Maxwell’s Bar & Restaurant – Finally Goodbye

Maxwell’s to close for good in Hoboken

After that “stunt” Maxwell’s at 11th & Washington played back at the end of July 2013 – with their big, sad “farewell” party – only to re-open again (sans music), we considered them “dead” in reality. To get everyone up in arms about their closing kind of took the oomph out of the whole situation.

Now while we understand it was probably for economic reasons to keep the bar open until it was officially taken over – perhaps they could have organized the whole thing better. Who knows.

But word on the street is that Sunday, January 26th will “officially” be their last day open. “All booze must go.” So if you want to say a “Goodbye, again” to Maxwell’s – be sure you head over there. Otherwise carry on.

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“Maxwell’s” location now hiring… Hmmm.

9/3/2013 Update:

I’ve heard a lot of buzz regarding the former Maxwell’s location. That one, it will reopen under the same name. Or that two, one of the former owners will re-open it. And many more.

Either way – there are signs in the windows that they’re looking for “experienced bartenders & servers” – and the email address is MaxwellsHoboken@gmail.com. Who knows what that is.

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FINAL Maxwell’s Memory from Hoboken, NJ – July 31, 2013

7/31/2013 Update:

The night started out quiet at 4pm when the Maxwell’s Closing Block Party opened, but quickly turned into a jam-packed flip-flop-fest! Many hundreds of revelers came to mill around at this event tonight. Even those that were happy to see it go, strangely enough. We’ll get into that at a later date.

There you have it. The show is over, the history book has ended (this chapter at least), and life will continue tomorrow.

Goodbye Maxwell’s!

Maxwell’s Final Farewell Block Party in Hoboken, NJ

Well, tonight’s the night: Maxwell’s last night as a music venue, bar and restaurant in Hoboken, NJ. And to commemorate the closing of this legendary spot, they’re throwing a goodbye block party today starting at 4pm. The south side of 11th Street will be closed between Washington and Hudson so patrons can bid farewell to the establishment after many decades.

Nearby residents and fans of Maxwell’s are unsure of what the turnout will be, but some say it could easily exceed 1,000 people. It’s already a “media spectacle,” with many local “news” stations preparing their b-roll footage in time for the evening news segment. Others I spoke with seem to think it may get hectic enough to close both sides of the street. We’ll see how that turns out.

And the weather tomorrow will be fitting as well. With heavy rain and thunder expected to mark a post-Maxwell’s Hoboken.

Maxwell's Farewell Block Party Hoboken NJ July 31 2013

Abandoning Hoboken: Maxwell’s Closing

6/3/2013 Update:

Rumors have been swirling around since the beginning of the year here in Hoboken, that “legendary” music venue, bar & restaurant Maxwell’s (11th & Washington) was going to close down. Well – at the end of July 31, 2013 – Maxwell’s will indeed be gone forever.

It appears once again, that greedy landlords have forced another business out, as owner Todd Abramson cited that as the main reason for deciding not to renew the much higher rent lease this year. He also cited that “Hoboken has changed,” probably meaning that strollers and screaming toddlers wouldn’t want to pay cover for a band that plays original music anyway.

Earlier this year, other rumors floating around were that Maxwell’s was considering moving to nearby Jersey City, but that probably won’t happen. Luckily for music lovers in Hoboken, they can always head over to NYC to catch original acts.

Maxwell's closing in Hoboken NJ July 31 2013

10/19/2008:

Eclectic.

REVIEWED AGAIN! READ THE LATEST BELOW THE PHOTOS

Description – Famous place known for its live music , bar, restaurant. Entrée price range $10-$18.
Services –
Bar, Restaurant, Live Music, Sunday Brunch
Website –
www.maxwellsnj.com
Address –
1039 Washington St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-5201
Telephone –
(201) 798-0406,(201) 653-1703

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October 2006 Update:

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A few of us decided to swing by Maxwells for a quick Sunday bite to eat and to listen to Mike from DC’s Tavern spin a few records.

As always, the food here is consistent and was very tasty. Without getting into too much detail about the food, we ordered Calamari and buffalo wings as appetizers, and a burger, chicken sandwich and skirt steak as entrees. All were delicious and didn’t leave us dissapointed whatsoever. Reliable as always. You can read more from the first review back in April below.

One thing that needs to be noted. The mysterious yellow “hot sauce” that accompanied the buffalo wings was the hottest thing I’ve ever put in my mouth in Hoboken. It had to be habanero pepper-based or worse. I love spicy foods, and this just made me melt. I asked 4 people there what was in it, and no one knew. They said it was the chef’s “secret” recipe. He wasn’t there so I couldn’t find out. As messy as I got after eating it, I’ll do it all over again. Addictive.
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April 2006 Review:
Decided to have a quick snack on what would really be the last time smoking was allowed in a Hoboken restaurant.

Have you noticed that all the reviews are quick and basic? Well that’s really all you need.

Ok so my friend and I got a seat by the window so we could watch all the disgruntled and miserable commuters walk home from the 126 bus. How come no one has an optimistic, happy or generally content look on their face anymore? It just puzzles me that more and more people nowadays just don’t seem content, or thrilled to be alive. Oh well, end of that rant, and on to the grub we devoured.

Why is it that she always orders salads? I guess you can say the same about me and my sandwiches and fries. Eh.

She ordered the goat cheese + greens salad with an optional blackened chicken breast. The chicken was perfectly spiced and cooked to flavorful perfection. 10% too much chewing required, but that is still within acceptable norms since the flavor was succulent.
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I had the grilled chicken with avocado sandwich. Seeing as I was going through a bacon withdrawl, I added that as well. Bacon is one of the most important traits in a restaurant that serves it. And this bacon was phenomenal. Not my favorite, but the taste was ideal, although I think they should have left a little more fat. 6.74% too crispy. This sandwich hit the spot so much that I only ate half again. I’ll eat the other half for breakfast tomorrow. The taste of chicken was barely noticeable, which is good when you have powerful crunchy pig slabs on there. It was almost completely unnecessary, actually. I could have put styrofoam coffee cups on my sandwich and not noticed. But I needed the protein.
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Overall, we’ve always liked the food at Maxwells. The menu is simple, yet tasty. The shepard’s pie used to be my favorite, but it got monotonous after a while. Never again, in fact. Done with that. Met the lifetime quota. The chicken pot pie is to die for and has an unlimited quota. Give it a shot one day, you shouldn’t be disappointed. Oh, and they serve nice GIANT pints of Guiness, and I have to say I like them as cold as they serve them.

62 Responses

  1. IAmTheLaw says:

    Sad news indeed. Unfortunately catching original acts in the city is becoming difficult; a number of live music venues have closed down in the city as well over the last few years, such as CBGBs, Baggot Inn, Lion’s Den, Ace of Clubs, Kenny’s Castaways, etc. Quite a few NYC bands now travel outside of the city into New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut, etc. to play gigs — to places like Maxwell’s.

    • HomeTeam says:

      Lion’s Den is still open, just with a change in name…still a dive with bad sound.[quote comment=”220927″]Sad news indeed. Unfortunately catching original acts in the city is becoming difficult; a number of live music venues have closed down in the city as well over the last few years, such as CBGBs, Baggot Inn, Lion’s Den, Ace of Clubs, Kenny’s Castaways, etc. Quite a few NYC bands now travel outside of the city into New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut, etc. to play gigs — to places like Maxwell’s.[/quote]

      • joey maxim says:

        funny if one can smack down 20.00 for a v o and water in these places,and receive 10.00 in change ,no way these places can’t make the rent! get rid of the bands and put a juke box in these places..Yeah things did change,enjoy if one can pay the weight. :) [quote comment=”220932″]Lion’s Den is still open, just with a change in name…still a dive with bad sound.[/quote]

  2. nbm3 says:

    Sad to see a Hoboken institution leaving. The town is def changing for sure.

  3. camel2 says:

    Don’t believe parking boots on band vans did anything to hurt maxwells. They’re almost booked for two months straight, and the restaurant is always lively. Most other restaurants don’t even have band spaces and are much smaller and do just fine. Something is missing from this story.

  4. john14 says:

    In retrospect this is quite bad news for Hoboken. As the unique character is systematically erased from the city, slowly but surely, so goes it’s long term value.

    You see the signs of Hoboken’s history fading fast, as industrial buildings are flattened to make way for high-density condos. What next? Neumann Leathers?

    A town filled with cookie cutter condos, stoller moms. kiddie parks and daycare centers may be the hot commodity now. But watch what happens when the gold coast isn’t what it used to be. Hoboken will be barely identifiable. No different that the non-nondescript and bland place called Newport in Jersey City.

    Plan ahead accordingly. The Hoboken bubble may be closer to bursting than you think. The signs are there.

  5. xxrjxx says:

    I wasn’t aware that strollers and screaming toddlers previously went there to hear the music. Try to blame all the ills of Hoboken on the screaming toddlers and strollers. They’re more a minor annoyance than anything, and certainly not a causal factor of Maxwells closing down… :roll:

  6. luckyfish says:

    It is sad that Maxwell’s is closing. However, I would not blame the landlord. This is only the beginning! All properties (Commercial & Residential) are undergoing a property tax revaluation, hired by The City of Hoboken (ASI, Appraisal Systems Inc). Since there has been no revaluation since 1988, and a majority of properties are currently taxed at the 1988 ‘market value’, commercial and multi-unit rental buildings are going to have their property taxes skyrocket in 2014! I know many landlords that are being forced to either sell now or raise rents due to this revaluation, or so called ‘re-distribution of tax rates’. The real thunder will be hitting residential renters. Long story short, this revaluation will be ELIMINATING RENT CONTROL on EVERY SINGLE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY in Hoboken! If you are a renter don’t be shocked if your landlord is forced to raise your rent 30-50%, because that is about the amount property taxes will be increasing on rental properties. If you are a landlord, you would be best to do month-to-month leases with your tenants for now. Notice of the new tax rates will be mailed out in November (after the election, of course). If you find this hard to believe, just inquire with the Rent Control Office at City Hall…

    • briank says:

      Is there something wrong with making sure everyone is treated equally and pays a bill based on a recent evaluation of the value of their property? The only issue here is that it took so long to do what is supposed to be done regularly per the law. By fighting it, putting it off, whatever, it has only made the change worse as people’s homes, businesses, and buildings have gained market value, but the tax value was stuck in the Stone Age. If the revals were done more frequently like they should be, any changes would be more incremental. [quote comment=”220935″]It is sad that Maxwell’s is closing. However, I would not blame the landlord. This is only the beginning! All properties (Commercial & Residential) are undergoing a property tax revaluation, hired by The City of Hoboken (ASI, Appraisal Systems Inc). Since there has been no revaluation since 1988, and a majority of properties are currently taxed at the 1988 ‘market value’, commercial and multi-unit rental buildings are going to have their property taxes skyrocket in 2014! I know many landlords that are being forced to either sell now or raise rents due to this revaluation, or so called ‘re-distribution of tax rates’. The real thunder will be hitting residential renters. Long story short, this revaluation will be ELIMINATING RENT CONTROL on EVERY SINGLE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY in Hoboken! If you are a renter don’t be shocked if your landlord is forced to raise your rent 30-50%, because that is about the amount property taxes will be increasing on rental properties. If you are a landlord, you would be best to do month-to-month leases with your tenants for now. Notice of the new tax rates will be mailed out in November (after the election, of course). If you find this hard to believe, just inquire with the Rent Control Office at City Hall…[/quote]

      • Stabone130 says:

        @briank, you hit the nail on the head. All of the sudden people are pissed taxes are going up — when the tax system in Hoboken is completely skewed. Its about time it caught up to 2013.[quote comment=”220937″]Is there something wrong with making sure everyone is treated equally and pays a bill based on a recent evaluation of the value of their property? The only issue here is that it took so long to do what is supposed to be done regularly per the law. By fighting it, putting it off, whatever, it has only made the change worse as people’s homes, businesses, and buildings have gained market value, but the tax value was stuck in the Stone Age. If the revals were done more frequently like they should be, any changes would be more incremental.[/quote]

      • luckyfish says:

        Briank, there is nothing wrong with treating people equally. The truth is landlords of older buildings have been restricted for years in Hoboken on what they can charge for rent regardless of how much it costs them to maintain their properties. It costs a lot more to maintain an investment property (insurance, taxes, water/sewer and general maintenance) then a condo for instance. These expences are often divided among all condo owners instead of just one owner. The point is, instead of just calling someone a ‘greedy landlord’ people need to understand that a landlords expences rise more frequently, yet rent control often restricts how much they can pass on to their tenants. Is that treating people equally??? I do feel that the revaluation (which should have been done more frequently) should factor in the ‘use of each property’. If that is not factored in, then Hoboken landlords will have only 2 options. Apply for a Tax Surcharge Increase, which will have tenants screaming bloody murder. Or sell their property to a developer to be torn down for condo’s. Unfortunately, the diversity and character of Hoboken will be changing in 2014…[quote comment=”220937″]Is there something wrong with making sure everyone is treated equally and pays a bill based on a recent evaluation of the value of their property? The only issue here is that it took so long to do what is supposed to be done regularly per the law. By fighting it, putting it off, whatever, it has only made the change worse as people’s homes, businesses, and buildings have gained market value, but the tax value was stuck in the Stone Age. If the revals were done more frequently like they should be, any changes would be more incremental.[/quote]

  7. rocklobster says:

    I’ve read several stories that are speculating that Todd will be opening a new club in JC-does Hoboken 411 have any solid evidence that this won’t be happening?

    • hoboken411 says:

      @rocklobster – Last I heard they were talking about partnering somehow with the Madame Claude Cafe and the space next door (4th & Newark in Jersey City). Some friends I spoke with said whilst not “far away” from Hoboken, it would still be $30 cab ride in both directions and a deterrence to many. An easy bike ride though (just don’t drink too much).

  8. pawzclawz says:

    Does this mean that my 2 Maxwell’s hoodies and 2 Maxwell’s t-shirts will be so to speak antiques and worth alot more than I paid for them at some point in life? I am actually joking. I am freakin devastated over this. Hoboken is really changing. Another poster wrote the other night that Maxwell’s space would be perfect for a daycare center. I sadly agree.

  9. Gavriel says:

    The stroller moms will be dancing in the street when this becomes an OshKosh B’gosh store.

  10. doublestrollermom says:

    An Osh Kosh would be PERFECT!!! The lot might even be big enough for a new play space for our beloved wee folk !! :) :)

  11. 212transplant says:

    Thank you for the real Maxwell’s stories Hoboken411! And a double-thank you for not getting involved with HASHTAGS and other garbage social media. Such a phony shortcut for real life. I’m starting to get your disdain for technology. My husband the same. We wonder what tangible value it brings.

  12. spiffy says:

    Saw Dave Post there today with a clip board and a table set up in the front room to interview applicants.

  13. whineanddineinhob says:

    According to WINS news today, David Post stated that Maxwell’s wil be open ONLY as a bar and restaurant until a new owner can be found.

    • homeworld says:

      The same owners that sold out to Target and Justin Timberlake for a commercial? [quote comment=”221540″]According to WINS news today, David Post stated that Maxwell’s wil be open ONLY as a bar and restaurant until a new owner can be found.[/quote]

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