We brought you our favorite iconic Jersey Shore restaurants that have been serving us delicious food without fail for over 30 years, now we really couldn’t leave those serving us cold drinks out could we? That’s why we compiled a list of our favorite iconic Jersey Shore pubs in Monmouth and Ocean County that have been with us for 20 plus years.
They’ve been there for the good and the bad, never once complaining when we ask for another round. We can always count on these iconic Jersey Shore pubs to be there with the doors wide open, frosty brews, friendly smiles, and of course, some good pub grub. Cheers to these iconic Jersey Shore pubs that we could have never made it without!
Iconic Jersey Shore Pubs
1840: The Globe Bar and Restaurant, Red Bank
Located in a converted 19th-century inn, The Globe Hotel was a full-fledged inn that housed travels during their long trips. Today, The Globe Bar and Restaurant in Red Bank is still offering a seat for weary, thirsty, and hungry locals. It’s an iconic Jersey Shore pub that’s not only famous for being a sports bar, but it’s also home to “The Globe Burger.”
1868: The Dublin House, Red Bank
The Dublin House in Red Bank has been sitting in its current location since 1868 where it was used as a resting place for one of Red Bank’s earliest lawyers. Now, it’s pretty much guaranteed that on any given day of the week this 175 year old building is packed with locals enjoying a beer, some food, and live music… you can count on that!
1878: The Parker House, Sea Girt
At some point in your life, especially if you’re a Jersey Shore local, you have waited in line to get in The Parker House in Sea Girt. For the past 137 years, they’ve been guaranteeing good times and fine food in this beautiful converted Victorian beach home. Relax with a cocktail on the porch bar, dine inside, or check out the basement tavern where live rock and acoustic bands have been gathering for over a century.
1919: Murphy’s Tavern, Rumson
Owners Heather Vena and Robb McMahon have continued the tradition of what could be considered one of the original speakeasies of the Jersey Shore. Opening their doors (most likely) the day after the 18th Amendment was ratified which forbade the sale of alcohol. This convenience location near the discreet Navesink River provided rumrunners and smugglers opportunity to make sure the patrons who frequented Murphy’s were able to order their libations. Now, they continue the tradition almost 100 years later (especially with their Manhattan).
1930s: Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park
Yes, it’s a bowling alley, but Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park is way more than just that. Packed full of history, Asbury Lanes has witnessed everything from fires to hurricanes and the 1970s riots. Still standing, this popular local hang out is known as being one of the most iconic Jersey Shore pubs with one of the liveliest music scenes that come with a dash of some undead guests.
1942: Val’s Tavern, Rumson
Not only has Val’s Tavern been going strong since 1942, but so has their Lobster Pie, which has been a staple of this Jersey Shore iconic pub for 60 years. Now more of a restaurant, Val’s Tavern in Rumson proves that tradition (when it’s a good tradition), knows no ending.
1949: Kelly’s Tavern, Neptune City
Before the parkway had been built, Ed and Mabel Kelly opened Kelly’s and over 60 years later, what was once a small business turned into an iconic Jersey Shore pub and tavern that is a pillar in the local community. Kelly’s Tavern in Neptune City is rich with Irish heritage, just the way the Kelly’s wanted it to be, which means making it a true family tradition for burgers, beers, and yes, Rueben’s.
1974: The Stone Pony, Asbury Park
If you don’t know about The Stone Pony, you just need to go. We can only tell you that it’s one of the world’s best known music venues since 1974 and may be best known for its roots with The Boss himself. It’s a pub, it’s a bar, it’s a rockin’ good time no matter what age you are.
1975: Nip-N-Tuck Bar & Grill, Long Branch
This neighborhood favorite has been a staple for over 40 years. Garnering its name from “taking a nip of a drink and tucking the bottle under your arm,” Nip-N-Tuck Bar & Grill in Long Branch has a no frills attitude reminiscent of an episode of Cheers. No matter if you’re a local or not, you’ll be sure to feel like one.
1977: The Sawmill, Seaside Park
Starting out as just another pizza joint on the Seaside Boardwalk in 1977, The Sawmill soon created quite an impression and a tradition when they made their 27” Jumbo Sawmill Pizza – earning the title as the biggest pizza on the boardwalk.
1979: Hudson House Bar, Beach Haven
What can we say about this tiny little bar hidden in the houses of Beach Haven? If you’re lucky enough to find it, you may be lucky enough. Set inside an old house, the Hudson House Bar is a good place to start and end your night with a game of shuffleboard and a cold beer.
1981: Rod’s Olde Irish Tavern, Sea Girt
Step into Rod’s Olde Irish Tavern in Sea Girt and it’s like stepping back in time to a turn of the century saloon. Locals have been entering these doors since 1981 for all your favorite American classic bar foods and seafood specialties and we’re sure they’ll just keep coming.
1983: Walt Street Pub, Red Bank
When you’re looking for an iconic Jersey Shore pub that’s got good grub along with cold beers, the Walt Street Pub in Red Bank is worth a visit (or ten). Family owned since 1983, you can order anything from burgers to the “best buffalo wings in town.” Just be careful of the killer death sauce!
1985: McIntyre’s Pub, Toms River
This future iconic Jersey Shore pub has been a member of the community for over 30 years. Just opened up in their new location in Toms River, McIntyre’s Pub continues to bring the locals exactly what they’re looking for in a classic Irish pub.
1995: Woody’s Roadside Tavern, Farmingdale
The motto of Woody’s Tavern in Farmingdale says it all, “once you find us… you’ll never leave us.” It may sound a bit Hotel California, but they’ve backed up their case with tasty food, friendly staff, and a neighborhood feel that just gets friendlier as the beers are poured.
Early 1930’s: The Idle Hour Bar and Grill, Pt. Pleasant Beach
Cold beer. Happy locals. Bar food. That’s the equation that The Idle Hour Bar and Grill have been running on ever since they opened their doors and it’s definitely working. Grab a beer with the locals after work and stay for wings. We’re not saying it’s fancy, but it will definitely do!
1973: Barnacle Bill’s, Rumson
Ask anyone in the area about where one of their favorite iconic Jersey Shore pubs are and most likely 9 out of 10 will say Barnacle Bill’s. This casual bar sits on the rivers of the Navesink and feels like you’re walking below deck. Top it off with their famous burger and you’ve got a date with history (without the peanuts, which we still reminisce about).
1981: Brighton Bar, Long Branch
A favorite of locals and Monmouth University students, Brighton Bar in Long Branch’s West End always serves up original music and pork roll. It’s a night of Jersey’s finest musicians with Jersey’s finest meat product.
Early 1980’s: Ron’s West End Pub, Long Branch
You may have passed by Ron’s West End Pub in Long Branch’s West End and thought, that house is still standing? The answer is yes, it is and we’re happy it’s standing strong. Ron’s offers a rustic beach vibe a few blocks off the beach. They offer everything from board games to Cherry Bombs. The’re bringing back the oldies that never went out of style.