Jersey City, New Jersey
Meat and beer come together in a wellthought-out Czech-inspired concept that combines house-made sausages and a carefully curated beer list that draws from some of America’s best craft breweries and the world’s best-known brands.
What it is:
From the bar/restaurant group behind other forward-thinking but historical-looking spots in New Jersey, such as the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten and Pilsener Haus & Biergarten in Hoboken, comes WÜRSTBAR, a small neighborhood bar that focuses on simple but flavorful. The sausages go beyond the brat, and the beer list looks heavily to European styles for inspiration.
Why it’s great:
In a word: sausages. In the age of mass-market everything, it’s refreshing (not always the word associated with meat) to get the genuine article. From venison to rabbit, duck, lamb, and more, there’s a taste associated with whatever your mood or the beer with which you want to pair something. The beer list changes daily, usually with a few small-production offerings from the likes of Two Roads (Stratford, Connecticut), Blackberry Farm (Walland, Tennessee), and others. But the best deal is the 0.5 liter of fresh-tapped Pilsner Urquell for $4.50 during the elongated happy hour. Simple is beautiful. —John Holl DETAILS Hours: Noon–midnight, Sunday–thursday; Noon–2 a.m., Friday & Saturday. Address: 516 Jersey Ave., Jersey City, NJ Web: wurstbarjc.com