Remembering The Past: Old South Amboy Bars

by Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY-More past information from the old bars and liquor stores since I started researching them in 1997.

In 1946, Pajak’s Tavern was on Stevens Ave. and John St. It was formally Ed and Joe’s. Joe’s Wine and Liquor Store was at 135 Pine Ave. They had Briarcliff blended whiskey 90 proof full pint for 69 cents and Mortis Rum was 49 cents.


Dec. 23 and 24 in 1910, J. Reiner which was located at 168 Broadway between David and Augusta Sts., was giving “an absolutely free bottle of Pure California Wine with all purchases of $1.00 or over.” “Our stock of all kinds of whiskies and brandies is larger this year than any preceding year. All we ask is give us a chance and we will satisfy you.”

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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