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Aug 21, 2006 08:16 PM

Irish Pubs in Central NJ

Any recommendations for true-style Irish Pubs, with the banter as well as the grub being part of the fun? Must have the usual pub-grub (cheese and onions, ploughman's lunch, shepard's pie, etc.). Closer to South Brunswick, the better. Thanks.

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  1. I know this is not close to you but, The Grasshopper in Carlstadt is a lot of fun! They usually have Irish bands on Sunday. The have other locations, too but this is the only one I know of. Also the Harp and Bard in Clifton is another fun place. I know they are all North Jersey, but they are owned by Irish families and the food is a good compariosn to Ireland. (I have been to Ireland 5 times.)

    Unfortunatly, there are not too many places by you...or me in Monmouth County. If I think of more, I will let you know!

    1. Not near South Brunswick, but certainly worth the drive, is St. James Gate on Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood. Beautiful pub with a dining room where the food is not bad, good selection of beers on tap, and a true pub atmosphere in a state where that is not easy to find. Sunday afternoons there is a regular traditional Irish music session, now on hiatus for the summer, but should be picking up again in September or October--it is one of the best in Jersey (yours truly is one of the musicians who regularly shows up and plays there).


      1. Try Briody's in the Rumson/FairHaven area.

        1. My first choice would be Kelly's in Neptune City, NJ. Large, oval bar with the map of Ireland on the ceiling. Phenomenal Bloody Mary's and a great menu of bar food, sandwiches, dinners, and specials. I've been going there for over 20 years now.

          1. Molly Maguires has great food.. Its located in Clark..