Smith Hospitality bars and restaurants in New Jersey
Vitals: Includes the bars and restaurants The Annex, Brickwall Tavern, Little Buddy Hideaway (pictured), Pascal & Sabine and Porta. Charity events rotate.
Every month, Smith Hospitality runs a promotion called “Cocktails for a Cause.” A featured cocktail is paired with a charity picked by the bar staff, and a portion of proceeds from the sales go to the chosen charity. Multiple locations create the opportunity for a charitable bar crawl of sorts, each with different vibes and themes.
Past charities have included a custom Daiquiri with Don Q rum at Little Buddy Hideaway to benefit Donate Puerto Rico, drinks at multiple Smith Hospitality establishments that benefited United for Puerto Rico, and hurricane relief donations at Brickwall Tavern. While the cocktail and charity normally rotate every month, a Save The Whales donation at Little Buddy Hideaway—featuring a cocktail called Blackfish—has proved popular enough to run for a couple months.
Vitals: Opens at 5 p.m. and features live entertainment every day of the week starting at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and starting at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Charity events are held on Thursday.
Thursday nights are non-profit nights at Madam’s Organ, a tradition that launched a few months after the bar opened in 1992. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., $1 of every item sold is donated to the charity of the night. Past charities include the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Cupid’s Undie Run, the Congo Leadership Initiative and the female mentoring organization Big Dreamz.
It doesn’t end with monetary donations, either. “Madam’s Organ opened 25 years ago in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, and we have always felt a need to make those less fortunate in the neighborhood feel welcome in the community,” says Wendy Reynolds, the assistant general manager. “Our responsibility is to the community and especially the neighborhood youth.”
Since 1996, the Duggan family, who owns Madam’s Organ, has taken local children, who would normally never have the chance to see the ocean, to the Delaware shore. The bar also gives out food and snacks for good report cards and hosts a Christmas party for more than 100 underprivileged kids and their families.