What’s New in Asbury Park?


This summer, be prepared for many new experiences. Our town has received exposure nationally and internationally from Conde Nast Traveler, Thrillist, & Yahoo! Travel. Even British publications like The Guardian have fallen in love with AP. Whether it’s your first time or your fifth consecutive year visiting AP, we’ve put together a list of new places you should check out.


The Asbury Hotel

Location: 5th Ave. & Kingsley Street, across from Wonder Bar

You’ve probably heard by now that Salt Hotels newest property just opened inside of what was formerly The Salvation Army building. Locals and guests will be able to enjoy films at The Baronet, an ode to a theatre that was demolished in 2010 right near where the Asbury Hotel stands today (the top of the hotel features the original Baronet neon sign.) There are also a variety of places to grab a bite to eat or something to drink, like the lobby bar Soundbooth or the beer garden.


House of Independents

Location: 572 Cookman Ave., Across from Asbury Ale House

Enjoy live entertainment right in Downtown AP! House of Independents recently hosted 80s band “A Flock of Seagulls” along with “An Evening With Molly Ringwald,” who was known for her work in “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink.” This summer, plenty of stand-up comedy acts along with musicians will take the stage. You can find this summers full line-up on their website.


Dark City Brewing Company

Location: 2nd Ave & Main Street

Asbury Park’s first brewery opened up back in January, and offers up a variety of brews for all beer lovers. Whether you are a fan of porters, lagers, or IPA’s, there’s something for you at Dark City Brewing Company’s brewery. Fun fact: their “Bond Street Brownie” is named after Bond Street Bar.


the complex

Source: Instagram (@capitoline_ap)

The Complex

Location: Cookman Ave. & Bangs Ave. (Access through Bond Street Bar, Capitoline, or La Loteria)

Speaking of Bond Street Bar, The Complex now connects it with two other new restaurants, Capitoline and Loteria. Capitoline offers a different take on the meatball sub while Loteria offers fine Mexican cuisine. Each of these establishments are connected through the basement, which features a green wall (pictured above,) and games like ping pong and shuffleboard.



Location: Mattison Ave. & Bond Street (Formerly The Bank)

Opened in February, Skratch offers three unique experiences. The main floor offers farm-to-table American cuisine for lunch on Saturdays, dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and Brunch on Sunday.

In the basement is “Off The Record,” a speakeasy with room for only eight along with vinyl records and board games. On Tuesdays, you can get a discount on your drink if you bring your own vinyl.

On the second floor, the lounge will offer a nightclub setting.



Wheely’s Café

Location: All over AP!

All of the benefits of a café on a bike: How convenient for a day at the beach! Wheely’s offers premium, organic iced coffee, along with other snacks. Be sure to look out for them this summer.

Be sure to also check out these other new establishments:

We’re looking forward to seeing you on the boardwalk! Share your memories with us all summer long on Instagram.