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Top New Jersey Nightlife Offerings in Middlesex County

As people begin to travel again, Central New Jersey is a perfect location for a getaway. The nightlife in Central New Jersey is alive and well, especially for those who want excitement but want to avoid the Shore. Unlike the Shore, Central New Jersey provides visitors with year-round attractions. With affordable options to suit everyone, Middlesex County should be your new favorite place for nighttime fun, food, and entertainment.
DJ mixing at soundboard for evening dance party

Bars and Nightclubs

Central New Jersey is filled with bars for both partiers interested in dancing the night away and those who just want to sit and relax while sipping on an ice-cold beer. Those who prefer the hottest dance music will love Olde Queens Tavern. With a DJ spinning the hits on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, Olde Queens Tavern offers you the opportunity to meet lots of like-minded people who want to have a good time. Scarlet Pub is a great place for college students. With its focus on safety, Scarlet Pub provides a safe place for a girls’ night out.

New Brunswick even has a comedy club, Stress Factory. Be ready to laugh with friends as you witness some of the best comedians in New Jersey.

Sports bars galore are also scattered throughout the area. Whether at a chain sports bar or a mom-and-pop bar, you can catch the big game while chilling with your friends.

For those with a more discerning taste, try one of the breweries and taverns in Central New Jersey. Hub City Brewhouse is one of the favorites in the area. For a more sophisticated experience, try Clydz Casual Food & Drink. Featuring martinis and cocktails, Clydz is among the hottest spots for those looking for an upscale drinking experience.

Hookah Offerings

Like hookah? See what Maya Hookah Lounge in Edison or Mist Hookah Lounge in North Brunswick have to offer. With tasty flavors, fun atmospheres, and great conversations with friends, these hookah lounges are favorites among local college students.

Live Music

The music scene is back stronger than ever. Tavern on George features live music four nights a week. The tavern specializes in both acoustic sets and jazz standards. Blackthorn Restaurant and Irish Pub features live music on Saturday nights.

Of course, no live music scene can be complete without karaoke. Blackthorn Restaurant and Irish Pub has you covered on karaoke, too. Head on over and belt out your favorite song. Nervous? Sip on delicious Irish drinks to work up a little courage for your performance.

Nighttime Dining Options

Delicious restaurants are another great thing about Central New Jersey nightlife. Whether you enjoy romantic fine dining or eating in a fun and casual atmosphere, Central New Jersey has you covered. For people wanting to dine with that special someone, selective foodies, or even business colleagues, the food options are unlimited. Choose from everything from popular chains to restaurants unique to this area. Whether you are a resident or just visiting, you will never run out of tasty places to try.

Kid-Friendly Fun at Night

Are you visiting New Brunswick, NJ, or the surrounding areas with children? No problem. There is a ton of family fun to be had, even during times of COVID-19 restrictions. New Brunswick and the surrounding areas have it going on. If bowling is your thing, Shelton Lanes is open late Thursday through Saturday for late-night games. Another fascinating attraction in the area is the Dunellen Theatre. Watch a movie at night with the kids in this historic single-screen venue. The theater gives kids a look back at how things used to be.

We Look Forward to Your Visit

So you see, New Brunswick, NJ, and the surrounding areas have what you are looking for in fun nighttime entertainment. Whether you are a resident, a college student, or just passing through, you will love Central New Jersey and the fun it offers. We hope to see you soon in Middlesex County. For more information or to plan your next trip, visit Central Jersey Convention & Visitors Bureau online.

Supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division, Travel & Tourism.

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