The Rathskeller Tavern

The Rathskeller History

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Monthly Music Events

  • Sunday, November 1st: Chris Bauer

  • Sunday, November 8th: David Falcone

  • Sunday, November 15th: Coo Coo Cachoo

  • Sunday, November 22nd: Brad Rau

  • Sunday, November 29th: Michael Arenella

All music will be held outdoors until further notice.

Check back soon for additional listings.

Open Mic Night has been cancelled indefinitely due to COVID-19 restrictions. We thank all of our loyal musicians and attendees. We look forward to restarting this tradition as soon as we can!

We want to thank Alex Wolfson, our loyal Frenchtown friend & patron, who launched our weekly Open Mic Night, "The Frenchtown Underground." It was hosted by Alex, Banjo Bill, Jesse Ketchel, Rich Cahill, and a few other dedicated musicians who selflessly kept this going in The Rat for many years, and we hope that it will continue to provide a community gathering sport in Frenchtown for years to come. 

Thank you for joining us to welcome our participating musicians.  We hope to see you again at The National Hotel to listen to our next performer. 

Exceptional Moments

“The Rat,” as it is frequently called, features a full-service bar, identical menu to the upstairs Restaurant & Bar, satellite TV for sports enthusiasts, a comfortable eating area, a wood-burning fireplace for those cold nights in the winter, and a spacious lounge area separate from the bar area for events, Open Mic Night, and more.

The Gathering Spot

Rathskeller Tavern has become the area’s late - night destination, with music and special nights bringing life to this historic building and its predecessor that dates back to 1833, when it was a stagecoach stop and a brothel. It was a simple cellar then, but in the early 1980s, it became a cellar pub and was renamed “The Rathskeller,” which is German for “cellar under City Hall.” It quickly grew to become one of Frenchtown’s favorite watering holes, and is nicknamed “The Rat.” The stained glass windows behind the bar pay homage to the literal interpretation of “The Rat.”

Gallery

Karaoke Night

Currently Cancelled Until Further Notice

8:30 PM

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12:30 AM

  • Thousands of Songs

  • On-Screen Lyrics

  • 100s curent hits

Prizes

Giveaways

Bi-Weekly Tuesday Trivia Night

Don't forget about our bi-weekly Tuesday Trivia night, also downstairs in the Rat. Tuesday Trivia is the brainchild of our good friend, Russ Coen.  He and our General Manager, Marlon Aranha, launched Tuesday Trivia on December 28th, 2010, and it has become an instant favorite.  Tuesday Trivia runs every other Tuesday from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. at The Rat, unless otherwise indicated on this page.  

Currently Cancelled Until Further Notice

Working Hours

Monday

Closed**

Tuesday

4 p.m. - 10 p.m.

4 p.m. - 2 a.m.*

Wednesday

Thursday

4 p.m. - 2 a.m.*

Friday

4 p.m. - 2 a.m.*

Saturday

4 p.m. - 2 a.m.*

Sunday

Closed**

*Or last customer

**Open for special events.

4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Wednesday Happy Hour

Contact Us

Address:
31 Race Street,Frenchtown, NJ 08825

Tel: 908.996.3200

Fax: 908.996.1240

General Questions:

info@thenationalhotelnj.com

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