The spirts are alive in Delaware. From the beach-side hot spots, to the chic city spaces, to the down-home feel of a great dive, bars have become an important part of Delaware culture. Bars are more than just about the drinks (which are still VERY important!), but an experience. Here are the top 10 bars in the state of Delaware for you to drink in the atmosphere, libations, and good times.
Exciting things are happening at Fins Fish House and Raw Bar in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. With two locations, one on Rehoboth Avenue near the beach and the other on Route 1, Fins has now opened their very own Fins Big Oyster Brewery. With the look and feel of Charleston, South Carolina, Fins has an ever-changing selection of drinks, oyster specials, and delicious entrees. Voted “Best Raw Bar” in Delaware by Delaware Today in 2013, it’s no wonder why Delawareans consider Fins No. 1 on TripAdvisor.
Originally owning High Stakes restaurants in Philadelphia, High Stakes was known as Philly’s Finest. After much success, Philly’s Finest turned into High Stakes Bar & Grill and decided to take their drinks and fare to the Delaware beaches. Fully equipped with over two bars, and over 100 seating options, the bar is known for both drinks and real Philly cheesesteaks. They also host live entertainment and a daily happy hour. Check out their events on their website or Facebook page.
For Michael’s Restaurant and Pub in Newark, Delaware, it’s all about fresh. Fresh ingredients for drinks, food and unforgettable flavors. Michael’s has been a local favorite since it opened its doors over 40 years ago. It combined the concept of both buffet and restaurant with neighborhood values and qualities. Michael’s is a big proponent of supporting Delaware businesses and the local community. Locally owned and operated, “It’s a family thing.” They have traditional sit down meals, buffet, take-out, and a bar with over seven TVs, two fireplaces, great company.
This award-winning bar continues to beat Delaware competitors in Dewey Beach, crab cakes and Delaware bars overall. They were voted “Best of Dewey” in 2012, 2013 and 2014, “Best of Delaware” crab cakes 2015, 2016 and “Best Restaurant in Dewey Beach” by Delaware Today in 2016. Serving homemade chips with award winning crab cakes, they will help you pair the perfect drink alongside your coastal meal. Keep your eye on their Facebook page for customer photos and events.
“Where everybody knows your name…,” Stanley’s Tavern remembers yours. Since 1935, Stanley’s has made it their personal mission to provide quality food and great service in a casual and friendly atmosphere. Located on Foulk Road in Wilmington, Stanley’s is conveniently located at the Pennsylvania/Delaware border. If you’re looking to host a banquet in the area Stanley’s can help with a private bar and accommodations for up to 100 guests.
Designed to look like a life-saving station, Bethany Boathouse is a destination-saving station. Offering great food, live entertainment, a children’s play area, full bar and casual fun atmosphere, Bethany Boat House is located on Route 1 across from the Cottage Café. It is an open-air restaurant for both families and individuals serving everything from burgers and fries to seafood platters and salads. Entertainment is provided seven days a week so be sure to keep your eye on their website or news feed.
Ireland comes to Delaware at Smitty McGee’s Raw Bar and Restaurant in Selbyville. Open every day of the year except for Christmas, entertainment and holiday parties are provided year-round. They have something going every day of the week from Mexican Mondays and No Thing Like a Wing Thing Tuesdays, specials and live entertainment on the weekends. Don your green attire and head on over to West Fenwick Ireland, Delaware!
One look at Hooked Up’s menu and you’ll be hooked. Started in 2010, the Hooked Up restaurant group began when the Indian River Seafood company opened their first restaurant Off the Hook in Bethany Beach, Delaware. One year later, Hooked Up opened its doors in Fenwick Island, followed by Ocean City, Maryland. In 2015, Hooked Up opened its doors in Millville and have already won the Coastal Style Magazine “Best of Winner” last year. Their menu offers delectable burgers and steak fries, spice crusted seared tuna lettuce wraps, and barbecue-glazed Faroe Island salmon. Serving crushes, margaritas, wine, domestic and craft drafts, your taste buds will want for nothing at this establishment.
The Summer House in Rehoboth Beach truly is the restaurant of the summer season. Located only two blocks off the beach, this night life bar and restaurant is calling to you. With an upscale but relaxed beach atmosphere, Summer House has been serving patrons for over 30 years. Just a couple Summer House favorites are its hand cut black angus steaks, prime seafood, and Summer House specials. There’s always something going on at the Summer House, all year long.
Looking for a different establishment to try? Zogg’s Raw Bar and Grill has its own Rum Bar in Rehoboth Beach, plus its own travelling Sea Hogg at Paradise Grill in Long Neck, Delaware every weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Their Caribbean vibe will truly relax you and take you away to a faraway place as you sample their jerk chicken, crushes, and Caribbean cuisine (including Cajun fried frog legs!). Don’t worry about a thing when you enjoy Zogg’s Raw Bar and Grill in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.