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A night out without the kids calls for a pretty cocktail on a rooftop. These rooftop bars are all about views, drinks, next-level dining and live music.

Red Rock Tap + Grill

Overlooking the Navesink River, Red Rock Tap + Grill  is a cozy bar where you can dance the night away since the upper deck has plenty of space. The string lights set up around the rooftop light up the night sky and there are 19 HDTVs and 16 beers on tap. Try a specialty cocktail with tropical or southern flavors with a kick. During the summer, dine on their seasonal special Lobster Rolls, Lobster Mac & Cheese, and Tuna Tartare Nachos. 

The VÜE Rooftop Bar & Lounge 

Located at The Claridge Hotel on the 23rd floor, The VÜE offers a 360-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean. With indoor and outdoor seating, you can order wines by the glass or bourbons, tequilas, cognacs and draft beers. Come for daily happy hour and $5 dollar wines. There’s live entertainment every Saturday.

Daddy O Restaurant & Bar

Located by the modern boutique Hotel LBI, this bar is just a few minutes from the ocean, so if you’re looking for a bite to eat or a drink, try Daddy O Restaurant & Bar for outdoor dining. During the summer, the hotel opens up its outdoor dining at the bar for cocktails and sushi. The Daddy O Bar is open on weekends then after mid-June, they are open every day. Going for dinner? Try the Local Flounder Piccata or their Colossal Crab & Shrimp Scampi. 

Pour Abbeys Bar & Grill

If you’re in the Jersey City area, plan a night out at Pour Abbeys Bar & Grill, home to delicious Portuguese-inspired dishes and a selection of mojitos. Locals here love the whiskeys, calamari, chicken wings and burgers. Come on Fridays for live music on the rooftop. 

AVENUE NUIT

Avenue Nuit 

Down the shore in Long Branch, The Beach Club’s beach bar, Avenue Nuit, has gorgeous views. The Beach Club at Avenue is a club that hosts events and private parties. Visit The Roof Lounge for its amazing pool and views of the beach plus live music every Monday. This rooftop gem is also right near the vibrant shopping in Pier Village. 

Nohu Rooftop Bar & Restaurant 

Located in Weehawken, Nohu Rooftop Bar & Restaurant has epic New York City views. Come for the golden hour, the bar’s happy hour, every Monday through Thursday from 5-7 pm. On Sundays from 12-3 pm, come for a Latin Jazz Brunch featuring live music or check out Beat Weekends on Friday and Saturday nights. Feast on a Cajun-Spiced Tuna Bowl or Grilled Bourbon Butter Steak. Reserve for a VIP Experience and get the best views of the Manhattan skyline. 

The Ashford

The lush Garden Rooftop sets this bar apart from the others. The Ashford is made for Instagram. Guests come for gardens and the Newark Pedestrian Plaza. The rooftop is open rain or shine thanks to its canopy. Come for a Tiki Cocktail or take advantage of Happy Hour Monday through Thursday from 4-7 pm and Five Dollar Fridays where you’ll find $5  bellinis, $3 mimosas and more. 

Alto

Located in Montclair, Alto is a unique rooftop bar with an exterior unlike any other. The colorful dining setup and giant arch offer up a vacay vibe. The bar has 3,000 square feet of interior and exterior space combined. Order a handcrafted cocktail or sparkling red, white or pink wines and apps. The menu also boasts artisanal pizzas like Margherita or Cacio e Pepe. The locals here especially love the view during sunsets. 

WATERMARK

Watermark

Watermark is Asbury Park’s go-to rooftop beach bar. Come for a drink while taking in views of the Asbury Park boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean. Located on the second floor of the First Avenue Pavilion, Watermark has over 8,000 square feet of interior and exterior space, surrounding the carousel, the casino and the Empress Hotel. The bar specializes in finger foods and craft cocktails. The mixologists here offer up everything from Lemonadas to tequilas like Spicy Pear Cactus. 

La Terrazza 

Felina Restaurant & Bar opened La Terrazza, Ridgewood’s first rooftop bar with room for up to 85 guests. The bar specializes in rosé wines and frosé drinks, as well as pizzas made from their specialty ovens. 

Wave Resort 

The Wave Resort in Long Branch is a high-end hotel with several types of bars. Its rooftop bar also serves as the hotel’s Pool Bar. Featuring oceanfront views and a swim-up bar, come for a specialty cocktail and relax on a lounge chair. On the rooftop, you’ll also be able to wind down by the cabanas as you take in the salty ocean air.

Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten

The Jersey Shore’s first Austro-Hungarian bar is located in Asbury Park, home to popular German foods. Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten features a 9,000-square-foot rooftop space for the Biergarten and offers live music. The beer garden is currently closed for renovations, but should be open this summer.

ROOFTOP AT EXCHANGE PLACE

Rooftop at Exchange Place 

Host your private events or catch a view of the New York City skyline at Rooftop at Exchange Place in Jersey City. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4-6 pm so enjoy that block of time to get drinks for the best prices. The bar has a cocktail lounge so you’re in pure relaxation while witnessing the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty from above. The design of the bar has a retractable glass roof and walls plus an outdoor patio with a fireplace that is perfect during the summer season. Try their rooftop entrees like Crab Cake Bruschetta or for dessert Flourless Chocolate Cake.  

Town Bar + Kitchen 

At Morristown you’ll find the only rooftop bar complete with a fireplace called, Town Bar + Kitchen. Check out the selection of wines, premium beers and specialty cocktails that include La Fiesta Rosa or a TOWN Grapefruit Rumble. This rooftop bar has brick walls surrounding the building with red lounge chairs to match the aesthetic of the bar. The string lights and the fireplace make the bar feel cozy, but with a night sky you get a feel for how beautiful Morristown can look. 

Rooftop at Hotel LBI 

If you are down the shore make sure to visit Hotel LBI’s Rooftop Bar, where you’ll encounter bay views and handcrafted cocktails. Relax in their cozy outdoor lounges on this all-white decorated rooftop that is surrounded by a garden of flowers and trees. The deck is similar to a beach house, with wooden tables and umbrellas all around. Bask in the sun while you sip on Guava Coladas or Atlantic Lemonade from their cocktail lemonades so you feel right at the shore. Enjoy game nights by playing ping pong, corn hole and connect four as they are scattered all around the rooftop. Their food menu consists of a selection of pizzas made by the hotel’s kitchen, so come to Long Beach Island and explore this beautiful rooftop bar. 

City Bistro 

Known for its Italian American-inspired menu, City Bistro in Hoboken is a three-floor restaurant including a bar, rooftop and a lounge. You’ll get views of the Manhattan skyline while the sun sets during the evenings plus their roundtable bar and HDTV outside. Try their brunch, main, dessert, cocktail, wine and beer menus for endless possibilities for the whole family. For foodies you’ll love their cocktail menu because of their creative drinks with flavors unique to an ordinary cocktail, for example the Tupelo Honey or Innerbloom. 

CONCOURSE CLUB

Concourse Club 

Described as a swanky airport lounge, the Concourse Club in Woodridge is the rest stop for all visitors of the town. This chic spot is designed to look like you’ve teleported to the past with its vintage interior. The bar is accompanied by an amazing view of the most stunning hills and the vibrant city. The rooftop bar has a strict dress code in order to ensure guests are experiencing the upscale atmosphere that the bar creates. This is another trendy spot with lots of photo-ops for your social media, so dress the part and take a look at the vintage view. While you feast on the views, sip on their grand selection of wines, whiskeys from Japan, and food from classic American to Japanese to Spanish. 

Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille

Outside of Cape May’s shore you’ll find Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille that has now become an award-winning rooftop bar. Bring friends on a night out to enjoy their famous orange crushes, fresh seafood and signature sandwiches. The bar is next to Cape May’s Montreal Beach Resort.

Salvation

If you’re looking for a fancy night at Asbury Park, like celebrating an anniversary or a birthday, head over to The Asbury Hotel and go to the rooftop bar Salvation. This is Asbury Park’s chic-yet-chill rooftop bar housing some of the best sunset views, live music, and many times where you can dance. This bar also has a casual sophisticated dress code to mimic the upscale design of the bar. Try their canned drinks and handcrafted cocktails including Lavender Lemonade, Raspberry Park Spritz, and many more. 

The Bradford 

Watch the sunset overlooking the town of Bridgewater at The Bradford, with their handcrafted cocktails and small plates. The bar has lots of Instagrammable shots of the rooftop with its glass fence, paired with tropical plants that make you feel right at a summer getaway. The bar has a perfect photo-op in front of the rose arch and the heart-shaped The Bradford sign, plus chandeliers and white roses on the ceiling of the rooftop bar and a pool table. Make sure to check their dress code before you go in as they do keep an upscale atmosphere for their rooftop bar and check out their Happy Hour, Tuesday through Thursday from 5-7 pm. 

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