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Irish Bars in Hoboken + Jersey City

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Even though St. Patrick’s Day is the day that many seek out heading to an Irish bar in the Hoboken and Jersey City area, it’s important to note that there are a plethora of Guinness-loving watering holes locally, year-round. To help with your celebrations or your search for Corned Beef + Cabbage specials, we’ve compiled a list of Irish bars in the area — both for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and just enjoying a pint. It’s crucial to note that many are termed Irish pubs in self-descriptions, though not all of these bars are Irish-owned. Either way, we’re down for a celebration when it comes down to it.

Disclaimer: Not all are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with specials or green-specific offerings. If you have questions on specials, menus, and more of what each location offers, please contact the bars directly.

Here are the local Irish pubs and bars in Hoboken and Jersey City, with varying degrees of authenticity — so don’t @ us, we’re just the messenger:

Hoboken

Carpe Diem | 1405 Grand Street

This uptown spot will open early on Thursday, at 11AM. In addition to its usual offerings, there will be Guinness on draft and Magner’s Cider chilled and ready to go. And, the famous Corned beef special will be available. The interior is spacious, making it a go-to for large groups. Patrons are met with the expansive bar when they enter followed by the tables in the back. There’s also a ton of outdoor dining space since it expanded its seating a few steps away under the viaduct.

Cork City | 239 Bloomfield Street

 

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In addition to the Irish traditional pours like Guinness and Magner’s, this beer-obsessed bar will have all kinds of creative Irish beers and other microbrews to celebrate. With over 50 beers on draft, there is plenty to explore, and the menu is updated daily. Patrons are invited to order food from nearby restaurants. There are games in-house like darts towards the back of the bar to keep patrons entertained. Even better – dogs are welcome at this bar.

Read More: Your Guide to St. Patricks Day Events in Hudson County 2022

Finnegan’s | 734 Willow Avenue

 

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Between the Guinness on draft and the Irish-centric memorabilia all over the walls, this pub is about as close as you can get to Ireland without leaving the country. Vintage beer advertisements and old maps line the walls, while the long, wooden bar invites guests to pull up a seat for a pint. It has an old-school vibe to it, that is until the live music kicks off and it becomes super lively.

Green Rock | 70 Hudson Street

There’s a reason why Green Rock is the go-to spot for Sunday Fundays and holidays alike. The enormous space, huge bar, and incredible selection always make for a good party. With an ever-changing lineup of DJs and live musicians, there’s always something new to enjoy. Green Rock has Guinness on draft. Don’t forget to throw some napkins before you leave.

McSwiggan’s | 110 1st Street

This 1st Street bar is deceivingly large. The high-ceilinged space is adorned with classic Irish beer and liquor advertisements, and there is both a parklet and outdoor seating for a big crowd. Since it’s almost as if every day is St. Pat’s at this pub, it is sure to be a celebration to remember. Stop in for brunch, lunch, or dinner – the all-you-can-eat specials are a must.

Moran’s | 501 Garden Street

 

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This neighborhood pub has been serving the community since 1989. The bright red door is a welcome indication that visitors are in for a great meal, good service, and a great night. Moran’s has both Guinness and Smithwick’s on draft, Magner’s cider available, and an entire page of the menu dedicated to Irish whiskeys. The outdoor seating is awesome when the weather is enjoyable.

Mulligan’s | 159 1st Street

This neighborhood bar was voted Best Sports Bar by HG readers and was named as one of the top spots to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by Best of NJ.com. The menu always has pub classics like Cornish pasties, sausage rolls, and a full Irish breakfast served all day. Since there is almost always international football (soccer) happening, on the 17th, Mulligan’s will show the Everton v. Newcastle game at 3:45PM. With darts, a pool table, and dozens of beers on draft, it’s sure to be a great day.

Pilsener Haus & Biergarten | 1422 Grand Street

Even the Germans love St. Patrick’s Day. On the 17th, Pilsener Haus will open at 12 noon and have both green beer and specialty shots available. The beer list here is always changing, but patrons can be sure that the team will have something both tasty and authentically Irish to enjoy. For cocktails, we like the James Joyce, made with whiskey, chamomile-infused honey, and lemon juice. Not to mention, it’s the largest bar in town and is packed with character inside and out.

Schmitty’s | 359 1st Street

 

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Schmitty’s is known for its laid-back vibes. In fact, ‘sip back and relax’ is this bar’s motto. Patrons and their pups can enjoy St. Pat’s literally surrounded by green: the outdoor patio at Schmitty’s is a grassy oasis, and the vertical gardens indoors create a lush, leafy feeling. The Guinness on draft doesn’t hurt, either. It’s quaint, a great low-key spot locally.

The Shannon | 106 1st Street

 

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This pub is one of the original Irish bars in Hoboken, founded in 1956, and has a ton of rich history. The Shannon always has Guinness on draft, Magner’s cider, and a wide selection of Irish whiskeys. This year, on St. Patrick’s Day, the bar will open at 12 noon and there will be a DJ from 6PM till close. The crowd ranges from locals and out-of-towners. It’s lined with TVs for sports days and has a huge outdoor dining area (complete with TVs right outside on 1st Street when the block is shut down during the summer.

The Ugly Irishman | 72 Hudson Street

According to this bar, no one is ugly after 2AM, and everyone is Irish on March 17th. The Ugly Irishman is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day ‘Let’s Be Irish’ party on the 17th, with drink specials, giveaways, and more. Year-round, there are specials and events as well. It also has low-key speakeasy vibes because the storefront is so unassuming. Patrons have to walk down into the bar rather than walk straight in.

Willie McBride’s | 616 Grand Street

For a bar like Willie McBride’s, which prides itself on a good craic all year long, St. Patrick’s Day is akin to the Super Bowl. Willie McBride’s is going all out in honor of the day, opening at 12 noon, serving corned beef and cabbage all day, and live music from 5PM-9PM. Naturally, the band is called Meat and Potatoes. This is a favorite amongst locals since it is in the middle of town on a quiet block. There’s a huge private room in the back and a mezzanine inside as well.

Jersey City

Dorrian’s Red Hand | 555 Washington Boulevard

This Newport pub is a go-to for all things Irish. Dorrian’s has Guinness and Smithwick’s on draft year-round, and for St. Patrick’s Day will have various food and drink specials. The restaurant will be open from 11:30AM to 3:00AM, and there will be a raffle and other giveaways. There are tons of TVs inside, making it a great spot to catch a game in downtown.

Ed & Mary’s | 174 Coles Street

 

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Neighbors love this Hamilton Park spot for its tasty food, sunny patio, and welcoming vibes. Even pups are welcome on the patio. There is always Guinness on draft here, and Ed & Mary’s claims to have the cleanest tap lines in JC. We appreciate a good pull, especially for a Guinness, so it’s only natural to include this spot in our roundup. Magner’s Cider is also available, and keep an eye out for specials on other Irish treats like whiskey shots and corned beef and cabbage.

Grace O’Malley’s Whiskey Chapel | 140 Newark Avenue

Given that Grace O’Malley’s team celebrates ‘halfway to St. Patrick’s Day’ in September, there is no shortage of excitement for the holiday here. The bar has Guinness, Smithwicks, and Magner’s on draft, as well as several other choices from Ireland to enjoy solo or mixed with Irish beers, like a black and tan. Of course, the menu has Irish pub classics like Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and Fish and Chips, all complete with HP sauce on the side.

Hudson Hound JC | 8 Erie Street, Suite A

This downtown spot has a whole week dedicated to St. Patrick’s Day. We’d expect nothing less from this modern Irish spot. Guinness and Smithwick’s are on draft, and bottled Magner’s are chilled in the fridge. Some of the week’s specials include Bangers and Mash, Beef & Guinness Pie, and Fish and Chips. Be sure to stop into the Nucky Thompson speakeasy located on the premesis!

Hudson Hound JC | 374 Newark Avenue

 

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There is beauty in simplicity and that’s part of the appeal of Healy’s Tavern. It’s a relaxed, no-frills kind of place that somehow feels like home. This bar is the official, unofficial after-party spot for the Jersey City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Super local vibes, it wouldn’t be uncommon to see JC natives hanging out for a drink.

New Park Tavern | 575 West Side Avenue

 

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There’s no sign outside but given how many fans there are of this low-key bar, no one is having trouble finding it. With a big, shaded patio and savory burgers, it’s an easy spot to spend an evening. Think – friendly neighborhood bar.

See More: The History of St. Patrick’s Day in Hoboken

O’Abbey’s Corner Grill & Pub | 60 Fiske Street

O’Abbey’s is a big, classic, Irish bar with plenty of TVs and Guinness to go around – no frills here. The long, wooden bar is a welcome sight for patrons every day of the year. Be on the lookout for Corned beef and cabbage and other specials for St. Patrick’s.

O’Leary’s Publik House | 788 Garfield Avenue

This is another one of those IFKYK types of places – it doesn’t look like much from the outside but once you step inside, everything makes sense. People like this bar for its neighborhood vibes, menu composed of pub food classics, and of course, Guinness on draft.

Zeppelin Hall | 88 Liberty View Drive

While *technically* Zeppelin Hall isn’t a true Irish bar, the beer hall will be donning the green. The entire week of St. Patrick’s Day is Celtic Week, with an Irish menu and drink specials from March 12-March 20th. There will be a DJ starting at 9:30PM on Friday and Saturday. Since this spot has a huge outdoor space in addition to its indoor bar, patrons can enjoy the green beers around the firepits.

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