Best Sports Restaurants & Bars in Newark
Don’t have a ticket? There are dozens of restaurants and bars around Newark to watch all the action. However, there are particular places that scream out to fanatics who want to get game-ready with their brethren before the Red Bulls take the pitch or Seton Hall tips off.
Even if you are not quite as fanatical about the team, the supporters are friendly (and boisterous) before, during and after the games.
Bello’s Pub & Grill
376 Market Street
Conveniently located adjacent to Newark Penn Station in the Ironbound section, Bello’s is a prime spot to catch a game while enjoying one of their fresh bar pies or a plate piled high with Cajun Chicken Nachos.
Billed as “Newark’s First Gastro Pub,” Bello’s boasts a selection of more than 180 beers from around the world. Soccer fans tend to stop here before a Red Bulls match and during football season a spirited crowd gathers to enjoy the jukebox and the pool table in the upstairs party room.
538 Market Street
Barcelona, Spain is a city passionate about art, music and food. It’s most famous architect, Gaudi, has influenced the design and ambiance of Catas, along with its reputation for cutting edge cuisine.
It's one of the Ironbound’s finest restaurants, serving an incredible array of tapas-style small plates, the patio rocks on game days, featuring an outdoor bar for extra convenience, a special tailgate-style menu plus top Newark-area DJs.
Castle Sports Bar
189 Bloomfield Avenue
This lively venue near Branch Brook Park in North Newark does double duty as a Caribbean restaurant and a sports bar. Known for its fried rice and strong drinks, the Castle maintains an assortment of games on screen and hosts fight nights during big boxing matches.
Castle caters to a diverse crowd that enjoys reggae music and Guyanese dishes, so at night you can expect a fun, party atmosphere.
58-60 New Street
A family-owned tavern frequented by cops, city workers, RU law students and loyal regulars, McGovern’s has been a Newark institution for nearly 80 years. Sports fans gather here to watch the game and enjoy awesome bar food, including their famous lava fries.
It may not look like much from the outside, but McGovern’s was named one of the Best Bars in America by Esquire Magazine and is known for serving a satisfying burger.
Boi Na Brasa Grill
70 70 Adams Street
Boi Na Brasa specializes in Brazilian barbecue, known as Churrasco. Bite into a mouthwatering steak, or Brazilian specialties like feijoada a mix of black beans, pork, collards greens, and yucca. They have plenty of seafood option including three time Stanley Cup Champion Ken Daneyko's favorite dish Camarao ao Alho - shrimp in garlic sauce.
While downtown’s Edison Ale House near the Prudential Center and Kilkenny Ale House are not soccer-centric, they attract fun crowds before local events and games. Edison Ale House’s 12 TV screens and Kilkenny’s finely poured draft Guinness are the big draws.
Lauren Craig & Newark Bound Magazine