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St Patrick's Day/Looking for best Irish Bar/Resaurant

debbiemazzie Mar 2, 2012 08:39 PM

Hi, I want to blog about local North Jersey Irish bars/restaurants for my blow www.northjerseyfoodies.com. Already know about Grasshopper too, Clover Leaf. Not really familiar with many others in North Jersey. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    Itsajerseything RE: debbiemazzie Mar 2, 2012 09:05 PM

    Shannon Rose located in the Clifton Commons, Clifton New Jersey

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      debbiemazzie RE: Itsajerseything Mar 2, 2012 09:14 PM

      Thanks. Is it a chain or privately owned?

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        Itsajerseything RE: debbiemazzie Mar 2, 2012 09:20 PM

        Its a chain. The Harp and Bard in Clifton is a private pub.

    2. Curlz RE: debbiemazzie Mar 3, 2012 10:49 AM

      Egan and Sons in Montclair (and a smaller one in W. Orange) is privately owned.

      And I'm pretty sure that Shannon Rose is a privately-owned 'chain' (with 2 locations, iirc)

      1. PuniceaRana RE: debbiemazzie Mar 3, 2012 11:24 AM

        In no particular order:

        Hennesssey's In Morristown,
        The Quiet Man in Dover,
        The Dublin Pub in Morristown,
        Blackthorn Restaurant & Irish Pub in Kenilworth,
        Claddah in Highlands,
        Cryan's in S. Orange,
        St. Jame's Gate Publick House in Maplewood,
        Shenanigan's in Rockaway,
        Thatcher McGee's in Denville,
        Collins Bar in Morris Plains
        Dublin House in Red Bank.
        The Auld Sheben, Whippany
        The Shannon Rose, Clifton (they have 2 other locations as well)
        Mannions in Somerville

        I am now off to ponder over why I know so many Irish Pubs.....

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          debbiemazzie RE: PuniceaRana Mar 3, 2012 07:15 PM

          Great list! Thanks so much. Love the Dublin Pub. Totally forgot that one.

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            riverman18 RE: PuniceaRana Mar 4, 2012 09:42 AM

            Great list, Punicea!

            Haven't been there in a while, is Molly Maguire's still around?

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              sivyaleah RE: PuniceaRana Mar 17, 2012 11:29 AM

              Flynn's Irish Pub & Steakhouse in Rahway.

            2. riverman18 RE: debbiemazzie Mar 4, 2012 10:10 AM

              Molly Maguire's, Clark

              Kilkenny House, Cranford

              Molly Malone's, Whippany - same owners as the Dublin Pub. If memory serves they had a third place in Wharton, not sure if it's still there.

              P.S. Sorry about the double post.

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                albinoni RE: debbiemazzie Mar 5, 2012 01:26 PM

                Just bear in mind that any place even remotely identifiable as Irish will be a madhouse on St. Patrick's Day--even if the place is good, the food on March 17 may not be.

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                  bifpocaroba RE: debbiemazzie Mar 6, 2012 10:42 AM

                  O'Neil's, Bloomfield Ave, Verona

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                    coldbeer RE: bifpocaroba Mar 6, 2012 10:48 AM

                    Jump right in the thick of it and hit McGovern's in Newark.

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                      Curlz RE: coldbeer Mar 6, 2012 04:48 PM

                      Yes, yes, YES!!! McGovern's is a LOT of fun. Particularly insane on 3/17, of course, but if you want a REAL Irish bar, go!

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                        bifpocaroba RE: Curlz Mar 7, 2012 04:17 AM

                        agreed with Coldy...McGovern's is a must.

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                    wehungthedj RE: debbiemazzie Mar 8, 2012 02:03 PM

                    McDonaghs in Keyport has the best Irish pub food, maybe ever. Also, Murray MacGregor's in Rumson.

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                      mmhanigan RE: wehungthedj Mar 9, 2012 10:02 AM

                      Murray MacGregor's is now Molly Maguire's Black Point Inn. Just opened last week, I went last night. Live music was good, nice mixed crowd, old and young, Food was a disappointment. Fish n chips were the frozen kind, chips were ok, and the lamb stew was overpowered with thyme and swimming in grease. I really wanted to like this place, but I should check out McDonaghs.

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                        hotdoglover RE: mmhanigan Mar 11, 2012 04:54 AM

                        Gaffer's in West Orange is good for beer and they make a fine burger.

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                          cke25 RE: mmhanigan Mar 11, 2012 07:14 AM

                          In the Red Bank area, I prefer the Dublin House: http://www.thedublinhouse.net/. Not the best, but good for an occasional visiit. I too prefer McDonagh's in Keyport: http://www.mcdonaghs.com/. The food is a step above most other places claiming to serve authentic Irish dishes.

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                          arpad RE: wehungthedj Mar 17, 2012 12:24 PM

                          Definitely MacDonaghs !!!

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                          LEOFONT RE: debbiemazzie Mar 12, 2012 04:05 PM

                          A new place in Branchburg of Rt. 22 west....Willie McBrides"

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                            coachrbc RE: debbiemazzie Mar 17, 2012 12:11 PM

                            Burkes in westwood
                            Davey's in Montvale

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