Hailey's Harp-Cade, a classic game arcade attached to Hailey's Harp and Pub, is now open for business in Metuchen
METUCHEN – Most bustling downtowns have an abundance of popular restaurants and colorful retail shops. But in the age of the internet, there’s one component that can sometimes be left out — or more fittingly, at home — a business that can offer an experience or an activity.
So an Arcade, Viking Beer and a Central New Jersey walk into a bar…
Yes! You heard that right folks. There is no punchline to this one. Central New Jersey now has its very own Arcade Bar. In Metuchen (a small town nestled in between Woodbridge and Edison townships) Hailey’s Harp & Pub on Main Street is an already well established Irish Pub and Eatery with a great selection of alcohol and food to choose from. However, the pub now has an alter ego located behind it on 15 Station Place. The two egos combined are like a mullet straight out of the 80s, business in the front, party in the back.
Hailey's Harp and Pub's distinguished Beer Senate had its first meeting since its annual summer hiatus. Presumably, all the Senators went back to their constituents over the break to learn what beer issues their voters felt were critical to their happiness. Or maybe they just went down the shore. Either way, they came back in full vigor.
And yours truly confirmed two salient facts during the meeting of this august body. First, this is how all Senates should function. Second, I am decidedly not a fan of sour beers.
But first things first. The agenda, as set by Barman Moshe, is always a winner: good food coupled with good beers. And the atmosphere is always convivial, unlike in that other Senate run by the government. Actually, "convivial" is the polite way of saying raucous, friendly and, most importantly, fun. Then there's the all-important vote taken at the end to decide which beer gets to shoulder its way onto Hailey's official taps, and this year, Octoberfish from Flying Fish got the nod. It wasn't my first choice, but it was well deserved. The other contenders were Boulevard's Pumpkin Sour, Neshaminy Creek's Punkler Dunkelweiss (which actually had more pumpkin notes than Boulevard's, if you ask me) and Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster DIPA. That latter was my choice.
But, of course, beer is a most subjective item. You like what you like, and no one should tell you what your choice should be, even if it's a canoe beer. That's why I took two sips of the sour beer and gave it away. I know sours are de rigueur these days, but to me me they're just, well, too sour and unenjoyable. I must not be alone, because the Sour didn't score any votes, and I know at least one famous local brewer who says, "If my beer comes out sour, I pour it down the drain." While they certainly have their devotees, I have yet to find one that can elicit even a "that's not bad" from me.
Moshe's food, as always, was worth the price of admission, and I was not alone in telling him he needs to put that fabulous Veal Schnitzel on Hailey's regular menu.
As with most beer events, the speakers became less important than the drinkers' conversations as the night wore one, so Moshe had his work cut out for him as he tried to explain why he was appointing Curtis as the host for next month's legislative session. Curtis will be using his own favorite beers in the lineup, which is a great way to spark interest and engage the Senate faithful. The real Senate should work this way, with everyone "trinken, essen und lachen." Then voting.
Here's hoping Curtis is not a big sour beer guy.
Or my "trinken und lachen" will be severely subdued.
Looking for a fun way to stay in shape with friends? Now that spring is here, Hailey's is teaming up again with our friends at Runner's High to help the community stay in shape! We meet at Runner's High (454 Main Street) at 6:15 every Wednesday night, go out for a run and meet up at the pub afterwards! Remember, either you run the day, or the day runs you!
Did you know that most of Hailey's Harp and Pub's menu is available for takeout? Yes, when you are short on time or have no desire to cook, the Brilliant Grub we serve in our pub can be enjoyed right in the comfort of your own home. So, if you are in the mood to eat out but don't actually feel like staying out, call us at 732-321-0777 and make an order.
Growing up, when it comes to beer, people are pre-disposed to think of the Big 3: Coors, Miller, and Budweiser. Their commercials are everywhere; they sponsor all the big sporting events, and are three of the largest breweries in the world.
Attention all craft beer lovers! Look out for upcoming TAP TAKEOVERS at Hailey's! If you can't make it to the brewery itself, a tap takeover is the next best thing. We have hosted a wide range of brewing companies in the past, from craft beer titans like Southern Tier and Founders to hometown heroes like Cypress.