Besides your living room, there have been very few venues open for a night of dancing over the past year. Now, as COVID-19 restrictions are easing, you might be ready to dance the night away while surrounded by good friends and good food. If it’s time to get a little footloose, never fear, the local area offers several options for weekend warriors who just want to dance. No matter your skill level, read on for a guide to some great spots for releasing your inner Fred Astaire around Montclair.
Just Jake’s | 30 Park Street, Montclair
Just Jake’s is a friendly neighborhood spot with designated indoor and outdoor spaces. The family-owned establishment gets rave reviews from customers and features an extensive music calendar. According to recent guests, the summer shows are “always a bopping scene” for those who want to dance with friends. The bar highlights daily drink specials, including occasional half-price cocktails, and patrons have been pleased with the offerings on tap as well. But perhaps the best part of Just Jake’s is the pet-friendly patio. Your dog is welcome to come dance with you as long as your furry friend is leashed. On the weekends, the location is open from 11:30 AM until 2 AM (midnight on Sundays).
Oak Barrel Pub | 440 Main Street, West Orange
Oak Barrel Pub in West Orange is a family-friendly spot, great for entertaining when little ones are involved. Fundraisers, events, and even birthday parties can be scheduled and the restaurant is proud to work with your individual budget. If you’re planning a night of dancing, live music can be arranged for your event. Or, if your evening is a bit more spontaneous, Oak Barrel Pub hosts Saturday karaoke nights on a bi-weekly basis. Be sure to stop in or sign up for the newsletter if you’re interested in singing and dancing along. The pub is open until 2 AM seven days a week.
Sidelines Bar & Grill | 198 U.S. Route 46, Fairfield
Sidelines Bar & Grill is a classic sports bar, advertising “100% sports, 100% of the time.” But, the athletic environment is also home to some artistic endeavors. The bar hosts paint and sip events and even Tuesday line-dance lessons. Country Music Night, a regular Friday occurrence, brings in guest bands and vendors, making Sidelines an excellent spot for dining and dancing in your cowboy boots. The space is open seven days a week, from noon to midnight.