The BEST Spring Cocktails in Hoboken + Jersey City This Season

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There’s a lot to love about spring warmer days, blooming trees, and of course, pretty, colorful cocktails. Hudson County’s cocktail bars list is constantly growing which means, there’s never been a better time to grab a drink in town. Whether you’re a drinks aficionado or still figuring out what cocktail to try, the good news is we’ve made the choice much easier. There’s something exceptionally satisfying about a refreshing iced cocktail, so if you’re in need of a ‘buzz’ this season. Read along to discover a growing list of some of the spring cocktails worth trying in Hoboken and Jersey City.

Hoboken

Anthony David’s {953 Bloomfield Street}

Anthony David’s

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While Anthony David’s might have stolen our hearts for the most scrumptious eggs benedict in Hoboken, the eatery recently acquired a liquor license and is set to impress with its spring cocktails. The spectacular menu features the Picante Margarita — poblano-infused reposado tequila, Midori, lime, Jalisco flower, and the Hemingway Daiquiri — Flor de Cana white rum, Maraska Marachino liqueur, lime, grapefruit.

Antique Bar & Bakery {122 Willow Avenue}

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The eclectic ambiance paired with the delectable menu is a perfect reason to visit this Hoboken gem. While Antique’s entrance might look like a cozy bakery, the space expands into an open kitchen with a full bar of crafted cocktails, some of which have earned it the title of Hoboken Girl’s ‘Best of 2020’ cocktail award — people’s choice. The newest addition to the drink menu is the Rothko Twist created by @midcenturymixtress. The drink is made with Butterfly Pea Flower-infused gin, green chartreuse, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and cinnamon simple syrup garnished with a lemon twist.

Backstage Lounge {1039 Washington Street}

Ever just wanted to tell someone, “Meet me backstage?” Well, that’s possible now at Sirenetta’s backstage lounge — formerly Maxwell’s, of course. The soft lighting and music make it an ideal spot for a great first date or even to catch up with a drink post-dinner. The bar is huge and the wide doors open out into 11th Street on Washington; one step out, one can catch the glittering views of the NYC skyline towards the waterfront. Sirenetta’s signature drinks are the Backstage Bramble —  Tanqueray, lemon + blackberries, and the “Welcome to the Jungle” — rum, pineapple, lime, and Campari.

Read More: The Best Brunch Spots in Hoboken – By Category

Barbes {1300 Park Avenue}

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Barbès Restaurant is named after the famous Paris neighborhood at the foot of the Sacré-Cœur, known as a little piece of North Africa. The cuisine is a combination of French and Moroccan specialties and its outdoor setup is often graced with live music making it a real movie scene. Its classic cocktails include The Rock’n Moroccan  — made with vodka, minted agave syrup, freshly squeezed lime juice, and mint leaves over crushed ice, Naughty + Nice  — made with monte Alban mezcal, pineapple juice, freshly squeezed lime, agave syrup, shaved nutmeg, and scotch along with an extensive list of other options depending on your choice of spirit.

Belo Bar {104 Hudson Street}

Belo Bar

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Belo successfully creates a friendly atmosphere with jazz music, great food, and even better cocktails. The cocktail bar has happy hour deals throughout the week and the colorful selection of cocktails is ideal for bringing to its cute outdoor setup on Hudson Street. Some of the signature drinks created by Zee, the mixologist, include Vaccinated — county spiced rum, pineapple scrub, lemon juice, agave, lavender liqueur, and Social Dilemma — Vida Mezcal, muddled raspberry, lime juice, agave, orange flowers bitter, egg white.

Bin 14 {1314 Washington Street}

bin 14

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While Bin 14 is known for its wine — the cocktails are pretty delicious, too. As the sister restaurant to Anthony David’s, the ambiance is inviting and there’s a wonderful selection of food, wine, and cocktails. From the flavorful Paloma to the crave-worthy spicy margarita, the cocktails are the perfect complement to the upcoming warm days ahead. The newest additions include the Goldrush — bourbon, honey, lemon, the Sbagliato Nero — Campari, sweet vermouth, Lambrusco, and the  Flamenco — González Byass Palo cortado sherry, Beefeater gin, lemon, orange, and cinnamon.

Elysian Cafe {1001 Washington Street}

Elysian Cafe

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If you’re ever curious where Hoboken is brunching every weekend, the Elysian is a good guess. The beautiful restaurant on the corner of 10th and Washington is hard to miss with its olive green and white decor. Thanks to the in-house mixologist Steve Schnader, the eatery has added its own twist to the classic Gimlet, with a drink called Navy Strength Gimlet — ford officer’s reserve gin, house-made lime cordial fresh lime juice, agave nectar, Thai lime leaves, and white peppercorn served over a large block of ice. The large ice blocks are the latest addition to the cocktail selection.

Monroe’s {36-42 Newark Street}

Monroe’s

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Monroe’s has an upscale ambiance with a dynamic vibe and is a great spot for a birthday party/lunch meeting or a brunch date with friends. While chandeliers adorn the ceiling inside, a blooming floral setup adorns the parklet outside. Its latest project, The Sinatra Room, opened early this year, which is a one-of-a-kind speakeasy in Hoboken. 

Both places bring in a wide selection of classic and specialty cocktails with quirky names and delicious flavors some of which include, Pear With Me — Appleton signature, Drambuie, pear nectar, lemon juice, cinnamon-clove syrup, Talk To Me Spice Iwai Japanese whisky, five-spice syrup, lime juice, ginger beer, and I like It Like that   Thai chile-infused tequila, grand mariner, lime juice, jalapeno-pineapple syrup, and tajin rim.

Olivia’s {1038 Garden Street}

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Hoboken’s newest restaurant, Olivia’s boasts an impressive cocktail menu that has been kept well under wraps prior to opening, leaving residents in the dark and wanting to know more! The mixologist Roger Gonzalez collaborated with the bartender Noel Blanco to create The Hoboken Life — bourbon, lemon juice, blackberry syrup, rosemary, ginger beer, blackberries, and a white flower.

Saku {936 Park Avenue}

Saku

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While the trees in Hoboken may just be blooming, it’s always cherry blossom season inside Saku, with its vibrant decor and delicious food. This Japanese restaurant & cocktail bar is a good idea any day of the week. The mixologists at Saku {Madison Donovan and Emily Perez} bring in the best flavors to craft great cocktails. Some of its specialty cocktails include Champagne Problems aviation gin, strawberry syrup, lemon, elderflower liqueur, rhubarb bitters, champagne, Herbs ‘n’ roses kettle one vodka, rose syrup, lychee, lemon, muddled basil, and salt. There’s also the Spring Sangria-Brandy — lychee, grapefruit, and rose.

Sorellina {1036 Washington Street}

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Sorellina celebrates Italy’s vibrant culinary culture through food and wine. One quite can’t get enough of the delicious pasta and when it comes to pairing that with a cocktail – the options are plentiful. While traveling to Italy may not be available just yet, the Sicilian Sunset cocktail will have to do. This is a tequila-based cocktail made with blood orange for that sweet-citrus we love and Ancho Reyes chile liqueur for a kick of spice.

Sirenetta {1039 Washington Street}

sirenetta

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Sirenetta is a Seafood + Raw Bar concept that opened in summer 2020. The menu features an extensive raw bar selection with a variety of innovative entrees and boasts a fancy cocktail selection. The Sunshine Negroni is a bright, citrus twist on the Italian classic. Made with Tanqueray flor de Sevilla, size, and select Aperitivo, it is perfect for enjoying next to an open window on a sunny day.

Stingray Lounge {1210 Washington Street}

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Stingray is best known for its oysters and cocktails. While the lounge typically doesn’t do seasonal cocktails, the refreshing drinks on the menu can be enjoyed all year round. Some of the local favorites are the Pimm’s Cup Pimm’s, nolet’s, strawberry, orange, cucumber, mint, and tequila sunrise as well as the Camarena Silver Tequila fresh orange juice, pomegranate grenadine.

Zack’s Oak Bar & Restaurant {232 Willow Avenue}

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Located on the corner of Willow, with its extensive outdoor dining setup, is Zacks a local Hoboken family-run tavern, well known for its brunch and dinner menu as well as its outstanding cocktail menu, which changes seasonally. The Too Cool for the Summer — Casco Viejo tequila, elderflower liqueur, watermelon-cucumber juice + lime juice sounds and tastes like the happening drink for the season.

Jersey City

Archers {176 Newark Avenue}

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The Archer is a great addition to the list of bars and restaurants on Newark Avenue. This cozy dim-lit cocktail bar is known for its cocktails {the surname of the restaurant is, after all, cocktails and refuge}, and there’s a great outdoor setup to enjoy the cocktails such as Kamehameha Rum Punch light rum, dark rum, lemon, pineapple, grenadine, blackberries, and the famous Archer Private Barrel Old Fashioned.

Battello {502 Washington Boulevard}

Battello

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Head over to Batello for Bacca In Fiore which in Italian means berries in bloom. This cocktail has bullet bourbon, cassis, lemon, ginger bitters, ginger beer, and cranberry. Try out this drink while enjoying the view of NYC.

Cellar 335 {335 Newark Avenue}

Cellar 335

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Leave it up to Cellar 335 for great presentation cocktails. The Tiki-bar vibes and delish food {and endless arrays of rum} are all great reasons to visit. at. The Instagram-worthy concoctions on the menu include Flamingo Bingo blood peach, mint, pineapple, rum, and aquavit, Treasure Trove — pina colada variation is made with strawberry, sherry, gin, and rum}, Sheltered Shipwreck mango, ginger, honey, Thai basil, Japanese rum and falernum, and the most interesting drink that gets all the buzz is Jungle Pig, a play on a classic tiki drink called the Jungle Bird. It’s a bitter tropical cocktail version made with spam-infused rum. It has pineapple, lime, and amaro and served in a spam can.

See More: Your Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Dining in Hoboken + Jersey City

Frankie {264 Grove Street}

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This Australian bar and restaurant boasts a beachy ambiance with house cocktails as well as housemade flatbreads and some vegan and vegetarian eats. The staff is friendly and the vibe is perfect for brunching during the day and going all out at night. The spring cocktails include Liquid Love delinquent wine co bizarro Aperitivo, blood orange,  sparkling wine, Above the Clouds — Mijenta tequila, fresh green apple, and pea shoots, and the Echo Beach cachaca, pineapple, thyme, egg white, and lime.

Harry’s Daughter {339 Communipaw Avenue}

Harry's Daughter

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Walking into Harry’s Daughter will give you all the Pinterest inspo you need! With the green palm leaf wallpaper and swing chair by the entrance, black and white tiles, and exposed brick walls, this is the closest ‘island’ getaway to take this season, and speaking of islands, its cocktail menu is a combination of classic, frozen, and signature cocktails such as Ria’s Rum Punch — Wray + Nephew, Angostura Rum + Angostura Bitters, mixed with tropical fruit juices, Misunderstood gin whiskey, non-nocere sorrel, kombucha, lemon, and mint. Nothing screams summer more than a frozen pina colada.

Liberty House Restaurant {76 Audrey Zapp Drive}

Liberty House

When it comes to luxury and exquisite cocktail + dining experience, Liberty House is one of the best. With its floor-to-ceiling glass windows and well-adorned interiors and not to forget — absolutely mesmerizing views of Liberty state park and the New York City skyline, this a real experience. The cocktails are a great accompaniment to the warm season and include Cucumber Collins — cucumber vodka, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, club soda, and Bing-Bang Boom — milagro blanco tequila, ancho Reye Verde liqueur, and cilantro agave syrup.

Lokal Eatery & Bar {2 2nd Street}

Lokal

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Owner Mona Panjwani, along with her concept creator, Hemant Phul, was inspired by what Jersey City had to offer with its stunning waterfront views, vibrant restaurants, and compelling history, and wanted to create a place that reflected this. The combination of flavorful tapas, exquisite cocktails, and mesmerizing views at Lokal is hard to beat. The spring cocktails on the menu include Margaret Sames lime juice, watermelon juice, ginger syrup, choice of soju, tequila, mezcal, and the Allen Katz pineapple juice, lemon juice, celery salt, pea flower-infused vermouth with choice of vodka, gin, pisco, and its Insta-famous drink Elliott Stubb. The presentation is A+ and the foamy texture of the drink is worth every sip and pic. 

Low Fidelity {328 Palisade Avenue}

While Low fidelity might have stolen our hearts with its Detroit-style pizzas, its cocktails are here to do the same. There’s a large backyard which is the perfect setup to enjoy one for the chilled drinks such as Happy accident — light Rum, dark rum, Crème de Cacao, All Spice Liqueur, lime, pineapple, cassis, the Isle of Capri — gin, Cocchi Americano, grapefruit, lemon, honey syrup, cucumber, and the Rosalita — Mezcal, Aperol, orgeat, lime, and pineapple.

Madame Claude Bis {390 4th Street}

Madame Claude Bis

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While space might look like a speakeasy from the outside, it transforms into an intimate bar inside. As they quote, “the cocktail menu will expose you to a palette of french cordials” and they also have daily specials, and a wine list long enough to make you travel through France. Some of the drinks worth trying are La Vie En Rose — vodka, rose water, lychee, apple cider, and Olala! — dark rum, ginger, jalapeno syrup, peach, and lime.

Mathews Food & Drink {351 Grove Street}

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The decor at Mathew’s is charming and inviting. This is an ideal brunch spot and the new outdoor patio set up is pure perfection. The Instagram-worthy cocktail on the menu has to be the 80s Glam cocktail a combination of gin, lavender syrup, passion fruit, egg white, edible glitter.

Skinners Loft {146 Newark Avenue}

Skinners Loft

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This is a local gem owned by a Jersey city family and is known for its impeccable service, great food, and delicious drinks. This is a loft-style restaurant with three floors. The first floor is a cozy bar, the second floor is an enchanting dining room, and last but not least, is the rooftop which is open for dining in warmer months. The cocktails include Spicy Mango Margarita, a traditional Aperol Spritz, and The Lafayette to name a few.

Tamborim Bar & Grill {130 Newark Avnue}

Owner, Michael Casalinho does a successful job of adding a touch of Brazil to the diverse neighborhood of Jersey City. Tamborim is colorful, lively, and bold. Some of the items featured on the food menu are the first of its kind in the area and the drinks are inspired by local flavors and exquisite to the theme of the restaurant. Opt for the Caipirinha — Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar, and lime, with flavors such as mango, strawberry, kiwi lime, and blackberry. There’s also the ‘Da Casa’ section which means ‘from home’ in Spanish and includes some of the local favorites such as Porto Seguro — brandy-spiked pina colada, pineapple, brandy coconut, and Paulistinha — goiaba guava sangria.

The Kitchen Step {500 Jersey Avenue}

Owner Cory surely knows what the community loves when it comes to the bar + restaurant vibe. The Kitchen Step is his third endeavor – including Hoboken’s Turtle Club and Battello in Jersey City. The modern-American bistro serving a mouth-watering array of dishes and the libations menu is seasonal, crafty, and boozy thanks to the mixologist Ray Keane. Some of the noteworthy cocktails include Prince of Provence — vodka, lemon, lavender, yellow chartreuse, brut, cherry blossom, and How London Got Its Fog — corgi earl grey gin, vanilla, lemon, and oat milk.

The Hutton Bar & Grill {225 Hutton Street}

Jersey City heights not just offers great views but also great local spots to eat, drink and repeat. The Hutton is a bar + restaurant offering unique cocktails, and delectable food {looking at you Bourbon Caramel French toast!}. There’s plenty of seating options, both indoors and outdoors.
Whether you’re looking to brunch, WFH, find a cute date spot — this fits the vibe for all. Bringing summer to the table are the Strawberry Coconut Mojito, Apple Cider Sangria, Tanqueray Sevilla Orange, and more.

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Originally from India, in search of a place she could call home, Risha finally found her space in Home Sweet Hoboken. She currently works in advertising in New York City and loves to write about mindfulness and positivity. Her happiness lies in her morning routine - catching a sunrise at Maxwell Park, yoga by the pier followed by a hot cup of Joe before kickstarting the day. She equally loves her happy hours and can be found sipping a beer (or a few more) around the local spots. Her guilty pleasure is Garlic Naan and a big bowl of frozen yogurt enjoyed by the skyline.