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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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11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

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  • 12
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  • 3
    Very good
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A great old bar to have a serious drink

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2014
JoeBrannin
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Buckeye, Arizona
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16 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Buckeye, Arizona
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 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 

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Newark, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

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 

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Union City, New Jersey, United States
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592 reviews 592 reviews
407 restaurant reviews
186 helpful votes 186 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 

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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.

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Nutley, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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

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Maple Shade, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This is my first trip to Newark, and I went because of consistent 5-star reviews on trip advisor. This place was not what I was expecting, but it was great. This is a Rutgers student dive bar, in the best sense of that term. The happy hour/dinnertime atmosphere was low key, service was fast and friendly, and people-watching was great.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

This place is like stepping into a working mens club back home in Scotland! I have visited so many so called Irish bars in the US, most of them are nothing like the ones back home, even though they try so hard to be so. This was genuine, its been around for years and was one of the reasons why... More 

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West Palm Beach
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

ITs a Bar! The service was fast and the food was very good. Much better then the restaurant at the Robert Treat Best Western!!

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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
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
8:00 pm - 2:00 am

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