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This bar was voted the best in New Jersey, it’s a Big Joe favorite

There are many great saloons, bars, taverns and inns here in New Jersey and I’m proud to say I’ve had the pleasure of walking through the doors of most of them.

Asbury Park dubbed the 2nd best beach in the United States, Asbury construction in 2018

Asbury Park dubbed the 2nd best beach in the United States (Erin Vogt, Townsquare Media)

Mashed, the online foodie resource that offers news, recipes and polls its staff and subscribers, recently named the best bars in Monmouth County, then went on to say that Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey was the best bar in New Jersey. .

I can understand why they voted for The Wonder Bar as it is also one of my favorite bars here in Jersey. It’s a bar steeped in history and above all rightly nestled in the heart of “where the music lives” Asbury Park.

New Jersey Marathon runners pass the iconic Wonder Bar sign in Asbury Park in 2013

New Jersey Marathon runners pass the iconic Wonder Bar sign in Asbury Park in 2013 (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Walk into the Wonder Bar and the staff are friendly and efficient and no wonder (no pun intended) as it’s run by Lance Larson who was and still is in the top ring of musical royalty here in Jersey and Debbie DeLisa who is gracious and welcoming with her personality and she remains the best friend an animal can have by giving so much of her time and money to animal rescues and their care.

Debbie has created a yappy hour where you can bring your dog to Wonder Bar and sip your favorite drink and enjoy the outdoor tiki bar. Yappy hour is appreciated and well attended.

Bruce Springsteen on stage at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park

Bruce Springsteen on stage at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park (Tom Cunningham, Townsquare Media NJ)

Wonder Bar music has been a showcase for some of New Jersey’s best, including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Clarence Clemons and Bobby Bandiera. A few years ago, just before COVID-19, Bruce Springsteen showed up at a show I was hosting with Bobby Bandiera and he was dancing with his mom Adele.

Photo Dennis Malloy

Photo by Dennis Malloy (from the Wonder Bar Deck)

The Wonder Bar is the kind of place where you can have a few cold drinks with your friends, bring your dog and enjoy the best music Jersey has to offer. I don’t know of any other establishment here in New Jersey that offers all of these entertainment choices.

I have hosted many charities at the Wonder Bar and Debbie and Lance have been kind enough to open their doors to many great causes. The Wonder Bar is an icon in the same vein as its sister bar down the street The Stone Pony.

Asbury Park beach at sunrise

Asbury Park Beach at Sunrise (Lou Russo, Townsquare Media NJ)

Take advantage of the Wonder Bar and make it a must stop on your next trip to Asbury Park.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 weekend host Big Joe Henry. All opinions expressed are those of Big Joe.

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