If we’re being honest, outdoor drinking is an all-year-round activity; we simply switch up our orders depending on the season. This time of year, with warm days and crisp evenings, is perfect for a Negroni, the over 100-year-old classic cocktail made with gin, Campari, and vermouth. Some famous Negroni fans include author Ernest Hemingway, chef and author Anthony Bourdain, actor Stanley Tucci, and home bartenders everywhere. What is it about this drink that has made its appeal so long-lasting? Is it the cheerful red color? The zesty citrus aroma from the orange peel garnish? Well, let’s make another and think about it. Here’s where you can find Negronis in Hoboken and Jersey City, and where you can celebrate Negroni Week, September 13-19 2021.
Where to Order a Negroni in Hoboken + Jersey City
Bin 14 | 1314 Washington Street, Hoboken
The Negroni at Bin 14 takes on new proportions: it can be served in a batch, so there’s enough for you and a friend. But you don’t have to share – we won’t tell.
Elysian Cafe | 1001 Washington Blvd., Hoboken
Sitting outside watching the world go by, sipping a Negroni Elysian, you’ll feel like you’re on an Italian vacation!
Fire & Oak | 485 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City
Now here’s something different: cocktails on tap. Select cocktails at Fire & Oak are hand-blended by mixologists before being loaded into the tap. The F&O Negroni is one of the on-tap cocktails, so you’ll get a little show with your drink.
Halifax | 225 River Street, Hoboken
This chic spot, inside the W Hotel, has a mezcal Negroni on the menu. It’s made with white vermouth and the traditional Campari, so you’re in for a fresh, bright-tasting version.
Il Tavolo | 700 Clinton Street, Hoboken
If you want to try a Negroni but you love whiskey, you’re in luck. The Negroni at Il Tavolo is a variation of the traditional Negroni, made with whiskey in place of gin.
ITA Italian Kitchen | 682 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City
Is there anything this cozy spot can’t do? From house-made pasta and pizzas to gluten-free and vegan options, there seems to be something for everyone on the menu. But let’s not forget the cocktail menu, where there is a special section just for the Negroni and some variations. Each iteration has a different twist, and all feature authentic ingredients such as Italian gin or wine-based vermouth for a big flavor.
LOKAL | 2 2nd Street, Jersey City
Keep it simple with an ultra-traditional Negroni, enjoyed while watching the sunset over the Hudson. Not too shabby!
Liberty Prime Steakhouse | 111 Montgomery Street, Jersey City
The Mezcal Negroni at Liberty Prime Steakhouse swaps out the gin for mezcal but keeps the sweet vermouth and Campari. It’s just enough to be familiar, but just enough to be like new.
Monroe’s | 36-42 Newark Street, Hoboken
This Hoboken hot spot is all about the classics, and that includes the cocktail menu.
Orale Mexican Kitchen | 1426 Willow Ave., Hoboken; 341 Grove Street, Jersey City
The Oaxan Negroni at Orale Mexican Kitchen is the traditional Negroni’s louder, boozier cousin. It swaps out gin for tequila and mezcal; trades the sweet vermouth for a dry; and finally, a bitter pomegranate liqueur in place of the Campari.
Roman Nose | 125 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
This family-owned restaurant focuses on having the best ingredients around. The same is true for the cocktail menu, which includes a classic Negroni, made with Contratto Rosso Vermouth, known as one of the oldest vermouths to be made.
Sorellina | 1036 Washington Street, Hoboken
Negronis are on the menu and are included in the Aperitivo Happy Hour for $8 Tuesday through Friday from 4PM – 6PM. Order one of the seasonal antipasti boards, and you’ll be set for the night.
WurstBar | 516 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City
This downtown JC favorite seems to get everything right, and the classic Negroni is no different. Order up some truffle fries to go with your Negroni for a truly decadent experience.
Negroni Week is a week-long celebration of — you guessed it — the Negroni! Powered by Campari USA and cocktail-focused publication Imbibe Magazine, participating venues across the country will be offering Negroni specials with a portion of profits donated to various charitable causes. Since 2013, the event has raised over $3 million for a variety of causes.
This year, Negroni Week will be September 13-19, and lucky for us, a handful of our favorite local Hudson County bars are getting in on the action. Stop into any of the below locations and order a cocktail or two for a good cause.
Negroni Week Participating Bars
- – Ed & Mary’s – Supporting Water for People
- – Franklin Social – Supporting Another Round Another Rally
- – The Archer – Supporting Surfrider Foundation
- – Cellar 335 – Supporting James Beard Open for Good Campaign
A DIY Negroni Recipe
Want to celebrate at home? A Negroni is a simple, three-ingredient cocktail perfect for mixing up at home.
2 parts Gin
2 parts Campari
2 parts Vermouth
Add all to a mixing glass and stir with ice until chilled. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with orange peel.
For more information on Negroni Week, visit the official site at negroniweek.com. Don’t forget to snap a photo for #drinkstagram and tag @Imbibe @CampariUSA with #NegroniWeek to join the conversation. And of course, share your at-home or bar-side Negronis with us on IG @HobokenGirl!