Green Rock Bar: 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.

If you want to pinpoint exactly how Hoboken has been transformed into the thriving mini-metropolis it is today, look to it’s small businesses. Since 2002, ‘Green Rock Bar’ has been packing in crowds with a business model based on mostly on customer appreciation. These guys simply know how to run a watering hole. And with over ten years under their belt, it’s easy to see why Green Rock Bar is the subject of this week’s ‘Spirits in the Sixth Borough.’

Location yields ‘Green Rock’ with its first check in the win column. The well-known bar is literally the first thing one sees when exiting the PATH station. For strap hangers like myself, convenience is paramount. After a long day of work I don’t want to walk far to imbibe. Luckily, this popular spot is also a seriously fun place to spend a happy hour or even the entire night, because it always seems to be swarming with people. This is directly related to the team’s direct approach to running the bar. The customer is number one, and is treated as such with great specials and tasty bar food. If you love specials then ‘Green Rock’ has you covered.

Thursday through Sunday, it’s time to bask in the specials! On Thursday patrons can enjoy 2 for 1 appetiziers (5pm-Close) while sipping on $3.50 Corona and Corona Lights (8pm-Close). On Sunday, grab a $12 pitcher of brew while you munch on some delicious 50 cent wings. They don’t call it, “Sunday Funday” for nothing! While you’re reveling in these great deals, why not pony up to the bar and grab a seat for solid views of games spanning all sports. ‘Green Rock’ is loaded with huge HD-TVs so you never have to miss a minute of the action. The chilled out atmosphere, easy commuter location, and customer friendly business model makes ‘Green Rock’ a solid winner, one of the best happy hour spots in the land, and truly one of my favorite bars in town.

So here’s the rundown…

Preconceived notion – Routinely packed sports bar located conveniently next to the PATH station.

Bar Type – Ten year plus old Hoboken staple known for its happy hour, food, and lively atmosphere.

Crowd stereotype – Unpretentious twenty and thirty somethings looking to have some beers while catching the game or an after work happy hour.

Music – While we were there it varied between current hip hop and rock.

Value – Green Rock has you covered with amazing specials like $3.50 Corona and Corona Light on Thursdays from 8pm-Close!

Good for a….

Date – Go ahead and bring a first date or longtime girlfriend to Green Rock as part of a laid back night out.

Hookup – Since Green Rock is located next to the PATH it could be the perfect place to pick up “City” girls who are coming and going!

Dance – Enjoy the music and sing along, just try not to bust out any moves. Although you can be certain you’ll see some toward the back.

Catch up with a friend – Yes. Green Rock’s location makes it an easy and casual place to meet up with old friends for a fun time. Be advised, it does get loud though, so conversing might be on the minimal side.

First or last drink of the night – This place works as both a killer happy hour spot, and regular going out bar for weekdays and weekends.

Overall – Hoboken is full of bars. When it comes to value, location, and a friendly atmosphere few spots can hold a candle to Green Rock. In years past, I’d roll into the hotspot decked out in a shirt and tie, which seemed to be a hit with the lady folk. More recently, it’s become an even more popular nightly hotspot, which is a welcome due to its excellent location in terms of proximity to bars and straight shot to Manhattan. As fun as it gets in Hoboken, even though some residents may have been jaded by taking it for granted for far too long. 9.0.

-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
The Chandelier Room – 8.9/10
10th & Willow – 8.8/10
3 Forty Grill – 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
Trinity – 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
The Melting Pot – 7.1/10
Tutta Pasta – 7.1/10
Sushi House – 7.0/10
Wilton House – 6.0/10

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