Finding a watering hole here that isn’t packed to the gills with muscle-bound Jersey Shore wanna-bes (or their female counterparts) isn’t the easiest task. Fortunately, DC’s (505 8th St between Jefferson and Madison Sts; 201-792-5550, dcstavern.com) is exactly the kind of tiny, knickknack-adorned, off-the-main-drag place that can make you forget about that whole scene. Order a brew, pop some money into the rock- and punk-fueled jukebox (arguably the best in Hoboken), wait your turn for a game of pool and bask in the
lack of douchiness.
Audiophiles, take note: Tunes’s 1,700-square-foot digs (225 Washington St between 2nd and 3rd Sts; 201-653-3355, tunesonline.net) has had a vast selection of used and new CDs, DVDs and LPs—not to mention sweet rockist offerings like concert posters—since the ’90s.
Get a meal in Jersey City
Jersey City’s dine-and-drink scene is growing—and growing fast—gaining gastro cred thanks to the likes of Dale Talde (Pork Slope, Thistle Hill Tavern), Kevin Pemoulie and the team behind the not-so-secret West Village speakeasy the Garret, who are launching some of the coolest places in New Jersey. Get ready: Serious eats like these will make you a PATH regular.