Bars We LikeI don’t want anyone to think I’ve been slacking off since we published the first installment of Bars We Like back in April. The challenge of this column, I’ve found, isn’t the research, but the fact that once we find a place that meets our criteria – which includes good people, good food, reasonable prices, reasonable sound level and an easygoing community – we tend to want to keep going back to it, at the expense of new experiences. Still, in our travels this summer we’ve stopped in and made friends at some new places.
First, there’s Bobby Simone’s in Doylestown. Tucked away down an alley at 52 East State Street in Doylestown, the bar here is small, elegant, and comfortable. Its “U” shape makes it an easy place to have a conversation or two. The bartender is laid back, yet attentive. The food creative and good, ranging from small plates (like polenta, mussels, or calamari), to soups and salads, sandwiches, or full entrees (jerk seasoned pork chop, pub steak, a great Ahi tuna, fettucini and clams).
In Stockton, N.J., the Stockton Inn’s garden bar is worth crossing the river for. The Inn’s patio is huge and well-covered, so there’s no need to worry that a summer thunderstorm will get in your way here. Surrounded by lush foliage and a waterfall, the long bar overlooks two levels of outdoor dining room and is manned by a friendly staff who make honest drink and food recommendations. We ordered from the outdoor grill menu last Thursday evening – rib eye steak (at $2 an ounce) and shrimp and scallops, which arrived perfectly done. John Cifelli, the bartender, has a creative, if dangerous, list of summer libations he’s concocted, though Lynne only made it through one of them (which is a good thing.) This is the kind of place where folks will shift around to make room for you even before you have a chance to ask (thanks, Stephen). The Inn also has a bar inside that has a friendly vibe to it, and we’ll try that out when the weather turns cool.
Stay tuned: There’ll be more.

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6 Responses to Bars We Like – Part 2

  1. […] Update: Check out the next installment, Bars We Like – Part Two. […]

  2. Maryanne says:

    Try the Green Parrot in Newtown, fo a new HOT SPOT , this will be the place to go for the Eagles games this year. All sport events are on large screen TV’s and it is jammed packed on a Friday night, all ages, enormous bar . Nice Dining room for a dinner next to the fireplace.

    Also La Cena in Bensalem is a nice quiet place with entertainment on the weekends. It was agreat Cigar bar at one time, but no smoking now .

    I love entertainment at around 7 PM at a restaurant, would like to see more of these posted. Thanks

  3. Thanks for the recommendations. We have been meaning to get to the Green Parrot. And I like your idea of focusing on entertainment, especially as we move into the cooler months.

  4. Keith Reilly says:

    One of my favorite pubs of all time is the Mesquite Grille in Doylestown. They have hundreds of beers to choose from and the food is always great as well. I recommend it to everyone looking for a place to find unique beer and great wings!

  5. Daren Errico says:

    Newly rentovated tavern, 1st building going north on route 611 (1274 easton road). 16 beers on tap, full menu from thai calamari,crab cakes, warm spinach salad with goat cheese & frsh strawberries, hand packed
    1/2 lb black & blue burgers, au poivre filet , cedar planked salmon,crispy duck breast, adobo chicken pasta and more.. large bar room , large stone fireplace dinning room, large outside cover patio for dinning,, come enjoy!

  6. You should try out The Black Horse Tavern in Newtown too. They have a great happy hour from 5-7, Monday thru Saturday and even offer free bar food (which is amazing), but I agree that the Stockton inn is beautiful for summertime!

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