The good news on this St. Patrick’s Day is that St. James’s Gate Publick House in Maplewood is still in the running to be named New Jersey Monthly’s Best Irish Pub, having survived the initial round of voting to become one of ten pubs across the state to be named semifinalists.
But the Pub has fallen a bit in the rankings — so vote now! This round of voting closes at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 20.
(Interestingly, St. James’s “sister” pub, St. Stephen’s Green in Spring Lake, rose to #2 this week.)
Sponsored by Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, the contest asks voters to choose their favorite Irish pubs in the state. After this week’s voting eliminates the six bars with the fewest votes, the remaining Final Four will meet in the Championship Round, which starts March 21.
Here’s the latest update on how the contestants are faring:
“McDonagh’s Pub in Keyport surged to first place this week, moving up four notches from its first-round finish. St. Stephen’s Green Publick House in Spring Lake, which did not rank in the top-five last week, soars to No. 2. McGovern’s Tavern in Newark, the opening-round leader, drops to No. 3, followed by Kilkenny House in Cranford (No. 3 last week), and Tir Na Nog in Trenton, another newcomer to the top five.”
Voters can also enter for a chance to win a $50 American Express gift card; see more information here.