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Everything You Need to Eat, Drink, See, and Do in Asbury Park This Summer

Published On 06/25/2016 Published On 06/25/2016
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1. The Stone Pony 913 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Considered one of the greatest rock venues of all time by the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, this unsuspecting dive in Asbury Park is best known as the place where Springsteen and Bon Jovi launched their careers. It's since become a must-stop institution for acts travelling through. It's steps from the boardwalk to add an extra Jersey vibe to the proceedings. While primarily known as a concert venue, it has a sizable bar in front of a wall of guitars, where you can order a beer and nod your head to whatever local or cover band is playing that night, though huge national acts also drop in as well.

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2. The Saint 601 Main St, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Major acts and local bands alike take the stage at this Asbury Park venue equipped with a small stage and a space that accommodates about 150. Around since 1994, this intimate place has hosted over 300 acts including Jewel, Hoobastank and Everlast. As for the bar, there are over 20 beers on tap and nightly drink specials.

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3. Asbury Park Convention Hall 1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

This historical music venue in Asbury Park has seen everyone from Frank Sinatra to Janis Joplin and, in more recent years, Bob Dylan, and Jimmy Eat World. It is a a 3,600-seat indoor exhibition center located right on the boardwalk that has been around since about 1930. There are several stores inside for shopping out of the summer heat, and there is a bar on each side where you can hear occasional live music.

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4. Porta Pizzeria 911 Kingsley St, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

This Asbury Park Italian joint specializes in Neapolitan-style pizza, wine & cocktails. Their pizza topping combos range from inventive and elegant to traditional. There's a definite emphasis on freshness, as the owners buy from local purveyors and make mozzarella in-house every day. The inside is modern and sleek with tea lights hanging from the ceiling and a large square bar.

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5. Langosta Lounge 1000 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park is a vibrant, bustling beachfront restaurant right on the boardwalk. The menu is full of Caribbean fusion food and creative, tropical cocktails. It's open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and there are daily specials in addition to a killer happy hour menu. There's also occasional live music inside and plenty of outdoor seating for perfect summer days.

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6. The Bonney Read 525 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

The Bonney Read in Asbury Park is a nautical spot with plenty of loyal followers and pleasantly surprised vacationers. You'll find sustainably sourced seafood like oysters, shrimp, crab, and fish in every possible incarnation you could think of, from rolls to fried to steamed to raw. A selection of fine rums is added to creative cocktails all designed to pair well with seafood. Wood-planked walls and plenty of outdoor seating contribute to the nautical ambiance.

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7. Asbury Oyster Bar 1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 (New Jersey)

Located in the historic Convention Hall on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, this oyster bar offers a curated selection of shellfish, fine cheese and wine. It's all about light bites and delicious libations, and you can enjoy a variety of custom and classic cocktails as you take in views of the ocean. The interior is sparse and clean, with a few high tops and bar seating.

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8. Toast 516 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 (New Jersey)

This busy daytime cafe in Asbury Park serves breakfast, brunch and lunch classics just a block off the boardwalk. You can order everything from cinnamon rolls to lobster rolls, but you shouldn't leave without trying the famous family-recipe pancakes. The decor is bright, rustic and bordering on kitschy, perfect for a beach vacation mindset.

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9. Wonder Bar 1213 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 (New Jersey)

This Asbury Park spot is the ultimate bar for dog lovers, as you can bring your furry friend along for a brew. This can happen during the designated “Yappy Hour," compete with dog swimming pools and even a "time out" area. For two-legged bar goers, there is frequent live music and plenty of TVs to catch games.

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10. The Beach Bar 1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 (New Jersey)

Take in views of sand and surf from your perch at this boardwalk bar in Asbury Park. Hanging strand lights set the mood inside, but outdoors is the place to be, especially in the presence of Beach BAr's signature rum bucket (yes, it's a bucket of rum). If you're hungry, anticipate standard bar fare, and try to go on the nights when they have DJs or live music: that's when things really heat up.

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11. Bond Street Bar & Grill 208 Bond St, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 (New Jersey)

This casual joint is a busy, inexpensive place to grab a drink after a long beach day. Located in Asbury Park, you can stop in for reasonably priced classic cocktails and beer served in mason jars. The food is a huge standout considering how casual and cheap this bar is. The $5 burger is an absolute steal, and inventive takes on other pub fare keep locals and visitors coming back time and again.

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12. Asbury Festhalle And Biergarten 527 Lake Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 (New Jersey)

This upbeat restaurant and bar in Asbury Park offers German food, plenty of beer and a rooftop patio. You get an authentic biergarten experience, from bratwurst at the communal tables outside to a sprawling indoor hall. A regular schedule of live music energizes the crowds that constantly gather.

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13. Paranormal Books & Curiosities 627 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 (New Jersey)

Paranormal Books & Curiosities is a unique experience boutique where you can get in touch with your spiritual side. Tarot card readings, séances and a paranormal museum make for one creepy and fascinating experience. You'll find books on ghost hunting, science and theory and past life regression, among other intriguing topics. If you're a ghost hunter, you can find a broad selection of equipment, and there's often a rotating selection of paranormal art exhibits.

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14. Hot Sand 550 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 (New Jersey)

This glassblowing studio in Asbury Park had been around for ten years. It's appropriate for all ages and all staff members are formally trained in the art of glass blowing. On any given day you may encounter visiting artists and professionals in the field, but let's face it, you probably won't be making a blown vase after one visit. Still, it's mesmerizing to go and watch, and you can even blow your own glass bubble! Then, pick up a piece of artwork done by the professionals.

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15. Silverball Museum Arcade 1000 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 (New Jersey)

Indulge your inner child at Silverball Museum Arcade right on the boardwalk in Asbury Park. You'll find old-school pinball machines from the 1930s that you can still play in addition to more modern arcade games. If you're hungry, this venue has all the Jersey Shore staples you could want, from pizza to funnel cake.