‘Tis the season for bars and restaurants getting creative with winter-themed cocktails and we get to reap the benefits. From spiked hot chocolate to IG-worthy design, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a local list of the best places to get seasonal cocktails in Hoboken + Jersey City this season.
Anthony David’s | 953 Bloomfield Street
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From gourmet dishes to carefully-crafted cocktails, Anthony David’s is the ideal spot. Especially noteworthy are its seasonal cocktails. “Hanging by the Kane” is new this year, which features Dill Vodka, Green Chartreuse, maraschino, and lime.
Bin 14 | 1314 Washington Street
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A local favorite with the food and wine to back it up. But, in all honesty, you shouldn’t sleep on the seasonal cocktails that will surely get you in the spirit of the season. Try the “Vixens Vice,” a blend of Brandy, Solerno Orange Liqueur, chai syrup, and lemon.
City Bistro | 56 14th Street
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City Bistro has a delightful selection of carefully crafted menu items – especially when it comes to cocktails. This year, the local staple is working on a Boozy Eggnog for its guests. The cocktail is sure to be fitting for the season, and a perfect winter treat.
Grand Vin | 500 Grand Street
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A renowned wine bar and restaurant, Grand Vin is the perfect destination to cozy up in the colder winter months. Grand Vin has an epic menu – both food and cocktails. This winter season, try the “Santa’s Little Helper”, featuring Ketel One, Rumchata, Crème de menthe, Crème de cacao, & Grenadine – it’s like the North Pole in a glass.
Halifax | 255 River Street
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Located inside the “W” Hotel in Hoboken, Halifax is a restaurant offering a unique, classy, and modern dining experience. With some of the best waterfront views in Hudson County, Halifax is set to offer a wide variety of winter cocktails. These include (and are not limited to) a Winter Spritz, Blackberry Mojito, and Bobbing for Apples – yum.
The Madison | 1316 Washington Street
A Hoboken legacy, The Madison has graced Washington Street for decades, formerly known as The Madison Hotel. This local spot offers some of the best food in town. Grab an “Oh My Gourd” cocktail – a drink that screams winter with pumpkin whiskey, Frangelico, pumpkin, brown sugar syrup, and cold brew.
The Shepherd and the Knucklehead | 1313 Willow Avenue
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Known for its bar food, beer selection, and classic cocktails, the Shepherd and the Knucklehead is a fun uptown bar in Hoboken serving up all the fun this season. We recommend trying the “Not Your Father’s Irish Coffee” – a great choice on a cold winter day. This new drink at The Shep contains Lambay Small Batch Blend Irish Whiskey, City of Saints ‘Citizen’ Espresso Blend Coffee, Fernet Branca, Demerara sugar, maple & cinnamon-infused cream.
The Stewed Cow | 400 Adams Street
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Indulge in a sweet, strong, and festive drink at this Adams Street spot. This year, The Stewed Cow will be offering a Cran-Apple Cider, a Winter Mojito, and a Spiked Hot Chocolate for all your winter cocktails needs. So once you’re done shopping local for everyone on your list – head to The Stewed Cow for one of these three festive (delicious) options.
Sorellina | 1036 Washington Street
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When it comes to Italian dining, Sorellina is a wonderful pick. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu at this local gem, but this season we recommend trying the “Ski Trip” or the “Pom & Fig Martini.” PS – the drink menu at Sorellina is filled with seasonal cocktails. With over seven to rotate through this season, there is something for everyone.
Union Hall | 306 Sinatra Drive
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Delicious food, fantastic drinks, a warm atmosphere, and A+ waterfront views. Come in for a meal and one of Union Hall’s stellar winter beverages. From hot toddies to spiked cider, and boozy hot cocoa – winter has never been so fun.
Archer | 176 Newark Avenue
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Archer in Jersey City has a wide array of food and hand-crafted cocktails sure to bring you into the winter spirit. From its “Blue Christmas,” which features dark rum, cognac, blue curacao, pineapple, lime, orgeat, and cinnamon; to its “Jingle All The Way,” which features peppermint-tea infused bourbon, honey, and cardamom bitters – there is a cocktail for everyone on the seasonal menu. By the way – the eggnog is also to die for.
Cellar 335 | 335 Newark Avenue
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A modern tiki bar with a lot to offer – including its winter theme of “Sleighs ‘n Leis.” Cellar 335 will be hosting this Christmas pop-up event this season, and it will include an all-new Christmas cocktail menu for the month of December. But this locale houses everything that you want from a tiki bar year-round: amazing food, great drinks, and adorable drinkware. The Christmas cocktail menu will include creative drinks, such as “Frozen Hot Chocolate,” “Rum Rum Rudolph,” “Santa’s Wipe Out,” and more.
Corgi Spirits | 1 Distillery Drive
The Corgi Cuppa, the distillery’s signature drink, is a must-try. It consists of 2oz of Corgi Earl Grey gin, .5 oz fresh lemon juice, .75 oz honey syrup, and two dashes of Angostura bitters in a teacup over fresh ice – and a garnish with a lemon peel are the final touches.
Dullboy | 364 Grove Street
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Comfort foods and craft cocktails are Dullboy’s specialties, and now is the perfect time to come and enjoy its quality solstice specialties. The vibes at this JC gem, make it a perfect option for this cozy season. Try “The Gibson” with gin, dry vermouth, and pickled onion – it’s a savory cocktail that will get you ready for the winter.
Miracle on Mercer | 292 Barrow Street
This Christmas-themed cocktail bar, located at Franklin Social, located at 292 Barrow Street in Jersey City, is back for another season. With 10 specialty cocktails on the menu, there is something for everyone to sip on. Our team tried the “Elfing Around” (prosecco, gin, mulled wine reduction, grapefruit shrub, aromatic bitters, and orange bitters) and the “On Dasher” (gin, vanilla liqueur, cardamom, black pepper, lemon, cream, egg, soda, and topped with a beautiful, toasted marshmallow).
White Star | 230 Brunswick Street + 179 Warren Street
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The burgers, the local vibes – we could go on about the reasons we love White Star Bar in Jersey City. There are a plethora of delicious cocktails, but warm cocktails are where it’s at this winter. Stop by, check out the seasonal cocktail menu and pair it with some of the best comfort food options that JC has to offer.
WurstBar | 516 Jersey Avenue
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At Wurstbar, the menu complements the season with food dishes like the Haus Wurst and the poutine. Whether you’re looking for beer or cider from its encyclopedic menu or a wintertime craft cocktail, Wurst Bar is the place to go. Grab a classic hot toddy or Winter Spritz (with St. Agrestis Paradiso Apertivo, Bad Seed Cider, club soda, and spices) – or choose from many other options made for the colder months.