Asbury Park has long been a hot spot ever since Bruce Springsteen sang its praises. But, after undergoing some major revitalization the town is seeing a whole new boost in popularity with new restaurant and hotel openings. Interested in checking it out?
If you weren’t able to visit the hippest place in New Jersey out this summer, there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy a perfect fall weekend in the shore town. We reached out to David Bowd, hotel operator of the new (and totally awesome) Asbury Hotel to give us the ultimate itinerary.
What To Do
There are so many fun activities that you could be busy all day if you wanted. To start head to the Silverball Museum Arcade where you can check out a boardwalk game arcade with pinball machines from the 1930s to the present. Then take a three-minute walk down the boardwalk to The Watermark where you can take in the ocean views from the premiere beachfront tapas bar and social club.
If you’re looking to embrace your inner rock star a la Bruce Springsteen on your visit then get a piecing at Attractive Tattoo or inked up by Kyle at Old Glory Tattoo. Top off your wild day by taking in a gig at Wonderbar, House of Independence or The Stone Pony where legends like Bon Jovi have played.
Where to Eat
All of that activity calls for some food and nothing is better than some Jersey shore classics. Go to Franks Deli for a classic pork roll breakfast or grab a quick latte at Cardinal. For lunch, make sure to pick up a slice of at Porta, where their known for their authentic Neapolitan pizza. Or, grab a sandwich and a cup of soup at SpeakEatery where they have specialty subs like the Al Capone “The Gentleman” that comes with ham, prosciutto, sweet sopressata, Genoa salami, marinated roasted red peppers and homemade fresh mozzarella served on a hero roll.
For dinner there are so many options you’ll need to make multiple visits. The Bolognese at Belmonte’s, calamari at Langosta Lounge, sushi at Taka and macaroni and cheese at Brickwall are all worth checking out when you’re hungry.
Where To Stay
The newly opened Asbury Hotel is so cool you might not even want to leave. On the ground-floor lounge you can play ping-pong, pinball machines, or board games. There’s a grab-n-go spot to get some grub and the upscale rooms provide perfect comfortable escape after a long day of exploring. There’s even a rooftop that boasts spectacular views and plans to stay open so long as weather permits (most likely October).
Where To Drink
You can’t head to place where rock legends have roamed without indulging in some libations. Luckily, Asbury Park is filled with amazing places. Have a cocktail in the new speakeasy Skratch, which is actually housed in an old bank building, get a bloody Mary at Bonney Read, or have a drink with a cool crowd at Bond Street Bar.
Where To Shop
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It’s all about beachwear and antiques at this shore town. Style Rocket offers a unique spin on stylish clothing, art, home decor and original trinkets. They even have fashion shows and live music. Buy some sunglasses and a motorcycle helmet at The Market on 5th and do some antique shopping at Antique Emporium.
Just because the summer is over doesn’t mean the fun events event. The ninth annual zombie walk will take place on October 1, where makeup artists will be on hand to provide zombie makeovers for a nominal ticket fee. The Asbury’s Never-ending Summer BBQ, a public event in the hotel’s pool and beer garden that will host 8 to 10 barbecue food trucks, will take place the next day. Then there’s the Asbury Halloween party on October 29 with DJ Lina headlining the costume party that starts at 10.
For the winter The Asbury will create an ice skating rink in the outdoor terrace portion of its performance/event space, Asbury Hall. Details and dates are still being firmed up, but there will be family and happy hour programming through the winter.