In March of 1972, Gene Gillespie arrived in New York on vacation from Ireland to visit his brother. It didn’t take long for Gene to decide to remain in America and take a job with his brother tending bar at the local tavern. Only five years later the two were opening their very own neighborhood tavern, The Waterfall. Over the years Gene, along with his wife Rosemary and son Eugene, have owned and operated a variety of bars and restaurants throughout the NY/NJ area. Culminating in 2004 with the grand opening of the first Blackthorn Restaurant & Irish Pub in Kenilworth NJ. After 11 successful years in Kenilworth the Gillespie’s decided it was time to bring their wee bit of Ireland south, to Ocean County and in August of 2015 PJ Sweeney’s in Bricktown, New Jersey opened its doors. Conveniently located on Brick Boulevard in Brick, NJ, PJ Sweeney is Ocean County’s premier destination for authentic Irish Hospitality and Cuisine. The dining rooms feature warm inviting colors with tasteful décor reminiscent of the many quaint pubs found in Ireland. The dining rooms are set back from the bar area in order to provide a quieter dining experience for the Lunch and Dinner guests. Each of the 3 dining rooms can also be closed off to host private events of any size. PJ Sweeney’s menu features many of the classic Irish dishes such as Fish & Chips, Shepard’s Pie and Guinness Beef Stew. It doesn’t stop there though, from Bangers and Mash to Corned Beef and Cabbage, BBQ Baby Back Ribs to Grilled Atlantic Salmon, PJ Sweeney’s offers a little something for everyone. Perfect for a quick getaway on your lunch break or a casual dinner with friends & family, the PJ Sweeney’s Irish Pub strives to exceed the expectations of every guest.
The centerpiece of the PJ Sweeney’s Bricktown is without a doubt the main bar, built of imported Red Mahogany it is able to accommodate 40 guests or more comfortably. Around the bar guests can sit back and enjoy a cocktail and our full menu at the end of a long day while relaxing next to the stone faced fireplace and authentic Irish Pub facade. Or choose to sit down for a full dinner at our cozy, intimate Irish Pub Bar, socialize with the friendly staff and make some new friends. Every night PJ Sweeney’s features entertainment and/or specials. Friday and Saturday nights feature Live Cover Bands and DJ’s, Live Broadcast Sporting Events on other nights; chances are if you can think of it, it’s available at P.J. Sweeney’s. To get specific dates and details check out the Monthly Entertainment Calendar, available on-line and in the pub. There it is, PJ Sweeney’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Bricktown, NJ. A wee bit of Ireland right next door in Ocean County, NJ.