The Bar Exam
Our resident party boy tested a few great places to get your drink on.
These earn the As.
research assistance by Caitlin Birch
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Dome Restaurant and Bar (400 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, 235-2600) is known for its eclectic, sometimes wacky menu, and it’s the same way with drinks. “Our clientele trusts us to give them something different and execute the classics well,” says general manager Bryan Jariwala. See the cucumber-mint martini, made with homemade cucumber water and imported Swedish vodka.
Order a Ketel One-packed Route 41 martini from the beautiful mahogany bar at Six Paupers Restaurant & Bar (7465 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 489-7287) and keep with the local theme by chasing it with a pint of Twin Lakes pale ale.
Tom Foolery’s Restaurant and Bar (714 Ash Blvd., Middletown, 449-2211) has emerged as the place to be in Middletown, and it’s one of the only places around with live entertainment. Locally legendary bands and daily specials ranging from beer to omnipresent Jägerbombs makes Tom’s a diverse place.
Drinking options are many at Dover Downs. The new Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House (1131 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, 857-3223) offers cold Irish brews to wash down briny oysters. The Homestretch Bar is situated for simulcast horse racing on the third floor next to the Starting Gate Snack Bar. Tranquil Waterfall Bar, on the south end of the slot floor, specializes in mixed drinks and provides some respite from the casino floor. The Lobby Bar serves top-shelf liquors, wine, and premium imported beers in an upscale atmosphere and hosts Martini Madness every Thursday. The Terrace Bar is equipped with a cigar humidor, and the Gazebo Bar is the place for live lounge entertainment while you play the slots. At the flashy new Fire and Ice Lounge, draft beer flows from ice-encrusted taps while live entertainment jams near the posh lounge. Need more? Thirty-five high-def flat-panel TVs surround the bar.
Frazier’s, formerly known as the Lobby House Restaurant and Bar (9 E. Loockerman St., Dover, 741-2420), is still a sort of secret in Dover. When the weather cooperates, the patio on Mirror Lake is unmatched.
Last fall, McGlynns Pub & Restaurant (800 N. State St., Dover, 674-0144), already a bona fide Place To Be in Bear and Pike Creek, added to the flock in Dover, site of the beloved former Blue Coat Inn on Silver Lake.
Though it’s in Eagles territory, plenty of Giants and Cowboys fans choose Sportzone (235 Stadium St., Smyrna, 223-1808) as their battleground. Order 40-cent wings and $2 drafts from the personable bar staff.
Hardcore fantasy football junkies flock to Touchdown Restaurant (1666 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, 674-0975) for its free Wi-Fi. Set your lineup next to the cozy fireplace and nosh on any of its 13 varieties of chicken wings.
W.T. Smithers Restaurant (140 S. State St., Dover, 674-8875) draws the professionals and legislators during lunch, and the after-work crowd combines them with college students, locals and older folks. Wild drink specials that dip as low as 25-cent drafts happen from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursdays.
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