very good

11 Ratings

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

34 Wayne St
Jersey City, New Jersey, 07302-3518
United States

(201) 367-1222 | map

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Added by SeanRedd on 06-02-2009

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by dauss:
Photo of dauss
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I inadvertently found this place due to the strategic ad placement of those damn marketers.

It is a five minute walk from my parents place. It is right off Grove St. and I had walked by it numerous times when I get off the PATH but never actually went inside. It is a small venue. It is a mix of a sports bar, beer bar, and a place to just get drunk. You don't have "fishbowl" specials just for kicks. Several TV's playing Sunday night football, multiple trivia hand helds, and a Nintendo Wii to play games.

It seems that they have expanded their draught list since the previous reviews I have read. They now have 6 taps and another 50+ bottles listed on the gigantic chalkboard above the bar. The draughts were good and as far as I could tell, the tap lines were clean. The bartender was helpful and even offered samples if I needed help deciding.

There is no food, but all you can eat popcorn. I did go on a Sunday night, and there was only one bartender working, but the service was good. I'm not sure how often they rotate their draughts, but this place is nearly equidistant to the Iron Monkey from this place, but I could see myself coming back here for sure.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SebastianMandeville
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of almostjay
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Rockstarpotion
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Second best bar in Jersey City, and i am glad I went. Easier to find parking as slightly more central street is the main intersection. I counted 12 taps, they were mostly thought out. Plus a few dozen bottles. Prices good. Small place, but still room at bar. Music more under control. Very good and friendly bartender. Almost all guys, and they looked like that orientation. No root beer, but the wife was happy playing a trivia TV game. Carries some NJ stuff that Barcade does not. I would return, particularly for the patio when the weather is good.

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Photo of countrocula
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

To the point. They've got an admirable selection for a smaller neighborhood type place. They do a great job of rotating the bottles and seem to have at least 2-5 new bottles when I drop in every other month. Staff is quite friendly. Patronage seem to be regulars during my visits and know each other and the staff quite well. Personally, I appreciate their service with the Belgian/German style glass spritzer thing. Their draughts also seem to be rotated or consumed frequently as I've NEVER had a bad pour at this place.

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Photo of msboyd
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

I was recently trapped in Jersey City for a conference and discovered the Star Bar via BeerFly. I was very pleasantly surprised by the bar; it would not look out of place in Brooklyn or San Francisco, but it maintains a friendly, neighborhood vibe.

The beer selection is quite good for New Jersey (coming from Philadelphia, I'm rather spoiled), and there are some specials hiding in the basement that are just waiting for an occasion. The management is hoping to buy the storefront next door to expand, hopefully offering a few house-brewed beers down the line.

The really outstanding feature of the Star Bar is the very welcoming, friendly service (and it applies to female visitors like me, not just to attractive men) - the owner and staff are all fantastic and happy to make a suggestion or generally talk beer. It's well worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood.

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Photo of IronGiant
4.94/5  rDev +23.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I'll admit I'm a bit new to reviewing beer bars. Been to lots of bars and consumed lots of beer, but only recently got really into craft beer - and that's because of Star Bar.

Star Bar is a smaller place I found when a friend took me out. I was about to order my standby beer when the bartender suggested an alternative craft brew. I spent the rest of the night working my way through their menu.

I've been to bars with 100s of beers - Star Bar is too small to have a menu that big. I counted 27 bottled beers when I was there plus four on tap. The bar makes up for size by rotating beer selections every week and always bringing in fresh options (my friend pointed out this also means you don't get "old" beer here either). The menu is written on a chalkboard and gets updated all the time.

Star Bar specializes in American craft beers. I've discovered Rogue, Stone, Shipyard, Allagash, Smuttynose are some of my favorites although they have lots of others.

The owner also prints a weekly beer menu that goes beyond just listing beer names. They offer descriptions of the beer and the beer styles so newcomers can indulge like old beer dogs.

This is a really cool place with a neighborhood vibe.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Small, cozy, hip enclave off of bustling Grove St. and a 2 min. walk from the path, this gem has an impressive selection! 26 craft brews, the majority on bottle with 4 drafts. Rotating list that stays exciting and on par with the season. From Victory Prima dominating the pilseners to Allgash White draft and Kellerweis taking care of the wheats. Move onto pales from Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Bitter by Rogue, turning IPA from Stone Ruination, BR Racer 5, onto red by Stone Levitation, Red Rocket to Founders Scotch, turning darker at Lancaster Milk Stout and GD Yeti Imperial. Couple fruit beers thrown in and exciting seasonals. Constant rotating draft keeps the selection on the forefront. This place is the missing link between corny, yuppie beer lists that dominated the JC beer scene and bring your pillow to the bar wanna-be-trendy art restaurants. We're glad to have Star Bar.

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