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How to Upgrade Your Next {Tailgate Party}

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…football season! We’ve been waiting all summer to cheer on our favorite NFL (or college) team, and the time has finally arrived! There’s something special about Hoboken during football season – you’ve stopped traveling down the shore, said goodbye to Parker House Sundays and traded them in for your favorite football-watching bars that have the best wings. But what happens when you’re lucky enough to head to the stadium for your team’s home game? Tailgating happens.

Maybe you’re a season ticket holder, or perhaps you and your friends decided to finally commit to a game. Whichever the case, what may even be better than committing and going to the game is the tailgate! Yeah, I said it. Don’t lie to yourself; you probably spent your entire senior year of college attending just the tailgate, followed by beers at a bar to watch the actual game as opposed to entering the stadium. Now that college has come and gone, and you’re an adult (maybe?), it’s obligatory that your tailgate takes a serious upgrade. Don’t worry, beers and games are still included… So what makes an amazing tailgate? How can you one-up your buddies and show them what it’s like to really bring home the bacon for your team? Luckily, I have all of the answers to make your tailgate hit it out of the park!! Or did I mean score a touchdown?

Day/Night Before

Buy Your Beer.

correct coolersEveryone knows that New Jersey liquor stores and Sunday mornings don’t mix – AKA they won’t open early enough for you to stock up before the game, so get that part out of the way and get all your alcoholic beverages.

Place Your Italian Sandwich Order.



Everyone knows the best (and most convenient) game day food is a delicious, meat-packed Italian sub. Hoboken has almost too many options – which is great for placing an order ahead of time. Try out 2 of our favorite spots this season: Vito’s (above) and Luca Brasi’s (below).

The Big Paulie: Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella & Sun Dried Tomatoes

Luca Brasi’s “The Big Paulie”: Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella & Sun Dried Tomatoes


Feeling Fancy?


If you’re really trying to impress your friends, you should consider grilling at the game! Hit up your favorite Hoboken supermarket (Trader Joe’s or Shop Rite) the day before the game and get some meat to grill at the game. Our favorite? Ribs & shrimp. Use your favorite marinade and prep both the night before so you just have to pack them in the cooler and throw them on the grill when it’s game time!




Game Day!

Bloody Marys & Bagels

obagelThe sun is shining, the birds are chirping and you are SO ready to get this show on the road. Maybe you even slept in your team’s jersey. It is officially game time, which means time for a little breakfast drink (as long as you’re not driving) and bagels. Trust me, you need a bagel. My favorite spot to grab a breakfast sammy is O’Bagel. Call ahead in case your crew also wants a breakfast sandwich (O’Bagel is famous for having a line out the door), make your mimosa/bellini/bloody mary, and go grab your BEC.

Image: @carlyaugust

Image: @carlyaugust


The Bare Necessities


Lastly, a necessary checklist of things you shouldn’t forget for your tailgate:

  • Ice
  • Beer & Food
  • Water bottles
  • Koozies
  • Games (Cornhole, pong balls for beer pong, etc.)
  • Paper plates/utensils
  • Grill (never forget the tongs!)
  • Table

Written by Taylor Bilecky

When she’s not obsessing over Public Relations (her MondayFriday persona), Taylor enjoys people watching, trying new things and attempting to taste every flavor of ice cream available. Born and bred in New Jersey, Taylor just signed her second lease in Hoboken and loves nothing more than a Sunday Funday. Taylor loves to meet new people and prides herself with her ability to talk to anyone – she is that person in the Uber who won’t stop speaking to the driver.