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These Restaurants Seriously Decked the Halls in Hoboken + Jersey City 

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

Napoli’s {1118 Washington Street}

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This go-to Italian restaurant decided to make the most of their outdoor seating and created a dreamy holiday atmosphere. The life-size nutcracker is the perfect photo-op!

8th Street Tavern {800 Washington Street}

8th Street Tavern

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Get into the holiday spirit at this locale. Not only have they decorated the place, but they are hosting an ornament decorating session on December 9th. RSVP’s are necessary as the seating is limited. Reserve a spot for up to four people. It’s $10 per person and all of the supplies will be provided!

Leo’s Grandevous {200 Grand Street}

Leo's Grandevous

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.

Antique Bar + Bakery {122 Willow Avenue}

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Step aside, tasty bread — Antique is known for more than its 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.

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.

Read More: 22 Local Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your Holiday List

Sirenetta {1039 Washington Street}

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This brand new seafood restaurant not only serves up a killer raw bar, and tasty dishes but cute holiday decor too! Like the rest of the restaurant, Sirenetta kept the decor simple, chic, and Instagram-able.

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.

Fox + Crow {594 Palisade Avenue}

Fox + Crow

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Outdoor dining but make it festive! Fox and Crow have taken to their cozy {and impressive} outdoor setup to provide patrons with a true holiday experience, colorful lights and all!

Porta {135 Newark Avenue}

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This stylish Italian joint with wide-open table seating and bar space never disappoints. 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, and the rooftop is decked out too!

Cellar 335 {335 Newark Avenue}

Cellar 335

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Cellar 335 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 holiday-themed cups — the ultimate holiday experience.

Franklin Social {292 Barrow Street}

Franklin Social

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.

Hudson Hall {364 Marin Boulevard}

Hudson Hall

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This massive bar is a fun favorite for its Renaissance vibes, good beer, and this time of year, for its holiday decor. Every year this spot transforms into a must-visit location for catching up with friends over a drink in a beautifully designed space.

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Victoria is HG's Associate Editor and Social Media Coordinator for the Hoboken Historical Museum + Fire Department Museum. She is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square, and Jersey City. Through playing softball in town 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, 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.