Delaware is a state that knows how to party! From Trolley Square to UD and down to the beaches, there are iconic bars in every corner of the state. Check out some of the most historic, iconic bars in Delaware, and see if you’ve visited them all.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Kelly's Logan House, Wilmington
Kelly's Logan House is the oldest bar and restaurant in Delaware, having been established as a hotel and tavern for travelers in the 1800s. Now, it's a rowdy Trolley Square bar that's as much fun for 20-somethings as it is for the older crowd. Sip cheap beer and dig into crispy wings on any given night here.
1701 Delaware Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806
2. Bottle & Cork, Dewey Beach
Bottle & Cork is known as the best little rock and roll bar, and I think everyone in Delaware would agree. All summer long, people travel for miles to drink and party at this iconic music venue and bar in Dewey beach.
1807 DE-1, Dewey Beach, DE 19971
3. Sambo's Tavern, Leipsic
Sambo's Tavern is where pretty much everyone in Kent County goes to celebrate their 21st Birthday. It's a 21 and over restaurant and bar, and you can enjoy their beer specials while you pick crabs that came in right off the boat.
283 Front St, Leipsic, DE 19901
4. Deer Park Tavern, Newark
Deer Park Tavern is a favorite of Newark residents and UD students alike. The bar is heavily involved in the community, and there's always an event going on during the weekend. The historic building just adds to the charm of this great bar.
108 W Main St, Newark, DE 19711
5. Lewinsky's on Clinton, Delaware City
Lewinsky's on Clinton isn't as old as the aforementioned bars, but it's quickly become a classic. Known for its NSFW humor and decorations, it's also famous for hosting one of the best brunches in Delaware.
92 Clinton St, Delaware City, DE 19706
6. Nalu Surf Bar, Dewey Beach
Nalu is the place to go when you need a vacation, but can't leave the state. This Hawaiian bar is one of the most popular in Dewey, and their legendary Nalu buckets are unlike any "fishbowl" you've seen before.
113 Dickinson St, Dewey Beach, DE 19971
7. Dead Presidents, Wilmington
Dead Presidents is a classic Wilmington bar where you'll find all sorts of people. Their daily specials and welcoming atmosphere make this feel like a local pub, and not a big city bar.
618 N Union St, Wilmington, DE 19805
8. The Starboard, Dewey Beach
The Starboard is one of the busiest places in Dewey Beach all summer long, and for good reason! With top notch bartenders that'll whip up a great Bloody Mary, and a crowd that loves to have fun, you're guaranteed to have a blast at this landmark bar and restaurant.
2009 Highway One, Dewey Beach, DE 19971
9. Klondike Kate's, Newark
Klondike Kate's got its start in 1737 as the Three Hearts Hotel. Over the centuries, it has changed hands plenty of times and was a flower shop, barber shop, and even a tack store. In 1979, it became Klondike Kate's. Now, Kate's is a historic Newark bar that has become a favorite for UD students.
158 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711
10. Rusty Rudder, Dewey Beach
The Rusty Rudder is the last of the Dewey Bars on this list, and it has made its mark as a music venue and nightlife bar, much like Bottle & Cork. One thing is certain: if you're looking for great live music, Dewey is the place to be.
113 Dickinson St, Dewey Beach, DE 19971
11. Oddity Bar, Wilmington
Oddity Bar is the strangest, coolest bar in the state. You never know what you'll see here, from taxidermied animals to relaxing acoustic music. A night out at Oddity is something unpredictable, but you'll definitely have a good time.
500 Greenhill Ave, Wilmington, DE 19805