• 8 Fun Places to Get a {Quality} Glass of Wine in Jersey City

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    With the advent of craft cocktail bars and the onslaught of local breweries popping up all over the tri-state area, sometimes our favorite standby, WINE, gets lost in the shuffle. But as true winos know, a great glass of wine can complement a meal, complete a dessert, be a nice way to unwind at the end of a long day, or be a great excuse to catch up with friends. Whether you are a red, white, or rosé-all-day kind of wine drinker {or you prefer prosecco}, here are a few places to get a quality glass of wine in Jersey City — and some of our favorite picks

    Amelia’s {187 Warren Street}  

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    Tucked away on the corner of Warren Street, Amelia’s has a cozy bar where you can choose from a wide selection of quality red and white wines as well as port and grappa {because who doesn’t love a great dessert wine?}. Added bonus: Amelia’s also has a considerable list of small plates and crostinis {applewood bacon and peanut butter, anyone?} if you want to nosh while enjoying your bevvies. 

    Roman Nose {125 Newark Avenue}  

    We all know that wine and Italian food go together like… well, wine and Italian food, so it was a happy day indeed when this formerly BYO joint built a bar and obtained a liquor license. Delicious food aside, their wine list ranges from the classics like Montepulciano {try the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2014 — an easy-to-sip medium-bodied red} and chianti to bubbly Lambrusco {if you haven’t tried it yet, just trust me on this one} and refreshing Pinot Grigio.

    GP’s {236 Pavonia Avenue}  

    Located right next to Hamilton Park, this place has a large, charming bar with beautiful old-fashioned chandeliers as well as a great indoor/outdoor dining space – for whatever your mood. GP’s stellar wine selection features lots of yummy Italian reds and fruity whites as well as great champagne selections. Oh yeah, and Milk Sugar Love is right next door – double the deliciousness!

    Liberty House {76 Audrey Zapp Drive}  


    If you are looking for a fancier night with your glass of wine, Liberty House has both a great restaurant and bar as well as an extensive wine list ranging from French white blends to Tempranillo and Grenache reds {HG pick: 2012 Shatter Grenache, a rich, spicy red that pairs well with steak}. Oh, and the stunning outdoor Hudson river view in the back of the restaurant doesn’t hurt either.  

    Porta {135 Newark Avenue}  

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    There’s nothing quite like sipping a delicious glass of wine at a rooftop bar. With warmer weather {slowly} creeping in, you can warm up at Porta with a drink – their wine list runs the gamut from bold reds to light rosés {HG tip: order the Zardetto Vino Spumante Rosé, a wonderfully light and refreshing Italian blush} as well as a healthy selection of sparkling wine. Porta also features several wines “on tap” for just $6 a glass at happy hour, and if you want a meal here, the food is great too.

    Hamilton Inn {708 Jersey Avenue}  

    An awesome place for Sunday brunch situated about a block from Hamilton Park, this restaurant has a lot of character and boasts not only great cocktails but great wine as well. Hamilton Inn’s house-made red sangria and rosé champagne are just a few of the selections that make up this quality wine list {HG tip: the Moet Rose is beautifully dry and delicious}. Not to be forgotten is their dessert menu with some great port wine selections as well.

    Satis Bistro {212 Washington Street}

    If you’re looking for a classy wine night out on the town with your foodie friends in Paulus Hook, Satis is the place to go. Owned and operated by Michael Garcia and Geza Gulas since it opened in 2010, Satis serves anything from luscious cheese and charcuterie to small plates full of fabulous veggies to homemade gnocchi to melt-in-your mouth hanger steak.  Food at this Salumeria and Euro-style wine bar and cafe has won several awards and is something to write home about — and since they got their liquor license in 2012, we’ve never looked back. The wine preservation system allows customers the flexibility to sample a variety of wine varietals that range from $8 per glass to $25 per glass. {HG Tip: Try the housemade Ricotta Gnocchi to complement. Oh. My. Gawd.}

    Third and Vine {353 Third Street}  

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    This wine bar on Third St. refers to itself as a “cheese & wine tavern” {if that doesn’t sell you, I don’t know what will}. They have an amazing selection that includes orange wine, that some are calling the new rosé {HG tip: try the Vitovska from Italy}, and a global selection of whites and reds ranging from Chile to Croatia. Pair your glass with a cheese board from Third and Vine’s daily changing selection of cheeses or a delicious small plate and you are good to go!

    Do you have a favorite spot for your favorite wine? We’d love to hear about it! Cheers!


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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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