One of the largest pubs near Hoboken’s transit hub has gone dark during the busy football season, a dead giveaway that the business isn’t coming back to the Mile Square City.
Late last month, the lights at 96 Hudson Street stopped coming on during the evening hours. The property was home to The Dubliner, a sprawling space that included two floors of indoor restaurant space plus a rooftop deck featuring partial New York City views just a block from Hoboken’s waterfront.
The Dubliner has not responded to our inquiries, but Hoboken Girl confirmed through a bartender that The Dubliner is officially done for good. Despite the apparent end of the line for the pub, the space has yet to be listed for lease, the liquor license has not changed hands, and the building, which has been owned by a company called Due Razza Inc. since 2005, hasn’t been sold.
What exactly could be coming next to the property remains to be seen in an era where Hoboken’s nightlife could be described as suffering from a bit of an identity crisis. Following an early 2018 crackdown of bars mostly near the city’s train station that are known for their rowdy behavior, the evolution of the city’s tavern scene has seen its fair share of stops and starts.
While the infamous 1-REPUBLIK was replaced by a nearly identical restaurant called Madd Hatter, other bars have tried to mix it up. A speakeasy-inspired venture called The Winston opened last year, but it has already closed and been replaced by a pub called The Ugly Irishman.
Meanwhile, the former home of The Hub at 16 Hudson Place remains vacant after the club was evicted about a year ago following a graphic incident that took place during a promotional event. 96 Hudson Street will now join that retail space as empty and Jersey Digs will continue to monitor what’s coming next at the property.