These Local Bars Seriously Decked the Halls in Hoboken + Jersey City 

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Some businesses just know how to perfectly capture that special holiday magic through their festive decor. Every holiday season, local bars bring the heat — or the cool, rather, when decking the halls and making spirits bright. Can’t catch the Rockefeller tree this season or snag a rezzie at Rolf’s? Fret not, but keep reading to find out which local bars are fulfilling all of your Instagram-worthy dreams. Read on to discover the best holiday decorations in Hoboken + Jersey City this year. 

Hoboken

The Ugly Irishman {72 Hudson Street}

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This low-key bar, perfectly positioned right outside of the PATH station, will set the mood for a chill night out with your S.O or friends. Get into the Christmas spirit under the twinkling lights outside of the bar or head inside for some extra festive fun.

Mike’s Wild Moose Saloon {30 Newark Street}

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Although typically known for its country-themed decorations, Mike’s Wild Moose Saloon is getting into the holiday spirit with festive lights, decorations, and more. on the outside. Inside, catch gorgeously strung up twinkling lights — this is the only place you’ll want to be to get into the holiday spirit this year.

Augustino’s {1104 Washington Street}

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Although well-known for its delicious Italian food, Augustino’s is also known for its holiday decorations. Be sure to make a reservation at this local spot {as there are only a limited amount of tables} to indulge in some delicious food and holiday spirit.

Leo’s Grandevous {200 Grand Street}

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May the {festive spirit} be with you. Leo’s has jumped in on the holiday fun this year with decorations both inside and out. Star Wars fans, however, are in for a special treat, as one of the windows outside of Leo’s has a very on-theme holiday Yoda decorated on the surface, beckoning people passing by to come inside.

Birch {92 River Street}

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Birch is decked out both inside and outside of the bar. Beyond the fun lights, be sure to “wave” back at the Santa and snowman perched right at the entrance to this bar. Plus, the Hoboken Holiday Market will be here on December 17th – snag your tickets before they’re sold out!

See More: Your 25-Day Hoboken + Jersey City Holiday Event Bucket List

Antique Bar + Bakery {122 Willow Avenue}

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Step aside, tasty bread — Antique is known for more than it’s delicious baguettes during the holiday season. This cozy Willow Avenue spot is also known to go the extra mile when it comes to holiday decorations.

Sorellina Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar {1036 Washington Street}

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For those who love a vibrant environment with Rolf-esque vibes, this uptown wine bar is your place. Both inside and outside of the restaurant, Sorellina is decked out in decorations. Snap a pic of the pretty light and wreath display when entering the restaurant and when inside, get into the holiday spirit with the garland and lights strung up around the space and on the ceilings.

8th Street Bar + Grill {800 Washington Street}

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An extensive whiskey collection, comfort food, and games — there’s not much more you could ask for. Beyond the drinks, however, the outside of this local spot is getting its holiday vibes on thanks to some seriously gorgeous wreaths hung up on the windows. Additionally, for the holiday season, they are hosting “The Stout Road to Christmas,” where they are tapping a new stout/porter every Friday until Christmas.

Dino + Harry’s {163 14th Street}

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There’s room for everyone on the nice list. Treat yourself for a night away from the hustle and bustle of Washington Street and head inside for some steak + wine + cozy decor.. The bar is decked out with Christmas wreaths and lights guaranteed to get anyone in the holiday spirit. 

City Bistro {56 14th Street}

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City Bistro is typically known for its pizza, but this year, it’s known for its holiday decor. The outside can’t be missed with gorgeous garland, lights, and wreaths, while the interior is equally as festive with pretty lights and wreaths adorning the walls — especially upstairs in their event spaces. 

Charrito’s {518 Washington Street}

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 Charrito’s as always is decking the halls a little something extra, as this Washington Street restaurant has a massive Christmas tree complete with unique decor. Swing by Charrito’s for a yuletide pick-me-up any day of the week. PS: This spot now has a full bar!

Grand Vin {500 Grand Street}

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This wine bar is joining in on the festivities this year as space is decorated for the holidays — beautifully as always. Winter wreaths hang above each table, while garland and twinkling lights hang from the ceiling to create equal parts cozy and cheerful experience for every guest.

The Brass Rail {135 Washington Street}

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Well-known for its old-city charm, The Brass Rail is taking that vibe up a notch for the holiday season. Catch wreaths and garland hanging on the windows and doors outside of this local spot to get into the spirit while walking by. Head inside for a warm meal + wine on tap {or to simply escape the cold}.

Jersey City

Iron Monkey {99 Greene Street}

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With a mission to deliver the finest craft beer in the area and one of the only rooftop bars in town, you’d think it couldn’t get any better — oh, but it can. For the holidays, their monkey mascot dressed as Santa and the outside of this local watering hole is decked out to the nines in fun decorations.

Porta {135 Newark Avenue}

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This stylish Italian joint with wide-open table seating and bar space, never disappoints. Their “come with an appetite, leave with a tree” event is the epitome of what the holiday season is all about. The rules are, you pick two pizzas, add one drink {wine or beer} and choose your Christmas tree, a 5-6 ft Fraser Fir, all for a measly $50. You know that iconic art installation of three painted doors standing up against the backside of the building that read, eat, drink, and be honest? You can take them home this holiday season in the form of an ornament. Plus, while you’re there, do be sure to take a minute to enjoy the cozy decor {like strung up lights and a tree}. 

Read More: Where to Buy a Real Tree + Wreaths in Hoboken and Jersey City

The Ashford {145 Newark Avenue}

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Catch slay on Santa on his sleigh {we had to} over at this Jersey city spot. The holiday cheer is incomparable with their many inflatable holiday characters from the Grinch to Woody from Toy Story greeting you at the door. 

Cellar 335 {335 Newark Avenue}

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Cellar 335 is hosting Sleighs and Leis again this year, and the bar is festive both in its interior decor and the way drinks are served. Enjoy lights strung up all throughout this local watering hole and sip on a boozy beverage out of elf- and reindeer-themed cups — the ultimate holiday experience.

Miracle on Mercer {292 Barrow Street}

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Franklin Social is transforming into a holiday wonderland this year with the epic Miracle on Mercer popup. Expect extra AF holiday decorations, seasonal cocktails, and so much more.

With so many gifts to buy, cookies to bake and carols to sing, don’t forget to indulge in some good old holiday cheer and participate in some of the local fun events that these spots have whipped up. 

Which of these local spots will you be visiting this year? Let us know in the comments! 

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Victoria is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square and part-time in Jersey City. Through playing softball for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isn’t Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, Hoboken Fire Museum/Hoboken Historical Museum, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.


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