Delaware County, PA. 


Named for the Delaware River

The crown. The mark of royalty. This symbol denotes a tavern with an overall excellence that exceeds the norm.

 The foamy mug marks a specific  feature that is noteworthy.

Normally when a bar goes out of business the location will never again house a tavern. Often the liquor license is sold to a distant entity.  The phoenix marks pubs that have defied the odds and reopened after having been silenced.

Not every pub that says its Irish is Irish but the ones that are and the ones that have great St Patrick's Day events will be identified with this brand.

The screw. The sign of gross injustice or disservice.  AmericanTom believes that people go to their local watering hole to escape their day to day grind and troubles.  In a way, servers and barkeeps are like actors - orchestrating a great play whose cast are their customers. Some of the things that can generate a screw are: great disparity between how regulars and visitors are treated, rudeness or utter incompetence.

Most businesses have a neutral attitude toward motorcyclists.   The HD logo marks taverns that openly welcome those who arrive on scooters.

Inflation sucks. It sucks away your buying power.  If you can still buy a beer for one dollar - you will see this sign.

Seafood is a class of food all by itself.  Clams have little competition - few foods are better when done well and few foods can cause more problems when improperly served. See the clam next to a bar's name and it shows where tasty clams have been enjoyed!

I like Reading, PA. In spite of being Pennsylvania's most dangerous city there are a lot of cool things to do here. One of the best is that "our" beer is back. You can have your big, national (and often foreign-owned) brands.        I  am happy that Old Gus has come home!  Taverns serving this delicious brew will have this icon.

Have a cold one on the deck!


169 East Ridge Rd   Marcus Hook (Linwood)   PA  19061   610-494-1437


[12-2006] Christy's is the first bar I have ever been to in Marcus Hook. It was his Customer Appreciation party and the proprietor was in good spirits.

Festive decorations were everywhere including a 4' tall dancing Santa.  Christy's gets a frosty mug icon for having an old fashioned piss trough - a rarity in our modern and overly civilized world.

Thanks for the free grub Christy!


4002 West 9th Street   Marcus Hook, PA  19061   610-497-1338


[12-2006] My first thought was that Rick's was a strip bar with the palm tree and hula girl on the sign.  If it was, I didn't see any during my almost-Christmas visit.

A large pull-down movie screen hangs behind the stage - ready for projection TV football games.