The Brass Rail

The Brass RailThe Brass Rail
10 Ratings
The Brass RailThe Brass Rail

Type: Bar, Eatery

135 Washington St
Hoboken, New Jersey, 07030-4658
United States

(201) 659-7074 | map

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Added by Cbyrd77 on 11-25-2006

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of rgirl
1.75/5  rDev -53.5%

You simply don't advertise a 1/2 price Happy Hour special on all draughts and then charge full price to the customer's credit card for all pours ordered during the Happy Hour. You absolutely don't refuse to issue a refund for the overcharges afterward when the situation is brought to the manager's attention. You just don't pour 2/3 of a glass from a keg that kicks and then expect the customer to pay full price for that inferior, overly foamy partial pour. This is just some of what I experienced at this place. I would avoid it. It's completely unprofessional and made for a horrible experience.

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Photo of Bandi
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Vibe: Unlike most of the other bars on Washington Street, this place doesn't feel like a college bar and is more upscale. The bar is located on the ground floor and is bordered by some high and low tables. Upstairs is a dining room that makes you feel like you are in an upscale restaurant.

Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature using a variety of glassware—I got an IPA in a pint glass and a Belgian Dark Ale in a snifter glass.

Service: I've eaten brunch and dinner here on several occasions and always found the waiter or waitress to be very knowledgeable about the menu and regularly came over to the table.

Selection: In addition to their standard list of bottled and draught beers, they have five rotating taps divided into categories of Big & Bold, We Got Hops!, Seasonal, From the Cellar and From the Locals…For the Locals.

Food: What sets this place out compared to other bars is the food selection. Each of the dishes I've had has tasted excellent and came out of the kitchen with a very nice presentation. I especially like the Cowboy Quiche (bacon, bourbon, cheddar cheese & sriracha) for brunch. For dinner, I usually opt for their special.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

New Years 2013/14 dinner here. Nice setup with the long bar. We sat upstairs where it had an excellent ambiance. Food was excellent--got seared scallops and risotto--and a decent enough selection of beer. Had my first Jersey brew from River Horse along with some Blithering Idiot. Good service, reasonable pricing on the food (bro in law took the bill so no idea what the beers cost). Overall a nice place to stop in for dinner with a plenty-good-enough selection of beer.

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Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5

I agree with the other reviews that describe The Brass Rail as not a beer bar - in fact, I would describe it as a very nice upscale restaurant with a good craft beer selection. This is a really nice place to take a date and made even more enjoyable by the selection of craft beer for those that would rather enjoy a nice beer with dinner (as opposed to wine).

The beer selection was not extensive but was good - they had about 15 drafts with a couple of rotating selections that are either seasonal or by style (stouts). The had a similar amount of bottles as well.

The food was very good, upscale with seasonal ingredients and included offerings like a cheese plate.

Overall, I would recommend but not for an everyday beer bar but as a nice restaurant for date night.

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Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Great food at this place, wow, and to go along with it, great beer. Dogfishhead 60 just to start. Had a crazy mushroom/beef dish that was out of this world. The prices are on the expensive side but its what you have to expect from Hoboken. Rotating tap selection often with the seasons and beer is always fresh and enjoyable atmosphere always helps. Decent late night happy hour deals as well as various promo events like a Bourbon, BBQ & Beer tasting earlier this year. Good date spot to impress while getting a great craft beer while your date empties your wallet on over-priced/shwag wine.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Not really the best beer bar in the world, but I have to admit it was certainly a quality location. Stopped in here before hittin the PATH, and really thought it was quite nice. There were about three taps I thought were good an the rest pretty standard fair. Extensive wine list though I sould point out. Very quiet place when compared to some of the other stops around the area and the overall vibe seemed like a touch about the rest in the area, again not your atypical beer bar but a nice place to take a date would be the category I would put it in to.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Although I have to say that I like The Brass Rail, I don't really see it as a "beer bar". Sure they have an OK selection, but it's not even as good as what they've got on tap at The Mile Square three blocks away.

That said, The Brass Rail is far more comfortable and more nicely decorated with better food. It has a warm look with a copper-looking tin ceiling and lots of wood. The mirrored wooden back bar adds to that. And the furniture is nicely done as well. It's elegant, but casual.

As for beer and wine, I'll go with OK. Even "better" or "good" - but to be honest, it could be better. But it's not that kind of place, so what you get is what you get. And I guess the most telling point in all of this is that I wasn't really impressed withe the wine list either, so the same effort they're putting into wine they're putting into beer. And probably less.

The food is good, I can't deny, and the service is a little above average as well. On top of that, they're not over-priced, although they do walk the edge. Bar prices are fine, but the food prices can be a bit questionable given the Washington Street location. There are plenty of restaurants on the strip that put out equally good food for less.

So, overall, nice place... decent beer selection... decent wine selection... fairly average pricing... fairly average place.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Sunday, July 20 :

Located downtown on the main strip of Washington Street, this upscale restaurant had a very impressive beer selection... Clean, upbeat atmosphere with coridal service... Long bar with nice selections on-tap including Magic Hat, Arrogant Bastard, Corsendonk, Palm, Sierra Nevada, Blue Moon, and along with the typical Macro selections...
Selection was definitely not bad, although this is certainly not the best bar in town in terms of options... Overall, slightly pricey, yet still a good stop to grab a brew with a lively, upbeat atmosphere...

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The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ
Place rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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