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McGovern's Tavern

Newark Central Business District
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58 - 60 New St, Newark, NJ
973 643 3984
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8:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Irish Bar

Great bar with quality food. Has a dinning section behind the bar if you don't care to sit at the bar. I highly recommend the burgers.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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New Jersey
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84 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Usually, the odds are against you in the food service business to last longer than 3 years. Well here is a bar and restaurant that has lasted 80 years, and deserves to have its legacy perpetuated as a Landmark. This Tavern is delightful, it has so much heritage that I could still smell the beer of yesteryear. The bar scene... More 

Thank passionrules
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Great bar with quality food. Has a dinning section behind the bar if you don't care to sit at the bar. I highly recommend the burgers.

Thank Sporty981
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

Great place for people watching - a truly mixed crowd. And fun too - the bartenders are friendly, the service is fast, and the burgers are the best. A bar you can love.

Thank Lshfsk
Buckeye, Arizona
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83 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I have not been there since 1981 but I feel the need to praise the place. From others reviews it has not changed. The bar tenders always make you feel like a regular, the kitchen on the side offers good honest food, nothing fancy but great tasting. The bar is capable of serving any kind of drink you want except... More 

Thank JoeBrannin
Newark, New Jersey
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

McGovern's Tavern has been part of Newark for as long as I can remember. It caters to the young and Old it has a many student from Rutger's Newark, NJIT and Essex Community College. It also attract Professor, Doctor, Lawyer, Police and just about anyone else looking for a old fashion Irish Pub. Food is good bar food and the... More 

Thank henryg12345
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

I was in Newark to see the Mike Tyson one man show, I arrived hours early to beat traffic and needed a place to hang out for a few hours. Most of downtown Newark seemed shady but then I found this diamond in the rough. Although the outside seemed dark and dreary the inside of the bar was incredible. Bright,... More 

Thank James T
Union City, New Jersey, United States
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808 reviews
542 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Though the painted door maybe nearly impossible to find among the 4 others that don't open, the inside is far bigger than expected and has a huge bar. It is obviously popular with locals as it was surprisingly packed on a Wednesday afternoon when the temperature was below freezing. Service was friendly, though very slow and I had to pay... More 

1 Thank Tyler L
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Came here after reading reviews on trip advisor. We weren't disappointed! It was a Friday night, very loud but friendly crowd. My burger was one of the best I've eaten in a long time and the sweet potato fries were great. We were in Newark for airport pickup, this was a great choice for getting dinner.

Thank surfsidedes
Nutley, New Jersey
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Located in college area of town. Their wings are delicious I would order them reg. feels like home town type of place in middle of a city

Thank Casandra G
Maple Shade, New Jersey
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

This is a great Dive bar. The staff was enthusiastic and friendly. Gone were the annoying televisions tuned to ESPN. This place actually encourages interaction among the guests.( I thought that's what bars were for?) There are lots of cool murals on the walls. It looks like a Cop and Fireman hang out, so you'll feel safe in downtown Newark.... More 

Thank Mark N

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 58 - 60 New St, Newark, NJ
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Newark>  > Newark Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Newark Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 973 643 3984

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
8:00 pm - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
8:00 pm - 2:00 am

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