Trinity: Spirits in the Sixth Borough has sent one of our correspondents out for some field research, as our own Link Cromwell attempts to bar crawl his way through Hoboken, New Jersey- just a stone’s throw away from Manhattan. Check back for his adventures and travels every single Friday as attempts to do the unimaginable. And yes, it involves drinking.

Sinatra Drive along the water is home to some of the most picturesque views across the river of Manhattan. It’s also home to some of the finest dining establishments in Hoboken. With its eye catching bright red awning, Trinity is a jack-of-all-trades type bar and restaurant that sits among the neighborhood’s elite, just a few blocks from the steps of the Path train. More casual than its geographic brethren, Trinity offers a huge bar area just adjacent to its dining space, serving up what’s been described as traditional Gaelic fare. And it’s got tremendous happy hour values to boot.

The bar area is paced by high top tables and surrounding stools for the lengthy L-shaped wooden bar which look toward the impressive liquor display and high definition tv screens framed by a shelf laden wooden back bar. Large intricate chandeliers hang just above the bar patrons, classing up your normal run of the mill boozing experience. Past a small lounge area separating bar from dining room, sit an array of mahogany tables, illuminated by dim, elegant lighting, which truly makes Trinity an ideal spot for watching a game at a more upscale bar, or sitting down for an actual meal in their restaurant.

Stepping inside Trinity on a weeknight, you’re likely to stumble upon some suit types grabbing a couple of post-work beers. And why not- Trinity’s happy hour specials are amongst the best we’ve come across in the entire area. The place offers $3 Coors Light bottles, $3 on all draught beers, and $5 house wines. And if you’re feeling like a catty ‘Sex in the City’ type, the bartenders are also slinging $5 appletinis and cosmopolitans as well. After the 4-7 happy hour finishes up, drink prices remain relatively reasonable here, which would explain why it’s been a sought after weekend spot since it opened in 2004. It seems like just yesterday we were checking out Trinity for the very first time, and not a lot has changed inside one of Hoboken’s finest haunts.

So here’s the rundown…

Preconceived notion – One of the ‘river bars,’ a bar/restaurant serving to a higher end clientele

Bar Type – Upscale sports bar and restaurant that is a weekend destination

Crowd stereotype – Twenty and thirty somethings, looking for a quick pop after work (when we visited)

Music – Music was certainly piped in, but didn’t stick out amongst an energetic bar crowd

Value – Reasonably priced tavern menu and one of the best happy hours around

Good for a….

Date – Trinity is one of a few places that can be a date or drinking destination.

Hookup – When the weekend hits and you’re hitting the town all dolled up near the river, magic could very well happen

Dance – Unlikely since the bar area is typically pretty crowded

Catch up with a friend – Absolutely

First or last drink of the night – You can do either, but we’d rather begin somewhere nice and end somewhere more dark and depressing.

Overall – With the aforementioned uncompromised views, Sinatra Drive is a prime location for a bar crawl or just from bouncing around from spot to spot to see which is poppin’ on any given night. Trinity’s got a pretty solid menu for either dinner or bar type food with reasonable prices and great drink values. Everyone that we encountered inside from the head chef to our waitress could not have been friendlier, and in an area of town when some of the bars and restaurants seem to be more stuffy and conservative, Trinity seems to better suit the everyday resident, which goes a long way for this drinker. 8.1

-Link Cromwell

Completed Bars
Marathon Recap
Northern Soul – 9.3/10
Pilsner Haus and Biergarten – 9.3/10
The Clinton Social – 9.1/10
Cooper’s Union – 9.0/10
Havana Cafe – 9.0/10
The Turtle Club – 9.0/10
Bin 14 – 8.9/10
Court Street – 8.9/10
Hudson Tavern – 8.9/10
10th & Willow – 8.8/10
Elysian Cafe – 8.8/10
Grimaldi’s – 8.8/10
Madison Bar & Grill – 8.8/10
City Bistro – 8.7/10
Cork City – 8.7/10
Onieals – 8.7/10
Village Pourhouse – 8.7/10
1 Republik – 8.6/10
Mikie Squared – 8.5/10
Wicked Wolf Tavern – 8.5/10
Zack’s Oak Bar – 8.5/10
Black Bear Bar & Grill – 8.4/10
Moran’s – 8.4/10
Arthur’s Tavern – 8.3/10
Oddfellows – 8.1/10
Cucharamama – 8.0/10
Marty O’Brien’s Social Club – 8.0/10
The Dubliner – 8.0/10
East LA – 8.0/10
Scotland Yard – 7.9/10
The Shannon – 7.9/10
Carpe Diem – 7.9/10
Helmers’ – 7.9/10
Teak – 7.8/10
Mulligan’s – 7.7/10
Karma Kafe – 7.7/10
DC’s Tavern – 7.7/10
Louise & Jerry’s – 7.7/10
Brass Rail – 7.6/10
Hoboken Bar and Grill – 7.5/10
Four L’s – 7.5/10
Liberty Bar – 7.5/10
Texas Arizona – 7.5/10
McSwiggans – 7.4/10
Nag’s Head – 7.4/10
Eight Street Tavern – 7.3/10
Maggie’s Place – 7.3/10
Three A’s – 7.3/10
The Tilted Kilt – 7.3/10
Whiskey Bar- 7.3/10
The Quays – 7.2/10
Tutta Pasta – 7.1/10
Sushi House – 7.0/10
Wilton House – 6.0/10

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