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New Bar ‘The Waiting Room’ Takes Over Former Bobbleheads Location

by Kevin Stokes
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This year, Hoboken has welcomed over a dozen new beauty businesses, but there are two Hoboken bars undergoing their own makeovers. First, HG shared with readers the new vibe at 80 River Street, which is now a vintage-style garage bar. Now, HG can share news about the bar formerly known as Bobbleheads, located at 72 Hudson Street. The bar will now be called The Waiting Room and hosted its soft opening this weekend. Read on to learn more about the revamped downtown spot in Hoboken, NJ.

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About The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room is located at 72 Hudson Street in the former Bobbleheads space. Former MLB pitcher and local bar owner Pat Light expanded his ownership in downtown Hoboken in late summer adding The Waiting Room. Pat’s ownership group, The Light Group, is also behind Green Rock Tap + Grill, Texas Arizona, McSwiggan’s, 80 River Street (which is now the River Street Garage), and Saku, all in Hoboken.

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The Waiting Room is looking to establish a fine reputation as “The Ultimate Starting Point” according to the bar’s Instagram account.

Before its new ownership, The Waiting Room was known by many other names Hoboken regulars may have been familiar with. Bobbleheads was the most recent name with several different historic/pop culture bobbleheads displayed throughout the bar and featured live music weekly. Before that, the bar was known as Winston, and also The Ugly Irishman.

The Waiting Room and its new staff are looking forward to joining in on the fall fun in Hoboken with a combination of nightlife and Sunday Funday during football season which are known favorites in Hoboken.



Neighborhood Update

Just a few steps away from The Waiting Room is 80 River Street, which is also undergoing a makeover of sorts. HG reported earlier this fall that the bar had plans to rebrand into a vintage, garage-style bar with an emphasis on live music called The River Street Garage.

Pat Light, owner of River Street Garage, shared with The Hoboken Girl: “Music has always been a huge part of Hoboken’s storied history and our vision for River Street Garage was to combine the raw energy of live bands with the vibrancy of downtown.” He went on to share that “garages have long been the backdrop for countless memories and conversations among friends and we invite our customers to join us for some good music, good vibes, and good times.”


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The bar officially became the River Street Garage on September 8th, 2023 with live music from New Jersey-based cover band Aftershock.

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As always, be sure to follow @thehobokengirl on Instagram and TikTok for the latest Hoboken + Jersey City happenings.

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