- The Commonwealth Club -
THE BEST CLUB IN NORTHERN NJ
- Private Social Club -
100+ Year Old Social Club
The Commonwealth Club is one of New Jersey's oldest social clubs, established in 1904 by Benjamin Moore (yes, that Benjamin Moore), among other community leaders. Located in Upper Montclair, NJ we are one of the most down to earth, friendly and affordable private clubs in the country.
- Bowling -
100+ Years of Bowling
We’re not sure, but this could be the longest continuously running bowling league in the nation. It is most probably the longest running one in the state. And definitely the longest running game in Montclair. What we know for sure is that our six lanes have seen a lot of bowling and even more good times.
- Facilities -
Rent the Club
Located in the heart of Upper Montclair, the club is a great place for parties and events. Whether your invitations are going out to 25 — or 250 — consider the Commonwealth Club for your next event. After the most extensive renovations in its 117-year history, including a new air conditioning system, the club remains one of the best and most reasonably priced gathering options in the area.
- Commonwealth Club News -
As the world has marked a full year of experiencing an outbreak of the corona virus (COVID-19), we have issued this update of the situation at the Club. The Commonwealth Club is open, and following current protocols and restrictions mandated by the State of New Jersey. Bowling is available, although the number of people allowed in the lanes is 24 at this time, as capacities in the building has increased to 50%. The board is reassessing the situation every two weeks and acting accordingly. At the moment, new social events are in the planning stage, pending further re-evaluation as this situation changes, especially with the rollout of vaccines. Rentals of the Club are also available for events that fit the current guidelines. As vaccines arrive and are widely distributed, we expect that things will slowly slide back to some sort of normalcy.
We continue to act in full compliance with the CDC, local and state health authorities. We remain focused on preventing the spread of the virus and continue to act with an abundance of caution in our decisions pertaining to the health and safety of all who enter the club. The Club is being cleaned repeatedly from top to bottom during this time to further ensure the safety and well being of all who enter our doors.
Members are able to use the club and bring friends and family, as long as the protocols are kept. Masks are required to be worn inside at all times.
Wishing you and your families health and safety and a swift end to this pandemic. Get your shot, stay safe and be healthy!
Community Outreach News
Community Action The Club has begun a new Community Action Initiative in an effort to get our members to be more actively involved in our communities. We have seen some remarkable results so far, as we held our second annual Halloween Costume Portraits for Charity, where member and professional photographer, Michael Stahl, took photos of […]
Thanks to a growing number of talented kitchen jockeys, the Commonwealth Club is fast becoming known for our mouthwatering culinary-based events. From the Italian Sunday Dinner in January, we move to the Super Bowl Party in February, the always spicy Cajun Night in March/April, our own self-catered grilled steak extravaganza for the Annual Club Dinner […]
2020 Karl Gabriel Scholarships
The 2020 Karl Gabriel Scholarships were awarded to Montclair High seniors, Zachary Lepak and Shayla George. Zach is headed to Skidmore while Shayla is attending Howard University.
Another Parade, Another First Place
The Commonwealth Club continued its dominance of the 2019 Montclair July 4th Parade(the 2020 parade was not held) with yet another first place prize for our hippy school bus float, created as an homage to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Kudos to the designers, builders and parade participants!
The Woodstock Experience
The Club, inspired by the unwavering vision of Gimi Guistina, held a rare summer party this August, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. Three live bands alternated energetic sets, there was, as always, an abundance of self-catered gourmet food, as well as some deadly custom cocktails for the occasion. Almost […]
1960s BOWLING PINSETTERS
They Be Old But We Love Them
- Bowler of the month -
Jack "King of the Machines" Anderson may be old as the Club itself, but he still gets around. Here he is on top of the pinsetters one night, "fixing" them. We're not sure, but we think he used bubble gum and a shoelace to fix them this time.