Marty O’Brien’s Social Club

Marty O’Brien’s Social Club opens officially: September 22, 2011

Starting tomorrow night (September 22, 2011 at 6pm), Marty O’Brien’s Social Club will officially be open for business.

Swing by 1st & Bloomfield to welcome them to the neighborhood, and enjoy drink specials all night!

Marty O’Brien’s – Upcoming Hoboken restaurant looks to wow customers

8/31/2011:

Hoboken has a lot of “bar/restaurants” throughout the city, but the more upscale establishments that have a fine-dining menu AND a lively bar scene is a rarity (think: Madison, Three A’s).

Marty O’Brien’s Social Club is looking to change that at 1st & Bloomfield this September. This area downtown is known for the hopping bars packed with people who love to socialize and drink, but the neighborhood doesn’t consist exclusively of 20-something beer-pong playing revelers. There are many families and other residents who like taking break from time to time and enjoy a great sit-down meal, too.

And the owners of Marty O’Brien’s feel they have the perfect solution. Read their story below.

The story behind Marty O’Brien’s Social Club in Hoboken

“As new bar proprietors here in Hoboken it was imperative that we came up with a name that would stand out in the community. Our search was difficult because we wanted to find a name that fit our many needs. Since taking over just a short while ago here at first and bloomfield we have made it our goal to serve great food at a reasonable price for our patrons. We want to provide the best service in town and provide a local meeting spot downtown for all of Hoboken’s community. Then, with our location on 1st Street, we want to continue the great party atmosphere that can be so enjoyable with all of the other Irish Pubs on the block. Throw in the fact that our entire ownership group has deep roots, love and respect for the city of Hoboken made the task of finding a name nearly a lost cause. However, we would not give up and our search led us to the Hoboken Historic Museum where after an exhausting search we were presented with the name and story behind Marty O’ Brien’s. After hearing it we all looked at each other and knew our search was over.

Marty O’Brien was the name that Frank Sinatra’s father, Anthony Martin Sinatra, used during his boxing career. It was a time when Italian Americans had difficulty entering the fight world. Thus, Anthony needed a name that would allow him to do so. As our guide at the Historic Society stated, “back then people wouldn’t pay to see Italians fight, they would say we can go out in the streets and watch them fight for free.”

After his fighting days were over Anthony and his wife Dolly opened a bar in Hoboken and called it Marty O’Brien’s. However, instead of putting this name on the window they only used the initials of the bar. The window, much the same as our glass in the door on Bloomfield street, spelled M.O.B. (assn. all nations). The name and sign has great significance to us as an ownership group. It exemplifies deep roots in Hoboken, yet still gives us the Irish name that is so important to our standing in town.

It is a name where you can come and have a great meal but also hangout for hours with your best friend and our courteous staff. Also, the initials of M.O.B, can give people a name that still signifies a great party atmosphere at night. “Where are we going out tonight? I’m going to hang out at The MOB.”

Finally, as three Italian Americans running a bar in the Irish dominated bar scene of Hoboken we can sympathize with the Sinatra’s story of the Italian American using the Irish pseudonym to enter a different world. It is a perfect match of culture that we embrace through our “Social Club” theme. With our location, staff, kitchen and night life we are so much more than just a bar or just a restaurant. So our belief in this type of theme completed our process as we became Marty O’Brien’s Social Club.

So from our entire staff and ownership group we hope the name means the same things to all of you that it does to us and that the new Marty O’Brien’s Social Club becomes your local, your favorite restaurant and your late night party place.

Cheers and Salute,
The Owners

Coming soon to Hoboken: Marty O’Brien’s Social Club

Please email mobsocialclub@gmail.com for additional information about the Grand Opening of Marty O’Brien’s Social Club.

48 Responses

  1. Hobokant says:

    Stopped in for drinks last week at the bar, with the hope to eat. Beer selection on draft was decent, if unspectacular. They only had the bar menu ready as of last week, and despite claims by the owners to make the menu more diverse/upscale, it appeared to be very much a standard bar menu to me. We opted to pass on the food and grab dinner elsewhere.

    As far as this alleged eye candy from other people here, it seemed very much like the typical Hoboken 30-ish crowd to me. The post collegiate crowd seemed to stay away, at least on a wed night

    • CocoChanel says:

      Last night we popped in to get a sneak peek at the new dinner menu and we were very pleased with our options. I had a delicious caesar salad followed by the filet mignon and my bf had the shrimp cocktail followed by the 22 oz Ribeye. We complimented that with a nice bottle of red. The food, service and wine were major positives. We sat in the area by the wine cellar which is little secluded from the bar area and it made for the perfect dinner date. There really isn’t anything like it in Hoboken and I can’t wait to go back with my boyfriend again! We even are planning on hitting the Grand Opening tomorrow night to sample the new cocktail and martini list.[quote comment=”210889″]Stopped in for drinks last week at the bar, with the hope to eat. Beer selection on draft was decent, if unspectacular. They only had the bar menu ready as of last week, and despite claims by the owners to make the menu more diverse/upscale, it appeared to be very much a standard bar menu to me. We opted to pass on the food and grab dinner elsewhere.As far as this alleged eye candy from other people here, it seemed very much like the typical Hoboken 30-ish crowd to me. The post collegiate crowd seemed to stay away, at least on a wed night[/quote]

      • briank says:

        Ok these posts are ridiculous. Obviously employees. You not only remembered exactly what you and your boyfriend had but you remember the cut of steak and that it was 22 oz?! Please. These comments are full of insiders. We are not that ignorant. Nice try. [quote comment=”210896″]Last night we popped in to get a sneak peek at the new dinner menu and we were very pleased with our options. I had a delicious caesar salad followed by the filet mignon and my bf had the shrimp cocktail followed by the 22 oz Ribeye. We complimented that with a nice bottle of red. The food, service and wine were major positives. We sat in the area by the wine cellar which is little secluded from the bar area and it made for the perfect dinner date. There really isn’t anything like it in Hoboken and I can’t wait to go back with my boyfriend again! We even are planning on hitting the Grand Opening tomorrow night to sample the new cocktail and martini list.[/quote]

  2. WelshFarmsMilkman says:

    I’m def. going to stop by this weekend to check out the new menu and try some of what is offered. Hopefully this can be a good lower-key option on First St. for Sunday football as well (need good food and drinks to distract from the the lousy GMen:)

    Lobsta Chick – have you tried the food out yet? I haven’t seen a hijack like this since Die Hard 2:)

    • HomeTeam says:

      Why not just post as one of the owners since it is pretty obvious so far that your are the owner or one of his best buds. Your posts stand out like fake Yelp reviews.[quote comment=”210993″]I’m def. going to stop by this weekend to check out the new menu and try some of what is offered. Hopefully this can be a good lower-key option on First St. for Sunday football as well (need good food and drinks to distract from the the lousy GMen:)Lobsta Chick – have you tried the food out yet? I haven’t seen a hijack like this since Die Hard 2:)[/quote]

      • WelshFarmsMilkman says:

        You are partially right there HT – except for the “best buds” part – I’m pretty sure that was acknowledged that in a post. I’d be there tonight if the weather wasn’t so crummy, but not feelin’ the trip from Uptown. I’ve tried to support one of the owners since he worked behind the bar at a popular Uptown bar that closed three years ago. People have fun at any place that he’s at, IMO, and I think they’ve got some great ideas with the new venture. [quote comment=”210995″]Why not just post as one of the owners since it is pretty obvious so far that your are the owner or one of his best buds. Your posts stand out like fake Yelp reviews.[/quote]

  3. DJ Tanner says:

    I will be the first to say that I AM affiliated with M.O.B. and these are my honest findings. If I didn’t have anything nice to say I’d keep my mouth shut, metaphorically. I think they did a fantastic job redecorating! It looks elegant yet accessable and I love it. Second, I love the new staff. They are complimentary in every way. I read these reviews talking about how there’s nothing different about Marty O’Brien’s. I don’t understand this. Unless the servers walk backward and the bartenders are on fire, they have done a superb job of creating a NEW ESTABLISHMENT in the space that occupied Busker’s. Come in, check it out. Again if you’ve been once. Let yourself, enjoy yourself instead of looking for what’s next. It’s surprisingly laid back and loungey. Let yourself enjoy a new spot! Hope to see you soon~~DJ Tanner

  4. DJ Tanner says:

    “Unless the servers walk backward and the bartenders are on fire, they have done a superb job of creating a NEW ESTABLISHMENT in the space that occupied Busker’s.”

    It was late when I wrote this. What I meant was. Great people serve really excellent food and drinks, in a really cool kind of elaborate atmosphere. That’s it. They don’t do tricks or anything… The music is good too. 😉

    Love,
    DJ Tanner

  5. truth1 says:

    See Post 4 – Fire Capt. Martin Anthony Sinatra’s ring name was Marty O’Brien…known by most old timers….Hoboken has a great history!

  6. DJ Tanner says:

    Then take my word for it Briank… I’ve been straight up! These people are trying to protect their investment and create a buzz, if that’s what’s going on, I DO understand that. I’m speaking as someone who is contracted once a week. The outside is different, the inside is different, the name is different, the staff is different, the menu is different. And the job they did doing that is fantastic. Hope you’ll check it out!

    girlie letter closing,
    DJ Tanner

    • mooshu says:

      Your user name makes me happy.[quote comment=”211306″]Then take my word for it Briank… I’ve been straight up! These people are trying to protect their investment and create a buzz, if that’s what’s going on, I DO understand that. I’m speaking as someone who is contracted once a week. The outside is different, the inside is different, the name is different, the staff is different, the menu is different. And the job they did doing that is fantastic. Hope you’ll check it out!girlie letter closing, DJ Tanner[/quote]

  7. eblair says:

    I moved to Hoboken not long ago and recently me and some of my buds made the rounds of the downtown hotspots. Now granted, by the time were got to Marty O’Brien’s we were a little tanked, but it seemed to be the deadest of the places we’d been to. Maybe it was just a bad night, but everywhere else was hoppin. By comparison, this place was seriously droopy. To be fair I’ll give it another shot.

  8. PayYourDebt says:

    I see that some of the owners of this establishment (or people close to the owners) have left messages on this post in the past. I’d be curious to hear their retort to the accusation that they have not been operating this business in an honorable manner.

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