Today, all are thriving, along with four new restaurants.

It regularly holds fundraisers for hate-crime victims and other worthy causes.

Owner Wolf Sterling last year dropped Yuengling (and its distributor) after the brewery declared public support for Donald Trump.

Drinks are similarly diverse, from Pimms Cups to alcoholic root beer floats, seasonal mint julips and alcoholic ginger beer.

Fox & Crow—easy to spot on a residential block thanks to its neon-pastel illustrated façade—attracts music lovers from all around the area.—JH Legend has it that mayor Frank “Boss” Hague once owned this pub, one of Hudson County’s longest running, during Prohibition.

Scotch lovers can choose among 11 single malts and blends, or opt for a flight of three different Balvenie offerings.

Share a wood-fired pizza at the bar, or dig deeper into the Asian- and Latin-influenced menu.—KS Maybe it’s the typewriters attached to the faded brick walls, but a writer or avid reader will immediately feel comfortable here.

Music is usually kept low so conversation can flourish or a book be read. Specialties like the Myrna, with tequila and coffee liqueur, should not be missed. The bar’s name is not an homage to the psychotically typed proverb in the movie Since opening in 2015, this intimate bar and creative burger spot in the up-and-coming Heights neighborhood has revived the Hudson County tradition of live music by eclectic acts.

Here it’s called “Live in the Parlor” and includes performers from solo jazz flute to jam bands, acoustic folk and alternative rock.

Many of the cocktails get an Austin, Texas-inspired twist with hip ingredients like Aztec chocolate bitters and sriracha sea salt.

Framed photographs of rock and blues legends by Dick Waterman (one of the few non-performers in the Blues Hall of Fame) hang on the walls.

Hard by the train station and near the Parkway, the Cranford makes a convivial meeting spot.