Club Al-Jo

Club Al-Jo was a great South Jersey nightclub located in Mt. Ephraim, NJ. It was a popular place in it’s heyday where the crowds were so thick, you could hardly move. Cheap drinks, sticky floors but the music was great! Al-Jo’s featured local legends such as like the Crystal Mansion and Billy Harner. Does anyone have any pictures of this place? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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10 Comments on Club Al-Jo

  1. Had a lot of good times there! I played there back in 1981 with my band, Merlin! Does anyone remember Ziggie (glam rock cover band)? Once I was to meet a date there. My date was detained, and since this was in the stone age of no cel phones, the band had me paged from the stage to give me a message from her. Everyone looked at me as if I were some kind of BFD. The next week we played there and I was remembered as the guy that got paged by the band. Subsequent nights of our gig were well attended thanks to my perceived notoriety and assumed fame (by the regulars).

    • I enjoyed reading your post. My father owned Club Al-Jo and I have fond memories of it too. It was originally co-owned with my late Uncle Joe. As a kid, we earned our allowance doing things around the club like making sour mix. My brother Mike was on floor-duty – can’t wait to tell him that he did a crappy job LOL. My favorite night was New Years’ Eve – we’d put hats at every bar stool and my dad would let us hang out until midnight, then my mom would take us home. I always had a crush on a musician back then. In my teens, I’d want to come hear the band. I bought this half-wig thing and put on so much makeup the bouncers didn’t recognize me. I produced a NJ driver’s license (no pictures back then). My sister and I would steal them out of the lost and found box, razor blade the top layer of the license and switch the numbers to a birth year that made us just 18. Then we’d laminate it. These things worked at every south jersey club…tee hee. Of course all our girlfriends had an ID too. Mom and Dad were none the wiser. In the early 80’s, the club was sold but the people who bought it couldn’t make it work. My parents retired to Hawaii. [The nursing home popped up after that. I didn’t know that the original structure burned down]. After 20 years, they moved back to NJ. My father is 83 & still alive today, and in general good health but has bad hearing (probably from the exposure to such loud music). He was there every night it was open. He was tickled to read that people still call that dangerous curve, the “Al-Jo curve”. Good times. – Donna

  2. My husband just shared, “They didn’t have a TV, in the 50s but you could watch a fight, just about every night.”

  3. 1964-5 what a great place to meet South Philly girls. Good Catholic girls they were (in Philadelphia) met quite a few and went bonkers for one but unfortunately never married her.
    will always remember the good times I had there.

    • Yes. I’m her nephew and former owners grandson. Interesting to hear about these days as they were never discussed growing up. Keep the stories coming. Would love to see pictures too if anyone has.

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