre's Pub
1747 Hooper Ave (the Anchorage Plaza)
Toms River, NJ 08753
(732) 349-0420


McLynn's Irish Pub & Restaurant
250 Morris Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081
(973) 258-1600


Milanos
561 Van Houten Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07013
CLOSED


MJ's Pizza Bar & Grill
19 Summerhill Road
Spotswood, NJ 08884
(732) 251-7400 (was Cambridge Inn)


Mj's Restaurant Neptune
3205 Highway 66
Monmouth Beach, NJ 07753
(732) 918-9700


Moby Dick's
351 West Avenue
Sewaren, NJ 07077
(732) 634-7572


Molly Maguire's Irish Pub
1085 Central Avenue
Clark, NJ 07066
(732) 388-6511


Moore's Tavern
402 West Main Street
Freehold, NJ 07728
(732)-863-0555


Mount Holleran's Towne Tavern
450 North Beverwyck Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054
(973) 794-3366


Mulligan's Bar & Restaurant
203 Squankum Road
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
(732) 938-6166


Nardi's Tavern
11801 Long Beach Boulevard
Long Branch Township, NJ 08008
(609) 492-9538


Neshanic Inn
102 Woodfern Road
Neshanic Station, NJ 08853
(908) 369-4012 (aka Murphys/Crocodile)


Nip & Tuck Bar
23 Norwood Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 229-9760


Northside Lounge
100 Brooks Blvd
Manville, New Jersey 08835
(908) 722-7712


Norwood Inn
618 2nd Avenue
Avon By the Sea, NJ 07717
(732) 775-3900


The Office Beer Bar & Grill
61 Union Place — Next to train station
Summit, NJ 07901
CLOSED


The Old Bay Restaurant
61 Church Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 246-3111


Old Man Rafferty's - Hillsborough
284 US Hwy 206 S
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
(908)-904-9731


Ol' West BBQ
1316 Rt 31 North
Annandale, New Jersey 08801
CLOSED


The Old New York
2658 Highway 516
Old Bridge, NJ
CLOSED


The Orange Lantern
15 Firehouse Lane
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 652-4443

Osprey Nightclub
201 First Avenue
Manasquan, NJ 08736
(732) 528-1800


One-11
111 W. Main Street (Holiday Inn)
Clinton, NJ 08809
(908) 735-5111 (was Revolutions)


The Park Tap & Grill
3352 State Route 35
Hazlet, NJ 07730
(732) 739-2003 (was Legends Park East)


Pattenburg House microphone icon
512 Pattenburg Road (County Road 614)
Pattenburg, NJ 08802
(908) 735-2547


Paul's Tavern
1705 Main Street
Belmar, NJ 07719
732-894-9640


The Pind
4591 Route 27
Kingston, New Jersey, NJ 08528
(609) 947-9500


The Pine Tavern
199 Route 34 & Cottrell Road
Matawan, NJ 07747
(732) 727-5060


Princeton Triumph Brewing Co.
138 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 924-7855 (now has live music)


Pub 1850
1850 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753
732-279-1850 (was Mulligan's Pizza B & G)


PUB 46 Clifton
1081 RT 46 East
Clifton, NJ 07013
(973) 473-8184


Pourhouse 17
584 Ridge Road
North Arlington, NJ 07031

CLOSED


The Quay Restaurant & Marina
280 Ocean Avenue
Sea Bright, NJ 07760
(732) 741-7755


RaceZone
1194 Englishtown Road
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
CLOSED


Rails Steakhouse
10 Whitehall Road
Towaco, NJ 07082
(973) 335-0006


Rattlesnake Ranch Cafe
559 East Main Street
Denville, NJ
973-586-3800


Red Oak Diner & Lounge
2973 Rt 35 North
Hazlet, NJ 07730
CLOSED


Pop’s Place deli
493 Rahway Avenue
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
(732) 636-7329 (was Rugs & Riffys)


Red Lion Inn (Botazzi's)
2545 Hooper Avenue
Brick, NJ 08723
CLOSED


Red Oak Grille
579 Allen Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
(908) 781-9400


Recovery Room
65 Old Hook Road
Westwood, NJ 07675
(201) 666-7998 (was Burke's)


Rhythms Of The Night
729 South Main Street
Manville, NJ 08835
    CLOSED 12/2014


Ringside Pub
379 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
(973) 226-6781


River Rock Restaurant & Marina Bar
1600 Route 70 West
Brick, NJ 08724
(732) 840-1110


Rivolis.Grill and Chill Open Mic
8 Ramtown Greenville Road
Howell, NJ 07731
(732) 202-8927


Rest Stop Rejuvenate
21 Maple Avenue
Rockaway, NJ 07866
(973) 985-7548


Rho
50 Riverview Executive Park
Trenton, NJ 08611
(609) 393-7300 (was Katmandu)


Robin's Nest Rhythm & Blues microphone icon
3103 Tremley Point Road
Linden, NJ 07036
(908)275-3043


Rolf's Restaurant
65 Stirling Road
Warren, NJ 07059
908-754-5500


Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant
100 Ocean Avenue North
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 870-1200


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Roxy & Dukes
745 Bound Brook Road
Dunellen, NJ 08812
(732) 529-4464


Salt Creek Grille - Princeton
1 Rockingham Row
Princeton, NJ 07760
(609) 419-4200


Salt Creek Grille - Rumson
4 Bingham Avenue
Rumson, NJ 07760
(732) 933-9272


Season's Sports Bar & Restaurant
1630 Route 27
Edison, NJ
CLOSED 6/2010


The Shannon Rose
98 Kingsland Road
Clifton, NJ 07014
(973) 284-0200


The Shipwreck Grill
720 Ashley Avenue
Brielle, NJ 08730
(732) 292-9380


The Shannon Rose Woodbridge
Route 35 & US 1/9
Woodbridge, NJ
CLOSED


Shortways Barn
991 Goffle Road
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
(973) 423-9760


South Side Grille & Tavern
2-6 Main Street
South Bound Brook, NJ 08888
(732) 667-3727


Soho Lounge & Grill  Clarion Hotel
60 Cottontail Lane

Somerset, NJ 08873
(now Hooters of Somerset)


The Stage House Restaurant
366 Park Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
(908) 322-4224


The Stage House Tavern
1719 Amwell Road
Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 873-3990


Station Bar and Grill
99 Center Street
Garwood, NJ 07027
(908) 233-4455


Sticky Wicket
2465 South Broad Street
Hamilton, NJ 08610
(609) 439-0007


The Tap Room
200 Liberty Corner Road
Warren, NJ 07059
(908) 647-6700


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Thatcher McGhee's
53 Broadway
Denville, NJ 07834
(973) 586-3377 (was Fireside Rest.)


The Hub   Holiday Inn
36 Valley Road
Clark, NJ 07066
(732) 574-0100 (was Crowne Plaza)


The Saint
601 Main Street
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 245-0135


Tierney's Tavern microphone icon
136 Valley Road
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 744-9785


Tim Kerwin's Tavern
353 Bound Brook Road (Route 28)
Middlesex, NJ 08846
(908) 968-3805


Tommy Fox's
32 South Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
(201) 384-0900


Tommy's Inn
560 Monmouth Road
Millstone Township, NJ 08510
(732) 928-6600


Top O' Th' Hill
1182 US Highway 202/206
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 658-4256


Top Shelf Tavern
164 Somerset Street
North Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 757-5006


Tuscan Bistro Bar
1250 Hooper Avenue
Toms River NJ 08753
(732) 797-2570


Union Beach Social
910 Union Ave
Union Beach, NJ 07735
(732) 888-7722


The Valley Restaurant and Pub
59 East Mill Road
Long Valley, NJ 07853
(908) 876-0111


Vincent's at the King George Inn
181 Mount Bethel Road
Warren, NJ 07059
CLOSED


Walt Street Pub
180 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 741-5936


The Westbrook microphone icon
525 Talmadge Ave
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
(732) 356-9736


The Wharfside
101 Channel Drive
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
(732) 892-9100


Whiskey Cafe
1050 Wall Street
Lyndhurst, NJ
(201) 939-4889


Willie McBrides II
1270 Route 28
North Branch NJ 08876
(908) 722-1113 (was Cryan's B&G)


The Wonder Bar
5th and Ocean
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 502-8886


Woody's Roadside Tavern
105 Academy Street
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
(732) 938-6404


Zupko's
450 North Ave
Dunellen, NJ 08812
732-968-1020





Last updated August 9, 2017