Murphy’s Tavern in Rumson, NJ Named ‘Best Small Town’ Bar in US
Monmouth County has been receiving a lot of "bests" lately, but are we surprised?
Lifestyle website Thrillist went state-by-state identifying the best small town bars in the Country. We were excited to see a Rumson mainstay get the spotlight.
Congratulations to Murphy's Tavern! What a great choice by Thrillist, and man, what a history Murphy's has.
Their trademark sign says "since Prohibition," and they're not kidding. Murphy's has been serving spirits on Ward Lane since 1856!
Legit rum-runners and smugglers would pass through this basement on the Navesink. Fast-forward and you can still get the ultimate speakeasy experience.
Murphy's is considered one of the best low-key bars in the entire country. Murphy's is a cozy room stuffed to the wood paneling with friendly faces in a no-frills basement of some dude's house. It's unique, especially being in Rumson, more known for country clubs and one-percenters than quality watering holes.
The bar itself is a relic of Prohibition, where rum runners would wet their beaks when they weren't smuggling booze. And nowadays, Murphy's still flies so low that some people that actually grew up in Rumson will go their entire lives without knowing it exists.
There are fried apps that riff on Jersey classics like their pork roll fries. There's a shuffleboard table that always has a waiting list and a jukebox with more classic rock standards than your dad's iPod Shuffle. Many memorable nights have been spent at Murphy's.