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

welcome to murphy's tavern

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



Be sure to check back often for news, specials and general updates.


Murphy's Annual Halloween Party

Join us for our annual Halloween party all night on Thursday, October 27th! Participate in our costume contest and enjoy festive drink specials!

Blues Jam

Join us on the first Sunday of every month for Blues Jam!

November 6th (7pm-9pm)
December 1st (7pm-9pm)
January 1st, 2017 (CLOSED - No Blues Jam)

Shuffleboard Tournament

October 26th at 7pm. Prizes will be awarded to the winners!

October Friday Happy Hours

Happy Hours run from 6pm-8pm and include FREE FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS! Happy Hour musicians include:

October 7th: Pat Guidano

October 14th: Steve Riley

October 21st: Steven Johnson

October 28th: Steve Riley


Every Monday is BINGO night from 8-9pm. Win prizes and have fun!