Get Out Of That Hotel: Newark's Best Nightlife

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.

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


Admittedly, we are cheating a little by including this one, which is located in Hoboken, off a quiet corner at Church Park. Tuesday and Wednesday nights feature and there are nightly happy hour specials, like $5 wine on Wednesdays. Late night...  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

Open since 2010, Allure Lounge boasts a chic atmosphere with 2 floors, illuminated bars, VIP lounge and bottle service for the over 27s (and over 25 if you are female). Frequent happy hours have martinis and amaretto for under $5 and DJs pump...  Read More

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

Friday and Saturday nights in Newark, One18 Lounge is the place to be. Part lounge and part club, guest DJs work hard to move people from bar to dance floor. The musical flavor is usually hip hop and house and they ask that you "dress to...  Read More

Krug's Tavern

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

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

If someone asks you what type of music you like and you give them a list, then QXT is your nightclub. With an upstairs dance floor and two rooms downstairs (in the "crypt"), you have the opportunity to follow your music if the present playlist...  Read More

If you like to gaze at vintage cars in hope that one of them will find their way to your house like a lost puppy, then The Avenue A Club is where to go. Downstairs, it is almost as if you were walking through a car museum, with Lamborghinis...  Read More


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Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney