12 JC Bars to Feel Like {You’re on Vacation}

12 JC Bars to Feel Like {You’re on Vacation}

Posted in Drinks on July 09, 2019

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It takes a really special restaurant to transport you to another place, and we are fortunate that there are so many places in Jersey City that embrace worldly influences. These local spots will allow you to escape out of the hustle and bustle of the city, making you feel like you're on vacation without leaving the comfort of your hometown!

Cellar 335

If you're tired of seeing all of your friends' beach photos, you too can feel like you're on your own island getaway with an authentic craft tiki drink in your hand! Cellar335 serves up some of the best tiki-inspired food and drinks, with the ambiance to match! 335 Newark Ave.

Razza Pizza Artigianale

Imagine an escape to a small Italian villa, enjoying a hand-crafted pizza in a rustic-style restaurant, the smells of the wood-fired oven wafting over you. Razza uses locally sourced ingredients of the finest quality to create traditional Italian food that will make you forget you're in the busy downtown core of JC! 275 Grove St.

Café Dolma

Your Greek getaway awaits at Café Dolma! This cozy little downtown spot specializes in homestyle Greek cuisine that will make you feel like you're enjoying brunch overlooking the Mediterranean! 270 Grand St.

Vogue Café

You'll feel like you've stepped into a Paris bakery as soon as you set foot in Vogue Café. This patisserie offers an array of handcrafted sweet and savory croissants, pastries, and a full espresso bar. Make sure you enjoy your treats out in their back garden to feel like you're on a real French escape! 177 York St.

Surf City Beach Bar & Restaurant

If it's a beach getaway you are dreaming of, then look no further, Surf City is the place to go! This expansive beach-themed bar has the sand, the seafood, and the frozen drinks to help you tap into those beach vibes! 1 Marin Blvd.

Rumba Cubana

Rumba Cubana is the perfect spot to fulfill that craving for delicious Cuban food paired with the perfect pitcher of sangria! The décor and music set the mood for you to get that little slice of Cuba right in the city! 235 Pavonia Ave.

Los Dos

A very recent addition to Jersey City, stepping into Los Dos feels like you've found a portal to a downtown Mexico City cantina! Make sure to stop by on a Friday for their all-day happy hour, because everyone knows a margarita is the perfect way to unwind from all the stresses of a long week! 100 York St.


Frankie is colorful and stylish downtown spot that serves up Aussie cuisine and organic wines, their earthy aesthetic will make you feel like you're on a nature retreat while you sip on a delicious glass of wine! 264 Grove St.

Skinner's Loft

Skinner's Loft offers the perfect rooftop escape, with a craft cocktail in your hand and the evening breeze in your hair, it won't even feel like you're in Jersey City anymore! 146 Newark Ave.

Madame Claude Bis

Madame Claude Bis is a cozy but elegant French bistro that comes alive on Thursday nights, when they host a live Gypsy Jazz Band. The speakeasy-like entrance really sets the mood as you walk in, it feels like you've been transported to a romantic vacation in Paris! 390 4th St.

Broa Cafe

Broa Café in the heart of downtown is an intimate BYO spot that offers a changing menu of genuine Portuguese cuisine in a homey décor that will make you feel so immersed in the culture, it's like you're being hosted for a family dinner right in Portugal! 297 Grove St.

Harry's Daughter

Harry's Daughter gives you the opportunity to get away to the Islands right in Jersey City! The tropical leaf wallpaper and woven baskets are just part of the décor that really gives this place its Caribbean feel. The food and cocktails are all inspired by authentic Trinidadian ingredients and flavours, which will make you feel like you're on that holiday to the Caribbean that you've always dreamed about! 339 Communipaw Ave.

Written by Claire Layton

Claire is a quintessential Canadian girl looking forward to exploring JC one craft beer at a time! She is a graduate student of anthropology, spending all of her free time either at the gym, frequenting comedy bars, or scouring the city for free concerts.