All About The Ferryman on 1st in Hoboken {the Old Marty O’Brien’s}

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The Ferryman on 1st is an Irish pub that has recently come into play at the corner of 1st Street and Bloomfield in Hoboken. The new pub, which took over 94 Bloomfield Street in Hoboken {the former Marty O’Brien’s location}, is offering all the bar things: specialty burgers, sliders, brunch featuring the mythical bottomless mimosa, $20 fish bowls, week-night trivia, a weekend DJ, and more. 

Hoboken Girl chatted with Ferryman manager Cormac Gallagher — known as “Thumbs Up” — regarding the meaning behind the name, the history of the Ferryman on 1st, and more. “The Ferryman on 1st has gotten its name from the rich history Hoboken has with the docks and the dock workers that were called Long Shore Men or Ferryman,” Cormac explains. “These men worked very, very hard daily loading and unloading the big ships with all the import and export supplies that came and went through the docks of Hoboken.”

“Hoboken has a long history of Irish,Italian, German, Puerto Rican and Croatian immigrants coming to work on the docks and living in the Hoboken area,” Cormac continues. “This job was a physically hard job loading and unloading the big crates coming and going on these ships. Sometimes the work was plentiful and at times there was little or no work for this large work force of emigrant men who had come to settle in the Hoboken area and call Hoboken their new home.”

Cormac maintains the name was meant to pay homage to the ship workers deeply ingrained in Hoboken’s history. “Giving these men the acknowledgement they deserve was the inspiration behind choosing the name The FerryMan On 1st since 1st Street in Hoboken has always been lined with good old fashioned bars, taverns, pubs, and lounges.”

Keep reading to check out what else the Ferryman on 1st manager had to say about the new hotspot.


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^^ Some of the crew

What’s the history behind the Ferryman?

Longtime Hoboken residents may remember this as the old Marty O’Brien’s place. In fact, there’s been a bar at this site since the building was built in the middle of the last century.

“Sean Hession purchased the building in 1999 and restored the building to its original beauty,” Cormac says. “Miss Kitty’s Bar was the name of the Bar for a long long time and it was famous through out North Jersey for being a fun neighborhood bar where everybody knew your name. Something similar to Cheers the Bar on the TV show,” he adds.

“Then, inspired by the changes Hoboken was undergoing, Busker’s Bar was born. Busker’s offered a higher end dining experience with an extensive wine and cocktail menu. This concept did excellent business ,but the location called for a more casual setting to blend in with the other establishments on First Street.”

Cormac, who has lived in Hoboken for the past 15 years, continues, “Marty O’Brien’s was born. Marty’s became known as MOB’s by the locals and was more of a speakeasy style bar with excellent food and an easy-going, relaxed ambience that attracted an older, more mature clientele. The outdoor cafe was always a good help for brunch, lunch, and dinner business.”

Cormac came to bartend at The Shannon back in 2003. “The bar business is in my blood since my family own and operate several bars in Ireland at any given time for the past 50 years,” he says. “Entertaining customers is definitely what I do best and I do it effortlessly with a non-stop smile because I love what I do on a daily basis.”

The time came for a renovation and update this year and with that Change came a new concept and manager.
The FerryMan on 1st was born.
The Bar underwent a beautiful cosmetic renovation this year and the menu was completely changed.
The Brunch Menu has all the favourites and $2 Mimosas Saturday and Sunday during Brunch is our way of giving the Hoboken residents a fair opportunity to enjoy a Saturday or Sunday morning with friends at an affordable price and enjoy the fun atmosphere at The FerryMan while watching your favorite Sports team play on our many Big Screen TV’s.
We have a Trivia night, $1,000 Hoboken Idol Karaoke Contest night and host 3 Three Dart Boards for Darts night.
We have a different Drinks special for each night of the week and Happy Hour 4-7 Monday to Friday.

What’s on the menu?

The menu has a mix of all-American grub {burgers, sliders, the works} then The Ferryman hosts lunch or dinner with a menu of over 10 different sliders and burgers to choose from and nearly 20 choices for appetizers, making a decision about what to eat might take more than a few minutes. Appetizer options include Irish Loaded Kettle Chips, jumbo or boneless wings, Philly Cheesesteak egg rolls, spicy sweet potato bites, and buffalo chicken dip with pita bread {pictured below}.

Burger-lovers can choose from Gaelic, Rodeo, Willie’s Classic, Jersey Breakfast, Southwest Turkey, and more. Sliders also feature hot dog, shredded buffalo chicken, pulled pork, and short rib options.

“We offer a wide variety of food items here at The Ferryman and I always favor the Sheppard’s Pie because it’s baby food and so easy to eat quickly when I don’t have much time for a dinner break and need a tasty nutritional meal to keep the energy levels up,” Cormac says. “Our Irish Breakfast is also a favorable food item as it has several different Irish meats and a variety of tasty tomatoes, egg, potatoes to make this a tasty meal any time of the day.”

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{Photo credit: Instagram}

For vegetarians, salad options include a spinach strawberry dish or penne a la vodka pasta. If you eat fish, there’s a cod fillet that comes with lettuce, tomato, tartar sauce, and homemade slaw or the classic fish n’ chips.

What’s for brunch?

“The bar underwent a beautiful cosmetic renovation this year and the menu was completely changed,” Cormac says. “The brunch menu has all the favourites and $2 Mimosas Saturday and Sunday during Brunch is our way of giving the Hoboken residents a fair opportunity to enjoy a Saturday or Sunday morning with friends at an affordable price and enjoy the fun atmosphere at The FerryMan while watching your favorite sports team play on our many big screen TVs.”

Perhaps the most exciting part of brunch is The Ferryman’s mimosa policy: $2 mimosas and $18 pitchers for the table. On their website, it also mentions that you can ask about unlimited or “bottomless” mimosas if you’re looking to get extra boozy on a Sunday morning. Some eggs with that champagne cocktail? Please and thank you.

Aside from drinks, Ferryman’s brunch hosts a bunch of options: an omelet station, classic or buffalo chicken sliders, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, and wraps. And if you’re a fan of traditional Irish food they also have fresh corned beef hash and eggs. {Fun fact: The owner of Ferryman actually also owns Willie McBrides.}

What can you do there?

The Ferryman on 1st offers everything from late-night DJs and space for dancing to week-night trivia. Every Tuesday night at 10pm is karaoke, the winner of which could potentially take home a $1,000 cash prize. The Ferryman also offers UFC viewings on big-screen televisions and surround sound. DJ starts spinning at 10:00PM until close every Friday night and during happy hour, house wine, draft beers, and all house-mixed drinks are $5.


During happy hour, drinks start at $5. The Ferryman is gaining some traction for its fishbowl drinks, which you can get for $20. They might be pricey, but rest assured it’s a whole lot of cocktail. {Also, pro tip: fish bowls are marked down to $10 on Thursday nights!}

“Our customers love the fun upbeat bar atmosphere and friendly bar staff mixed with Irish and American bartenders that always deliver a cold beer with a warm welcoming smile,” Cormac adds.

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{Photo credit: Instagram}


Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4:00PM to 7:00PM. Brunch is offered from 11:00AM to 3:00PM.

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Stephanie Osmanski writes honest things about health, the planet, and being a woman. Her words have appeared on Business Insider, Parade, Eat This Not That, Dogster, Scary Mommy, Green Matters, World Economic Forum, Parents, Seventeen, Life & Style, InTouch Weekly, and more. Her articles have been syndicated on World Economic Forum, MSN, MSN UK, and MSN Canada. In her free time, Stephanie and her registered therapy dog, Koda, volunteer at local hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities.