Since the COVID pandemic first started, we've become a very lonely New Jersey with many businesses being forced to close. Among the rules imposed by Gov. Murphy was no sitting at the bar.

What sucked about that was, as Gene Nagel, who owns Scotty's Steakhouse and Comedy Cove in Springfield told me, "75% of their liquor sales come from people sitting at the bar."

Now that the "emBARgo" of bars is over (see what I did there), your friendly neighborhood bar "where everyone knows your name" has returned.

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I asked my listeners and social media, where the friendliest bars are in New Jersey. I'm not talking hooking up but hanging out, maybe shooting some pool, playing darts, shuffleboard, and having some great conversation with people who make you feel like you belong.

Here's what I got:

Mulligan's in Oaklyn.

Mulligan's Bar and Grill Google Maps
Mulligan's Bar and Grill Google Maps
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David Murphy

Donkey's Place - Camden

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Donkey's Place Google Maps
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Al’s Airport Inn in Ewing

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Al’s Airport Inn Google Maps
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Jay's Elbow Room in Maple Shade

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Jay's Elbow Room Google Maps
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Klee's Bar in Seaside

Klee's Bar Google Maps
Klee's Bar Google Maps
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Lighthouse Tavern in Waretown NJ

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Lighthouse Tavern Google Maps
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Jug Handle Inn in Cinnaminson

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Jug Handle Inn Google Maps
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Tommy’s Tap Tavern (Princeton)

 

O'Connors in Eastampton NJ

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O'Connors Google Maps
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House of Brews in Turnersville

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House of Brews Google Maps
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Tom’s River Brewing Company

 

Jo-Jo's in Hamilton.  Best bar pie too!

Jojo's Tavern Google Maps
Jojo's Tavern Google Maps
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Uncle Vinnies Clam Bar, Raritan

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Uncle Vinnies Clam Bar Google Maps
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Tara’s Tavern in Wrightstown

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Tara’s Tavern Google Maps
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From some of our listeners on the NJ 101.5 App Chat:

Urban Coal House in Galleria Mall, Red Bank, daytime crowd

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Urban Coal House Google Maps
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Czig Meister Brewing in Hackettstown, Ages 21-75

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Czig Meister Brewing Google Maps
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Cool Cricket in Bordentown

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Cool Cricket Google Maps
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Docs Corner Tavern in Jamesburg

Dock's Corner Bar Google Maps
Dock's Corner Tavern Google Maps
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Dominic's Tavern in Bellmawr

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Dominic's Tavern Google Maps
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Tommy Farrell

Donovan's in Manchester

Donovan's Google Maps
Donovan's Google Maps
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Amanda Reven

Gloucester City was in Guinness book for the town with most bars in so many miles!!!

Highland Tavern in Gloucester City

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Opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Steve Trevelise only. Follow him on Twitter @realstevetrev.

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