• Here’s When These 13 Outdoor and Rooftop Bars Open {in Hoboken + Jersey City}

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    The warm weather officially on its way and with the imminent arrival of spring, we’re ready to start enjoying some drinks outdoors and enjoying the sunshine. There are plenty of great outdoor spaces to enjoy the best of what the warm weather has to offer and indulge in some alfresco drinking. Read on to discover 13 outdoor + rooftop bar openings in Hoboken + Jersey City this spring.

    Jersey City

    Surf City {1 Marin Boulevard}

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    Just a short walk from the Marin Boulevard light rail stop, this spacious waterfront hangout with plenty of eats like burgers and seafood opens for the season on Thursday, May 16th at 4:00PM – so cut that work day short and get your happy hour on. You’ll feel like you’re down the shore, but surprise — you’re in Jersey City.

    Rooftop at Exchange Place {1 Exchange Place}

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    Just short walk over from the Exchange Place Light Rail or PATH stop, this rooftop bar is open all-year round {with table service during the warmer months} and has a beautiful view of the NYC skyline. Try dishes like sliders, tacos and charcuterie, and lots of fun cocktails while enjoying the spring air from above {complete with killer views}.

    Porta {135 Newark Avenue}

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    As of April 1st, visitors can enjoy the bar on the rooftop of this spacious Italian pizza joint {originally hailing from Asbury Park}, and while the rooftop menu at Porta is limited, the appetizing brick oven pizza and small bites are available for sharing. It turns into a dance party at night, too.

    See More: Jersey Social: A Jersey City Bar Focused on Mixology

    Skinner’s Loft {146 Newark Avenue}

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    The quaint rooftop at Skinner’s Loft is the perfect place to enjoy a weeknight dinner or Sunday brunch on Newark Avenue, and visitors will be happy to know that the rooftop area will be open mid-May, weather permitting.

    Iron Monkey {99 Greene Street}

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    A short walk away from Harborside Financial Center, this is always a choice to get happy hour going, with plenty of brews to choose from and lots of appetizers like wings, nachos, and loaded tater tots.

    Lutze Biergarten {3 2nd Street}

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    Another stellar after-work hangout that we know you were missing during the winter months, Lutze is a newer waterfront Biergarten. Be sure to check out @lutzejc for opening dates and get ready for outdoor music, frozen cocktails, and fresh seafood. Opening Date TBD!

    Zeppelin Hall {88 Liberty View Drive}

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    Gather a large group of pals and head over to this indoor/outdoor Biergarten {the igloos will be removed in the coming weeks to make way for picnic tables}. Choose from a large number of drafts on tap and check out the bratwurst {we recommend the cheese brat} or a variety of authentic German dishes that can be enjoyed outdoors.

    The Ashford {145 Newark Avenue}

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    With a sleek cocktail lounge vibe and some fancy eats, The Ashford is a fun new downtown JC spot to check out for dinner, brunch, cocktails, or even some late-night bites. The rooftop oyster bar that is connected to an indoor artisan cocktail bar, The Parlor, is slated to open sometime in mid-April, so be sure to check out @theashfordjc for more details.

    Six26 Lounge and Rooftop {128 Christopher Columbus Drive}

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    This LGBTQ lounge that shares a rooftop with The Ashford {and combined is actually the largest rooftop in the downtown JC area} features awesome events like drag bingo and karaoke. The rooftop bar will be opening to the general public soon {with sunset champagne toasts, ya’ll}, so check the lounge’s Instagram account for updates.

    Hoboken

    City Bistro {56 14th Street}

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    Pop into this uptown restaurant/bar on 14th street for dinner or brunch, and check out the adorable rooftop that is ideal for cocktails on a sunny afternoon {with $4 mimosas, bellinis, and Bloody Marys during brunch hours}. They also have a frosé machine in warmer months.

    The Dubliner {96 River Street}

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    After hours at the Dubliner includes plenty of classic bar food with an Irish twist, including fish + chips and Shepard’s pie. There are also lots of weekday specials {like $2 taco Tuesday}. The rooftop is opening once the weather cooperates, so stay tuned for updates!

    Read More: The Best Wine Bars {in Hoboken and Jersey City}

    Pier 13 {1301 Sinatra Drive North}

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    If you can snag a riverside seat while enjoying frozen cocktails at this outdoor venue, it is well worth the trip on a nice spring day. Plenty of food trucks have an array of snacking options, including Thai Elephant and Pizza Vita – with a soft opening the weekend of April 13th {Saturday from 12-8PM}. It’s all weather dependent, so be sure to check FB + Insta for updates @pier13hoboken.

    Pilsener Haus + Biergarten {1422 Grand Street}

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    Hoboken’s Biergarten offers plenty of Austro-European treats fresh off the grill {including desserts} and an extensive domestic and international beer list. The outdoor area here is just about always open, set up with igloos in the cooler months and open-air seating in the spring and summer.

    Have you been to one of these amazing outdoor bars? Let us know in the comments!


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    Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.


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