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?"


KenOn10
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KenOn10
6 years 10 months ago

7) A dive bar doesn’t have a special theme. Even if it has an Irish name, you will not find any leprechauns and if there is a shamrock it will smell of beer. It is not a “singles bar” or a “couples bar” or a “college bar”. A dive bar is an alcohol-themed bar.

8) A dove bar is vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate on a stick. You will not find these at a dive bar.

Quitting time!

plywood
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plywood
6 years 10 months ago

Clearly demonstrates having the chops to write the nightlife column in “Weird NJ”.

plywood
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plywood
6 years 10 months ago

I nominate “ahobokenguy’ for two college equivalency credits for generating that post. Spot on. Extensive research evident in attention to detail.

ahobokenguy
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6 years 10 months ago
Similar but not the same. I think if a bar can truly embrace 4 out of the 2-6 below it can be considered a true dive. Rule #1 is a must. 1) Cheap Booze, not just a ‘special’. Buy backs are not necessary if a domestic pint is $2.50 all day every day. But a good tip should get you a shot of the bartender’s choice. Also if you are in a bar and they ran out of a high volume drink, say Bud Light on a Friday at 5pm you know you are in a dive bar. But if you are not a regular and want to use your credit card don’t be surprised if you somehow get charged for the guy’s beers next to you and they each cost $7 bucks. You don’t buy a round at a dive bar unless you really know the bartender or don’t care. The only exception is if that guy with one tooth bought you a drink you better back him up. Above all if you asked a bartender, “what kind of place is this” They would say, “A beer and a shot place” 2) Cheap/Bad bar Food or non at all.… Read more »
nbm3
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nbm3
6 years 10 months ago

Tempest Bar on 8th Ave and 31 St. Now thats my favorite dive bar.

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