Essential Nightlife Pairings

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Looking for unique date ideas? How about a fun night out with friends? No matter who you’re hanging out with, these fun nightlife combinations pair drinks and a nearby activity, so you can enjoy a night out on the town.


Arts + Crafts


In Montclair, come out for Free First Thursday Nights at the Montclair Art Museum, a monthly event held from October through June. Enjoy free admission, live music, a full-service bar and plenty of breathtaking artwork to view. Afterwards, head over to Upstairs Restaurant & Bar, where seasonal American cuisine and expertly prepared specialty cocktails are served at a sleek glass bar.


Or, head over to Morristown, on either the second and third Thursdays at the Morris Museum for late-night hours and admission is “pay as you wish.” Then, keep the fun going at SM23 Bar & Lounge, a cozy spot boasting sophisticated design and a cocktail list to match.


Table Games + Spirits


Had a long week? Let loose in Atlantic City, where the neon-lit casinos and late-night bars beckon for a good time. At Harrah’s Resort, start your night on the casino floor for some gaming action at the tables, from Fortune Pai Gow and Spanish 21 to poker and mini-baccarat. Then, head out to at Dos Caminos for exceptional modern Mexican cuisine coupled with refreshing drinks. Take your pick from more than 100 selections of tequila, or order one of the specialty cocktails at the Tequila Bar.


Movies + Tastings


Check-out the Levoy Theatre for a night at the movies. This historic theater shows everything from cult classics to musicals and more. For a truly authentic drinking experience, visit the very place your drink is distilled—Millville’s East Coast Distilling, home to Jersey Shine Moonshine. The tasting room is open on Fridays and Saturdays, offering delightful flavors of moonshine, such as apple pie, black cherry and lemonade.


Jazz + Wine


Enjoy drinks and get your entertainment all in one place, these locations offers both for convenient night out! Stop by Shanghai Jazz Restaurant & Bar in Madison, features upscale Asian-inspired cuisine, wines from across the globe and world-class jazz is the draw. In Westfield, enjoy the eclectic food and wine offerings at 16 Prospect Wine Bar and Bistro, while listening to live jazz. Meanwhile, The Merion Inn in Cape May offers dinner, cocktails (plus an exceptional wine list), a jazz trio on Thursdays and live piano music through Sundays. On Thursday nights at Annata Wine Bar in Hammonton, enjoy live jazz while indulging in flavorful Old World Italian cuisine and wines.


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