MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Pickett’s Village Bar, an exciting new destination for awesome food and drink, opens May 3 at 2208 Millburn Ave., a short walk or drive from Maplewood Village, with plenty of parking. It’s a night-out, date-night, meet-for-a-drink, dinner-with-the-family, catch-the-game kind of place that’s also a hub for live music and al fresco dining and drinking.

The fully renovated space, formerly home to O'Reilly’s, is fresh and modern, with a warm and welcoming vibe designed to invite you in and get you to stay awhile. Skylights over the bar attract lots of natural light and nine big-screen TVs welcome you to catch whatever teams you fancy over a pint or a bar pie. A patio that seats 60 overlooks the golf course. The menu is modern comfort food at its best: beer-friendly, wine-friendly and family-friendly.

Open Kitchen, pizza oven, seasonal specials board

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The power culinary and bar team is led by Chef Rich Krug, with Jose Marquez running the kitchen and Nick Ciccione serving as General Manager. All are veterans of Orange Lawn Club. Our open kitchen turns out a menu designed to satisfy the whole family: bar pies, “the wings,” and house specialties ranging from a great chicken sandwich to a short rib/brisket blend burger to a beautifully-prepared branzino – just a few of the featured items. In addition to the regular menu, a specials board will capture what’s fresh in the farmer’s market and off the fishing boat, enabling our kitchen team to shine a light on seasonal ingredients, and flex to offer game day fare and other fan favorites.

24 taps, 16 wines by the glass, classic cocktails with a twist

We like to say we are food-focused and drink-obsessed – as illustrated by the most robust beer list in town, with 24 taps representing a full spectrum of styles and offerings, from micro to macro, West coast to East, and styles ranging from high-hop to deep malt. A quarter of our tap handles represent local NJ craft brewers, and an expanded Beer Board rotates an additional 20+ specialty beers, ranging from single barrels to sours to off-the-beaten-path IPAs.

Our list of 16 carefully curated wines by the glass balances romance and intrigue, brightness and depth, with a mix of popular labels alongside less familiar varietals and boutique wineries. We believe that the mark of a great bar is impeccable attention to classic cocktails – with confidence to bend the rules. Seasonal mules, white peach sangria, a selection of mojitos. Our rotating cocktail menu means our talented bar staff will be shaking up something special every night of the week.

Upstairs, downstairs, outside

The deck at Pickett's Village Bar is sure to be a three-season center of gravity. The deck seats 60, for drinks and dining, and overlooks the creek bordering the country club's golf course. Just off the busy artery of Millburn Avenue, the deck is a respite and a refuge. Our full menu is available al fresco.

Pickett’s Village Bar is the first venture from EatDrinkNJ, and 2208 Millburn Ave. Realty Corp., owned by Doug and Beth Sasfai, Brinton Brosius and Ashlee Anthony, and Heidi Hovland. Jim Pickett, Heidi's husband, and the original partner with Doug, passed away last July. We honor his memory and the way he lived his life in our intention for Pickett's: with heartfelt appreciation for how connecting over a drink or a meal brings us closer together and how these connections make life, and all of us in it, better.