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Must-Visit Rooftop + Outdoor Bars in the Montclair Area

by Olivia Rizzo
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With summer just a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to enjoy a cocktail outside. Nothing pairs better with a warm day than the perfect drink to unwind with at sunset. Whether you’re looking for the perfect location for a girl’s night out or are just looking for a new place to grab a drink, Essex County is the place to be. Read on for a list of rooftop and outdoor bars in Essex County.


Cloverleaf Tavern | 395 Bloomfield Avenue


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The Cloverleaf Tavern is a beer lover’s dream. With a large list of beers from IPAs to stouts and porters, The Cloverleaf is bound to have something on the menu that will wet your whistle. If you’re not a beer drinker, The Cloverleaf has a selection of wine and seasonal cocktails — the light and fruity flavors are perfect for lounging in the bar’s outdoor seating and enjoying the summer sun.


Alto | 690 Bloomfield Avenue


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Part of The MC Hotel, Alto is a rooftop bar that has both indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant serves small plate-style food for sharing, along with a variety of wine, beer, and cocktails. With views of the NYC skyline,  you get all of the beauty and feel of the city without the traffic.

Read More: Your Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Dining in Montclair

DeNovo | 275 Bellevue Avenue


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A European-style gastropub, Denovo brings a little bit of Europe to Montclair. The outdoor seating makes for the perfect place to people-watch while sipping on a beer, a glass of one, or one of the signature cocktails. There’s also another location in Edgewater.

Egan + Sons | 116 Walnut Street

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Egan and Sons expanded its outdoor patio seating a few years back and it takes up a good portion of the parking lot — so there’s plenty of room for large parties. There’s an extensive beer list and a cocktail menu. The pub also serves up classic bar food like burgers, wings, and tacos.

Montclair Brewery | 101 Walnut Street

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Montclair Brewery is known for its unique microbrews and brewery tours they also have an outdoor patio where you can enjoy any combination of local beers, with some names celebrating Montclair. The brewery also provides live entertainment on the weekends — and there’s also a cornhole league here.

Just Jake’s | 30 Park Street

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Known for live music on the weekends Just Jake’s has outdoor covered patio seating. Whether you’re looking to enjoy dinner or just drinks, Jake’s provides a relaxing outdoor atmosphere equipped with outdoor TVs for watching the big game.

Faubourg | 544 Bloomfield Avenue


The Faubourg features an outdoor bar and a rooftop lounge. The restaurant serves French-inspired food and puts its own twist on classic cocktails like the spicy pineapple margarita and the mango mojito.



Little Tijuana | 538 Market Street


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Located in Newark’s Ironbound District and just a few minutes outside of NYC, Little Tijuana has both a patio and rooftop bar. Little Tijuana is known for its margaritas and the restaurant’s selection of classic Mexican food. The bar’s design is beyond IG-worthy — from Mexican wall art to a swing on the rooftop, it’s the perfect atmosphere for a fun night out with friends.

See More: Outdoor + Rooftop Bars in Hoboken + Jersey City

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McLoone’s Boathouse | 9 Cherry Lane


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McLoone’s Boathouse is located inside the South Mountain Reservation, which makes the ideal place to have a drink after a day of hiking the trails or visiting the animals at the Turtle Back Zoo. McLoone’s outdoor deck provides relaxing views of the reservation’s waterfront, and the bar serves up drinks perfect for spring and summer.

Shillelagh Club | 648 Prospect Avenue

The Shillelagh is an Irish pub that, in addition to its traditional Irish fare, has live music every Friday and Saturday night. The bar’s outdoor seating makes for a great hangout spot to enjoy the live performances or hang out with friends. The bar has happy hour during the week from 3PM-6PM and a new Burger of the Week, created each week by the pub’s head chef.

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