Whether you’re visiting the area or have recently moved into one of the Hoboken apartments, you’ll probably want to delve into the entertainment and nightlife scene, with a wide range of offerings here. No matter what the time of year or even day of the week, there’s no need to go to New York City when you have so many options right out your door.
Whether you’re looking for a night of dancing, to catch the big game, enjoy a live show, a girls’ night out, a special date, or anything else, these are some of the top ways to experience Hoboken’s entertainment and nightlife.
For entertainment day or night, Pier 13 is a seasonal bar along the Hudson River waterfront that offers spectacular views of the New York City Skyline. During the week it’s all about family-friendly activities, sampling various cuisine from the food trucks, and enjoying a refreshing daiquiri while taking in the scene. On the weekends and after dark, it’s one of the top spots to be in the entire city, with two bars offering fabulous cocktails, frozen and otherwise, a variety of craft beers, and more. And, every seat boasts that incredible view of the Big Apple on one side and the city of Hoboken on the other.
When you’re looking for a way to entertain a larger group that doesn’t just involve drinking, this live escape game is a great choice. It’s Hoboken’s own version of an escape room, where you’ll be locked into a room and have an hour to get out by solving puzzles and searching for clues that will lead to a key that will unlock the door. It’s ideal for groups of four to eight, such as a couples’ date night, a girls’ or guys’ night out, or a team-building event. In fact, you might be surprised to learn it brings a number of benefits, including improving problem-solving skills, communication, and memory while encouraging closer relationships.
If you’re looking for outstanding jazz while dining on tasty fare, Madame Claude Bis at White Eagle Hall offers the opportunity to be entertained by the owner on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. He and his gypsy jazz band are crowd-pleasers, playing a set at 7 p.m. and again at 9 p.m.
If you’re an aspiring jazz professional or just want an opportunity to play, you can join a jam session at Moore’s Lounge on Fridays as well as a fantastic fish fry. Or, come on a Sunday to experience the “Meet the Artist” series. It features world-famous and other exceptional artists meeting with emerging talents for a jazz clinic that performs in front of a local audience.
Located in the north end, bwè kafe is a popular gathering place for neighbors to mingle, so if you’ve just moved to the city and want to get to know more about the people around you, be sure to put this one on your calendar. It’s known for hosting a variety of events like open-mic nights and workshops.
The Shannon offers it all, known as the best place for dancing in Hoboken on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s an Irish sports bar and much more, popular among the 20-something crowd where many singles come to mingle as well as providing an excellent happy hour.