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A Guide to Hoboken Bars with Theme Nights, Games, + More

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As the weather grows warmer and COVID restrictions start to lift throughout the state, Hoboken bar owners are ready to once again attract the regular after-work and weekend crowds in full force. What better way to fill venues and welcome back regulars than by hosting themed nights and friendly competition, with exciting prizes and drink deals too. Read on to find a list of venues in Hoboken with specials on different designated days of the week for game nights, live music, brunch options, and more.

Black Bear | 205 Washington Street

Black Bear

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Welcoming all “Party Animals” that #DaretoBear seven days a week, Black Bear is located on Washington Street just a few minutes walk away from Pier A and the PATH train station — a perfect spot to meet NYC friends who don’t want to venture too far into Hoboken. This month the eatery has officially kicked off the return of the weekly Wednesday Trivia Night hosted by Trivia, AD. Weekly themes rotate among General Knowledge and pop culture such as Schitt’s Creek, Friends, and more. Regardless of the topic, first-place winners always leave with a Black Bear gift card.

City Bistro | 56 14th Street

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Popular for a large indoor restaurant, bar, and lounge area along with gorgeous rooftop views, City Bistro has a regular DJ playing music on premise every Friday and Saturday night 9PM to close. 

Finnegans Pub | 734 Willow Avenue

Finnegans Pub

At Finnegans, you can find live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. The bar will start an unplugged Bluegrass/Irish Trad session once a month starting on May 30th. Other well-known features of this Irish bar located on Willow between 7th and 8th include 15 beers regularly on tap, White Claw and High Noon stocked up for the warm weather, and an outdoor seating area with two outside TVs

Green Rock | 70 Hudson Street

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The perfect spot to meet your friends from both New York City and the suburbs of New Jersey, Green Rock is home to weekday happy hours each night of the week from 5-8PM featuring $1 beers, and weekly trivia every Tuesday night hosted by Trivia, AD.

Read More: The Best Happy Hours in Hoboken, According to Locals

Halifax | 225 River Street

Halifax

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Halifax is proud to present affordable and delicious dining specials on various days of the week. Every Monday stop by all day for $1.50 each on local oysters. Tuesdays are for Halifax Fried Chicken with family-style packages available for dining in or take out ($25 for 2 people and $45 for 4 people) including fried chicken, coleslaw, braised carrots, mashed potatoes, and house-made biscuits. The weekend afternoons are designated for brunch with a $45 special to try unlimited small plates and receive one bottle of sparkling wine per person, $32 for food only without the bottle. 

House of Que | 340 Sinatra Drive

House of Que

This Southern BBQ themed bar located just steps away from the waterfront stays true to its origins through music. House of Que has a country DJ every Friday night, customer song requests always welcomed, and a country-themed brunch with live music on Saturdays from 11AM-4PM featuring a separate menu with mimosa special available for the first two hours. Updates on this “Boot Kickin Brunch” can always be found on the restaurant’s Instagram page. House of Que is also known for its popular Thursday night Trivia, Saturday night dueling pianos and Karaoke on Wednesdays.

Madd Hatter | 221 Washington Street

Madd Hatter

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Madd Hatter one of the most lively spots in the Mile Square, and is known for bringing the party any night of the week. Mondays celebrate healthcare workers and Hudson County locals (proof of a valid address required) by giving them half off their entire bill. Taco Tuesdays feature an authentic Mexican menu accompanied by Mexican theme drinks and decor, along with live entertainment and Bingo. Enjoy half-off fishbowls all night and half-off apps until 7PM on Wednesdays, followed by Throwback Thursday throwback classic hits played by the DJ. You can also find a live DJ all weekend, along with a variety of drink specials and brunch options. Full schedule updates, package offerings, and a link to book reservations can always be found on the Instagram page.

McSwiggans | 110 1st Street

McSwiggans

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Home of the Phoenix Bomb, Patriots, and Michigan alumni, McSwiggans is packed nearly every day of the week, especially Tuesdays when they host a regular trivia game at 7:30PM. Prizes are always given out throughout the night, and the staff encourages guests to arrive early as tables inside pack up quickly.

Mikie Squared | 616 Washington Street

Mikie Squared

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Located at the heart of Washington between 6th and 7th, Mikie’s holds a trivia night sponsored by Jeremey Entertainment company every Wednesday at 8PM with tables available both indoors and outdoors, an exciting variety of prizes always readily available for winners. For all wine lovers, Wednesdays is also Wine Down Wednesday with half off glasses and bottles all night along, followed by Martini Mania every Thursday with half off all martinis. 

Pig + Parrot | 77 Hudson Street

Pig + Parrot

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This Key West-inspired bar is known for its “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” approach to life. On Thursdays and Saturdays, patrons can join a regular Bingo game. Saturdays get started early with a $3 drink special from 11AM-1PM. Resident DJ Nicky Curzio can usually be found playing top hits and hyping up the crowd. Some recent prizes have included any Pig + Parrot-themed apparel you could possibly imagine, seasonal merchandise, backpack coolers, and the bar often ends the night with a raffle for a larger giveaway.

Pilsener Haus Biergarten | 1422 Grand Street

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Pilsener hosts all types of events throughout the year, including weekly theme nights like Foodie Fridays which shines a spotlight on local foodies by giving them a platform to showcase their favorite items from the menu as well as host events supporting local charities. Pilsener also hosts art shows, happy hours, and more.

The Ale House | 1034 Willow Avenue

The Alehouse

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This Uptown neighborhood bar provides regular indoor and outdoor back patio seating and attracts a large crowd every Wednesday night for their weekly trivia event. Fun fact: this bar also is known for having pool, shuffleboard, and darts available indoors for all customers looking to get competitive while enjoying a beverage any night of the week.

The Madison | 1316 Washington Street

The Madison

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While The Madison Bar + Grill does not currently offer any theme or game nights throughout the week, you can stop by for a live DJ every Friday and Saturday night starting around 6PM and going all night through 2AM.

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The Shepherd + Knucklehead | 1313 Willow Avenue

The Shepherd + Knucklehead

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Every Wednesday at 8PM this Uptown hotspot holds a four-round trivia competition put on by Joe Trivia, a company known for its popular game nights at various locations throughout New Jersey. On Friday nights patrons can catch live music from 8PM onwards, and the Shepherd also has regular weekend brunch from 12-3PM every Saturday and Sunday with entree specials, mimosa buckets, and more. 

The Stewed Cow | 400 Adams Street

The Stewed Cow

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The Stewed Cow is popular for its country roots and live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. The Stewed Cow is excited to share their other crowd-pleasing specials throughout the week. Come by for a traditional Taco Tuesday complete with $3/4/5 tacos and $5 margs, or cheer up those mid-week blues with a Wednesday dedicated to wings, whiskey, and wine, all special pickings for just $5. Friday is always “Flight Night” with options of wine, vodka, whiskey, and bourbon available, and weekend brunch is always packed every Saturday + Sunday 11:30-3PM with a $25 prix fixe package including an entree, two brunch drinks, and a starter for the table.

Wicked Wolf | 120 Sinatra Drive

Wicked Wolf

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According to a recent post on the bar’s Instagram page, this waterside sports bar is helping customers break up the work week with new daily specials. Stop by on Monday for Industry Night. Show your bar card and get discounted beer, seltzers, and shots all night. Tuesday is Taco Tuesday featuring $1 tacos and $5 margs, and Wine Wednesdays from 5PM through close with an option to purchase $3 glasses of wine or a $60 two entrees and bottle of wine special. Of course, patrons can still also book a weekend brunch party and always participate in the Wolf’s famous #SundayFunday, which will definitely heat up even more as we approach football season. 

Willie McBrides | 616 Grand Street

Willie McBrides currently hosts trivia night every Wednesday evening, $4 mimosas during weekend brunch, and every Saturday night you can catch a live band performing. By September, the bar plans to have a full lineup of live music every Friday and Saturday. Another feature this bar provides is a limo serve that runs every Friday and Saturday picking up locals free of charge if you call 201-681-7550 after 9PM to arrange for a pickup. The staff encourages you to check out this special offering, along with their large back room if you are looking to host a private event. 

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After eight years in NYC, last summer Kim made the big decision to permanently join her boyfriend on the other side of the river in the Mile Square. Since her college days at NYU, Kim has always been a huge fan of hopping on the PATH to experience the restaurants, events, and nightlife on the other side, and since moving has really enjoyed further getting to explore all that this "mini-city" and the surrounding areas have to offer. These days when not recruiting for her full-time job as a Talent Acquisition Manager at Wunderkind, she can be found running along the Pier to the latest country hits, spending hours putting her Lifetime Movie Club subscription to good use, or likely plotting her next Seamless order to #supportlocalbusinesses.