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Old 08-25-2012, 08:33 PM
 
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Hi all,
I am a recent college graduate who will be moving from Boston MA are to Central/North Jersey for a newly acquired job. The job will mainly be in the piscataway, somerset area for the next few years. I found a place in Somerville, NJ right on the Main st which I hear is on the up and up. My question is, is this a good place for a young adult (approx 23, m) to meet new people? Is anyone familiar with the local bar scene? Any suggestion on good bars with friendly people?

Thanks for all the help!
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:11 AM
 
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Somerville is definitely a town on the way up, after many years of decline.
The new Arts District initiative will, IMHO, lead to a new influx of creative young folks, and once the luxury high-rise condos adjacent to the Shop-Rite are completed, there will be a presence of people with higher income. It is now a genuine restaurant destination town, and the activity on Main Street on Friday and Saturday nights is wonderful to see. All of this spells a brighter future for Somerville.

However, there is not really a "bar scene" for younger folks...at least not yet.
But...New Brunswick is not very far away, and if you venture to NB at night--especially on a weekend--you will find a lot of what you are seeking. Hopefully you have a car, because getting from Somerville to New Brunswick is not very convenient via public transportation.
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:12 AM
 
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It's a lame bar/nightlife scene
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:17 AM
 
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Hi I work in Somerville & although it's on the up & up it's kind of a more family environment to me than somewhere I would consider if I were younger. There are a few places to go afterwork in the downtown so I guess it depends on what type of nightlife your into. There is a good place called Scampi's that opens later in the afternoon, a good amount of Japanese & Thai places. A greek restaurant just opened up about a year ago ¤ a really good mexican restaurant opened about 3 months ago. They are building some new condos next to the new Shoprite which are coming along nicely. I think they may be done sometime near the spring. The town blocked off Division st which separates the downtown from the main st & on wednesday nights they play movies in the block off for the town. Last week they showed the Goonies. Its a nice town & they are lots of young professionals moving in & I think it's a good choice overall, but it all depends on what you want in the end. Hope this helps
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:21 AM
 
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I wanted to add the following info that I failed to mention in my earlier post:

There is a cigar bar on Division Street, in the new Arts District. If you can tolerate the atmosphere (literally), this may have some appeal for you. Additionally, there is going to be a new coffee house opening very soon on Division Street. In many areas, coffee houses are a good alternative to bars for socializing with your peers.

But...New Brunswick offers much more in the way of entertainment for young folks than Somerville does. Somerville's big advantage is a crime rate that is far lower than that of New Brunswick, so I think that living in Somerville and socializing in New Brunswick is a good compromise.
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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One thing New Brunswick does have is a large number of college kids. Also, young people who recently graduated. So, meeting people shouldn't be a problem.

Somerville is a bit of a drive from New Brunswick. NJ DUI laws are strict. You should keep this in mind. State of New Jersey - Motor Vehicle Commission
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