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Best bars for dinner

So my hubby and I went to Bond Street bar last night. We had a great time, though it is slightly divey. We had the wings which were delish and the pork roll fries. A salad for me and a bite or two ( or three, let's be honest) of his burger and onion rings, and we were set. Two beers and a jar( that is how it was served) of wine completed the meal. Altogether a fun night. So I ask, where else can we go to have a fun and yummy meal like this????

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    1. re: Tapas52

      Thanks. We went there a couple weeks ago. Fun place too. Decidedly nicer as well!!!!

        1. re: Tapas52

          Thanks. I'll have to put that on my list.

    2. I've only had the wings at Kim Marie's in Asbury but they were good. Dark bar so could be worth your visit. Not as divey as Bond Street but I love Bond Street because it is divey

      1. Bond st. is rocking a really impressive yummy/price ratio. I honestly don't think anyone else is serving up the caliber of their food for less money.

        Right around the corner from Bond St is Clancy's, which has a larger selection of food and some seriously good dinner specials.

        I always go with a Genessee (2$/pint) and get me a prime rib dinner. It's like 18 bucks and comes with soup and salad or something.

        On...Tuesdays or Thursday nights they have what may be the best burger deal in all of Monmouth county - a big fat juicy burger with any three toppings of your choice for 5 bucks. Last time I went I got one with bacon, ham, and pork roll as toppings. For 5 bucks. That's just awesome.

        Main St. on 35 has similar burger deals on Mondays and Wednesdays.

        On Sunday nights (call to check, this seems to change from time to time) head over to UVA in Bradley for all night happy hour, where their excellent bar menu specials are good all night for 5$ a pop-ish. They also have 1/2 price pizza on Mondays and 1/2 price pasta on Tuesdays.

        If you want divier, go to the liquor store in Middlebrook for some cheap drinks and even cheaper food. Bear in mind everything they're serving up is frozen shit fried up to order. I don't know why but I just love this place.

        Perhaps my favorite place to drink and eat is Jack's in Long Branch. Get yourself some ribs, steak bites, clam strips and garlic wings. If you can make it there on Wednesday before 7 you can order the wings at their happy hour price (40c), get some dollar beers, then transition into their excellent Wednesday night special of 3$ for any pint (LOTs of craft beers on their list). It doesn't get any better than this.

        Avenue does all night happy hour on Fridays, where you can kick back with some cocktails and tasty food.

        Finally, depending on what your concept of "dinner" is...Paradise on Mondays has dollar drinks and a free nacho bar after 11.

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        1. re: joonjoon

          Joonjoon, thanks for such a great response. Lots of nice choices. Divey is only the way I described it, not the requirement. After having countless dinners sitting at a 2 or 4 top, the bar is my new fav.

          1. re: Tartgirl

            I think "divey" is the perfect description for Bond Street. It's got a "cultivated dive" vibe, if you will. Like a pretty, Hollywood starlet who decides to wander Manhattan without make-up, hair in a pony tail, wearing a hat, precriptionless glasses, and somebody else's dirty clothes. Something tells me you're probably not looking for the Cameo Bar's "Breakfast Special": three fingers of rail vodka and a bag of chips - no questions asked and no eye contact allowed.

            And joon, you may have actually found a grown-up use for the word "yummy". Brilliant turn of phrase. Maybe adopt a ten point scale for the ratio? E.g. Bond Street = 7/3, Bar Nicholas = 8.75/8, etc.

            1. re: MGZ

              Haha thanks MGZ, IMO it's the most important ratio of dining!

              Tartgirl, report back and let us know if you find anything else good!

              1. re: MGZ

                Although this thread is specifically requesting Best Bar's for Dinner, based on Joon's and MGZ's new yummy/price point scale I have a recommendation for this new scale. I offer Johnny Mac's Sunday "Brunch" as a 7/10 on the yummy/price scale, I don't care who or what you say their omelette station is good, as good as any others out there, and it's FREE!! So a 7 for yummy and a 10 for price/value*!!

                * you are required to have an omelette ticked for your "free" omelette which requires you to purchase a $3.00 Bloody Mary or Mimosa, so technically you are paying $3.00 for your drink & free omelette. Still one hell of a value.......although I will admit after 12 bloody Mary's and 6 omelette's you might hit the brunch "wall".

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  Johnny Mac's Sunday Omelette is really unbeatable. Since it's free it would break the yum/price ratio. Infinity!

                  I thought I was a heavy drinker...man I'd really like to see you knock down 12 marys.

                  Oh, I forgot a couple other bars I enjoy eating at:

                  Ninos in Ocean. They have a really good happy hour (though it ends at 6 :( ). Half price apps at the bar. And they're all excellent. I usually get the sausage & rabe, clams, and spicy wings.

                  And if you're in the mood for some cheap shitty but mysteriously delicious steak, head over to Kelly's for their 12$ recession special. 10oz steak for 12 bucks is always a good time if you ask me. People also seem to rave about their Reuben.

          2. I'll just duck now, but I prefer dining at the bar at Porta over sitting at the regular tables..,

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            1. re: Curlz

              If you hadn't said it, I would have. Porta is indeed a very good spot for a "bar dinner".

            2. Barnacle Bill's in Rumson is comfortable and if you get a seat by the window in the barroom the view is good .
              I like MccDonaghs in Keyport... live Irish music on some weekends and a low key family atmosphere but I would give it a miss when there's a big game on ... it gets noisy .

              1. Barnacle Bill's in Rumson is comfortable and if you get a seat by the window in the barroom the view is good .
                I like MccDonnaghs in Keyport... live Irish music on some weekends and a low key family atmosphere but I would give it a miss when there's a big game on ... it gets noisy .

                1. For a more upscale (and pricier) bar dinner, check out Shipwreck Point in Pt. Pleasant.

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                  1. re: jsfein

                    Another one that came to mind upon reading the OP. Great spot to 'eat at the rail', as is their sister, Shipwreck Grille, in Brielle. Bonus of no TVs at either.

                    1. re: MGZ

                      How about union landing? I recall the last couple times I was there I was pretty tuned up but I remember having a good time.

                      1. re: corvette johnny

                        Great view. Weak beer selection. A few decent seafood selections priced for "Summer at the Shore".

                        Best bet is to eat first, drink hard, and get a ride home after the sun sets.

                        1. re: MGZ

                          yeah I agree. The beer selection is pretty shitty. I wish they put a few carton or kane beers on tap, or maybe one. I had some flying fish IPAs yesterday. They paired pretty well with those pretzels.

                          On the Deck is down at the Atlantic highlands harbor....and yes, same owners. I like the one on 36. As mentioned, I love to check out the cars and bikes on a nice day. They were out in force yesterday cruising. I had a few too many down in manasquan so I unfortunately wasnt tearing up the road.

                          1. re: corvette johnny

                            I'm at the UL a coupla times a summer. My Dad likes it and we don't have to cross 71 to get there. Last time we went I recall that old classic, Sierra Nevada being the only hoppy beer available and they ran out before we did. Wound up drinking rum to pass the time (not that I'm complaining). I would be surprised if by this season, they haven't finally caught up to 2010 and added a few crafts to their bread and butter Coors Light and Blue Moon (with [shudder] orange slice) offerings.

                  2. Jiggs in Butler. Great burgers, excellent wings and other food that is bad for you

                    1. Maloneys in Matawan has 120 craft beers on tap and seriously good food.

                      My faves are the Maloneys burger and the tuna steak BLT with wasabi mayo. Also have a range of entrees.

                      1. I was at off the hook last night so I will add this to the mix....not the greatest food but Ok and priced farily. I like the wings and outdoor seating. Plus when its nice out you get to see all the bikes and cool cars cursing by. That is a fun place for me when I am not just searching for awesome food.

                        Oh and they have these pretzels on the menu served with cheese sauce...4.00 for two. Now that is some bar food! ; )

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                        1. re: corvette johnny

                          There is Off the Hook and Off the Deck both owned by the same person, one on 36 and one at the Sea Streak dock, which is which? The one on 36 just before the bridge is pretty cool especially this time of year when they take the plastic wrap off the deck. During the colder months they enclose it and allow smoking out there and it's a little rough, but this time of year it's very nice. They have good bar food and $5.00 Stoli Martini's all day everyday!! My son use to play basket ball and football over at Croyden Hall, this was my hang out during practices. lol

                          1. re: jrvedivici

                            JR, have you been to bahrs lately? I haven't been there in like a decade. Can you still eat up top? (or anyone for that matter)

                            And no, I wouldnt be going for their overpriced fried food. I'd just go to hang and take in some of that fresh highlands salty air and have a cocktail (or few)

                            1. re: corvette johnny

                              Hahahaha have you changed your avatar lately? I don't remember seeing that lil guy before, very cute.

                              That's a negative on Bahr's I can't honestly tell you the last time I was in there. No clue....sorry.

                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                I might have to take one for the team and see what its all about now. I like the location to be honest...kind of neat being "under" the bridge. Yesterday chilling out at off the hook got me thinking about some other outdoor places.

                                And no, my frenchie has been my avatar for a while. He is definitely a cute dog. He's a little rock star. If I only I had this guy when I was 18 l would have been making out a lot better LOL The guy is a jailbait magnet!

                                1. re: corvette johnny

                                  If you are just looking to hang out, there is a place to the right of Bahr's that is literally "under the bridge" that is a cool place to hang out. I'm pretty sure they are still there and open post Sandy, but I can't promise 100%. It's a good place to grab some roasted clam's, fried seafood platter and a bucket of brew's and just hang out watching the boat's go by. (Name escapes me but it is directly next to Bahr's)

                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                      Darn, this entire time I was saying Bahrs I actually meant to say Mobys. That is the place I was referring to where you can eat up on the roof. sorry about that. So I will try to venture over there one of these nice days.

                                      I hit the chowda house and they had steamers last night. 9 for a pound...not bad. Lobster rolls are definitely lighter than when they first came out, and 3 dollars more : (

                                      1. re: corvette johnny

                                        You know CJ I kept asking myself "What the f does he want with Bahrs".........lol

                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                          yeah I got confused. Mobys has the deck up on the roof. That was what I was referring too LOL

                              2. re: jrvedivici

                                Wish you didn't mention the $ 5 Stoli martinis at Off the Hook. I live right near there and will be stopping by to "taste test" the Stoli's. Damn you Sir ! lol

                            2. It doesn't matter which restaurant I'm in...if they have a bar, I'm usually eating there instead of the dining room. I get my drinks quicker that way..

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                              1. re: fourunder

                                That, sir, is why you are guru.

                                1. re: MGZ

                                  As always, you are too kind....but I am merely stating the obvious. :o)

                                    1. re: MGZ

                                      I'm loving all these responses. And I absolutely agree yummy/price is my barometer. I deplore places that serve huge quantities of uninspired food. And what gets me is that people frequent these restaurants. Why??? Don't they know better?? Give me real, honest food that is priced reasonably any day. So.... It is my quest this summer to find the great bars that serve great food and hopefully don't bust the bank doing so. I will report back.

                                      1. re: Tartgirl

                                        I would also recommend barnacles as others have mentioned. That has a cool nautical decor that is really neat IMO. And they have some good cheeseburgers and fried zucchini.

                                        1. re: Tartgirl

                                          As I've stated about mediocre/chain type places having crowds lined up for tables in the past... Don't sweat it! If the rubes weren't lined up out in the elements for crappy food they might be forcing you to wait for tables at the good places!

                                2. Since it has yet to open, I have not tried the food yet, but I am looking forward to doing a "bar dinner" there very soon. The place is called Allure Oyster Bar and it's in the old Charlie Brown's location in Brielle (Southbound side of Rt 71 about a half mile from the 35 Bridge). The post CB owners did a nice job with the bar area renovations and through the windows the space seems to have been improved even more.

                                  Given that an "oyster bar" approach would be a welcome addition to the local scene, this old 'hound has some tail waggin' and tongue pantin' anticipation building. Figured this was as good as any place to share the update. http://allurebrielle.com/ (Website works but is clearly not finished).

                                  1. We hit Brick House Tavern on Rt 66 Neptune yesterday for Happy Hour 4-6pm half price All apps $1.00 beers..

                                    ★ hickory smoked salmon
                                    house smoked fillet, served cold, pickled red onions & arugula yogurt sauce (made to share)

                                    Spiked Calamari
                                    hand breaded and tossed with cherry peppers & a side of basil marinara

                                    Tavern wings
                                    get ‘em with black rum bbq, buffalo, garlic-parm or man cave sauce with ranch, bleu cheese, or sriracha ranch on the side

                                    ★ duck wings
                                    crispy duck wings, man cave sauce & fresh cilantro with sriracha ranch

                                    All delicious......fire places were blazing cozy atmosphere during a downpour outside....place was packed.

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                                    1. re: Tapas52

                                      The last time we went to brick house we had the drunken meatballs (fair), calamari (delish) and the chicken and waffles (also delish). I have to say I'm becoming kinda fond of that place.