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Bar Review: Cryan’s Beef & Ale Restaurant

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Cryan’s Beef & Ale Restaurant

24 First St.

South Orange, NJ 07079

Tel: 973.763.7114

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Sunday 10:30 AM – 1:30 AM

Best Time To Go:

Saturday nights with DJ and no cover

cryansCryan’s is an Irish bar/restaurant about five miles from Newark, NJ in the commuter-friendly college town of South Orange. Frequented by college students, local employees and townies, it’s a small restaurant with a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

The bar area is very small. Despite the surplus of customers they receive on any given weekend, there is only one bar usually handled by two bartenders. The bartenders do their best to attend to each customer, but you do have to be aggressive about getting their attention, since you’ll be competing with a large crowd of thirsty bar-goers.

Cryan’s offers bottled beers, drafts and well drinks for the non-beer drinker. On tap they have Guinness and Harp as well as all the common bottled beers. You also have the option to choose Heineken, Bud, Bud Light, Michelob.

There is also a seating area to order food. Cryan’s offers a full dinner menu with traditional American classics such as burgers and fries. The back area is a dance floor, which usually goes unused, but is a decent area to get your boogie on when they have a DJ spinning top 40 and rock hits.

Open seven days a week, any day is a good day to check out Cryan’s, as they offer different specials on each day of the week including Tuesday night burger specials, discounted drinks for college students on Thursday nights, and a dance floor with no cover fee on Saturday evenings.

A good time to check this place out is on St. Patrick’s Day. They offer great beer and food specials in honor of Ireland’s patron saint. Like many bars Mondays and Tuesdays tend to be slower with a less interesting/chaotic atmosphere but more personal attention from the bartender.

Pros: Cheap beer and well drinks, in addition to a kitchen that stays open late

Cons: One of few bars located near Seton Hall University – which translates to lots of college students

Rating: 4 out of 5