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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At Caffé Gelato (90 E. Main St., Newark, 738-5811), a newly installed 10-seat granite bar offers selections from the 1,500-bottle wine cellar.
The Deer Park Tavern (108 W. Main St., Newark, 369-9414) has evolved over the years, and every generation will claim it lived through The Deer Park’s glory days. It’s still the best place in Newark to celebrate a 21st birthday, play trivia and hear live music. Don’t forget your mug on Thursdays.
East End Café (270 E. Main St., Newark, 738-0880) might just be the best place in Newark to catch a live band. College kids and locals mix for acts that range from Clobbersaurus to David Bromberg. Even the beer taps reflect a wide range of tastes. Will that be a Blue Moon with an orange wedge or a Pabst Blue Ribbon?
For the enlightened college crowd and other Newarkites, there’s Home Grown Café (126 E. Main St., Newark, 266-6993), with its flower-power vibe and excellent selection of microbrews such Rogue, Flying Fish and lots more by the bottle. Live musical acts pop in often, and trivia is a hit with the college crowd.
Horace Shellhammer’s (9 University Plaza, Newark, 738-0758) gets a lot of late-shift folks from Christiana Hospital who appreciate the great late-night bar menu and eclectic crowd, mostly regulars. One wacky wrinkle at this otherwise unassuming spot are the Candy Cocktails served on Saturday nights. The staff infuses vodka with anything from Skittles to Werther’s Originals.
Kildare’s (45 E. Main St., Newark, 224-9330) is Main Street’s newest hot spot, with nightly specials, Quizzo, and copious amounts of Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Boddingtons.
Consistently popular Klondike Kate’s (158 E. Main St., Newark, 737-6100) packs in college kids with DJs, live music and 90s night. In the summertime, locals prefer the patio of this Victorian classic.
Papa Rays Sports Bar-B-Q (16 Marrows Road, Newark, 368-4545) has a loyal local following, thanks to its sublime guy food (several varieties of wings, ribs, pulled pork and burgers), its NFL Sunday Ticket subscription, dart boards, Golden Tee machines, pool tables and more.
Pat’s MVP (160 Elkton Road, Newark, 738-0808) draws a diverse sporting crowd, from UD students to local families. Manager Nick Karidas says it’s because of the fun environment Pat’s fosters, plus a $5 drink menu during games.
A Piece of Ireland (2 Chesmar Plaza, No. 3, Newark, 454-1900) might be the coziest place going. The traditional Irish pub features a 42-foot bar, pub grub, live traditional music on Wednesdays and a roaring fireplace.
Patrons of Potstickers Asian Grill (1247 Churchmans Road, Newark, 731-0188) pack the cozy bar for the unique martinis, mojitos, cosmos and powerful, color-coded Liquid Remedies. They’ll cure what ails you. The beautiful mural of grazing cattle will keep you rapt.
The potent handcrafted brews at Stewart’s Brewing Company (219 Governors Plaza, Bear, 836-2739) give regulars a reason to return. The Stumblin’ Monk Abbey Trippel is a Belgian-style award-winner. The bar food is popular, as is the beer-infused ice cream desserts, courtesy of Woodside Creamery.
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