"I met Mayor Healy at a bar with no marquee on Bryant and Logan - we call it the wood bar," says Eddie, recalling one of his more memorable Jersey City bar experiences. "He was running against Schundler at the time. There was Jerremiah Healy with his wife. He had a warriors attitude. The election had just finished and there was nothing he could do, so he was at the bar. He was very friendly. So friendly, in fact, that I voted for him years later."
Dave Votypka from Portside usually goes to Baja in Hoboken, but since this is closer, he decided to check it out. "It's cool. It's nice. I like it. It's bigger than [the one in] Hoboken," he says.
Dave is out with some friends from work whom he's taking out to thank for watching his place while he was away. His job is game development. He's a programmer. One of his recent games was Battlefield 1942. "Jersey City bars are pretty quiet," Dave says. "Hoboken there are fights on the streets or whatever. I don't like fights on the streets, but it's fun to have a lively place - not lively as in violent, but as in fun." (Editor's note: Hoboken is lively as in fun.)
Ramon Velez is the manager on the weekends. "People enjoy the Baja Special. It's like the Mexican Pu Pu Platter," says Ramon. "It's a mixed crowd. On weekends, families come in for dinner. And during the week, it's business people for lunch. Monday through Thursday, it's locals in the evening, and weekend evenings, it's people from Hoboken. Lots of private parties also."
Baja has 25 flavors of Margaritas, and about 60 flavors of tequila. Denise Ahern from Bayonne came out with friends for her 34th birthday. "This is our first time here," says Kathy, Denise's sister. "Out other sister has been to Baja in Hoboken a lot, but this one is nice. You feel like you're in an outdoor plaza."