This cozy, dimly lit bar on Grove Street serves the best cocktails in Jersey City according to our 2022 voters. Once you step inside dullboy (yes, that lowercase d is correct) you’ll quickly notice a literary theme — the walls are decorated with classic books and typewriters. Find a seat at the bar or ask for a table to sit and enjoy a meal and your drinks. For a different experience, head to the backyard Pala Bar which offers more of a tiki vibe. On Sunday nights, the Pala Bar transforms into an outdoor cinema where you can catch classic films throughout the year. Keep reading to learn more about this exceptional cocktail bar and the Sunday night film series at dullboy in Jersey City.
dullboy is a restaurant and cocktail bar located at 364 Grove Street in Jersey City. It is currently open Tuesday — Friday from 4PM to close, Saturday from 2PM to close, and Sunday from 12PM to close.
The team behind NYC’s The Garret opened dullboy in 2015. Since then, dullboy has served an innovative menu of cocktails and elevated small plates in a space perfect for a date night, celebratory meal, or GNO. dullboy even has a bottle shop selling canned and bottled cocktails, wine, and beer.
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dullboy serves drinks and food — with an emphasis on small plates. We tried a few different items and, honestly, everything was delicious. Here’s a peek at some of the food menu highlights but you can pursue the full menu on the dullboy website:
- Korean fried chicken nuggets
- Pear + prosciutto hot pockets
- Lobster dumplings
- Chilled quinoa salad
- Cubano with curly fries
Craft cocktails are the name of the game at dullboy and the expert bartenders create both signature and classic cocktails for thirsty patrons. We recently tried The Beatrice which is made with Ford’s gin, pear brandy, Suze, Pamplemousse, Bianco vermouth, and bel a ciao orange wine. Here are some of the other standout drinks:
- The Corita — Palomo mezcal, Uruapan Agricola rum, St. Lucia rum, Caffo red bitter, pineapple, lemon, agave, and pink peppercorn
- The Boulevardier (dullboy’s version) — Evan Williams bib bourbon, red bitter, Rosso vermouth, and orange oil
- The Hot Penicillin (a hot cocktail perfect for winter movie nights) — Monkey Shoulder blended scotch, honey-ginger, lemon
Not in the mood for a cocktail? dullboy’s menu also includes a selection of beer and wine by the glass.
dullboy’s main dining room offers a cozy speakeasy vibe. It’s dimly lit by candles and Edison bulbs and while there’s a sizable bar, there are only about a dozen or so tables. Reservations are accepted online via Resy if you want to secure a spot in advance.
This spot could easily fit in Brooklyn but we are so glad it’s here in Jersey City. It’s the kind of place where you just feel cool sitting and sipping a drink. The bartenders are incredibly knowledgeable and everyone we’ve encountered at dullboy has been welcoming and friendly. We love bringing our city friends to dullboy to really show off what Jersey City can offer.
dullboy’s outdoor space, called The Pala Bar, offers a different but equally enticing feel. This backyard is more vibrant and colorful with accents of pink and blue everywhere. We especially love hanging out here in the summer but in the winter the heat lamps keep this space very cozy.
Every Sunday night dullboy shows a movie in the outdoor Pala Bar. Keep an eye on dullboy’s Instagram for updates on the showtime — which seem to vary seasonally. During the winter the movies have been starting at 7PM.
The selection is announced on Instagram and past films have included Cocktail, The Sandlot, Space Jam, + more. It’s free to attend and reservations are not required but if you decide to make a reservation be sure to specify seating in The Pala Bar in the reservation notes.
We went to the recent showing of Cocktail on January 8th and had a blast. It was a bit chilly that night but with the multiple heat lamps, we felt very comfortable. We ordered a few drinks and kicked back to watch this late 80s classic. This was such a fun way to end the weekend and we will be back for a future movie night very soon.
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Movie nights aren’t the only events at dullboy. In fact, they also host another Sunday event — Punch Sundays. This exceptional brunch runs from 12PM – 3PM and consists of a breakfast forward menu and punch bowl cocktails.
Keep an eye on its Instagram for other special one-time events. And if you’re looking for a place to host your own private event, dullboy does that, too.