It’s been a long day, long week, long month (cue The Rembrandts’ hit lyric “It hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year”) and feeling deprived of a good hang at a neighborhood establishment (cue the theme song for “Cheers”), but don’t want poochie to miss out either? No fear! Here is the second edition of some canine friendly locales in Hoboken, where bringing your furry companion is welcome.
Northern Soul at 577 First Street With renowned live music and DJs from the East Coast Wednesday through Saturday, rotating art shows and exhibitions of up and coming artists, professional mixologists and bartenders, an extensive list of craft beers, darts, billiards, dancing and laughs, Northern Soul has it covered. Formerly an Irish bar called The Quiet Woman, Northern Soul opened in 2009 to fill a deep need for original live music and art since the demise of many venues in town. Since then, it has been growing in popularity and attracting kindred spirits and warm souls who support the arts, enjoy fine libations, and have a soft spot for our four-legged best friends. Dog owners are welcome to bring their pets seven nights a week to the indoor venue as water dishes, dog treats, are available. Belgium’s Palm and 21 Amendment’s Down To Earth are beer recommends and the Purity Bacon Infused Vodka takes the weekend Bloody Marys up a meaty notch.
D’s Soul Full Cafe at 918 Willow Avenue Keeping with all things artful, soulful and compassionate, Dwight Thompson and Stephen Bailey insist on creating a neighborhood cafe with the message of great food, community, art, music and animals. With the goal of truly establishing a modern commune, Dwight and Stephen asked 75 residents and friends to choose the name. Equally important was the cultivation of an environment that promotes the arts and unique eats. Like Northern Soul, D’s Soul Full Cafe rotates art shows and exhibitions monthly and hosts live acoustic shows of emerging local and regional talent on weekends. The owners wanted patrons to have an experience with every visit to the cafe. The proverb “good things come in small packages,” comes to mind as this delicious spot occupies the bottom of a brownstone on Willow Avenue. Dogs are welcome seven days a week inside and outside with water dishes and homemade treats provided. You can’t go wrong with the Soul Full Cafe classic grilled chicken, avocado and pesto mayo on a homemade wrap. Relish the Curry Gobbler easily ranks as one of the best sandwiches invented of the 2000s, with slow cooked turkey in a curry buffalo sauce, tomato, kale, Emmental Swiss and apple beet relish on homemade ciabatta bread.
Honeygrow at 120 Washington Street Born in Philadelphia and bringing wise people together over wholesome foods since 2012, this made-to-order eatery arrived to large hungry crowds Spring of 2015 in Hoboken. The concept is choosing quality ingredients and having them cooked over high heat for an incredibly delicious and nourishing meal. Both a suggested menu and a create your own are provided; or modify with custom, homemade noodles, rice or lettuce, local vegetables, seasonings and proteins. Top off your stir-fry or salad with signature housemade sauces like Sour Cherry BBQ or Red Coconut Curry, and Sriracha Tahini Tofu or Roasted Strawberry Miso, all prepared fresh daily! If sitting down is not in the cards, grab a fresh-fruit garnished, chocolate chip, honey-kissed smoothie from the Honeybar. Pups are welcome seven days a week to the outdoor patio, with water dishes provided year round. Also Honey Dog Treats are available from the local, homemade chefs.
Ainsworth at 310 Sinatra Drive. The Ainsworth offers a new take on classic American fare favorites, signature cocktails, and visually stimulating décor, culminating in the ultimate drinking and dining experience. The Ainsworth brings a sophisticated twist to the classic all-American sports bar, restaurant and private event experience. Interiors are casual-sexy and super comfortable with an eclectic mix of luxe touches and urban chic details. Life’s simple pleasures – an after-work cocktail, a cold beer, a perfectly grilled steak – are richer, trendier, and more fun at The Ainsworth. It’s a happy, high-energy atmosphere where luxury is all about enjoying every moment to its fullest with friends, colleagues, and the people you meet while you’re there.
Louise & Jerry’s Tavern at 329 Washington Street. This tavern has a penchant for pups. Louise & Jerry’s isn’t just dog-friendly; they are dog enthusiasts, encouraging folks to Sit! Stay! And Sip!—all with your four-legged (and two-legged) friends, of course. Established in 1959, stepping down the recessed stairs to Louise & Jerry’s Tavern is like stepping into a little slice of Hoboken’s history. With exposed brick, a tin ceiling, cream circular floor tiles, and a large mahogany bar, it looks much the same as it did in 1958 when owners Louise and Jerry Grieco took over the old Neerlandia-German-Dutch Seaman’s bar. This one-room tavern has been frequented by locals since the late ’50s and remains one of the few neighborhood spots where Hobokenites can trade stories of old.
Elysian Cafe at 1001 Washington Street. The Elysian Café is the oldest continually operated bar/restaurant in Hoboken. Opened originally as Dillenger & Jeffson’s in 1895, it continued through prohibition as an ice cream parlor and as a hair salon. The Elysian currently offers a French Bistro style menu, accompanied by Hoboken’s first 100% smoke-free bar. Plenty of outdoor seating for your pup to join!
ONieals at 343 Park Avenue. Set on a quaint corner off of Church Square Park, Onieals offers a rousing but comfortable scene. Quality food and drinks seven days a week. They offer outdoor seating during the warmer months with a serene view of Church Square Park, a cozy dining room, and a lively bar and lounge area. It is the ideal neighborhood spot where you can feel right at home.
Cork City at 239 Bloomfield Street. Cork City is an old-school speakeasy offering some 150 varieties of beer in bottles & on tap plus frequent tastings.
There are many more restaurants, cafes and bars that are dog-friendly, especially if they have outdoor seating. Just be sure to check before you bring your pup with you.