Whether you’re new to town or a long-time resident, a drink alone is sometimes on the menu. Relieving stress after work or meeting new people is really easy in the Hoboken and Jersey City area, where bars abound. But a solo drink just requires the right atmosphere, which many watering holes in the area provide. Check out the list of places to grab a drink on your own in Hoboken and Jersey City below.
Tray 14 | 1314 Washington Street
Tucked away from all the hustle and bustle of downtown, Bin 14 is still on Washington Street, but in a quieter part of Mile Square. The upscale wine bar offers an extensive menu of vintages, so connoisseurs can stop in and enjoy a solo sip of some of their favorite varietals. The Italian small plates menu is also worth salivating over.
The brass rail | 135 Washington Street
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Frank Sinatra’s favorite haunt in Hoboken is definitely worth a visit. It was originally built in the early 20th century and the interior still pays homage to its history. The long wooden bar and tiered experience ensure a space away from it all, but the friendly atmosphere is a great place to make new friends.
Carpe Diem | 1405 Grand Street
The fireplace in this uptown bar is the perfect place to get alone. The ideal location and welcoming nature of the Irish pub, mixed with the relative calm, create a comfort that will make even the most timid introverts feel safe. The food menu and beer list are also perfect for someone stopping in for a meal after work.
Court Street | 61 6th Street
Continental dishes are served in the spacious bar of this downtown restaurant. It’s one of Hoboken’s oldest restaurants, and the reasonable prices and great food have been attracting people since the 1980s. The stylish, laid-back atmosphere is perfect for someone looking to indulge.
Elysian Cafe | 1001 Washington Street
This space is a wonderful place to enjoy a martini alone. Housed in a restored 1895 saloon, the modern French bistro offers quality cuisine and a quiet, friendly bar. The brunch menu is particularly worth a detour.
Farside Tavern | 531 Washington Street
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The Farside Tavern is laid back and a great place to make friends over the darts game or sports played on the multiple TVs. The downtown space is far enough from downtown that a conversation could definitely take place at the bar. Traditional American dishes like burgers and fries are also on the menu.
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Great wine | 500 Grand Street
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As the name suggests, this place is an upscale wine bar with hearty Italian dishes. The dimly lit space features local ingredients and carefully selected varietals on the menu. Chat with a bartender or enjoy a glass of pinot noir with a book at the corner of Grand Street and 5th Street.
Louise + Jerry’s | 329 Washington Street
Founded in 1959, this bar has long been a gathering place for solo pool players looking to compete. It was originally a hotel in the 1880s, but has been a family business since becoming a restaurant. There’s sports on TV and a ton of stories to tell inside Louise + Jerry’s.
Pub Mc Swiggan | 110 1st street
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This Irish pub hosts trivia nights and other events, and features live sports on TV. But the laid-back, friendly nature of the space welcomes solo visitors. Opt for dry ice drinks for a cool factor.
Squared Mikie | 616 Washington Street
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Solo sports enthusiasts are more than welcome at Mikie Squared. Burgers, fries and cold beers are on the menu at this downtown haunt. Quiz nights and daily specials are also on the program.
The Hoboken Shepherd + Knucklehead | 1313 Willow Street
Trivia nights and weekly specials are mainstays at this uptown bar, where a photo of famous solo traveler Jack Kerouac hangs by the entrance. Massive TVs play sports games and an extensive beer selection makes this the perfect place to experience a game on your own. This place is known for its craft beer selection which is frequently updated.
Stingray Lounge | 1210 Washington Street
This small space offers a raw bar and quality cocktails. Happy hour is daily, including 4-6 p.m. weekdays. Classic and unique cocktails populate a drink menu designed to complement the fare. Everything is served in an elegant and intimate setting.
by Zack | 232 willow avenue
A huge bar sits in the center of Zack’s, known for having some of the best burgers in town. Since 1997, this restaurant has been popular with residents of Mile Square, who also come for the wine list and the cocktail menu. When the weather is nice, take a seat on the terrace.
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902 Brewing | 101 Pacific Avenue
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There’s a lot to love about the expansive dining room. As well as a rotating selection of drafts, there’s frequent live music, trivia nights and other fun events on the schedule. The airy space has huge windows and doors to let the fresh air in, which is perfect for the upcoming summer weather.
The Archer | 176 Newark Avenue
This rustic cocktail bar lives up to its name. It offers a small gamey place in a wooded and subdued atmosphere, ideal for meeting alone and having a drink after work. The calm atmosphere and good selection are also ideal for starting an intimate conversation.
Corgi Spirits Distillery | 1 distillery road
Potato-based gins and vodkas are served in a quiet, Instagram-worthy tasting room. Small-batch spirits are used for the cocktail menu, which is full of tasty options to try. And the space is pet-friendly, which means meeting new dogs is an added bonus.
Deceased soles | 150 Bay Street #2a
Jersey City’s first modern microbrewery is a great place for beer lovers. The tasting room offers gluten-free and wholefood options, and is in a convenient location just off the path. The tasting room is also pet-friendly, so you and your pup can enjoy this place.
Dullboy | 364 Grove Street
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Jersey City’s top-rated restaurant and cocktail bar has much to be proud of. The brick-walled space serves unique American dishes and cocktails. And the vegetal decor of the intimate space adds to the relaxed and warm atmosphere. The patio is open year-round, so there’s always room for an al fresco drink.
Ed + Mary’s | 174 Coles Street
This space is a neighborhood bar in the truest sense of the word. The food is exactly what you would expect from a pub – casual and comforting, including plenty of grilled cheese options. The drinks menu is sure to have one of your favorites. Catch a sports game or chat with the bartender at this local hangout.
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Harry’s Daughter | 4072 339 Communipaw Avenue
Caribbean dishes populate the menu at this restaurant, which also features trendy, photo-worthy decor. Palm leaves dot the wallpaper and ceiling, and the smell of homemade food wafts inside. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The huton | 225 Hutton Street
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The Hutton’s heated patio means drinks can be enjoyed outside for an extended period of time, and the neighborhood restaurant is filled with natural light. Enjoy a burger, fries and a cold beer at this casual but fun restaurant and bar.
Jersey Social | 837 Jersey Avenue
This space on the border between Hoboken and Jersey City offers seasonal dishes made with ingredients sourced from local farms. Murals and indoor plants keep the space trendy and chic, while the cocktail list and event lineup are huge draws. Make new friends or enjoy a solo meal at this convenient location.
JSQ lounge | 50 Newspaper Plaza
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Weekly events dot the calendar at this hangout, where skilled bartenders whip up a wicked cocktail. Many of them are $10, and the extra-long happy hour — 3-7 p.m. — makes it the perfect spot for a solo drink after work. It’s also in a convenient location, just off the PATH.
Local | 2 2nd street
The waterfront views are the only reason to visit this restaurant. But the local menu and extensive cocktail list add to the charm. It’s relatively new, opening just before the pandemic hit, so it’ll attract plenty of curious eaters and hip locals alike.
McGinley Square Pub | 755 Montgomery Street
This craft beer bar has a vintage vibe. Most draft beers are $5, and the happy hour deals and comfort food are a reason to stick around. The relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff are perfect for solo visitors.