The Quest for the Holy Grain - Best Beer Bars
Delaware

 

 

Newark

Rehoboth

 

Timothy's of Newark
100 Creek View Rd
Newark, DE 19711
phone: (302) 738-9915

Timothy's of Newark is located in a big brick fortress of a building overlooking White Clay Creek, a few minutes North of downtown Newark.
The rooms are spacious with much wood, brick, and dark green trim.
Timothy's proffers 33 draft beers, and while some are spent on macros, 14 of them rotate.
The large rectangular bar seats about 30.
There are several tables in the bar, plus many more in a dining area, which is separated from the bar room by a 350-gallon saltwater fish tank.
Out back is a deck overlooking the creek for pleasant-weather use.
Happy Hour Monday thru Friday, 4-7 PM.
Timothy's is a worthwhile stop on a Questor's Newark beer tour.

 

The Deer Park Tavern
108 W Main St
Newark, DE 19711
phone: (302) 369-9414

The Deer Park Tavern is lodged in a very old structure that used to be known as the Deer Park Hotel, established 1851.
The large wooden bar seats 25. There is a separate room primarily for dining.
With lots of dark paneling and brick, the tavern feels well-worn and comfortable.
Deer Park Tavern offers 23 taps, half of which rotate. Although there are three
bars on two floors, the rotating craft taps are in the main bar.
The craft list includes quite a few local brews.
There is also a Mug Club.
Deer Park was crowded on a Thursday night. The crowd was on the youngish side.
Although we don't often emphasize food, our tuna sashimi, fried oyster plate, and beef stew were among the best we have had.
The Deer Park Tavern is an important stop in Newark's craft beer scene.

 

Two Stones Pub
2 Chesmar Plz
Newark, DE 19713
phone: (302) 294-1890

Two Stones Pub is located in a small strip-center a few miles outside of downtown Newark.
The large, sinuous bar seats about 20, and there are maybe 10 tables near the bar.
Another smaller dining area can be found in the back.
Two Stones offers 25 well-selected drafts, and 50-60 bottled beers. A beer menu informs the patron as to ABV and price for each draft, and the beers are also listed on a large chalk board.
Sizable glass-fronted cabinets behind the bar display many styles of beer glass, allowing each draft to be poured in the correct vessel.
Two Stones is decorated with beer cans, brewery signs, and, at least for the season, a tap handle Christmas tree.
The place was packed on a Thursday night, with a crowd of all ages who seemed to have one thing in common...beer.

 

 

Pig & Fish
236 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE
302.227.7770

Pig & Fish is an outstanding beer bar in Rehoboth, and the sister establishment of The Pickled Pig just up the highway.
Pig & Fish offers 12 well-chosen drafts.
Being as they were celebrating Oktoberfest, there were several German imports, including a Paulaner Celebration firkin.
About a dozen patrons can sit at the dark wood-topped bar. There is but one TV, and that was on mute, so there was nothing to interfere with one's imbiblical conversation. Just have a good time, talk with your friends, and watch the crowd walk by on Rehoboth Avenue.
Tyler, our barkeep, was very helpful in explaining the beers, the bar, and making suggestions.
With about 10 tables in the dining area, Pig & Fish is an excellent place to have a meal or just partake of a few beers.

 

Arena's Deli & Bar
149 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
302-227-1272

Although the address reads "Rehoboth Avenue", Arena's Deli & Bar is tucked back into a stone-paved alleyway just off of the Avenue. It's worth finding, though, as Arena's offers 9 well-chosen drafts, and about 80 bottles of crafts and imports.
The L-shaped bar seats about a dozen thirsty patrons, and there are ample tables and booths...there's more space back there than first appears.
Arena's seems to be popular with locals and tourists alike. The food is good, and ours has always gotten there fast.
Arena's is a comfortable little nook in which to sequester yourself while other members of your entourage are shopping or beaching.
They have two other locations in the area.

 

Gary's Dewey Beach Grill
2000 Highway One
Dewey Beach, DE 19971
(302) 226-4899

Gary's appears to be just another one of the hundreds of Lite Beer Ocean Bars along the shore, until you see their beer list. Then you'll find out that they have 13 taps, most of which rotate, and a list of about 100 bottles.
The selection may be a tad smaller during the off-season.
One touch that jumped right out at me was the sign that proclaimed the favorite beers of each of the staffers.
My bartender was glad to explain the beers and Gary's beer philosophy.
If you're on your way to visit the great beach beer destination of Rehoboth, don't forget Gary's, just a mile south and right on Ocean Highway.

 

Henlopen City Oyster House
50 Wilmington Ave.
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
302-260-9193

Centrally located in downtown Rehoboth Beach is the Henlopen City Oyster House, a one-stop destination for this Questor's two favorite items...raw oysters and great beer. The Oyster House offers 8 well-chosen taps, which ranged on our visit from Allagash Curieux to PBR. If one of these doesn't please you, at least 30 bottles are available. There is also one cask ale. The staff... bartenders, waitresses, and shuckers were friendly and helpful. The mollusk- lover can choose from six different varieties of oyster. It was a mature crowd that filled the bar during our two visits. The bar seats about 10, with room for about 15 more at wall tables. Get there early, as the bar was filled on a Monday and a Tuesday evening. Whether you make this your one stop for the night, or amble on to any of the other beer and oyster venues in town, Henlopen City Oyster House should definitely be on your must-visit list.

 

Pickled Pig Pub
Harbor Square
18756 Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 645-5444

The Pickled Pig Pub is located in a strip center on the Route 1 highway, a couple of miles north of downtown Rehoboth Beach. It is one of the establishments that makes Rehoboth the Beer Destination of the Eastern Shore. Pickled Pig offers 14 taps, the majority of which rotate, and about 50 bottles. There is also a hand engine with one beer in cask. Patrons sit at a large U-shaped bar or at tables, and most seem to be here for the beer. Our barkeep was knowledgeable and helpful. Beers were also served in the appropriate glasses. Joining the Pub Club will get you 20-ounce pours for the price of a pint. Pickled Pig also hosts beer dinners during the off-season.

 

 

Fins Fish House & Raw Bar
243 Rehoboth Ave.
Rehoboth Beach, DE
302-266-FINS

Fins is an outstanding seafood place that happens to have a great beer selection...something that is hard to find on the Eastern Shore. If raw oysters are your thing, Fins has 6 varieties...yes, you can get a sampler. Our bartender Jamie was eager to explain all about Fins' philosophy, as well as about the seafood and the beer. They have 8 drafts, 3 of which rotate, and upon our visit that included Paulaner Hefeweizen and Unibrou Ephemere. They also had about 70 bottles. If you, like us, have long considered the Eastern Shore a beer wasteland, visit the town of Rehoboth.