Although not a capital or particularly large city, Camden, New Jersey (and the county of Camden) has a great reputation as a drinking and partying destination. This reputation is backed up by a large number of bars, pubs and other drinking establishments, serving up the best in ice cold beer (including tap beer), wine, and cocktails that are inventive and truly satisfying.
In the following article we will highlight several of these popular drinking locales, and provide a comprehensive description of each bar, including its layout, theme, drink choices and any special amenities and diversions designed to entertain customers as they relax and unwind.
The Pour House
As its name hints, the Pour House is one of the best beer bars in Camden County—a bar that closely resembles the many uber-popular microbreweries that have recently popped up across the United States and beyond. With simple, yet comfortable surroundings, the Pour House is the type of bar in which you will want to stay a while, although it will take many visits to sample everything this all-inclusive business has to offer. The Pour House carries over 140 varieties of bottled beer, including some of the very best craft and Belgian brews; and 20 rotating beers on tap. Some of the more popular craft beer varieties here include Flying Dog, Blue Mountain, Abita, Smuttynose, and Sierra Nevada, to go along with a full cache of domestic and imported brews from around the country and the world.
The Pour House boasts many theme nights and special events each week, including Tap Takeovers, Oyster Wednesdays, and late night Happy Hour specials that are often announced on the spur of the moment, thus benefiting the lucky patrons in attendance. Snack-style food is available at the Pour House 7 days a week, and several large televisions ensure you’ll never miss a minute of your favorite sports team.
Kaminiski’s Sports Bar and Restaurant
Speaking of sports, Kaminiski’s Sports Bar and Restaurant, which is located in the Cherry Hills section of Camden County, is perhaps the best place in the region for everything sports. Locals adore this trendy drinking destination for its amazing grub, massive outdoor patio (complete with fire pits), its abundance of high definition televisions, and the raucous and entertaining nightlife that commences once all the games have been played.
The patrons of Kaminiski’s Sports Bar and Restaurant span the age spectrum, with many self identifying as proud regulars. Many can be seen sipping Coronas and Fireball Whiskey (both of which are on sale during the Friday 4:00-7:00 Happy Hour). If cocktails are more to your liking, the expert mixologists at Kaminiski’s have all the ingredients and skill required to slake your thirst and keep the party raging on until the wee hours of the night.
Ollie Gators Pub
Those traveling to Camden, New Jersey from the southern part of the United States, particularly from New Orleans, will feel right at home at Ollie Gators Pub. From its layout, furnishings, atmosphere and décor, to its delicious grub and amazing signature cocktails, the pub pays respect to the Cajun culture and lifestyle, and particularly to the annual festival known as Mardi Gras.
If you happen to step into Ollie Gators Pub during the afternoon hours, you—and your wallet—are truly in for a treat. Every weekday, from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM, the pub hosts an amazing Happy Hour featuring domestic pints for $2.50, $4.00 premium pilsner pints, red and white wine at $4.00 a glass, Martinis and Margaritas for $5.00, and $1.00 off all signature cocktails—well and call drinks as well as Top Shelf spirits.
Although the décor at Ollie Gators Pub is nothing to write home about, the service and offerings are off the charts. The bartenders are neatly dressed, friendly and excellent at what they do, and the servers always greet you with a smile. In addition to the wide variety of draught beer on tap, the bar also serves up a great collection of craft beer, including names like Well’s Banana Bread, Stone IPA, Founder’s Dirty Bastard, and Purple Haze. Sundays are also a great time to visit, especially if you like a good Bloody Mary, Sangria or Mimosa, all of which are on sale all day.
The Irish Mile
Want to drink like an Irishman (or Irish-woman)? Then check out Camden’s Irish Mile, the best Irish-themed pub in the city. A medium-sized space with a long, straight bar, the Irish Mile is a wonderful place to spend an hour or two (or three) over a great beer or expertly-crafted cocktail. While Guinness takes the prize as the most commonly-ordered libation, the pub, in keeping with its motto “Drink Fresh, Drink Local,” stocks a full selection of local New Jersey and Philadelphia-brewed craft beers, including Cape May, Beach Haus, River Horse, Victory and Flying Fish.
The draft beers at the Irish Mile, of which there are a whopping 72, include domestic (including craft) and imported beers on a rotating basis that changes once a month. Ciders are also on draught, including the very popular Angry Orchard Cider and Henry’s Hard Soda.
McMichael’s Pub and Grill
Cold beer, inventive cocktails, tasty chow and daily specials—that’s what you’ll get when you stop into McMichael’s Pub and Grill. Located at 157 South Burlington Street, the bar’s usually large crowd includes a couple dozen regulars that can consistently be seen huddled around the horseshoe-shaped bar arguing about sports and politics.
McMichael’s Pub and Grill is a fairly large bar with giant televisions dispersed throughout the space. These amenities make the pub very, very popular as a sports-viewing destination—a place where people get together to root for their beloved Eagles, Giants, Phillies, 76ers and Flyers. The pub sponsors a Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 4:30 until 6:30 PM. During this time, patrons can fill up on half-priced appetizers and sip $3 Budweiser, Coors, Coors Light and Bud Light bottles and drafts. Tuesdays the bar comes alive for Taco Tuesday, a Happy hour special in which tacos are priced at a mere dollar and all Mexican beer (Corona, Dos Equis XXX, Sol and Pacifico) is on sale for $3 a bottle.
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