Best of Essex 2018: Entertainment, Nightlife & Recreation

Planning a girls' night out or a kids' party? Here are the best entertainment, nightlife and recreation destinations in this county, as voted by you!




Cooking Classes

1. Verjus Restaurant
1790 Springfield Ave.
Maplewood
973.378.8990
verjusrestaurant.com

2. Chef it Up
512 Franklin Ave.
Nutley
973.542.8542
chefitupkids.com

3. Kings
778 Morris Tpk.
Short Hills
973.258.4000
kingsfoodmarkets.com

Girls’ Night Out

1. Park Avenue Art Studio
2 Park Ave.
Caldwell
973.816.7906
parkavenueartstudio.com

2. The Crosby
193 Glenridge Ave.
Montclair
973.509.2337
thecrosbymontclair.com

3. Egan & Sons
118 Walnut St.
Montclair
973.744.1413
egannsons.com

Irish Pub

1. Egan & Sons
118 Walnut St.
Montclair
973.744.1413
egannsons.com

2. Cloverleaf Tavern
395 Bloomfield Ave.
Caldwell
973.226.9812
cloverleaftavern.com

3. Tierney's
138 Valley Rd.
Montclair
973.744.9785

Kids' Parties

1. Park Avenue Art Studio
2 Park Ave.
Caldwell
973.816.7906
parkavenueartstudio.com

2. JUMPnasium
204 Passaic Ave.
Fairfield
973.808.1700
jumpnasiumparty.com

3. Kidville
516 Valley Rd.
Montclair
973.826.0350
kidville.com

Painting Parties

1. Park Avenue Art Studio
2 Park Ave.
Caldwell
973.816.7906
parkavenueartstudio.com

2. Pinot's Palette
531 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair
973.744.7500

510 Franklin Ave.

Nutley
​973.284.0700
pinotspalette.com

3. ArteVino Studio
51 Uppper Montclair Plz.
Montclair
862.500.1165
montclair.artevinostudio.com

Theater (Performing Arts)

1. Paper Mill Playhouse
22 Brookside Dr.
Millburn
973.376.4343
papermill.org

2. The Wellmont Theater
5 Seymour St.
Montclair
973.783.9500
wellmonttheater.com

3. NJPAC
1 Center St.
Newark
888.466.5722
njpac.org

Wedding Receptions

1. Pleasantdale Chateau
757 Eagle Rock Ave.
West Orange
973.731.5600
pleasantdale.com

2. Nanina's in the Park
540 Mill St.
Belleville
973.751.1230
naninasinthepark.com

3. The Manor
111 Prospect Ave.
West Orange
973.731.2360
themanorrestaurant.com

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Join us for a discussion of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. “This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai’i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place—and...

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Montclair Public Library
50 S Fullerton Ave.
Montclair, NJ  07042
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Sponsor: Montclair Public Library
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Our First Guest Anthony Grosso, the Principal of Montclair High School Joined by Masiel Rodriguez-Vars, Executive Director of MFEE   Discussion Topic Our teens are facing an economic and...

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349 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, NJ  07042
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Sponsor: Vanillamore
Telephone: 973-707-5373
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Race remains a potent and divisive force in our society. Whether it is the shooting of minority people by the police, the mass incarceration of people of color, or the recent KKK rallies that have...

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50 South Fullerton Avenue
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On Wednesdays at 2 pm, Montclair Public Library hosts The Every Wednesday Matinee, a film series presented in its auditorium. In October 2019 we will be watching Hispanic Heritage movies. The...

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Montclair Public Library
50 South Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
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Telephone: 973-744-0500ext 2267
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Every Friday and Saturday evening, enjoy a family-friendly fall night out sipping our own fresh-pressed apple cider around a cozy campfire while listening to live music. S’mores kits will be...

Cost: $16.99 per person

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Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Lane
Chester, NJ  07930
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Starting on October 12 at 10:30 a.m. the Montclair Public Library will be hosting Citizenship Exam Preparation Classes, presented by JVS. The classes will cover American History, Civics, and how...

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Montclair Public Library
50 South Fullerton
Montclair , NJ  07042
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Telephone: 862-704-2291
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Marcus P. Nevius will share his extensive research on maroon colonies in the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina, which is the subject of his forthcoming book City of Refuge.  ...

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50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ  07042
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Every Friday and Saturday evening, enjoy a family-friendly fall night out sipping our own fresh-pressed apple cider around a cozy campfire while listening to live music. S’mores kits will be...

Cost: $16.99 per person

Where:
Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Lane
Chester, NJ  07930
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Telephone: 908-879-7189
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