Old Oar House
123 North High Street
Hours: Mon-Sat, 11 am–2 am; Sun, noon–2 am.
Style: A classic Irish-style neighborhood pub, with ceiling fans, wooden booths and dark, wainscoted walls. The building dates to the early 1880s; the pressed-tin ceilings are original.
Don’t Miss: The spinach-and-artichoke dip, served warm as a starter with crispy tortilla chips ($8). The chips are cut from fresh tortillas, tossed in seasonings and fried to order. The dip and chips are included in the Pub Sampler ($12.50), which also comes with mozzarella sticks, wings and onion rings. Soups are house made and hearty, including Guinness Irish stew made with Guinness straight from their own taps ($6 cup, $7 bowl); and cream of chicken (on the specials menu at $5/cup, $7/ bowl). The menu offers seven salads, from a small garden salad ($4) to the full-sized taco, beet and Cobb salads ($9). Following the pub theme, corned beef features prominently—as a sandwich topped with Swiss cheese, cole slaw and Russian dressing ($10); or as an entrée with boiled cabbage and potatoes in a butter broth ($12 half order, $15 full). Burgers include Guinness sliders—three small patties topped with Guinness glaze, cheddar, sautéed onions and bacon ($9).
Heads Up: There are more than 40 beers on tap, including quite a few from nearby Cape May Brewing Company and others from the local Glasstown Brewing Company. Wednesday is karaoke night; on Friday and Saturday nights, live musicians hold sway. The backyard beer garden is open year-round and is especially popular in summer.
The Scoop: The Old Oar is a reliable and friendly place for lunch or dinner when you visit the nearby Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center or attend a show across the street at the Levoy Theater.Click here to leave a comment
What's a Quick Bite? Short takes on casual, affordable dining.
Ambience:A classic Irish-style neighborhood pub, with ceiling fans, wooden booths and dark, wainscoted walls. The building dates to the early 1880s; the pressed-tin ceilings are original.