We made it. We are right in the middle of the summer, and in most parts of the world, it’s very hot. But just as the days are long, gin is here for us, cold, floral and quaffable. For our American friends, we sought out New Jersey’s best bars to cool down with a Brockmans, up and down the coast. Looking to drink gin outside in New Jersey? Take a journey with us…
Pier 115, Edgewater
Situated on a pier, Pier 115 has a view of New York City you need to capture a photo of. What’s more, Pier 115 is home to Head Bartender Idalberto Martinez (aka Albi), who has won our World Gin Day Brocktail competition not once, but twice, for New Jersey. Albi, an ex-Marine who spent quite a bit of time at high-volume bars in Miami, says the weekends at Pier 115 are “insane.” Instead, he recommends happy hour, when one of the offerings is called “I Trust My Bartender”—an opportunity for the bartender to experiment, and for the customer to get a cocktail at a great price. It’s how Albi came up with his winning drink, “Brockhemian Rhapsody”, a gin sour with Meyer lemon syrup, mezcal, and muddled jwala pepper (click the link for the recipe!). At Pier 115, we see no reason not to trust your bartender.
Union Hall, Hoboken
Yes, this is the same Union Hall we wrote about back in April. But now that the weather’s warm we wanted to remind you that Union Hall has a delightful outdoor patio with a view of Manhattan that feels close enough to swim to (don’t do it though…). Be sure to order the fan favorite, “When We Vote, We Win,” and say hello to David for us…
Lutze Biergarten, Jersey City
Brockmans Gin. On tap. Need we say more? This seasonal beer garden is colourful and vine-covered, with three bars, crowd-pleasing food, and games. The Kekambas, a carbonated tap cocktail with lemon, cucumber, and Brockmans, goes down a little too easy. Oh, and you can take a ferry there from Wall Street in Manhattan. Did we mention there was a Brockmans cocktail on tap?
Taka, Asbury Park
For those who dip down the Jersey Shore for the summer, Taka in Asbury Park has everything you need—sushi, Japanese fare, outdoor seating, and, of course, Brockmans Gin. And for those who haven’t been, Asbury Park is worth a visit–precious, beach-centered, and lively. Head to Taka, snag one of their outside tables, and order a 50/50 Brockmans Gin martini with your meal. You can thank us later.
The Shrimp Box, Point Pleasant Beach
The Shrimp Box is where you go when you’re looking for a frills-free seafood menu, in a casual space, on the water. Both the indoor and outdoor spaces are large and comfortable, the staff is friendly, the crowd is mixed, and the beer and cocktails complement the food menu like a squeeze of lemon on fried calamari. Bar Manager Steve Hirzel, a self-proclaimed “man of many responsibilities,” loves Brockmans because it doesn’t have “that typical gin taste” that puts a lot of people off. Instead, Brockmans allows him to allure his customers back into gin. We’re already convinced, of course, but for those who aren’t, order a “Sunset Spritz”–with Brockmans, Aperol, grapefruit juice, and prosecco–and then try to tell us you don’t like gin.
Amendment 21, Point Pleasant Beach
Named for the infamous amendment that gave the US their alcohol back, Amendment 21 is perfect when it’s a little too hot out, and you’re looking for a cool place to cool off. Interested in a little history with your alcohol? Amendment 21 spared no expense in celebrating the historic end to Prohibition, with newspaper clippings, photos, and quotes from President Roosevelt himself adorning the brick-lined, den-like space. And the drinks menu is printed on what looks like an actual newspaper from that fateful day in 1933. Order their Southside cocktail with Brockmans (mint, sugar, lime, gin) and know you are doing Franklin Roosevelt proud.
Charlie’s of Bay Head, Bay Head
Just a short walk from the beach and with gorgeous views of Twilight Lake, Charlie’s is where you’d take someone you’d like to impress. White wood dominates the space, and the long bar and friendly bartenders are rather inviting. What’s more, their “Last Word”, a borderline addictive Brockmans cocktail with muddled blackberries, mint, lemon, and cucumber is too pretty and too delicious not to order, photograph, sip, and repeat.
We know that the heat can be tough. But that’s why we created the world’s smoothest gin, to help ease you through those dog days of summer. And if you do get a chance to visit any of New Jersey’s best bars to cool down with a Brockmans, let us know below, or on our social channels, what you think…