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    Eat Well, Eat Cheap.

    Drinks with a View

    Pleasant warm nights in Newark mean a chance to paint the town red and enjoy drinks at one of the city’s hip venues. Happy hour abounds all over the many neighborhood watering holes, but we picked out a few notable spots that have special drink prices, delicious food on deck and outside seating. You can partake in some serious people watching, track the continuing revival of Newark’s downtown and enjoy the beautiful weather.

    The Skylab

    Hotel Indigo

    Wednesday and Thursday 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

    Friday and Saturday 4:30 p.m. to midnight

    Happy Hour 5 to 7 p.m.

    810 Broad Street

    On the top floor of the 12-story Indigo Hotel in downtown Newark, you can enjoy expansive views of the bustling city and sip on a happy hour cocktail at the bar and lounge. Dubbed the Skylab, clearly the highest situated bar in downtown, the venue has a definite grown-up and sexy vibe for visiting jetsetters or locals looking for a cool night out on the town.

    Skylab

    Elegant, cushioned chairs and couches beckon on the open-air balcony. Inside, trendy Edison light bulbs and dramatic black curtains frame the scene. On warm nights, the transparent garage-style doors are retracted so people can enjoy the weather.

    Bar goers can partake of cocktails, spirits and wine at the bar. They can also tuck into the menu, which mirrors the meals offered in the first-floor restaurant, Alva. On the menu are bruschetta, burgers, wraps, and decadent desserts such as hot blueberry crisp with ice cream.

    Indigo Restaurant

    Burg

    Military Park

    Monday to Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    Thursday and Friday 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Happy Hour 4 to 7 p.m.

    55 Park Place

    Burg

    Burg is back! After closing for the winter, this beloved gourmet burger joint is open for the season. Come for a visit and munch on any scrumptious item on the menu, which encompasses 10 different types of burgers, a decadent double decker grilled cheese sandwich, Buffalo-style pork riblettes, delicious sides, salads and fried fluffy doughnuts served in a brown paper bag.

    Burg at Night

    On summer nights, it is highly recommended to come here for happy hour. The restaurant has $6 beers and $8 wines. Take your drink and sit in the open-air beer garden next to the restaurant and sip in the scenery of the beautiful park and do some serious people watching. Sometimes, the restaurant hosts local DJs spinning chill tunes.

    Mr. Adams Steakhouse 

    Monday to Thursday 11:30 am to 2 am

    Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to 3 am

    Sunday 11:30 am to 2 am

    1034 McCarter Hwy

    Outside Adams

    This popular restaurant and bar hugs the shoreline of the mighty Passaic River and has views of the waterway from inside the building, which has expansive windows, and from the patio dining area that just opened for the season.

    They have a fully stocked bar, where you can order the usual brews plus house special drinks such as passion fruit caipirinha. You can enjoy your drinks at the bar, which has big screen TVs usually tuned to the sports channels, or enjoy it on the pleasant patio. 

    Adams inside

    If you are hungry, the restaurant is known for its mouthwatering Brazilian rodizio, a variety of grilled meats such as chicken, turkey, pork loin, marinated steak, Brazilian sausages, and filet mignon wrapped in bacon. The menu also includes appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and desserts such as passion fruit mousse.

    NICO Kitchen + Bar

    New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)

    Lunch, Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Happy Hour, Monday to Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Dinner, Monday to Thursday until 9 p.m. | Friday until 11 p.m.

    Saturdays and Sundays Dining in Conjunction with Performances

    1 Center Street

    Nico OutsidePhoto credits: Sharin Adarlo

    The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is a beautiful, elegant concert venue that overlooks its own slice of pretty green space and nearby Military Park. NICO Kitchen + Bar, which is located at NJPAC, is the perfect place to unwind after work or to eat and drink before a concert. The restaurant has tall ceilings, stylish banquet seating and a long bar that becomes the place to be seen during event nights. The restaurant has ample outdoor patio seating, with a wide-angle view of the incoming theater crowd or the free summer concerts that NJPAC sponsors.

    NICO-FebNews-Wine

    The bar serves an extensive wine list and a bevy of signature cocktails, such as homemade sangria, and its own version of the Moscow Mule, topped with rosemary and cranberries. The bar menu offers revelatory items such as the pea and goat cheese panna cotta, skate cakes and grilled branzino.


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