Discover Newark's Nightlife Rebirth: from Ironbound to University Heights



When you are planning a trip, likely you deal with the main details: the flight and the hotel. If you have any time left over, you may be able to scope out restaurants. The nightlife may be the last part of your research, and therefore, the most left up to chance. This is how we end up in a dive bar with no character, just because it is around the corner from our hotel.

We don't expect you to plan your trip down to the letter, but articles like this can help to make your nights feel as bright as the daytime. These are the clubs and lounges and bars that will provide an experience along with a stiff drink.

Perhaps you just want to go to a local pub, with an affinity for beer and a seriously good burger. Then Krug's Tavern is your place. They will set you up with a microbrew and a 12 ounce patty to help to shake off the day.

Or are you looking for some seriously good jazz music? The Priory has a unique location, in a church building with stained glass windows. Quality music at affordable prices will leave a little remaining for a cocktail or two.

Or, even more serious? Consider Newark's Museum Nights on FREE late Thursdays when the city's museums compete for your attention trying to outdo each other – my museum is sexier than yours. You be the judge.

Embrace the nighttime hours with these 10Best nightlife entertainment options in Newark.




Admit it: there are times of the year where you wish you could wear a bikini or Speedo most of the year. Well, Rio Lounge actually has some people who do, but don't worry, it's not a requirement. To go with the eternally sunny theme, this small...  Read More




Did you say beer selection? Redds Biergarten serves classic bar bites, paired with a very long list of draft brews and wine by the glass. Set in a former industrial space of about 7,000 square feet, it is fitted with picnic tables, like what you...  Read More




Eclipse nightclub has been now open for over 25 years, with entertainment running from Wednesday nights through Monday nights. DJs spin reggae, hip hop and soca, and people come to dance. Should you prefer a distraction from the dance floor (or...  Read More




Aside from being one of the more established watering holes in the Ironbound, Krug's also holds claim to serving up some of Newark's top burgers, fries and onion rings. 12 ounce juicy burgers are cooked to order and topped with anything from...  Read More




If your favorite people at night are the ones that go all out, then you have to meet the crowd at Hell's Kitchen Lounge. Part sexy bar, part kitschy Vegas lounge, Hell's Kitchen certainly is one of the coolest places to hang out in Ironbound....  Read More




You would not imagine that a museum might join this nightbird crowd but Newark Museum is not just any museum especially on Late Thursdays. Designed with adults in mind, the Newark Museum's Late Thursdays is a series of creatively-inspired social...  Read More




Housed in what was once a sporting-goods store, Mompou preserved the exposed brick walls, copper ceiling and added recessed lights. Transformed it into a restaurant in 2005, it was named after the Catalan composer and pianist Federico Mompou....  Read More




Call this 7th heaven as it is the 7th Barcade location outfitted with arcade aficionados in mind. Focused on classic video games and American craft beer and, yes, classical arcades. Thanks to a collaborative film directing effort that resulted...  Read More




For jazz aficionados, few places in Newark hold a candle to the Priory, a restaurant and club appropriately located in a renovated section of the old St. Joseph church. Actually, some original architectural and design elements (like the stained...  Read More




You would not imagine that a museum might join this nightbird crowd but Newark Museum is not just any museum especially on Late Thursdays. Designed with adults in mind, the Newark Museum's Late Thursdays is a series of creatively-inspired social...  Read More


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