Bars in South River

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Since taking over the 17 Thomas Street location in 2005, J. O'Neill's Place owners Jennifer O'Neill and Shannon Lalley have overseen a complete facelift of their restaurant. The most recent update transformed the dining area into a bistro-like space, where romantic lighting casts shadows across sleek hardwood floors. More than just a welcoming ambiance, J. O'Neill's fills bellies, too, including with its fresh fish and shrimp during its popular Fish Fry Fridays.

17 Thomas St
Sayreville,
NJ
US

Atlantic Standard came by its name through the twin goals of its owners: to make dishes from scratch with seasonal Atlantic ingredients, and to set the standard for the culinary industry. Under the watchful eye of experienced chef and owner Bradley Rodriguez, the kitchen staff plates flavorful seafood dishes, brick-oven pizzas, and contemporary entrees bolstered by house-made pastas.

3602 State Route 35
South Amboy,
NJ
US

George Street Ale House pays homage to Central Jersey’s cultural history while keeping up with present trends. At the bar, mixologists summon the ghost of Woodrow Wilson to relay Prohibition-era drink recipes, and in the kitchen chef Michael peppers hand-tossed pizza crusts with ingredients culled from local farms, along with garnishing sandwiches with haute flourishes such as garlic confit truffle oil and apple fennel slaw. Additionally, George Street Ale House lures in revelers with live entertainment seven days a week, including trivia nights, karaoke, and live music.

378 George St
New Brunswick,
NJ
US

Built on the bedrock of succulent wings cemented with hot sauce, Buffalo Wild Wings celebrates zesty food and televised sports in casual eateries across the nation. Classicists can start with an order of 12 traditional wings ($9.79) that, like those Icarus wore, flew too close to the delicious, incandescent sauce globule in the sky. The multifarious roster of flavor paint includes honey barbecue, caribbean jerk, and asian zing sauces to diversify the fiery experience. Diners with tongues planted firmly on the ground can indulge in beefy fare such as the black & bleu burger seasoned with Cajun spices ($9.69) or a leafy honey-barbecue chicken salad ($9.39). Trivia contests broadcast on mounted televisions will engage the oft-idle regions of your brain that still remember who played in the 1933 World Series and which side won the Revolutionary War.

2241 US Highway 1
North Brunswick,
NJ
US

For more than 27 years, the customers of NJ's Tavern & Restaurant have relished its elevated tavern fare. They dunk french dip sandwiches—stuffed with thin sheets of roast beef—into steaming bowls of au jus, or sink their teeth into juicy Monster burgers tamed by the restaurant's special sauce. The kitchen crafts pizzas with seasonal organic vegetables and infuses the crusts with parmesan. On weekends, diners choose from a brunch menu with both sweet and savory options, including pancakes, crème brûlée french toast, and frittatas.

154 Main St
Metuchen,
NJ
US

Gold-leaf writing inscribed across the towering red portico at the entrance to The Shannon Rose Irish Pub announces what one might expect to find inside: “Premium Stouts,” “Irish Whiskies,” and other culinary staples of the Emerald Isles. Behind this imposing entryway lies a series of dining rooms that have a markedly different effect; chandeliers create a sense of intimacy as they illuminate Gaelic artwork and aged hardcovers resting on lofty bookshelves.

855 Saint George Ave
Woodbridge,
NJ
US