Best Sports Bars in Newark
Calling all football fanatics, soccer spectators and hockey hounds! The coming of the Fall season means it’s almost time to dust off your favorite jersey, gather in front of a big screen and cheer your team to victory. Watching at home is one thing, but what’s better than enjoying cold beer, hot food and a close game in a bar full of like-minded sports fans? Whether you’re visiting Newark from across the globe or from a few towns over, you can find your tribe at these top sports bars in town.
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.
Blitz Sports Bar
179 Wilson Avenue
Blitz attracts local soccer enthusiasts by airing European matches during the day and according to its owner, “offers up more games in high–definition than any other bar in Newark.”
Serving up a blend of American and Portuguese dishes, popular menu items include the Blitz wings, Picadinho (Brazilian beef and rice dish) and the Mini Prego (a small steak sandwich). While you play a quick game of pool, make sure to try The BLITZ, a flaming house shot that is instantly Instagrammable.
47 Edison Place
Taste’s location right across the street from Newark’s sports mecca, the Prudential Center, makes it an ideal destination for sports fans on game days.
With an upscale vibe and multiple flat screens above the bar, Taste serves an array of cocktails, New Jersey beers and a beer bucket special for $15 during happy hour. Enjoy their famous grilled wings with a side of brown sugar sweet fries while you cheer on the Seton Hall Pirates.
Mr. Adams Steakhouse
1034 McCarter Highway
With a fabulous ambiance, friendly bartenders and great drinks, the sports bar area of Mr. Adams is the perfect place to watch your team play once football season starts.
Centrally located in downtown Newark, Mr. Adams’ full-service bar features wrap-around TVs, live music and tasty appetizers. As a bonus, this hot spot boasts self-pouring draft beer booths!
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.
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