“I was born in the U.S.A. I’m a cool rocking daddy in the U.S.A.”

Nothing says American culture like a good, old-fashioned small town, but what about one that’s home to a music legend? About an hour outside the bustling streets of New York City lies the town of Freehold, nestled between national landmarks and farmlands. Freehold, often considered the “largest little city” in New Jersey, is one of the nation’s oldest cities. It’s not just this notion that makes it famous… it’s also the hometown of a music legend. You may have thought you’ve heard of this town before, and you have—when Freehold-native, Bruce Springsteen, made the area famous in his hit song “My Hometown.” Freehold is the perfect blend of modern sophistication and classic old-town charm, and if you’re looking for a ride marked by fame and history, this one is it. It’s time to open up your Thirsty Biker app and get ready to embark on an awe-inspiring ride. In episode 35 of the Thirsty Biker Chronicles, we’re taking a ride through Freehold – the largest little city in New Jersey and a music icon’s hometown.

Must-See Stops

Cassville Tavern

Our journey through Freehold and the surrounding townships starts at Tommy’s Tavern + Tap, a local hangout spot known for daily specials, live music, and much more. Tommy’s is always buzzing with activities from drink specials to dancing, weekend brunch, and more. No matter what you’re in the mood for—wings, burgers, salads, and more, Tommy’s has it, along with mouthwatering apps, homemade pizza, and even sushi. It’s an eclectic mix at Tommy’s, but that’s what the locals love about it. After you’ve filled up on all the outstanding food and danced the night away at disco night, head over to Cassville Tavern in Jackson Township for signature drinks, food specials, and chill vibes. A staple in the community for over 50 years, you’ll want to take a trip to Cassville Tavern when you want service done right.

We move on to our next stop, Mainbrook Tavern, known for its live entertainment, food, and cocktails. Draft beer on tap and a fully loaded bar greet you while various events keep you entertained as you relax and rest for the next leg of your ride. We end this ride at General Saloon, and if you’re looking for a place to fuel up, this is it. From delicious food to plenty of camaraderie, the vibes at General Saloon are nothing but chill and full of fun. It’s the best place to end the ride when you want to let loose and enjoy the journey.

The Ride

NJ ride map

New Jersey itself is a fantastic place to ride. Tours out west tend to be longer and more desolate. New Jersey is filled with smaller, more manageable rides, perfect for novice riders and those short on time. Freehold is scenic, with many twists and turns to enjoy and plenty of places to stop along the way. It’s advised riders exercise caution while riding through, especially with the crowds of people that come through during popular times of the year. If you want to see a little bit of everything, this ride won’t let you down, so let’s get ready to let loose and ride.

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