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The Best Dance Clubs and Nightlife Parties 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 aways from the Hoboken station!

In comparison, Hoboken’s nightlife scene is very similar to what you would find in Greenwich Village, NYC or Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There are a ton of traditional Irish pubs, modern gastropubs, and dive bars. Some of which convert into dance clubs at night!

And, similar to Macdougal Street, the crowds 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 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 and nightlife in Hoboken that have live djs, fun crowds, dancefloors, and are overall great parties.

And, since the walking distance between venues can be a bit long, besides descriptions and tips for each venue, I’ve thrown in maps with directions to help you plan your night out right.




Madd Hatter Hoboken

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

Madd Hatter Entrance - The Best Dance Clubs and Nightlife in Hoboken - Photo By Ma B Yelper - Always The VIP
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 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 with at all times with music pumping and a live DJ in the back spinning hits.

Indoor Table Seating and Bar - Madd Hatter - The Best Dance Clubs and Nightlife in Hoboken - Photo By Ma B Yelper - Always The VIP
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. Yaaah baby (in my Austin Powers voice).

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Mango Daiquiri Fishbowl – Madd Hatter – Photo By Nez Byrd

At around 10pm, 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 at, making it a great choice for those looking for the club experience. Their bottle service starts 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. There’s no stingy pours that I have come across yet from my mojitos to my Macallans on the rocks.

Map Directions to Madd Hatter



Mills Tavern

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

Video of the party at Mills

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. 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.

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The crowd at Mills Tavern

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.

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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
  • 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!
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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



Coco Loco a.k.a. Coco Havana

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

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Photo from Coco Loco Facebook

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 to $20, which I’m not a fan of.

However, the charge does make some sense because Coco Havana is one of the smaller venues in the area. They also make up for the cover charge with all-night drink specials like $4 fireballs or tequila shots. But they stopped posting the specials on the wall behind the bar, so you have to ask the bartender for them specifically!

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

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



Texas Arizona

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

texas arizona front
texas arizona front

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.

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

Texas Arizona does not charge an entrance fee to get in, but the wait online can be pretty long. And even though this spot can get pretty packed, the young crowd here doesn’t dance as much as they do at Coco Havana. So, it’s not the best choice in this list for dancing, but it is a great place to elbow your way into groups and make some new friends.

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 basically 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 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.

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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 Lyndsey went back to Jersey Shore! So ask for either Megan or Clarissa and tell them that Nez sent you.)

Map Directions to Tally-Ho




Birch Hoboken (Temporarily Closed)

“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

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. 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.

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.

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The DJ Booth

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

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! 

I’ll keep this post updated with the latest and greatest parties in Hoboken, so bookmark it and please share it if it was helpful!

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