We are getting married in Hoboken, NJ on a Sunday in October. Since so many of our guests are coming from out of town, we'd also like to have a small, informal gathering the night before (no actual "rehearsal"...this is more of a mixer). We're looking for ideas for a venue where ~50 out-of-towners can come and go casually. Ideally, people could buy their own drinks at the bar, but we're open to providing food/drinks too. Just looking for an economical option so people can meet the night before -- but it's a Saturday night, which might limit our options.
We live in Union City, so also open to surrounding areas (Union City, Jersey City, Weehawken, etc.).
Any ideas, favorite spots or hidden gems? Thanks!