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Friday, August 12, 2011

It's New-Ark, not Newark

Spent a day at the University of Delaware on a college visit, and came across a neat little gem of a pub called Kildare's. Actually, it's part of a larger chain with locations in four other PA cities, including Manayunk, West Chester, Scranton and State College. The other, besides the one in Newark, is in Chapel Hill, NC. But if they're all as cozy and welcoming as the Newark site, they've got a good thing going.

Another thing they have going is a very extensive and ever-expanding beer list, well beyond the requisite Guinness and Yuengling. Rikki Goren is the Ass't Manager, and based upon some quick email communication, one that knows the value of a varied list of quality beers.

We only stopped in for a quick pint and a bite, so beyond the beer offerings, it wouldn't be fair to evaluate the whole place in terms of food, service, etc., though our server, Jordan, was a most likeable chap. And the view (it's a second-floor establishment) overlooking Main Street was pretty cool.

I will be heading back down soon, especially if my youngest becomes the "Third Bird." The eldest was a Blue Jay (Elizabethtown), the middle one is a Red Hawk (Montclair State) and the youngest wants to be a Fightin' Blue Hen. Me? I'm just broke from paying to feed the birds.

So I need a good pub to help me put things in perspective, and Kildare's looks like it can fill that bill. Speaking of bills, I hope they understand when the tab comes and I have no money.

Anyway, check it out if you're in one of those cities, and, as usual, tell 'em The PubScout sent you.


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