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Nov 9, 2011 12:18 PM

Unique Cocktails in NJ

Just looking to see if anyone has recommendations or even knows of any bars/restaurants/lounges that offer unique and/or traditional cocktails in NJ. I know I could go to Death & Co (E.Village) or the Clover Club (Brooklyn), but I would like to know about places that are local.

Maybe barrel aged cocktails, Sidecars, home made bitters & ingredients, something along those lines.

I love this place in Houston, Anvil Bar & Refuge, really cool place, each bartender gets his own station and they make precise unique drinks. They're trying to preserve the concept of the cocktail


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  1. I don't know if it's quite there, but I was impressed by what I saw at Bar Cara (Bloomfield) recently...

    Bar Cara
    1099 Broad St, Bloomfield, NJ 07003

    1. Not sure what area you're looking for, but if it's north, go see Andrew at Park West Tavern in Ridgewood.

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      1. re: tommy

        I'm in North Jersey (Bergen County) but I would totally be willing to travel within 25 miles of 07075. Thanks

      2. Not sure where your located but here are a couple you might like in Jersey City. Bar Majestic has nice cocktails and drinks, also has an interesting wine list.

        LITM is a bit different, combining art and alcohol :) Fun drinks, less interesting wine list.

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        1. If you're talking about going out in the City then this is certainly a hike for you... But if you ever find yourself over in the New Brunswick area definitely check out the bar at Catherine Lombardi. They do it the right way, I can assure you that. Also, if you're ever in the Princeton area Elements has a very interesting cocktail list. The only problem there is that they don't have much of a bar (only 4 stools), it's more of a 4-star restaurant that serves interesting drinks.

          Catherine Lombardi
          3 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

          1. Clydz in New Brunswick, Avenue in Long Branch

            55 Paterson St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901