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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The Bottle & Cork (1807 Highway One, Dewey Beach, 227-7272), for better or worse, will forever be known as Delaware’s greatest rock ’n’ roll bar. The place has hosted the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Blondie, Little Feat, Robert Randolph and plenty of other huge acts. Randolph loved the place so much, he came back for consecutive summers. The Saturday Afternoon Jam Session, the beach party atmosphere and constant energy make the place a classic.
The place provides great sunset views of Rehoboth Bay, but as an official headquarters of the Monday Night Football Club, the eight 42-inch hi-def plasma TVs at The Lighthouse (124 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, 226-1680) still get the most attention. And doesn’t the legendary Taco Toss count as a sport?
What kind of tiki bar would Nalu Hawaiian Surf Bar and Grill (1308 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach, 227-1449) be without gigantic, ostentatious, fruity cocktails? Try the Gold Rum-based Kapu (“forbidden”), which is served in a pineapple husk.
Bar-rich Dewey got a dose of Latin flavor when Que Pasa (124 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, 226-1820) flung open its doors last year. The wide-open water view and tequila-laced signature drinks are tough to beat.
Thousands of sweaty, sandy, sunburned and deliriously happy folks pack Rusty Rudder Restaurant (113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, 227-3888) on summer weekends to sling back Orange Crushes and dance the night away. It’s one of the best places in the state to hear live bands such as Love Seed Mama Jump weekly.
Come summertime, Starboard Restaurant (2009 Highway One, Dewey Beach, 227-4600) is essentially one big deck party. Patrons young and old flood the Dewey landmark for cheap domestic beers, frozen drinks, shots and the chance to hook up. The Bloody Mary is legendary. It’s annual closing Sunday should be an official state holiday.
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