Montclair Bars + Beyond to Visit Based on Your Drink Preferences

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With restrictions being lifted ever so slowly in New Jersey, the hangout spots we know and love are reopening for our enjoyment. Montclair and its neighboring towns boast diverse varieties of bars that you may not even have known existed. Whether you’re in the mood for a glass of vino, a craft cocktail, or a pint in a pub full of friendly locals, read on for a list of bars to visit based on your mood, vibe, or simply drink of choice.

Wine Bars

Amanti Vino {30 Church Street, Montclair}

Amanti Vino

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While this spot is more of a stop-and-shop for all of your wine needs, Amanti Vino offers interactive experiences to bring out the sommelier in you. The shop currently offers Zoom classes and experiences to be paired with the delectable wines, which can either be picked up or delivered right to your door.

Spuntino Wine Bar + Italian Tapas {70 Kingsland Road, Clifton}

Spuntino Wine Bar + Italian Tapas

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Spuntino Wine Bar is unlike any other in the area. While it advertises the stellar selection of wines {and trust us, it lives up to the hype}, Spuntino offers an exquisite Italian menu to pair with those wines. 

Read More: A Guide to the Best BYOB Restaurants in Montclair

Cocktail Bars

Alto {690 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair}

Alto mc hotel

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Come for the cocktails, stay for the views. Located on the top of the MC Hotel, you’ll feel as though you’re in the city with sweeping views from this rooftop bar. Trust us, this bar is one-of-a-kind in Montclair. Alto offers beer, wine, cocktails, and light bites and reservations are currently encouraged to guarantee a table.

The Crosby {193 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair}

The Crosby

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While this spot is currently closed to the public, according to the website it is “under construction, building a new brand, new restaurant, new bar, and new experience” for their patrons. When this hot spot is back up and running, experience the winning combination of good food, craft cocktails, and indoor/outdoor space.

Pharmacie Bar + Kitchen {398 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair}

Pharmacie Bar + Kitchen

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The name of this bar serving up unique cocktails came from the Pharmacie soda shop which back in the day flanked the famous Wellmont Theater. The location is just one of the many great things about this bar and kitchen, allowing for a fun date night or pre-show drinks.

See More: A Guide to Montclair’s Best Coffee Shops

Pub/Gastropub

De Novo European Pub {275 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair}

De Novo European Pub

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This gastropub located in Upper Montclair truly has it all. From specialty cocktails to an extensive beer and wine list, it’s a perfect spot for a night out with friends or a cozy date night. PS: There is a new De Novo location opened up in Edgewater for all of our Hudson County readers to take advantage of!

Just Jake’s {30 Park Street, Montclair}

Just Jake’s

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This bar has been around for years but the welcoming atmosphere has always remained the same. Currently, Jake’s is open for patio dining/drinking but the return of the live music, including bands such as the classic Nine Deeez Nite, is highly anticipated.

Oak Barrel Pub {440 Main Street, West Orange}

A fun local watering hole, this pub lies in the heart of Montclair’s neighboring town, West Orange. Locals and outsiders alike flock to this spot for a pint and you’re likely to find it busiest on Saint Patrick’s Day amidst the activity of the West Orange Saint Patrick’s Day parade.

Tierney’s Tavern {136-138 Valley Road, Montclair}

Another bar that is a Montclair staple is Tierney’s, your go-to Irish dive bar in town. Everything we know and love about a classic pub can be found at this local watering hole, including a jukebox, live music, darts, and your favorite brews.

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Alexa is a born-and-raised Jersey girl who grew up in West Orange and later moved with her family to North Caldwell. Growing up in Essex County, Alexa has a love of all things Montclair! A teacher by day, Alexa is certified in elementary and special education and has her master’s degree in literacy. Alexa studied art at the Montclair Art Museum for years which played a pivotal role in starting @AlexaMartinDesigns in 2018, her small business side hustle focusing on all things creative. In her free time, you can find Alexa grabbing donuts at Montclair Bread Company, a drink and some '90s jams at Jake's, or dinner at her fave spot, Turtle + the Wolf.