Hobson’s Choice Closing

Hobson’s Choice bids farewell to Hoboken

Today is the LAST day Hobson’s will be open!

Hoboken411 reader Jason does a fabulous job summing it up – and recommends that everyone (even ex-residents) come by today for one last drink:

“Today, Hobson’s Choice will be closing it’s doors. Wayne Hobson started this bar as a place where hard working people could come home after work to their local watering hole, where every one was treated with respect, and drinks were reasonably priced because making money came second to making people of all statuses be able to just have a comfortable place to catch up with friend and make new ones. Did not matter who or what you did, just a good place to unwind. This was a a regulars type of bar, closet thing to Cheers I have ever known. So many friendships, relationships and marriages started there. You always saw the same crowd and you always felt like you were home. Unfortunately, Wayne died on 9/11.

“Many tried to keep the low key friendly environment after his passing but over the years it lost its way and business slowed, These circumstances have unfortunately caused Wayne’s mom to sell. It would be great for all who once called this their home away from home to celebrate all the good memories. Catch up with those they have not seen and thank Ms. Hobson, Johnny, Belinda and everyone else who has worked their, and say thank you for the memories and bonds they made with so many. Anyone who spent time their will never forget this place and the good times it provided us all for years.

I hope the new owners keep the same vibe as it had in its glory days. Where all the workers knew your name and treated as VIP all the time. Most importantly I hope they keep the name and the tributes in the bar to Wayne. Although it is not in his family anymore, would be great to carry out his dream and let the bar keep his memory alive for all time.”

Hoboken’s gets much needed makeover in Hoboken
5/11/2007 Update:

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Description – Bar, Lounge close to the PATH station. Bar food price range $9-$13.
Website – hobsonschoiceinc.com
Address – 77 Hudson Pl, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone – 201-420-0070, Fax – 201-239-9400

See previous pictures below.

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20 Responses

  1. willie says:

    one word- Belinda, the surliest bartender in all of hoboken with a heart of stone. seriously though, that awsome smell of burgers on the grill you smell when leaving the path station is the awsome kitchen in hobson’s!

  2. girl says:

    this is the best bar, people watching , atmosphere, music and the food is good too!

  3. lily731 says:

    What’s goin on with the construction at this bar?

  4. sah says:

    Years ago I think rumor had it that it was owned by Tom Cruise’s brother.

  5. fawnliebowitz says:

    [quote comment=”26199″]Years ago I think rumor had it that it was owned by Tom Cruise’s brother.[/quote]

    I think way back when it was Santa Fe Yacht Club (not sure if that was the name), the rumor was that it was Tom Cruise’s sister’s place. Not sure if that was true or not, but I heard that quite a bit.

  6. rapperd says:

    I think they should change the name to the “Hotel Victor Bar & Grill” …

    I don’t know where I got that idea from…

  7. Red Haven says:

    I hope they keep the Hotel Victor sign for historic preservation, but the bar should remain Hobson’s Choice.

    For those who don’t know the story of Wayne Hobson, check this link:

    http://www.legacy.com/Sept11/Story.aspx?PersonID=145292

  8. blaueaugen says:

    i heard they’re turning it into a scientology meditation center. anyone else hear about that? 😯

  9. gentlemandevil says:

    They should turn it into a combination dry cleaners, nail salon and CVS with a bank annex.

  10. spoon says:

    Holy crap he died during sept 11th. Didn’t know that. thanks for the link.

    on that note i’m glad they are fixing the building up. I was serioulsy going to write a letter to Hoboken411 actually with pictures of the building ranting about how they should fix it up b/c it was such a prominent corner and it was the nastiest building in the area.

    the week after they starting fixing it. good stuff.

  11. YipYap says:

    Hobson’s was Crackers old hang out until he got tossed for breaking a pool stick in half on the table. Used to be the best 2 dollar draft bar in town, when the weather was nice and they opened up all the doors. Great place for pool, beer and people watching.

    Does anyone know if Wayne’s widow ever sold the place?

  12. chacha17 says:

    wayne’s mother owns it…i believe they were partners for the git-go

  13. mcspacebar says:

    I heard they paid aprox. $70 grand in bribes to get the liquor licence.

  14. rapperd says:

    [quote comment=”26239″]I heard they paid aprox. $70 grand in bribes to get the liquor licence.[/quote]

    While completely wrong and in violation of so many laws, somehow this wouldn’t surprise me if it occurred in a town with the public officials we have…

  15. potatochip says:

    I used to live at this place in my “hayday”.

    My husband and I went their last Friday to meet some old friends who were coming in on the train. We ordered two Johnny Walker Blacks on the rocks each. They charged us 36 bucks plus a 4 dollar ice charge.

    Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? I thought it was so tacky.

  16. rag246 says:

    Chip I used to hang out there a lot in the roaring 90’s, and I go there for happy hour a couple times a month. I went back there a couple weeks ago at around 9PM on a Thursday night and the place was full of River Street rejects. No Belinda or Johnny behind the bar…weird. I had my one beer and headed over to L&Js. 😐

  17. Stpaddygirl says:

    [quote comment=”115349″]Chip I used to hang out there a lot in the roaring 90’s, and I go there for happy hour a couple times a month. I went back there a couple weeks ago at around 9PM on a Thursday night and the place was full of River Street rejects. No Belinda or Johnny behind the bar…weird. I had my one beer and headed over to L&Js. :|[/quote]

    Johnny is there on Sunday evenings…still one of my favorite hang outs Happy Hour, Sunday & Thursday. Friday & Saturday get out early before NJT starts rolling them in..(except on late Fri & Sat nights)

  18. midtownauthentic says:

    Great place to go once you get mom and dad and none stop chatting aunt Edna out of your apt. Raise a pint of Guinness and celebrate both the holidays are finalized and the removal of family and in laws from your apartment.

  19. aurora says:

    Too bad, another one bites the dust in Hoboken.

  20. Jimmy Mack says:

    Well. nothing lasts forever. But, Hobson’s will re-open. New owners, remodelling, and maybe a name change.

    But what lasts is: the ability and the dedication to make the good times keep on rolling!

    The traditional ( is it a tradition or a habit ? ) Saturday Blues Jam will this time, not miss a beat (pi). It is under careful care now due to tremendous, and I mean tremendous, response and success at Hobson’s Choice. Also thank Belinda and Todd who showed so much love and respect as they steered Hobson’s lately. They love music and gave it a new home. The Blue jams have been attended by capacity crowds, stronger than ever.

    So, to keep it alive, the Hoboken Saturday Blues Jam will now be held at the Shannon.
    On First Street, near Hudson St. 106 First St. Thanks to owners Marie and Tara, we will be moving there for the first jam on Feb. 4. 4PM Jimmy Mack and the Boys will be leading the brigade. The jams have seen a lot of the veteran players, and a host of new players, adding to the fire. All are welcome, and as a result, we are seeing plenty of new young talented “Blues players”. You’ll also hear some classic rock, Stones and Beatles thrown in.

    I believe the hit of the nite at Hobson’s last nite blowout, with the room packed, the pool table had to retire to the sidewalk outside!!! where I believed I was going to have to sing and play cause there was NO room inside, was the finale song,” Stuck in the Middle With You” dedicated to Hobson’s and all of Hoboken. It’s where we love to be.

    Let’s all stick together at the Shannon. Jimmy Mack

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