The Basement

12/08/2006 Update:

The newest Hoboken bar, located at 306 Park Avenue, is now officially called “The Basement”.

It formally opens tonight. We had the opportunity to attend the friends and family soft opening last night, and here is what we found out. See below.



It’s a very comfortable and cozy bar. Their intention is to have a lounge-like feel without the pretentiousness that exists in other low-key, yet loungy places that get the riff-raff. Think if NINE and Louise and Jerry’s had a toddler. This would be it. For now, they have a rather low occupancy (which is ok with them). 40 people total. In the mid-future, they plan to open up a much bigger portion of the place, which would likely double or even triple their occupancy. Date is to be determined when that is complete.

It’s owned by the same operators of Ted & Jo’s and Zack’s. Currently managed by Pat (bartender at Zack’s) and “Bubba”. They also plan to have three regular bartenders on staff during the week.


Their key selling point, besides the laid back atmosphere, is the extensive Martini list, which currently tallies up at 75 different choices. See the list HERE. $9(?) a drink (plus 1/2 price Wednesdays) is less than some other places, such as Madison or Teak.

Another interesting tidbit is that this location has a fully functioning kitchen! Within the next month, they plan on introducing a small menu of tapas-like dishes for people to peck at while they enjoy their beverages. If the food is as good as it is at their other locations, we should all be in for a treat!

Additionally, it’s interesting how they decorated the bar. First off, the owners gave the managers liberal creative freedom to how the place looked. From an amazingly perfect sized leather sectional, to the bright LCD flat-panel TV’s (which were bought from Craigslist!), and the various artwork along the walls (including some hand-drawn line art from local artist Justin Rivenbark). They even painted the interior by themselves. A true DIY operation. Not bad at all!

From the delicious Guiness they have on tap, to the diverse drink options, along with the future potential, The Basement surely looks like it’ll do just fine in Hoboken. Those guys aren’t successful with their other locations by pure luck, that’s for sure. Give it a shot one day soon, and let us know what your thoughts are!

Previous news-snippets:

11/6/2006 Update:

Rumor now is that the formally run “Spinning Spirits” is being opened as a new bar called “The Basement Bar” either late November or early December. It will feature a loungy interior with leather couches, plasma televisions and a full service bar which is featuring a martini list that is apparently going to be the biggest in Hoboken. It seems that previous rumors that this space will be a wine bar were incorrect. Maybe the owners read the comments on the original rumor and realized that people wouldn’t buy it.

winecellar.jpgUnconfirmed sources tell us that the old Spinnin’ Spirits Cafe on Park Ave. between 3rd and 4th Streets will be turned into an official “wine bar”.

Wonder why that previous place, with seemingly positive reviews (including this one from the NY Times), didn’t bubble with success. I guess folding your laundry while drunk isn’t such a great idea, since it takes coordination.

While many establishments in Hoboken serve very good wine, and lots of it (such as Lola’s), I don’t think we have an bonafide wine bar.

Would you go there if the ambience, selection and general vibe/clientele is good?


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so, is the place for sale or lease?


[quote comment=”54282″][quote comment=”54279″]Um, it was a martini bar. They had like 90 different martinis available. When I asked Pat about “the wine bar thing” he said something about a lot of people thinking that b/c 411 got it wrong.[/quote]

Why would Pat say that, when I had a timely & updated post about it being a Martini Bar with dozens of different choices? Before it officially opened!

I kept up on this. I wonder why it honestly failed (other than in-fighting)

Potatochip… learn how to read please.[/quote]

Read what??!! I am not the only commenting on how it said wine bar?? Don’t single me out.

Explain yourself, please beatch! 😉


Hopefully Bubba turns Hudson Street Tavern into an equally cool place.


That’s what YOU think.


In fairness to everyone it failed to give off the vibe of either a wine bar or a martini bar.

Plus there wasn’t a single British secret agent in the joint.