Free pizza and bubbly at Porta's grand opening

Main bar at Porta, 1214-16 Chestnut St.

Porta, an offshoot of the fun Italian eateries in Jersey City and Asbury Park, N.J., grand-opens at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 at 1214-16 Chestnut St. with free Neapolitan pizza from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., as well as drink specials all night — $3 Miller High Lifes, $5 Jameson shots, plus $20 champagne bottles and comp champagne toasts during dinner.

DJ Jason Weiss will play from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Porta’s menu includes Neapolitan-style pizzas (vegan options included), along with a small list of Neapolitan-inspired dishes, cocktails, craft beers, and wines (including $8 house wines).

Here’s the drink list, including nine beers on tap.

A sister restaurant, Brickwall Tavern, is still under construction behind Porta; its entrance will be on Sansom Street, across from Fergie’s Pub. There are Brickwalls in Asbury Park and Burlington, N.J.

Porta assumes two different vibes in the side-by-side storefronts: The 1216 portion has a chic, all-white look that plays off the bas-reliefs on the side walls. The entire front bar and pizza station are visible from the mezzanine. On the 1214 side — much moodier and more rustic — strings of lights, a second bar, and picnic tables create a beer-garden look; there’s a staircase, topped by a clever chandelier made of old doors, leading down to the basement, where there is a third bar.

It’s open for lunch and dinner daily.

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Beer-garden side of Porta, 1214-16 Chestnut St.