The Alchemist & Barrister
28 Witherspoon Street
Hours: Mon–Sat, 11:30 am–2 am; Sun, 11 am–12:15 am
Style: The blue colonial with bright-red shutters houses an old-fashioned pub with an exposed-brick wall. There’s a simply decorated dining room and a patio area, open for dining year round.
Don’t Miss: To start, try the mini crab cakes ($12), served with slaw and mango-pineapple salsa. The nachos—topped with andouille sausage, grilled chicken, red beans, chickpeas, jalapenos, black olives, cheddar and pepper jack cheeses and tomatoes ($10)—are also a good choice. You’ll find traditional fare like shepherd’s pie ($15) and classic pub items such as chicken wings ($10) and burgers ($13 to $16). Sandwiches include a chili-marinated grilled chicken sandwich ($15) topped with pepper jack cheese, guacamole, cilantro, chipotle aioli on a ciabatta roll and served with french fries. A good entrèe is center-cut pork chops ($22), accompanied by a sweet potato waffle, caramelized onions, smoked bacon and hard apple-cider sauce.
Heads Up: The late-night menu is served until midnight.
The Scoop: The pub features live music, but come early if you want a seat—it tends to get crowded quickly on weekends.
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Alchemist & Barrister28 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Hours:Lunch: Mon–Sat, 11:30 am-5 pm; Sun, 3 pm-5 pm. Dinner: Sun–Thurs, 5-10 pm; Fri–Sat, 5-10:30 pm. Brunch: Sun, 11 pm–3 pm. Late Night Menu: Mon–Thurs, 10 pm-12 am; Fri–Sat, 10:30 pm-midnight