Hoboken Dive Bars?

10/8/2009:

Hoboken doesn’t really have many…

What is your definition of a “Dive Bar” these days?

I believe to many people, the meaning varies quite a bit. To some, a dive bar can be considered anything other than an upper-class bar/restaurant or night club – in other words “a regular pub.” And to others (like myself) a dive bar essentially means a giant dump that hasn’t been maintained, off the beaten path and has seedy characters and misfits that frequent the establishment.

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Hoboken411 reader Thomas was curious what you all thought dive bars were – and what in Hoboken might be considered one. He called places such as the Wilton House and DC’s Tavern “flat out dive bars,” and other establishments such as Rogo’s and Nag’s Head “fringe dive bars.”

Frankly, to the distinguished (read: snooty) man – you could essentially call half the bars in Hoboken dive bars. But to me, there are hardly any real dive bars left. Maybe Wilton House because of the clientele, and surely Mario’s Bar for the state it’s in – but I wouldn’t even classify places like Louise & Jerry’s or DC’s dives – just regular watering holes (like many of the Irish Pubs). Heck, two of the real dive bars left us in the past few years: Kelly’s Pub (which is now a high-end wine bar) and the Downtown Pub.

What bars in Hoboken do you consider “dives” and why?

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70 Comments on "Hoboken Dive Bars?"


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6 years 4 months ago

When you walk in and sit down at a dive bar the bar tender automatically puts a shot glass and a beer glass in front of you. A dive beer doe not make any fancy mixed drinks. A dive bar always has some oldtimers sitting on a stools near a window. A dive bar puts ice cubes in the urninal and it doesn’t stop the stink. The juke box is full of old standards,sinatra,bennett,martin,ella,elvis, never anything recorded after 1965. A dive bar always has a shuffle board. A dive bar idea of bar food is a stewart’s sandwich. BOY I… Read more »

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6 years 4 months ago

Here’s, a true story, my neighbor was found slump over in a dive bar. They though he was drunk– he was dead and they don’t know for how long.

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justaview
6 years 4 months ago

he died happy!!!!

In response to escaped68 who said:
Here’s, a true story, my neighbor was found slump over in a dive bar. They though he was drunk– he was dead and they don’t know for how long.

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6 years 4 months ago

Yea, he did. The neighborhood joke he dierd with a drink in one hand and his dick in the other.

In response to justaview who said:
he died happy!!!!

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justaview
6 years 4 months ago

No he died waitin for a drink from Ronnie!

In response to escaped68 who said:
Yea, he did. The neighborhood joke he dierd with a drink in one hand and his dick in the other.

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Oldehickory
6 years 4 months ago

What’s the name of that dive on third street, I think the cross street is on Garden? The doors are always open but it’s pitch black in there – all I see are what appear to be row after row of plastic bottles of no-name hooch, and a really old TV. I’ve always been tempted to go in there out of curiosity but I get the foreboding sense that nothing good will come of it.

Mars bar in the city is the diviest dive I’ve ever been to.

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ShoeGal318
6 years 4 months ago

I believe you are thinking of Mario’s Tavern – 3rd & park. This place is a gem, if you can stand the smell. It is dead on the description of a dive bar from Escaped68. Definitely got soem old timers in there sitting on their stools drinking their daily whiskey. Nothing but old classics on the juke box. Cheap pool, but if you wanna play you’ve gotta ask the bartender to turn the light on over the table. It’ll come on with a flicker. All the older gentleman have been very nice to me & my young lady friends whenever… Read more »

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pawzclawz
6 years 4 months ago

I am frightened of Mario’s. I keep hearing great things about it. I just might have to give it a shot. I was frightened of Kelly’s as well. When I finally did decide to try Kelly’s. They closed and became Bin14. I don’t want to miss a chance again. In response to ShoeGal318 who said: I believe you are thinking of Mario’s Tavern – 3rd & park. This place is a gem, if you can stand the smell. It is dead on the description of a dive bar from Escaped68. Definitely got soem old timers in there sitting on their… Read more »

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ShoeGal318
6 years 4 months ago

I used to be frightened by Mario’s as I was walking by. My friend and I went in there on a dare once, and had a great time. The owner is very interesting. He’s lived in Hoboken 50 or so years and enjoyed sharing stories with us of old Hoboken. The only downside is no beer on tap – all beers are bottled. Cash only. I love their old school register & the pattern on the ceiling. Its kinda funny that the only light inside is the glow from their neon budwiser sign & a single bulb lighting up the… Read more »

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the murph
6 years 4 months ago

Yea i was always tempted to go into Mario’s. One of these days I will take the plunge. Shoegal318 I can just imagine when you go into mario’s that is the most action those guys will see all night haha… I would have to say there are not many dive bars left in Hoboken. The closest you could get to one would be DC’s or Wilton house or Marios. I wouldnt even call Moran’s a dive anymore.. In response to ShoeGal318 who said: I believe you are thinking of Mario’s Tavern – 3rd & park. This place is a gem,… Read more »

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6 years 4 months ago

For me, a dive bar was always a place that was kinda grungy but a place to drink with my buds, especially in college. We would search out the cheapest drafts, didn’t matter where. Also, it couldn’t have too many old people (when I was younger). A place where you could end up with a ‘bonus’ at the end of the night if you so chose. And definitely not a place tourists visit.

• cheap booze
• pool table
• dirty but not unhealthy
• kind of secret

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6 years 4 months ago

Also, the bar can’t have a name outside the building. I used to go to this place a few blocks from Union Square with no name anywhere, just a black door with a red curtain on a small window. You’d think it was someone’s apartment. And when you got inside, it was half the width of a skinny railroad apartment. This was maybe 10 years ago, kind of secret. Think it was called the music box or something, but I never knew since there was never a sign or anything.

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