Warm weather is amidst and summer is just around the corner. We don’t know about you but to us, the warm weather means time to unwind. What better way to unwind than with fruit-infused wine!? Yes, we are talking about sangria. We researched and taste-tested to find you where you can get your sangria fix in Chilltown. Read on to check out these Jersey City-based sangria spots below.
Amelia’s Bistro | 187 Warren Street
Nestled in the Paulus Hook neighborhood on a cozy corner for over a decade – close enough to the JC business district for a quick walk but far enough from the hustle and bustle for a charming dining experience – Amelia’s is a must-visit. It boasts a large menu with something for everyone and a generous drink list – including sangria.
Churrasquiera Europa | 542 Newark Avenue
Located in Journal Square, head inside Churrasquiera Europa and you’ll find awesome food and great sangria. The restaurant serves Brazilian and Spanish food – so the team knows what they’re doing in the sangria department. Go with friends and grab a huge pitcher for $24.95 – trust us, it goes a long way.
Hard Grove | 284 1st Street
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On the menu, are a heap of dishes that will tantalize the tastebuds. Some favorites among the community include the ropa vieja, a very traditional dish, and a staple in all Cuban restaurants that includes shredded beef in onions and peppers in a creole sauce. Of course, there are several flavors of sangria available to pair with your meal.
Hudson Hall | 364 Marin Boulevard
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Despite the beamed ceilings and large projector TVs, the vibe in Hudson Hall is low-key and intimate. The added exposed brick and vintage signage make it great for a date night, while the picnic table seating in the main room accommodates a variety of sized groups. The drink menu features everything from strawberry frosé with fresh lemon and honey to a comprehensive list of scotch, bourbon, and sangria.
Light Rail Café | 237 Randolph Avenue
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This spot located in the Bergen-Lafayette part of JC serves some amazing sangria that packs a punch! We had the red (the white looked amazing too), and it came in a huge glass that was well worth the $8. Sangria pitcher specials are available every day and cost $8. Note: this spot is cash only.
Liberty House | 76 Audrey Zapp Drive
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Known for its gorgeous atmosphere and incredible views of the waterfront, this restaurant and wedding venue boasts an awesome take on sangria. May we introduce champagne sangria?! The champagne sangria is the perfect touch to brunch.
Lokal | 2 2nd Street
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Offering red and white sangria – Lokal is a must-visit. The happy hour is Tuesday-Sunday from 4PM-6PM. The cheese platter or meat platter pairs well with both flavors of sangria.
Los Tres Chilitos | 456 Central Avenue
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In the heart of The Heights, Los Tres Chilitos was founded by Haydee Gomez and Jose Luis Martinez who originate from Oaxaca, Mexico. The goal was simple – to serve delicious authentic Mexican dishes while ensuring that the customers always felt welcome. That’s exactly what patrons experience when dining here. Order the sangria next time you stop in for flautas.
McGinley Square Pub | 755 Montgomery Street
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A burger and sangria? The answer is yes! McGinley Square is a gem so be sure to check this spot out when you’re in the area. There’s a $10 burger, shot, and beer special that happens until 7PM daily.
Orale | 341 Grove Street
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Orale’s menu and cocktails have been a draw since inception. A few of the go-to picks include pollo tacos, breakfast nachos, and quesadillas. Aside from epic cocktails, this gem offers sangria as well. Come for the food – stay for the ambiance!
Porta | 135 Newark Avenue
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It is officially rooftop season, and Porta is known for its amazing rooftop, great pizza, and delicious drinks. Grab your crew and head over for a pitcher of sangria.
Rumba Cubana | 235 Pavonia Avenue
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The Lopez family came to America from Cuba in 2000 with a dream of bringing the flavor & family recipes of home to us, and the restaurant definitely succeeds in creating an authentic experience for diners. The here sangria is sure to please.
Satis Bistro | 212 Washington Street
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Located in the popular Paulus Hook neighborhood, this European bistro will make you forget you’re in Jersey and instead like you’ve been transported to a cozy restaurant in Europe. There are a few dining areas: a loft, the main room, and a wine bar, each outfitted with something romantic, be it the lighting, cascading velvet drapes, or a marble bar. Sip on some sangria at the next date night!
Taqueria Downtown | 236 Grove Street
Since it opened in 2005, the restaurant has long become a fixture of Jersey City’s booming restaurant scene, having grown into a “Taqueria Downtown family” of four locations, each with a different vibe and style. Be sure to order sangria next time you visit.
The Kitchen Step | 500 Jersey Avenue
The aesthetic here along with the name Kitchen Step itself celebrates Jersey City’s rich history. It is a nod to Cornelius Van Vorst — “courtly Cornelius” — whose marble kitchen step originated from a statue of King Edward III. Known for epic cocktails, this spot should be on your radar when you’re craving a cold glass of sangria.