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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Is tequila the new wine? It is at Agave Mexican Restaurant (137 Second St., Lewes, 645-1232), where owner Chris McKeown treats his 80-some varieties of blanco, reposado and añejo with utter reverence. The margaritas, mixed with pure agave nectar, are simply in a different class.
Teensy Half Full (113 W. Market St., Lewes, 645-8877) may not technically be a bar, but the owners stress boutique wines and interesting craft brews as much as great wood-fired pizzas. A relationship with nearby Teller Wines helps.
With TVs everywhere showing a range of games, some Grotto Pizza locations are equipped to handle a heavy sports crowd. The granddaddy is the original Grand Slam (1200 Highway One, Lewes, 645-4900). (Newark’s Blue Hen Sports Den and the Trolley Stop Bar on Wilmington’s Pennsylvania Avenue are just as fun.)
It’s the hooded fireplace that attracts at Kindle (Paynters’ Mill, off Del. 1, Milton, 645-7887). The 360-degree affair makes quite a centerpiece in the lounge, a cozy place to warm up with a delicious wine from some unique small producers. If you’re in a sampling mood, small glasses are available.
Striper Bites Bistro (107 Savannah Road, Lewes, 645-4657) creates the ideal beach atmosphere—a seaside-cottage look, serene chords courtesy of musician Doug Segree and potent brews from Dogfish Head. Its nautical decor succeeds without being corny. Try its version of the Bloody Mary. Looking for something more interesting? Its Tom Collins gets grape juice and grape vodka instead of gin.
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