10 Best Pubs in Delaware

Delaware knows a thing or two about traditional over-the-pond pubs, being as how, you know, it is the first state and all. And, from Colonial-themed haunts to Irish and English hospitality, you’ll find no better watering holes with old-world charm than in Delaware. Moreover, you’ll find new brews, plenty of draught beers, and mixed libations, so grab your favorite drinking glass, pour yourself a frothy pint, and come and join us for our countdown of the 10 best pubs in Delaware.

Jessop's Tavern, New Castle, DE

This Colonial-era pub not only has historical chops—it has set up shop in a historic building that dates back to 1872—but its servers all dress in period attire. Originally inhabited by a barrel-maker, it did not become a pub until 1996. Nevertheless, you’ll find old world charm and cuisine from Dutch, Swedish, English, and early American.

McGlynns Pub & Restaurant, Dover and Newark, DE

This Irish-influenced pub offers a big beer selection and serves roast beef, pot roast, burgers, shepherd pie and other tradition Irish-American dishes. Established in 1983, this casual, rustic alehouse boasts Silver Lake and Pike Creek views, and it is the preferred watering hole for great beer and even better conversations. 

Metro Pub & Grill, Middletown, DE

This local favorite boasts an exposed wood post-and-beam ambiance as well as locally sourced food and lots of craft beer choices. Their menu offers the usual suspects of fish and chips, burger, and fried shrimp, but you will also find a few unexpected items like raw oysters, fried pickles, penne alla vodka, and crème brulee.

Two Stones Pub, Multiple locations

The pub and restaurant arm of the Two Stones Brewing brewery, Two Stones Pub boasts a large selection of craft beers and elevated bar food classics. With a Happy Hour every day of the week that includes $3 draughts and $6 cocktails, we could probably stop right there are have your attention. But no, we are also talking kettle chips, truffle fries, mussels, wings, burgers, crab cakes, and more.

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Kelly's Logan House, Wilmington, DE

A National Historic site, the Logan House was built in 1864 and has long been a respite from the weary, dusty road. For well over a century, thirsty travelers have stopped in at this oldest continuously-running family-owned Irish bar in the country. And, with such a storied history, the pub has reportedly seen the likes of Buffalo Bill, Al Capone, and Wild Bill Hickok, pass through its doors. 

The Celtic Pub, Smyrna, DE

Much like Catherine Rooney’s, the Celtic Pub has made its name on its laid-back but festive atmosphere and providing warm, inviting Irish hospitality. Plus, on the menu, they have certified Angus beef, crab cakes, house-made shepherd’s pie, and corned beef. Moreover, you won’t ever miss a game, as multiple LCD TVs are always tuned into the action.

Catherine Rooney's, Wilmington, DE

This rocking local pub with brick walls and a darkened pub-like feel is also a happening live music scene that offers American dishes and classic Irish fare. The name actually comes from a combination of the owners’ Irish matriarchs, Catherine McCoy and Gerry Rooney- Hudecheck, who both knew a thing or two about entertaining guests with their warm, welcoming hospitality. 

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Thurston's Pub, Bear, DE

Established in 1991, Thurston’s is truly a local hometown pub. If ever you wanted to go somewhere where everyone knows your name, this is probably your second stop. And the folks at Thurston’s are truly there the help you take a load off, from offering you a cold beer to lending a friendly ear, barkeeps are attentive and easy to talk to, making this pub feel like it is straight out of the old country.

Stoney's British Pub, Wilmington, DE

A proper British pub, Stoney’s features over of 50 single-malt Scotch varieties and many English beers from “over the pond” on draught and in bottles. Plus, you will find a healthy selection of ciders, authentic British dishes, and darts boards throughout this traditional watering hole. Established in 2001, Stoney’s is as close to a classic British pub as you will find in this country. 

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Pickled Pig Pub, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Finally, not all pubs need to promote old world charm or offer a scotch menu. The term gastropub was coined in London in 1991 and denotes your friendly neighborhood haunt that promotes restaurant-level food, and the Pickled Pig fits that bill. With a rotating menu based on seasonal ingredients, you find this quaint, friendly little spot offer 15 draught items and a menu with traditional pub fare and kicked up dishes.

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