Best Bars with Music in Jersey City

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The Bayonne and %target_city_5%% areas have always had a fantastic selection of music thanks to a lively cast of locals, but where can you find the absolute best bars with music in Jersey City? For those looking for spots to grab a drink and a show, Metro Honda has a few recommendations that won’t disappoint. These venues, near the Bayonne and Newark areas, offer some of the best vibes around!

The Brightside Tavern

The Brightside Tavern is a neighborhood spot near Liberty State Park that offers fantastic pizza and stage time to local Jersey City and Hoboken artists. Join in on the fun at various open mic and karaoke events, or sit back and watch the weekly jazz session. They also have special events, like Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen-themed burlesque. The Brightside Tavern is a great spot if you’re looking for a relaxed environment and friendly vibe!

Monty Hall

Montgomery Hall is run by WFMU, the local listener-supported, commercial-free indie station that’s been praised by the likes of Rolling Stone Magazine and airs on 91.1 MHz in Jersey City and even broadcasts to New York City and Rockland County. Monty Hall features indie legends like The Appleseed Cast and local unknowns alike. They also host great events for those looking to engage with their community, like movie nights and more! And they serve great drinks and food—what else could you ever need?

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FM Bar, Venue, and Restaurant

Nostalgia is FM Bar’s bread and butter, as the venue and restaurant sport a ‘70s vibe. Enjoy classic cocktails and beer along with great music. Bask in the simple delights on the menu like hummus with pita bread, or treat yourself to pulled pork tacos. FM Bar, Venue, and Restaurant also has a huge selection of cigars for those who like to partake. The music is always fantastic, with a great rotating cast of locals, an open mic night, and some impressive out-of-town acts for a venue that’s so relaxed.

Notable Mentions

The below spots, like the venues above, won’t disappoint! If our favorite spots haven’t sated your music, food, and booze appetite, try these out:

Explore Jersey City with Metro Honda

At Metro Honda, we believe your car is the key that opens up the world around you, which is why we wanted to share some of our favorite small music venues with you. Maybe a new Honda can be the key to future adventures in Jersey City. Did we miss some good bars with music? Feel free to reach out and let us know your favorite spots! And if you’re looking for more to do around town, our local Jersey City employees have even more recommendations for you, from the best of Jersey City’s street art to the best restaurants in Newark, the best pizza spots in Bayonneor the best pizza in Jersey City.


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