Mario’s Bar (no more)

Mario’s another victim of dull Hoboken

We said a few times that “if it wasn’t for the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade, this place would long be out of business.”

Well, since “mayor” don Zimmer put the kibosh on one day of (somewhat reckless) fun in Hoboken, that most likely contributed to the demise of Mario’s Tavern (3rd & Park) – which has been closed since December 2014. Yeah, I know – it looks no different closed than it did when it was open, and has minimal effect on the neighborhood (or anyone’s circuit of regular bars) – but still.

Some try blaming property taxes, because the assessed value almost tripled, but the tax rate was also reduced by two-thirds. So that is a non-factor. Too bad they couldn’t get their act together in terms of sprucing up the joint. I mean we have Kickstarter type projects for all sorts of stupid shit. I guess “Saving a City Institution” wasn’t one of them.

Now there are just two bars left on the “Endangered Dive Bars” list (if you don’t count the Elks): Wilton House and Maggie’s Place. Because Louise & Jerry’s got a re-vamp they were removed from the list, and DC’s Tavern was built after 2000 and doesn’t count.

Hoboken Dive Bar Marios Tavern Gone Endangered Species

Description: Closed Local Bar
Address: 301 Park Ave, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 659-9461

This is how it looked back in 2006:

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82 Comments on "Mario’s Bar (no more)"

third pwr
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third pwr

Rarely went here, but it was nice when they were open. Sad to see old institutions fade away. Had a comforting aura of days past. New places don’t have the same kind of established feel like they belong in a neighborhood. Almost out of place or forced, like an organ transplant.

mstrd88
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mstrd88

[quote comment=”131544″]
While some fool called me pretentious for my comments about Marios, I still think it’s a funny place to go from time to time… The bathroom still reeks (my last comment on the place was 2 years ago), and I definitely recommend holding your breath before you go in there – even with that little prison window open it’s hard to breath in there…[/quote]

Don’t put words in my mouth. I never called you anything. the reference to pretentiousness was in regards to your comments, not you. As for the rest, it was supposed to be satirical, indicative of how everyone thinks a bar is a dive because there isn’t a plasma television and Belvedere Vodka behing the bar. Don’t be so sensitive…

dawnrose
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dawnrose

Anyone remember Foley’s? It’s DC’S now.

strand tramp
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strand tramp

too many bugs there.

kooky kat
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[quote comment=”131559″]That’s exactly why I went… no wait for a billiards table, the brew was cheap, and not too far of a walk uptown from where I lived. Friendly bar tenders as well, always open to conversation. Well, at least 10 years ago.

Anyhow, in addition to rapperd saying Marios was one of the few old bars left, I was wondering how old this one was.[/quote]

I will take this as a compliment since I was one of those bartenders 10 years ago! (God, I am old!)
🙂

If I lived close to McMahons I would hang out there, I assume that Francis wouldn’t hire douchebags, so hopefully he’s kept the flow of nice bartenders!

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