Whether your jam is indie, R&B or folk-rock, Asbury Park is always riffing with live music. Start with The Stone Pony, the legendary music club that launched Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. And at the Wonder Bar, known for its dog-friendly “yappy hour,” tribute bands and original musicians get everyone into the groove. For more intimate music venues, head over to The Saint and House of Independents.
Brews & Boos
Fall is prime season for craft beers and creepy fun, and you’ll find both in Asbury Park. Asbury Park Brewery crafts beers that are unique and eccentric – just like Asbury Park. Their tasting room is the perfect place to meet up for a cold one with friends and raise a growler to the fun and funky local scene. For spooky experiences, creep over to the Paranormal Museum, a small storefront attraction devoted to unexplained myths, legends and folklore. Or learn about Asbury Park’s haunted past on the Ghosts & Legends of the Downtown Walking Tour – if you dare!
Relive your carefree youth at the Silverball Museum Arcade, located on the Asbury Park boardwalk, where you can play classic pinball games and video games from the ‘80s. Fans of all things retro will love the Shoppes at the Arcade. Housed in an old Woolworth store on Cookman Avenue, it’s home to a curious collection of one-of-a-kind stores you just can’t find in a run-of-the-mill mall.
Featuring six bowling alleys with a classic feel and a massive stage for live musical performances that will bowl you over, Asbury Lanes is a quirky entertainment venue that also features the Diner, boasting a menu of glammed-up grub ranging from Disco Fries to Lentil Loaf.
With its cool dining/bar scene, jam-packed entertainment calendar and variety of chic places to stay the night – including The St. Laurent Social Club and The Empress Hotel – Asbury Park is always in season for a quick escape. Need more vacation inspiration? Download a free NJ travel guide or sign up for our e-newsletter.