Outdoor beer gardens might be the spring/summer activity you never knew you needed. Whether you are grabbing a beer at the pier or enjoying a German-style pint at the Pilsener, here is your ultimate guide to breweries and beer gardens in Hudson County.
Pilsener Haus | 1422 Grand Street, Hoboken
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While Hoboken doesn’t have many Beer Gardens, Pilsener Haus + Biergarten is certainly a favorite. The outdoor Biergarten is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends. Pilsner Haus has over 20 premium drafts in addition to 50 European and American craft beers. Be sure not to skip out on the famous warm Bavarian pretzels served with whole grain mustard and Liptauer cheese or indulge in the classic sausages, schnitzels as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Pier 13 | 1301 Sinatra Drive North, Hoboken
The Pier has arguably the best views of NYC and equally great vibes. It’s not only dog-friendly but family-friendly too. Everyone flocks to the pier on a hot summer day. This Hoboken spot has over 20 refreshing and locally sourced beers from Hoboken Brewery to Brooklyn Brewery. Some of the more unique beers are the Sloop Juicy Bomb and the Abita Strawberry Lager. In addition to the beers, the Pier also serves classic mixed drinks, sangria, spiked seltzers, and more. Pier 13 always has an array of food trucks to cater to your munchies that they switch up daily.
Smorgasbar | 3 2nd Street, Jersey City
The founders of America’s largest open-air food market, Smorgasburg, opened Smorgasbar in the former Lutze outpost in 2021. It is located on the waterfront of Jersey City, the restaurant is open six-seven days a week as a Biergarten, it’s signature Smorg food markets on the weekends Friday through Sunday. It emphasizes unique brews and drinks in the spacious indoor and outdoor space.
City Bistro | 56 14th Street, Hoboken
While City Bistro is not your typical beer garden per se, it does have an adorable rooftop that has a garden-like vibe. There are tables to sit and eat or you can head to the bar where you will find a ton of beers on tap or cocktails of your choice. City Bistro hosts fun events like “Industry Night” where local bartenders and restaurant servers are offered special priced drinks and food all night. The food menu is a mix of Italian and American food from pizzas to wings to pasta dishes for all to enjoy. This is a great spot to watch the sunset and grab a beer with friends.
Zeppelin Hall | 88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City
Zeppelin Hall, located in Jersey City, is an authentic European-style Biergarten. It is a huge restaurant with both indoor and outdoor spaces that had a ton of craft beer options from Hofbrau Munich Lager to classic IPA’s. The locale has over 15 Belgian-style beers and you can also get wine and spiked seltzers.
Porta | 135 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
Another rooftop that boasts craft beers and all the pizza, Porta is not your average beer hall. It is another place in Jersey city where you can drink outside with friends while enjoying a cold one. It has delicious food from cacio e pepe pizza to pasta and meatballs. The rooftop is a fun spot to hang with friends on a sunny day.
Departed Soles Brewery | 150 Bay Street, Jersey City
Departed Soles opened its doors in Jersey City in 2015 and has been serving locals top-notch brews ever since. This brewery strives to have a tap list as diverse as Jersey City, and truly has something for everyone. From Haze Boiz, Lager Heads, Sour Sallies, and gluten-free options you will find something you love here for sure. The brewery also has a cool nautical set up outside to enjoy some beers.
NJ Beer Co. | 4201 Tonnelle Avenue, North Bergen
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New Jersey Beer Co. is located in North Bergen and has been around for 10 years. The team started their business brewing just three delicious year-round beers and it now produces a variety of unique and seasonal beers all year round. It stocks eight craft beers that are far from your typical Bud Light. From the Blood Orange India Pale Ale to the Hudson Pale Ale, there is a brew for everyone on this menu.
902 Brewing Company | 101 Pacific Avenue, Jersey City
902 Brewing Company started its journey right from an apartment in Hoboken and has evolved into a large warehouse in Jersey City since. It has a large selection of beers. The menu is extensive, and you are bound to find something for everyone here. The spot has “usual suspects” that are available year-round, as well as seasonal and specialty beers.