If you’re a beer connoisseur in New Jersey (and of a certain age), you know Old Bay Restaurant as one of the earliest adopters of fine ale and lager. It’s always been worth the trip from anywhere in the state to this iconic New Brunswick bar and restaurant and I made it more than a few times. When I saw the invitation for a media-only event at that old haunt, I had to go and check out what was new.
The cajun theme that was launched in the late 80s is still the backbone of Old Bay. Located in an old bank building erected in the mid-19th century, with plenty of wrought iron and Victorian charm, the place does have a New Orleans vibe. So does the menu. The old creole favorites remain but they lean more on fresh seafood to round out the fare. The tap list is still thoughtfully curated—and still worth the trip!—and is complemented by a very creative craft cocktail menu. For the late-night crowd, Old Bay features live bands from the local music scene.
Check out the video for a little Old Bay flavor!
Old Bay Restaurant
61 Church Street