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 Published March 19, 2009 at 08:08 AM
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Thanks in large part to sommelier Anne Hood, the staff at Harry’s Savoy Grill (2020 Naamans Road, Wilmington, 475-3000), is expertly trained at suggesting wines, which is good, since the selection is wildly diverse, much like Harry’s customers. Monthly wine tasting flights are always well attended, as is live, local entertainment, which hits the bar every Friday and Saturday night beginning at 8:30.
Punks, metalheads, roller girls and burlesque dancers finally found a place to call their own when Mojo 13 (1706 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, 798-5798) opened its doors. This is the place to hear cutting-edge live music.
Sure, Scrimmages Restaurant and Pub (4723 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-8638) has the TVs—28 in all—but it’s the neighborhood atmosphere, $18 beer towers and trophy ribs served in real trophy bowls that lure the sports fiends.
Credibility hangs on the walls of Stanley’s Tavern (2038 Foulk Road, Wilmington, 475-1887), along with all the nifty sports memorabilia. The gold standard for Wilmington sports pubs has created an inner circle of athletes, former athletes, sports commentators and professionals who lend their names and expertise to the Stanley’s cause. Former Eagle Bill Bergey appears regularly for promotions and games, as does Kevin Reilly. Former coach Dick Vermeil is a friend of the restaurant, as is Arnold Palmer and Ravens rookie quarterback Joe Flacco. Aside from the cameos, Stanley’s packs in 300-plus patrons on game days. There are 30 TVs, plus slammin’ food and drink specials. Owner Steve Torpey likes the fact that families can get a table, eat in comfort and still catch the game.
Classy Sullivan’s Steakhouse (5525 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 479-7970) features a staggering martini list and a baby grand piano. Even classy people love a good deal: Grab half-price entrées at the bar on Thursdays.
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