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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.

Maxwell's Hoboken NJ final farewell Sunday January 26 2014

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Hoboken Gem: Ultramarino’s

Ultramarino’s is one of the most special Hoboken places

Ultramarino's is a truly special Hoboken GemIf I had to pick just one place in Hoboken that “stands out” as the most unique, special place – that place would be Ultramarino’s at 260 3rd Street.

We’ve written positively about Ultramarino’s in the past – but each time you visit the one-of-a-kind cafe/eatery run by famed award-winning Chef Marciel Presilla (who also owns nearby Zafra Kitchen and Cucharamama), you just smile ear to ear and are thankful it exists in Hoboken.

Everything about Ultramarino’s is a smash hit.

From the tasty coffee, out of this world pastries (use sparingly if low-carb though), delectable sandwiches that even come in mini bite-sized versions, savory soups – to mouth-watering finger food like empenadas and my favorite – the ham croquettes, nothing is done wrong at Ultramarino’s.

The best part is the complete unassuming nature of the place. You almost feel like you’re in a (better) foreign country.

Also check out the excellent decorations and artifacts – as well as the imported chocolates (I love the orange dark chocolate personally).

If you really want to “wow” friends and family – buy a big spread of goodies at Ultramarino’s for your next holiday or social gathering. I’m telling you EVERYONE will be asking you “where did you get this amazing food?”

It’s just your call to decide whether you want to keep this amazing secret to yourself, or share it with the world like I just did!

Maxwell’s Memories: Davey and The Trainwreck

[Continuing the ongoing Maxwell's Memories feature here on Hoboken411. Paying tribute to bands that came and played at the legendary Maxwell's at 1039 Washington Street - which is closing for good on July 31, 2013]

Maxwell’s Memories: Davey and the Trainwreck

June 26, 2013: Led by Hoboken’s own Dave Calamoneri on guitar/vocals, local Sasquatch legend Reverend Jim D on bass, Bill Hamilton on lead guitar, Tommy Costagliola on drums and Jeremy Beck on keyboard, Davey and The Trainwreck performed songs from their debut album Last Stop Hoboken at their Maxwell’s swan song.

Maxwell's Memories in Hoboken NJ Davey and the Trainwreck

A great band to see live, they really gave all the gusto for their final Maxwell’s show. Jim D played all the right notes, so Dave was gracious enough to let him play his chart bustin’ #1 hit “Sweet Talkin’ Weehawken Woman” as the last encore. Bravo, boys. Here’s hoping you never run out of tomato juice on Sunday. Good times.

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Maxwell’s Memories: The Defibulators

[Continuing the ongoing Maxwell's Memories feature here on Hoboken411. Paying tribute to bands that came and played at the legendary Maxwell's at 1039 Washington Street - which is closing for good on July 31, 2013]

Maxwell’s Memories: The Defibulators

On December 18, 2012, The Defibulators, quite possibly the best band ever to play at Maxwell’s (led by Bug Jennings and Erin Bru on vocals and featuring Hoboken’s own Chris “Roadblock” Hartway on the Telecaster), performed at the annual Christmas party and gave another highly entertaining awesome show that included a nice mix of their own original music and holiday songs.

Below is a nice live cover of “Down in Mexico” by The Coasters, (along with about 10 more minutes of tunes, too.)

And get a sneak peak of their new video for “Cackalacky,” their first single off their upcoming album, Debt’ll Get’em, due out August 27th 2013 can be viewed here:

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Maxwell’s Memories: The Mummies

[Continuing the ongoing Maxwell's Memories feature here on Hoboken411. Paying tribute to bands that came and played at the legendary Maxwell's at 1039 Washington Street - which is closing for good on July 31, 2013]

Maxwell’s Memories: The Mummies

On June 9, 2009 The Mummies, legendary garage punk out of San Mateo, California, performed back to back shows on the same night. They hadn’t performed much since the early 90’s so this was a must see show (and they stopped touring in summer 2011).

They didn’t disappoint the crowd that attended the show at Maxwell’s, that’s for sure! Stock prices for Medical Gauze Suppliers were up that day.

One thing extraordinary about The Mummies is that they despised social media. “The Mummies are NOT your friends. The Mummies don’t tweet, twat, connect, share, like friend or GIVE A DAMN.” Good times.

The Mummies hated social networking facebook twitter

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Maxwell’s Memories: Barrence Whitfield

[Continuing the ongoing Maxwell's Memories feature here on Hoboken411. Paying tribute to bands that came and played at the legendary Maxwell's at 1039 Washington Street - which is closing for good on July 31, 2013]

Maxwell’s Memories: Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

Maxwell's Memories in Hoboken NJ Knights Barrence Whitfield

On December 3, 2011, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, gave a raucous, high-energy show with a lot of soul screaming reminiscent of Wilson Pickett or Solomon Burke.

A great sounding band formed in the 1980’s and continued performing into the 90’s, had reunited in 2010 and began touring to promote their new record “Savage Kings.”

They did a great cover of Bad Girl by Lee Moses. Good times.

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