McCloskey's Tavern

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McCloskey's TavernMcCloskey's Tavern

Type: Bar, Eatery

17 Cricket Ave
Ardmore, Pennsylvania, 19003-2202
United States

(610) 642-9280 | map

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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is right in the heart of Ardmore. They are across the street from a big parking lot so getting there is easy. The Ardmore train station is nearby too. The outside looks inviting. They have a chalkboard on the sidewalk at the entrance listing their specials. When you walk in, you're right among tables, so it was a bit awkward until I was seated.

This is a busy place, so you know they're doing something right. I arrived around 7pm on a Wednesday and when I left, the place was surprisingly packed. I like the cozy feel and the fact that they have high tops near the bar. They also have candlelit tables at the front. The bar is nice. There are plenty of TVs throughout. There are fancy mirrors on the wall too. The Pictures and other decor are a bit lacking though and could be improved. The tile ceiling is kind of depressing. One thing I really liked was the giant chalk board on the wall next to the bar that listed all of their beers on tap.

The food was pretty good. I would recommend the crab balls. You get a good amount of food for what you pay for. Everything was timed well and the food was nice and hot when it came out. Nothing about the service stood out too me, but the host that seated me seemed pretty friendly.

The beer selection was pretty good. I had the Great Lakes Irish Red Ale on tap. Overall, this is probably the nicest pub in the area. The closest pubs that can compete are in Narberth. I wish I had known about McCloskey's sooner.

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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Mc Closkey's is a small, nicely adorned restaurant/bar that offers surprisingly good food and a half-decent beer selection on draft... ... but you only ever get what you pay for!!! Their appetizers include stuffed mushrooms for $6.95 and Buffalo shrimp at $7.95; and their salads will run you almost the same. Meat dishes include veal marsala at $13.95, and a very nicely done petite filet mignon for just $18.95. Their seafood selections include broiled flounder for $12.95 and Maryland crab cakes for $21.95; and there are many pasta and chicken dishes available as well. It's a small place and the tables are tight, but most of their customers are either quite jovial or mainly quiet, and I've never felt put out by any of my neighboring diners. Still, I prefer to sit at the bar (which is also small with just 15 seats) or one of the 3 adjoining cocktail tables and enjoy the company of my favorite bartender, John. He'll give you a ribbing if you need it; but he'll also let you sample the Chimay if you want and tell you who all of the other regulars are and what they're up to. The bottled selection is worthless, but they keep some nice beers on tap including most recently Boddington's, Chimay, and Anchor Liberty. There's free parking pretty much right behind the place and they have live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

As a bonus, it's just a few doors up from Gillane's which is an odd, semi old-time bar (possibly refurbished in the late 70's or early 80's) that features a bizarre part Irish/part clown theme. It's full of old-timers, especially during dinner, but they're not necessarily the talkative and friendly sort that you like to run into over a pint; and the beer selection is crap (Sam Adams on tap and not much more in bottles). Still, it's worth a stop in for one last beer and to soak up a little local color.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I'm editing my review, as recently McCloskey's is becoming a frequent stop for me. And there's two reasons for that: killer mushroom soup, and oh yeah, Chimay White on tap! After speaking to the very friendly bartender for a while about quality beer, he informed me that their tap selection does change pretty frequently, although the macros do remain. They had Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA last I was in, and boy was that delicious from the tap. What I was happy to see, or not see actually, is that there were no A-B beers on draught at all. This made me smile.

The bar was very quiet on the Thursday I was in...just a few regulars at the time, but they were friendly guys, and didn't mind at all that a pair of guys in their early 20's sidled up to the bar with them. This place can get pretty packed on weekends, especially because they get a lot of really good live music. It's a bit of a cramped place for a band to set up, but no's usually good stuff. This is a great place for me to get away from my own college crowd that dominates the Main Line, and sit down for some good music and better beer with friends. Definitely a very well-kept secret in the area. And just 3 blocks from my house...great walks home after a few glasses of Chimay!

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McCloskey's Tavern in Ardmore, PA
Place rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 5 ratings