• The Best {Hidden Gem} Dive Bars of Hoboken + Jersey City

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    Ah, the dive bar — a friendly neighborhood watering hole that’s perfect for a casual happy hour or a weekly outing with friends, where the drinks are always cheap and the free peanuts run aplenty. A simple, no-frills drink menu is a good start to creating the perfect dive bar {we’re talking Corona, Miller High Life, PBR plz + thank you}, as well as an uncomplicated food menu {if there is one at all} consisting of standard pub fare. Hoboken + JC are home to a number of dive bars that make for the ideal casual drinks outing, with no frills {but just as much fun}. Keep reading to find out the best pseudo-hidden-gem dive bars of Hoboken + Jersey City.

    Hoboken

    8th Street Tavern {800 Washington Street}

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    It’s easy to miss this corner bar on Washington in between the many surrounding restaurants, but this establishment has actually been part of the Mile Square since the 1940s. 8th Street Tavern offers all of the standard bar features like pool, darts, corn hole and plenty of trivia nights as well as burgers, nachos, and lots of beers to choose from.

    D.C.’s Tavern {505 8th Street}

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    Great music and solid beer are just part of the appeal of this tiny eclectic bar tucked away on 8th Street and Jefferson, where punk rock lives, a pool table thrives, and the bartenders are easygoing — and there’s Buck Hunter in the corner, of course. They boast the “best Bloody Mary in Hoboken” — so you’re going to have to pay a visit to test it out. 

    Farside Tavern {531 Washington Street}

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    This almost didn’t make the list, but with a yummy bar menu that caters to just about any late-night food craving {check out the Mack Daddy Nachos}, this is a superb place to watch a game, get your karaoke on, or hang on the enclosed back porch with a refreshing beverage.

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    Louise + Jerry’s {329 Washington Street}

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    This quiet little bar is a prime place to relax with some friends and sip on a classic cocktail. Don’t forget to bring your furry friend along – pups are always welcome and encouraged.

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    Wilton House {58 Newark Street}

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    Take a break from the trendy Hoboken spots and step into this casual cash-only hangout that offers just the basics – a couple of beers on tap, cheap prices, shots, and of course, a jukebox {also a short walk away from Carlo’s Bakery if you want to pop in for a treat post-drinking}.

    Jersey City

    Abbey’s Pub + Grill {409 Monmouth Street}

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    With a menu consisting of yummy BBQ, steak and burgers, this bar is big enough for a large group of friends and even delivers hookahs to your table, so enjoy something a little different on your next night out with a relaxed scene.

    Bobby Dee’s JC {49 Beacon Avenue}

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    This Irish bar in the Heights is an excellent place to check out sporting events and boasts live music and free comedy shows. Cheap beers and a chill atmosphere just add to the list of reasons to visit, just make sure to bring cash.

    Golden Cicada Tavern {195 Grand Street}

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    This tiny bar is a neighborhood favorite and it’s hard not to love the divey charm of this place, with its books tucked away in every available corner, “optional” karaoke {just ask the owner}, and some food to nosh on like dumplings, cheese doodles, + burgers. If you’re game, don’t forget to take a shot of the Baijiu, a sorghum-based Chinese liquor, which will earn you a Golden Cicada necklace and “gong” by the bartender.

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    Lucky 7 Tavern {322 2nd Street}

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    It’s nice to know that in a sea of craft beer bars, there is still a place where a can of PBR can be purchased for $2.50. This is just one of the reasons to visit Lucky 7 Tavern, in addition to its extensive whiskey menu and a bar menu that’s hard to resist and includes “totchos” aka tater tot nachos {we’ll drink to that}.

    The Keyhole Bar {242 Bay Street}

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    Formerly known as Rolon’s Bar and re-opened under its new name in 2018, the Keyhole Bar is a historical neighborhood establishment with cheap brews and $1 bar snacks {cash only} that is perfect for an impromptu night out.

    Have you been to one of these hidden gem bars? Let us know in the comments!


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    Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.


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