Sometimes called “the sixth borough,” Hoboken is known to have more bars per capita than many others in the United States. Narrowing down the field to a few is a tough task. The waterfront city offers nightlife destinations for every taste, from ladies who are looking to mingle with friends over cocktails, to relaxed sports bars, to lounges with a view of the Hudson and NYC skyline. By Emily Tamburri.

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Madison Bar and Grill

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1316 Washington St
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 386-0300

Home to Stevens University and a large population of post-grads, Hoboken is a young town. The Madison is a sophisticated selection for those interested in a a laid back spot for the over-25 crowd. We love the 1940s style ambiance almost as much as we love the martini specials and ever-changing happy hour menu. The softly lit bar and eclectic American cuisine makes Madison Bar and Grill an ideal location for after work cocktails with friends or a glass of wine from their extensive selection.

City Bistro

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56- 58 14th St
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 963-8200

During the summer months, when you haven’t packed your car and trudged through Garden State Parkway traffic to spend your weekend down the shore, the City Bistro rooftop deck is an excellent way to take advantage of the warm weather (who wants to spend it stuck in traffic anyway?). The circular bar is position in such a way that you can always gaze at the skyline as you wait for your mixed drinks, cocktails or ice cold beers. City Bistro also offers perfectly sweet pitchers of sangria, and craft beers for refreshing summer satisfaction.

Willie McBrides

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616 Grand St
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 610-1522

Why not check out a cover band or comedy show this weekend? How about making a new Wednesday night ritual and rounding up a group of friends for team trivia night? Willie McBrides offers the full gamut of events to chose from—just take a look at their jam packed calendar for your preference. A relaxed and casual atmosphere welcomes bar-goers year-round, and in the winter, this Irish pub boasts a welcoming fire place and warm plates of corned beef and cabbage. This bar offers all the major sporting events on 18 large HD flat screens and a space for darts and pool tables to challenge your buddies. A free shuttle/limo service provided by the bar completes the night, making Willie McBrides a must on our list.

Maxwell’s Bar and Restaurant

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1039 Washington St
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 798-0406

Come for the food, stay for the mood. The party lighting and laid back ambience make Maxwell’s a great date night bar, especially for music lovers. This local gem is the place to go to see an intimate concert. Up-and-coming acts are always on the schedule to play in the restaurant’s back room. Groups like REM, Yo La Tengo and other indie rock legends have played here. With an extensive craft beer selection (many in the $6 range), you won’t want to hit up any other establishment for drinks post-concert.

Cork City

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239 Bloomfield St
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 963-5512

For a craft beer lover, Cork City is one of Hoboken’s best options. The cozy watering hole offers 145 beers to choose from, with 26 on a rotating tap. The beers on the menu are often hard to find, like those from the Great Lakes Brewing Company. The speakeasy-esqe set up includes a dart board and fire place to relax and enjoy a few uncommon brews.

Bin 14

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1314 Washington St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 963-9463

For wine lovers, options abound in New York City (we’ve narrowed our favorite wine bars down to these nine). Across the river, the bars are plentiful in Hoboken – but those dedicated to wine are few. Bin 14 offers a sophisticated vibe to complement its extensive wine list (80 bottles by the glass, with options for flights to sample several varieties). The refreshingly modern atmosphere is an ideal alternative for those looking to escape the post-grad scene which infiltrates the city’s downtown bar scene.

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Living Room at the W Hoboken

225 River St.
Hoboken, NJ
(201) 253-2400

Operated by the same team behind Tenjune in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, this hotspot features breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and offers all of the swankiness you would expect with that view. The go-to lounge for young professionals, expect to find them sipping cocktails as DJs spin after work hours.