Since Prohibition
VIEW ON MAP Serving the Local Rumson area Since Prohibition. Located at 17 Ward Lane, Rumson NJ, 07760

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Whether it's your first visit or 101st visit, you are sure to feel at home at Murphy's Tavern

Whether it's your first visit or 101st visit, you are sure to feel at home at Murphy's Tavern. Our cozy, owner operated pub is open seven days a week from 4pm until 2am. So come on down, grab a pint, share a story and make new friends. We look forward to your company! OUR STORY

On January 16th, 1919, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, which forbade the import or sale of alcoholic beverages. On December 5th, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, which said - "Never mind, drink up!"

On some date in between (we're guessing January 17th, 1919) booze and beer began flowing in this humble basement on Ward Lane. Because of its convenient setting near a discreet cove on the Navesink River, which offered ample cover to rum-runners and smugglers, what began as a hideaway for the working people of Oceanic soon became an open secret in Rumson and surrounding towns.

Robb and Heather
Through the generations there have been several proprietors of this latter day speak-easy, but none more memorable than Mary Murphy. Many of us retain fond memories of her (no swearing!), and those who have never met her have no doubt heard countless stories that began right here. So it is with pride that her name still hangs above us.
Although there have been many changes to Murphy's over the decades, the spirit of the speak-easy survives. It is a place for you, for your friends and for all you wish to share it with.

Your Hosts,
Heather Vena & Robb McMahon

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An update

It is with deep regret that we inform you that as of Sunday, Nov. 22nd, Murphy's Tavern will be closing for the (un)forseeable future. This is a voluntary, preemptive and hopefully very temporary measure. Many factors were weighed in this decision, not least of which is your safety and ours. Also, in yet another 2020 paradox, we find that the only way to keep Murphy's doors open is to lock them...for now.

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Love and health, Heather, Robb and Cleo