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Asbury Park Things to Do: 19 reviews and 58 photos


This venerable bar and music venue on Ocean Avenue near the north end has featured over the years many well-known rock musicians. Originally famous for having "the mile-long bar" around the periphery, it achieved real fame after the demolition of Palace Amusements in 2004. The previously white building was painted pale green in the style of the amusement hall and an image of Asbury's iconic Tilly was painted literally overnight.

The face of Tillie on the Palace Amusement outer wall was the face of Asbury - a demonically smiling old-time face welcoming visitors to the rides and attractions in a bygone era, mine. The new owners of the Wonderbar will not volunteer that the image is not the original, but the true Tillie is in storage. The exterior of the building is a New Jersey Heritage site.

Like the Stone Pony, the Wonderbar serves a short greasy lunch menu with all the usual suspects. On selected nights, local and third rate travelling rock bands bring small audiences for the music and Miller Lite beer by the pitcher. In the past, some notable acts have appeared here and Bruce Springsteen was an occasional unannouced visitor, but the highlight of this year is a one night only visit on Labor Day weekend of Gary (US) Bonds, tickets $20.

Address: 5th And Ocean Avenue Asbury Park NJ 07712
Phone: 732 502 8886

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  • Written Aug 24, 2007
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