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The Best Clubs, Party Bars, and Nightlife in Hoboken New Jersey

If you’re looking for an alternative to the overcrowded parties, $15 cocktails, and doormen with superiority complexes in NYC, then hope may be waiting for you across the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey. All it takes is a 10-minute ride on the Path Train to find a ton of awesome bars just steps away from the Hoboken station!

In most regards, Hoboken is the party town of Hudson County. You won’t find any other nearby city in New Jersey with as many parties or bars all based in one location, and within walking distance of each other. Which works out perfectly, because navigating traffic and finding parking in Hoboken can be very challenging, making Hoboken a hard city to drive in.

In comparison, Hoboken’s nightlife scene is similar to those found in NYC neighborhoods like Greenwich Village (Manhattan) or Williamsburg (Brooklyn). There are a ton of traditional Irish pubs, modern gastropubs, and dive bars. Many of which are lined up between Washington Street and Sinatra Drive and convert into dance clubs at night!

Similar to MacDougal Street in NYC, the nightlife crowds in Hoboken are often full of young students and professionals. Since Hoboken was once named the “hipster capital of America,” that should give you a sense of the local demographics, style, and vibe you can expect.

Now that you have a feel for the nightlife scene in Hoboken, let’s move on to the good stuff. Since you’re passing up on NYC nightlife, you surely won’t want to waste your time at any boring bars with mellow crowds. So, this list will point you to the best dance clubs, party bars, and nightlife in Hoboken.

You can expect every bar in this list to have live DJs, fun crowds, dance floors, and are overall great parties. And, since the walking distance between some venues can be a bit long, besides descriptions and tips for each venue, I’ve also thrown in maps with directions to help you plan your night out right.

PS: Unlike NYC, New Jersey does require proof of vaccination for indoor activities! Need I say more?


Mills Tavern aka Mills Hoboken

“The Best Hip Hop Club in Hoboken”
Address: 125 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Price: $

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The crowd at Mills Tavern

Mills Hoboken, also known as Mills Tavern, hosts my favorite overall party in Hoboken, and there is no cover charge to get in. I love how their DJs tap into all genres from trap music, 90s hip hop, 70s rock, and mix in a few mashups.

So, they seamlessly cater to a wide range of ages, as you can tell from my video of the party at Mills Tavern:

Video of the party at Mills

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 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.

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Long lines at Mills Tavern. Get there early!

Important Tips For The Party at Mills Tavern

  • Drink prices start at $8
  • Fishbowls are probably the best deal in the house
  • 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!
  • They offer bottle service – It is pricey though

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 their fishbowls are awesome. I know the owner, so if you see him, them him Nez sent you and I said “hi!”

Map Directions to Mills Tavern


Madd Hatter Hoboken

“The Best Fishbowls In Hoboken”
Address: 221 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Price: $$

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Madd Hatter Entrance – Photo By Ma B Yelper – Always The VIP

If you’re looking for the club vibe in Hoboken and some sugar-filled fishbowl delights, then Madd Hatter Hoboken is another party bar that you should have high on your list. Whether it’s for a late-night or an early boozy brunch, Madd Hatter keeps the energy high at all times with music pumping and a live DJ in the back spinning hits.

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Indoor Table Seating and Bar – Madd Hatter

If you arrive early, inside you will find ample indoor and outdoor seating. They offer a great food menu as well, making it an excellent pregame spot. And no pregame can be complete without one of their massive fishbowls. You can’t go wrong with the mango daiquiri with the little sour gummy worms wriggling around in it – love it.

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Mango Daiquiri Fishbowl – Madd Hatter – Photo By C Nez Byrd

At around 10 pm, Madd Hatter transitions from sports bar to nightclub atmosphere by clearing the tables out to make a dance floor, and that’s when the real party starts. And although the line gets wildly long, Madd Hater does not charge a cover charge to get in!

This is one of the very few party bars in Hoboken where you can buy bottle service and get a table section – making it a great choice for those looking for the club experience. Their bottle service starts at around $250 and up. Between their great choices in DJs, beautiful waitresses, and the neon-lit ambiance, you have everything that you could desire from a great dance club.

Important Tips For The Party at Madd Hatter

  • You get the most bang for the buck with the fishbowls that run around $35-$55
  • The live DJs play Top 40s Pop, Hip Hop, and House music
  • The main demographics are young college students and professionals between the ages of 21 to mid-’30s

In response to the pandemic, Madd Hatter has installed acrylic barriers in between tables and took out the bar seating. But the service hasn’t missed a beat. The bartenders are pretty and very welcoming, and they are definitely on their job when it comes to getting the patrons lit; I have yet to see a light-handed pour in my mojitos or Macallans on the rocks.

Map Directions to Madd Hatter


Green rock tap and grill

“Little on Space, Big on Energy”
Address: 70 Hudson St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Price: $$

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Green Rock Tap and Grill Hoboken Front of Bar – Photo By C Nez Byrd

At first glance, Green Rock Tap & Grill looks like your run-of-the-mill Irish pub. But in true Jersey form, it makes up for its lack of modern design with a huge party. So don’t be fooled by its look, on the weekend, this bar is flooded with shoulder-to-shoulder energy.

Throughout the week, Green Rock Tap & Grill has a ton of great happy hour specials. But, it’s $1 beer Happy Hour on Fridays from 5 to 8 PM along with a burger or some wings from their menu makes it a choice pregame spot. While this is pretty convenient, it is also perilous if you are hammering down 6 beers and plan to continue drinking all and partying all night. Well, drinks are $10 bucks a pop here, which puts them a bit pricier than other nearby bars – so get your buzz on early.

When you enter this party, in the front there is a long bar where people tend to crowd and obliviously block others from accessing the bartenders. This is the narrowest area of the bar, and if you stay there, you will eventually get fed up with everyone bumping you trying to get by. The rear section is where you want to be and where the magic happens.

In the rear of the bar, there is a wider section used as the dance floor, surrounded by a bunch of mounted LCD TVs playing news and sports. I did find that this was very distracting; it throws off the party vibe. Imagine dancing, then looking up and seeing a new reporter talking about some tragedy – It’s just weird.

Nevertheless, the DJ pumps a ton of EDM and pop music to bring you back to the moment and in a jumping and fist-pumping mood.

When you are all fist-pumped out, Green Rock Tap & Grill is conveniently located steps away from the Hoboken Path train, so if you don’t survive until the last call at 2 AM, then you can easily crawl to the train without worrying about ordering a ride-share that charges you $50 to go one mile.

Important Tips For The Party Green Rock Tap and Grill

  • Drink prices start at $10
  • The live DJs play EDM, House, and Pop
  • The main demographics here are young college students 21 to mid-30s
  • Beat the crowd and arrive before 12 am
  • They do not offer bottle service. It’s just a bar, bro.

Overall, Green Rock Tap and Grill is a very good party bar and place to meet people, since they have no other choice but to be all up in your face – Might as well say hi right?

Map Directions to Green Rock Tap and Grill


Texas Arizona

“A Frat Party in Hoboken”
Address: 76 River St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Price: $

texas arizona front
texas arizona front

Texas Arizona is the place to be if you want flashbacks of your college days. It is a sports bar and local hotspot for groups. It is a medium-sized bar – when compared to others bars on this list – and has a ton of seating and LCD TV monitors all around the room.

On weekends, Texas Arizona turns it up a notch with a live DJ spinning a mix of pop and hip hop music. During the weekend nights, they make some space for a dance floor, but they don’t clear the seats and tables completely. But even with the limited room available, most party-goers here don’t dance much. So, don’t expect to find a lot of Jersey fist-pumping like you would at Green Rock Tap and Grill.

Texas Arizona Hoboken Outdoor Seating Photo By C Nez Byrd scaled
Texas Arizona Hoboken Outdoor Seating Photo By C Nez Byrd scaled

Since everyone here is a little more chill, I’d say Texas Arizona is a good place for you to if you want to socialize with other groups. This makes it the perfect stop between party bars if you want to take a little breather from the chaos on other dance floors. You also have an option to just hang outside in their outdoor seating area, which is shared with 80 River Bar next door (same owners).

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 does not charge an entrance fee to get in, but the wait online can be pretty long if you get there late. Just keep in mind that you are looking to dance, you may want to head over to one of the other spots on this list.

Map Directions to Texas Arizona


Tally-Ho

“A Jersey Shore Pregame Party in Hoboken”
Address: 215 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Price: $$

Tally ho entrance
Tally ho entrance

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. Besides being a solid party bar, it is quite possibly the most popular pregame spot in Hoboken.

But don’t expect anything fancy. It’s a sports bar with a dance floor. But with drink specials like $5 Tito’s and whatever the special well drink posted on the chalkboard in front is, you won’t be able to resist falling for the hook.

The lines usually move pretty fast here, since most people come and go. And Tally-Ho does not charge an entrance fee. This is a very social spot, so once you enter you will often find guests hanging at the bar, soaking up drinks with friends. There is normally a dance floor in the far back, with colorful club lights, and a live DJ spinning club bangers.

Inside Bar at Tally Ho Hoboken – Best Nightlife in Hoboken – Photo By C Nez Byrd scaled
Inside Bar at Tally Ho Hoboken – Best Nightlife in Hoboken – Photo By C Nez Byrd scaled

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 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 a 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 $8. Shots are around $9
  • 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.

(My favorite bartender Lindsey went back to Jersey Shore. So ask for either Megan or Clarissa and tell them that Nez sent you!)

Directions to Tally-Ho


Birch Hoboken

(Reopening on September 17th!)

“The Best Club Ambiance in Hoboken”
Address: 92 River St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Price: $$

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The upper section of the top level of Birch Hoboken

Birch Hoboken is possibly the only true “club” in Hoboken. From its layout, modern decor, and neon lighting, you can see that it was built with a club environment and event space in mind. It is pretty trendy going by NYC nightclub standards and super trendy when compared to pretty much every other bar in Hoboken

Birch has everything that you would expect in a nightclub:

  • 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. So as you might expect, Birch Hoboken does charge a cover fee which I’ve seen range between $20 – $50 per person, including ladies.

There are only 3 party bars in Hoboken that I have come across so far that offer bottle service, and this is one of them. 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.

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My VIP section with the bottle girls at Birch Hoboken

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 dance floor, 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; Most guests are usually dressed 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.

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The DJ Booth at Birch Hoboken

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 normally gets long when crowds flock there by midnight. So, you should arrive anytime before or soon after 11 PM if you want a swift entry.

Important Tips For The Party At Birch Hoboken

  • 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 fees”

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.

Directions to Birch Hoboken


Fat Taco Tequila Bar

(Replaced By Coco Loco)
“The New Kid on The Block”
32 Newark St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
$$?

Fat Taco Tequila Bar is a new restaurant built in the old location of Coco Loco. The style and food format is all Mexican inspired, so you can still expect some Latin American flair in the decor.

Fat Taco announced on its social media page that it will have a party for its grand opening on September 11th 2021. I later confirmed that they will be having parties every weekend going forward as well. They have also advertised that there will be no cover charges for entry to its parties, which is great since that’s what the former Coco Loco did as well as Birch nearby.

Although I have yet to visit the party at this location, since the owners are the same as those at Birch Hoboken, it’s safe to say that its party, and the crowd, won’t be much different from those found at Birch Hoboken – which are always solid parties in my experience. (This is the sole reason why Fat Taco made this list.)

Given the videos of their Saturday night party, you can expect an All-American New Jersey vibe, full of pop and dance music:

So, sadly, it looks like Hoboken will be a void of Latin music, once again. And of course, the beautiful and stylish Latinas that love to come out for a night of dancing to Merengue, Bachata, or Salsa

But I’ll wait to check it out before I make any final judgements, and will fill you in on all the details here soon!


Coco Loco Hoboken a.k.a. Coco Havana (Closed AND REPLACED BY FAT TACO)

“The Best Latin Dance Club in Hoboken”
Address: 32 Newark St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Price: $

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Photo from Coco Loco Facebook

Unfortunately Coco Loco is closed, and replaced by Fat Taco Tequila Bar above. So, in hopes that Coco Loco (or a similar Latin party) will find a place in Hoboken, I will keep this brand on the list for posterity.

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.

There is a cover charge of $10 to $20, which I’m never a fan of. This is one of the few bars on the list that charges a cover for entrance.

However, the admission does make business sense, given Coco Havana is one of the smaller venues in this area. At least the all-night drink specials like $4 fireballs or tequila shots make up for it a bit. I did notice that they stopped posting the specials on the wall behind the bar. So be sure to ask the bartender about any drink specials before you order!

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The dance floor at Coco Loco Hoboken – Photo from Coco Loco Facebook

Despite the limited space, Coco Loco Hoboken has a full bar in a separate section adjacent to the dance floor, which also has additional standing room and seating. With the dance floor separated, you won’t have to worry about clawing your way through a crowd to the bar, and you have a place to do a little mingling.

If bottle service is your thing, they do 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 courtesy of drunken merengue dancers.

Important Tips For The Party at Coco Loco Hoboken

  • 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 Hoboken is a great spot to add to your list of parties for the night if you want to switch it up with a Latin 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


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. At 1 AM many bars stop allowing new guests in. Also, I have seen some parties continue until 3 AM for the guests already inside, but don’t bet on that.

Any combination of these parties will fill your appetite for a great night out in Hoboken. There are also plenty of good, normal bars in Hoboken as well, so go early and explore the neighborhood.

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About Author

A seasoned nightlife consultant, growth marketing expert, experiential event producer, and entrepreneur from NYC. He has led effective marketing strategies for businesses for over a decade, and written articles on lead nurturing, SEO due diligence, and nightlife. He enjoys a great glass of cognac with great company.

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