5 Spots to Score Havana-Level Mojitos in Hoboken + Jersey City

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Few cocktails are more refreshing on a hot day than the perfect concoction that is the mojito. Between the refreshing lime and mint flavors and subtle punch of rum, it just tastes like summer days by the pool. It’s only fitting then, that National Mojito Day lies in the heart of summer! And despite its traditional Cuban roots, you don’t have to apply for a visa to enjoy the drink in all its glory today. Read on for five of our favorite mojito-making spots in Hoboken and Jersey City for your celebrating convenience. 

Belo Bar | 104 Hudson Street

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Live music including a whole lot of jazz,  good vibes, and great cocktails. Belo Bar is a must-visit when you’re in the mood for classic or innovative cocktails – tall delicious mojitos included.

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La Isla | 25 12th Street, Hoboken

Yep, another Cuban-inspired restaurant makes the list with a to-die-for mojito titled the “Mojito Classico” but is not quite so classic at all (and we mean that in the best way). The cocktail is made with Bacardi lemon, mint, simple syrup, fresh lime, and club soda, plus you can choose a flavor: classic, mango, passionfruit, coconut, and pineapple.

Orale Mexican Kitchen | 1426 Willow Avenue, Hoboken + 341 Grove Street, Jersey City

We swear, the second you walk into Orale you just feel cooler. We’re not sure whether it’s the graffitied walls, the live music, or the Day of the Dead decor, but it’s a place you instantly want to hang out in. The good news today is this tequila bar also offers a super unique take on a classic mojito: The Pina Colada Mojito.

South House | 149 Newark Avenue, Jersey City

You might not think this Jersey City bar known for its Southern food and eclectic decorations would be a top mojito destination, but that’s only because you haven’t tried their renowned Midnight Mojito. The cocktail offers a mix of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, mint, strawberry, orange, fresh-squeeze lime, sugar, and a splash of lemon-lime soda.

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The Cuban | 333 Washington Street

The Cuban

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Take a trip to Havana without leaving Washington Street with dinner and drinks at the Cuban. The place bursts with authenticity and the mojitos are strong and well-made. You can choose between a classic Cuban Mojito and flavors such as mango, passionfruit, and watermelon (be warned: while delicious, adding a fruit does give it a sweeter taste than the refreshing sip mojitos are known for).

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A Jersey girl born and raised, Kelly moved from Hoboken to Weehawken a year and a half ago and loves exploring all of the history and hidden spots in her new city while still making frequent trips to her favorite spots in the Mile Square (because while she signed up for a new zip code, she definitely didn’t sign up for a life without Black Bear buffalo bites, sunsets at Pier 13 or Sunday football on Washington!). After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a degree in journalism, she spent five years as a style editor and now freelances on everything from fashion to finance. When she’s not working on her next story, you can usually find Kelly swimming at the Stevens pool, checking out new happy hour spots (bonus points always given for a spot with a view) or cheering on her Maryland Terrapins (Go Terps!).