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If you’re looking to get away from the crowded parties in the city, $15 drinks, and doormen with superiority complexes, then hope may be waiting for you across the Hudson in Hoboken, NJ. After a quick 10 minute ride on the Path Train, you will find that there a ton of cheap and fun bars within steps from the Hoboken train station!
But since you’re passing up on NYC nightlife, you’ll want to head straight to the best nightlife spots that Hoboken has to offer. We’re talking fun crowds, cheap drinks, and awesome DJs who keep the party going all night. So in this article, we won’t list every party. We’re setting the standards high and chiseling down to the absolute best of the best dance clubs, night clubs, and party bars that you will find near NYC in Hoboken!
One big factor for a great nightlife is the crowd. So let’s briefly discuss the location and the demographics in Hoboken. When you arrive, you will immediately see that Hoboken is very similar to NYC. There are a ton of traditional Irish pubs, restaurants, and modern gastropubs. But the crowds in the streets are far less when compared to a popular area like Macdougal Street in Manhattan.
The population in this gentrified neighborhood has a median age of 31, an average annual income is $128k (Data USA), and is 82.3% Caucasian (U.S Census Data). So, as you may have deduced, Hoboken has its fair share of yuppy and hipster types. After all, Hoboken was once named the “hipster capital of America!”
If you are familiar with NYC, think of Hoboken as a cross between the Greenpoint Brooklyn and Greenwich Village neighborhoods. And its nightlife reflects it, being full of young college students and professionals looking for cheap drinks and loud music.
To cater to this young audience, many of those bars, restaurants, and gastropubs in Hoboken convert into dance clubs at night. But some of these parties are hit or miss. And since the walking distance between venues can be long, it is best to select your destinations wisely.
So to help you plan your night out perfectly, I’ve added a brief description of each party, its unique appeal, and maps to plot your route with!
“The Best Club Ambiance in Hoboken”
Address: 92 River St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Birch is the first on this list because it is possibly the only true club in Hoboken. From its layout, decor, and lighting you can see that it was built with a club environment and event space in mind. Outside of the neon spotlights and modern decor, Birch has:
- A full dance floor on the upper level
- A stage for the DJ booth and performers
- Roped off VIP sections
In true club form, Birch hires beautiful bartenders and scantily clad bottle girls to give bottle clients that champagne popping NYC and Miami VIP experience. Their bottle service packages start at a meager $150 per bottle (that’s a great deal compared to NYC), and a minimum purchase may be imposed depending on your group size.
I loved how they rope off the table sections to preserve your space from the crowds. That is a great touch and something that many clubs overlook, which also prevents accidents like drunk people falling over your bottle. That’s never fun.
The only thing that I didn’t like was the additional “table fee” that they tack onto the bill. You’ll find it deep in the fine print on the bottom of the bottle menu. I’ve never seen any other clubs that do that, anywhere. But since the service was great, the security guard was watching out for me, and the table was right on the dancefloor, the positive experience made up for it.
When surveying the room you will see most guests are dancing, not just standing around chucking back beers. And while the majority of the guests are young in the early 20s, I did see a more mature crowd here (in the mid to late 30s) mostly among the bottle clients.
The dress code seems to be flexible since most guests tend to be in casual wear. I have yet to see anyone stopped at the door due to a dress code, but I’d still recommend coming in business casual wear since this is not a bar kind of vibe.
Birch normally charges an admission fee of $10 per person after 10 PM. This cover charge can go as high as $30 if there is a celebrity performance that night. The line can get long when crowds flock there between 11 PM and midnight. So you should arrive anytime before or after 11 PM if you want a swift entry.
Important Tips For The Party At Birch
- There is a cover charge after 10 pm
- Drink prices start around $10
- The live DJs play Top 40s Pop and Hip Hop
- The main demographics are young students and professionals between the ages of 21 to mid-’30s
- The line is longest between 11:30 pm – 12:30 am
- Bottle Service starts at $150 and they have great VIP sections, but they tack on a “table fee”
I’ve visited Birch 3 times, and I can vouch that it’s the closest thing that you will get to an NYC or Miami club ambiance in all of Hoboken.
Map Directions to Birch Hoboken
“The Best Hip Hop Club in Hoboken”
Address: 125 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Mills Tavern hosts my favorite overall party in Hoboken. I love how their DJs tap into all genres from trap music, 90s hip hop, 70s rock, and mix in a few mashups. They seamlessly cater to a wide range of ages, as you can tell from my video above.
On top of the great DJs, they don’t charge a cover, the drinks are cheap, and the bartenders aren’t stingy on the pour. The door is easy on entry, and although there doesn’t seem to be a dress code, many ladies dress up while the guys all dress down.
Large groups of friends tend to come here. So I recommend you to do the same and come with a crew. But even if you are solo, Mills Tavern has an easy-going vibe, so you can feel free to be a social butterfly.
Important Tips For The Party at Mills Tavern
- Drink prices start at $8
- The live DJs play Top 40s Pop, Hip Hop, Rock, EDM
- The main demographics are young college students and professionals between the ages of 21 to mid-’30s
- Beat the crowd and arrive before 10 pm!
Mills Tavern should always be your first stop of the night in Hoboken, never the last. This is a local hotspot, so it gets packed quickly. As you can see in my photo above, they will hold the door when they are at or near capacity. So if you dare to arrive after 11 PM, be prepared for a long wait.
By the way, if you arrive early, their burgers are pretty good and go along well with some pregame beers.
Map Directions to Mills Tavern
“The Best Latin Dance Club in Hoboken”
Address: 32 Newark St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
If you have an itch for Latin music and trying out your new salsa moves, then Coco Loco is the best (and only) Latin lounge and dance club in Hoboken. This crowd loves to dance! And Coco Loco accommodates it by making an impressive changeover to a club atmosphere when it clears the main dining area to make room for a dance floor on weekends.
The live DJs turn up the party with a mix of salsa, bachata, reggaeton, and hip hop music. And as you might expect, the crowd is predominantly young and Hispanic. Now there is a cover charge of $10, which I’m not a fan of, but it makes sense because they are smaller than most nearby venues. But they make up for it with all-night drink specials like $4 fireballs or tequila shots. The trick to this though is that they stopped posting the specials on the wall behind the bar. So you have to ask for them!
Despite the limited space, they have a full bar adjacent from the dance floor with additional standing room and seating. So you won’t have to worry about clawing your way through a crowd to get a drink, and you have a place to do a little mingling.
If bottle service is your thing, they have VIP tables with couches on the dance floor. But unlike Birch, they don’t rope off the table sections. So you’ll have to protect your bottle from unintentional bumps from drunken dancers.
Important Tips For The Party at Coco Loco
- Drink prices start at $10
- The live DJs play Reggaeton, Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Hip Hop
- The main demographics here are young college students 21 to mid-30s
- Beat the crowd and arrive before 12 am
- Bottle service starts at $100!
Overall, Coco Loco is a great spot to add to your list of parties for the night if you want to change up the vibe.
Note: The sign in front says Coco Havana, the website says Coco Havana, but the Social Media pages say Coco Loco. Go figure.
Map Directions to Coco Loco
“A Frat Party in Hoboken”
Address: 76 River St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Important Tips For The Party at Texas Arizona
- Drink prices start at $8
- The live DJs play Top 40s Pop, Hip Hop, and Rock
- The main demographics are young, college students and professionals between the ages of 21 to 30s
- Beat the crowd and arrive before 10 pm!
Texas Arizona is the place to be if you want flashbacks of your college days. The Shannon is the place to be if you want to blow your eardrums out with loud Top 40s pop music and have a taste of what it is like to be at the Jersey Shore. While the young crowd here doesn’t dance as much as at Coco Havan, it’s a great place to elbow your way into groups and make some new friends.
Map Directions to Texas Arizona
“A Jersey Shore Pregame Party in Hoboken”
Address: 215 Washington Street Hoboken, NJ 07030
Tally-Ho stays true to the Jersey Shore party bar vibe in all of its intoxicated glory. It’s all about loud music and cheap drinks here. And while I disapprove of their stupid dress code policy of “no ripped jeans,” I must admit that it is the best pregame party bar in Hoboken.
This sports bar that looks the same in the day as it does at night. So don’t expect anything fancy. But with drink specials like $5 Titos and well drinks posted on the chalkboard in front, you won’t be able to resist falling for the hook. Near the entrance, you will find guests hanging out at the bar, soaking up drinks with friends. If you feel like dancing, there is a dance floor in the far back with club lights and a live DJ spinning Top 40’s club bangers.
As much as I love the heavy-handed bartenders, remember that this is the pregame spot. Your goal here is to knock back as many cheap drinks as you can until they end at 11 pm, or leave before you get too hammered to make it to the next party. The locals all know and do this, and you can see this pregame ritual in action when the early crowd starts clearing out at 11 pm sharp. If you come later, the party is hit or miss.
Important Tips For The Part at Tally-Ho
- They have a “no ripped jeans” policy
- Their late-night drink specials start at $5! Normal well drink prices start around $7
- The live DJs play Top 40s Pop and Hip Hop
- The main demographics are young, college students and professionals between the ages of 21 and 30
- It’s a great pregame spot, so get there before 11 pm
Hit the bar hard, hit the dance floor hard, and move on to the next spot once you get your buzz going.
(Lyndsey is my #1 bartender here. Ask for her by name, and tell her Nez sent you. She’s awesome, so make sure to give her a big tip!)
Map Directions to Tally-Ho
One last thing to keep in mind is that bars in New Jersey close their doors and have last call 2 AM, not 4 AM like NYC. So be sure to get to your last stop before 1 AM and do not choose a place with an entry fee. I have seen some parties continue until 3 AM for the guests already inside, but don’t bet on that.
Follow my advice and any combination of these parties will fill your appetite for a great night out on the town. There are plenty of other solid parties in Hoboken to explore, so go early and you will find many different options to fit your tastes!
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Enjoy your night out and thanks for reading!