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May 11, 2014 03:16 PM

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 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 .