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When we moved to Newtown late last year we were excited by what seemed like the endless restaurant options not only in Newtown but in the surrounding areas. While we've found a number of restaurants we really like, we have not been able to find a decent bar/pub. We would love to find a go-to spot for a burger and some beers, somewhere to go and unwind after a long day. Granted we haven't tried every option there is, but after the third and fourth place we're getting a little discouraged.

So far we've tried Pineville Tavern (I didn't like the burger and the parking lot is always packed with nowhere else to park if it's full), Isaac Newton's in Newtown (the burger had no flavor, although the fries were very good), Porterhouse Pub in Lahaska (the burger was very tasty but the fries were awful and the service was lousy) and a place in a strip mall near Pier One off Eagle Road in Newtown where the burger was decent, the fries lousy (what is up with those "breaded" fries they serve everywhere??) and the service appalling.

Does anyone have any suggestions? At this point we're feeling like our only option is Red Robin (which we love but it has the wrong atmosphere for relaxing, what with the screaming kids).

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  1. I hear you on this. You might want to try the Heart of Oak pub just north of where 413 crosses 263. Good beers on tap, good burgers (and fries!) and a pretty calm atmosphere and no smoking. Also, the Lion's Heart Pub in Washington Xing, which has even better burgers, including a good lamb-burger, and Belgian-style fries. Only quibble with them is the nerve they had to charge a cover ($10) on St. Pat's, even though they're British and not Irish. It's the little things...

    1. Triumph Brewery in New Hope (and Princeton, NJ) has a delish burger and lots of beer options (though i'm not a beer drinker myself). I'm not sure if that's the "little" bar/pub atmosphere that you're looking for but you should definitely try it. Also, try the burgers at "Cheeseburger in Paradise" near Oxford Valley Mall. It may be a chain, but there are definitely fewer screaming kids than at Red Robin and the burgers are good (not to mention the pina colada which is served with the rum poured over it rather than mixed in - mmmm). There's also Continental Tavern in Yardley, PA which has a decent burger and might be more of the small town pub you're looking for. It's a little run down inside, but decent. Let me know if you try any of these places and what you think of them! Good Luck!

      1. Sarah,
        My girlfriend and I were in the same situation, we were looking for a casual place to unwind on our way home from work (NJ to PA). To our surprise, there is a new burger place that opened up on route 202 in Lahaska, PA ( Peddler's Village ). It is called Choppers Burgers. Choppers has a great variety of burgers (my favorite-- Blue Cheese Burger and Chopper Burger) and a great variety of chicken (my favorite-- Capt'n Crunch Chicken strips). The environment is very laid back and casual and the owner is very nice.

        They do not have a liquor license, but I wouldn't rule this place out. With the chopper (bike) theme, nice staff, inexpensive menu, and good food---it serves as a cool place to relax.

        Hope that helps....I believe the website is: www.choppersburgers.com

        1. It is very dive-y but I really enjoy AJ's pub in Levittown. Very laid back atmosphere, quite good bar food like burgers. Prices are downright cheap. The best part if they are the official bar for the Bucks County Blues Society. On Thursday nights they host Blue Thursday with some absolutely amazing blues acts that come in from all over the country. It is definitely a fun night.

          1. Sarah, the place you are looking for is Heart of Oak pub which is connected to Baci in Buckingham on rt 413n between rt 263 and rt202. It is about 10 minutes from newtown, was built in the 1700's and has killer beers and burgers. You can also order northern italian food from Baci upstairs. The place has great atmosphere and is a real gem.

            1. yah Porterhouse has good burgers and lousy service. Good chili there too. Also heard some things about their cleanliness from an ex-waitress, but that's someone who may have a bone to pick. Wasn't crazy about their brews either... all fore-taste. Nothing was hitting the back of my tongue, and flavors didn't linger at all. We've been going back to Pineville a lot, but they really cannot figure out how to do medium rare. If you ask for medium rare you get medium, so if you try to outsmart them and ask for rare you get rare. Damned if you do and damned if you don't.

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              1. re: Smellchipper

                Another spot not too far away (but not in Bucks) is the Inn of the Hawke in Lambertville. Nice bar and good food (and interesting dinners if you want a bit more).

                1. re: giant99

                  We've only been in the area about a year, but Inn of the Hawke has become our go-to beer/wing/burger place what that craving hits. And the dinners can be outstanding.

                  I'm glad to hear about the Heart of Oak, too. We'll try that soon enough, I bet.

              2. I'll second Triumph for the burger- it's really, really good. Beers are ok.
                When it gets nice out, the Knight House in Doylestown has a great outside dining area and a good burger.
                The burgers are terrible, but the beers and wings are absolutely top notch at Mesquito Grill in Doylestown. Also a good juke box.
                Choppers in Buckingham- I tried it once, and the people seemed really nice- but the burger was bad, had a piece of plastic in it, and there was actually a puddle of oil in the aluminum tin the fries came in. I'm going to wait awhile to give it another shot, and I will, because, as mentioned, the people were nice.

                1. FWIW, Continental Tavern in Yardley has been bought and is being renovated as we speak. I'm anxious to see what it's like, because although the burgers were decent, it was indeed a bit run-down.

                  Thirding Triumph -- I enjoy the beers and the burgers there, though I wouldn't call the atmosphere pub-like.

                  The "breaded" fries are probably a Sysco product, they seem to be identical wherever they are served -- and pretty gross.

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                  1. re: missuswayne

                    One more spot I would throw into the mix is the Da Bar on New Falls rd in Fallsington. Not sure if that is too far out of the way but they have very good burgers, and pub grub with about 10-15 beers on tap plus ridiculous beer specials/happy hours/buckets of beer, pool tables,etc. They have pretty good cover bands on the weekends and were doing Weds night line dancing for a while. Not sure if that is still going on but its a fun place with a good vibe. I'd call ahead to see if they have a band playing if that's what you are into.

                    1. re: missuswayne

                      The renovations are finished at the Continental Tavern in Yardley. Although the place looks great and the new owners seem very nice, I would no longer recommend the burgers. They used to be great, but they are now terrible. The same goes for the wings and the rest of the menu. The prices used to be pretty good (considering it is in Yardley) and they are no longer good either.

                    2. Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I'm making a list for us to check out the next time we have a burger and beer craving.

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                      1. re: SarahEats

                        Stockton Inn in Stockton New Jersey, has great burgers, homemade rolls, homemade pizza great barfood. A fun bar nice beer on tap Chimay, Smuttynose.I recommend Stockton Inn, and if you indulge beyond excess you can always stay in a room for the night, Funnnnn......

                      2. Just found a place. In Doylestown, the Farmhouse Tavern, right next to Ooka on Main St. I've only been once- it was President's day afternoon. It was empty, so I can't speak to the vibe on a typical day. But their burger- I think they call it the "frenchie", or something like that- was AWESOME!
                        It's got boursin and onion jam on it. Cooked a perfect medium with a nice sear on the outside. I imagine their straightforward burgers would be good too. The burger sounds fancy and "gastropubbish"- but the place is just a neighberhood bar. They had about 6 beers on tap, I think, and one of them was Victory Hop Devil. $10 for the burger and the beer. I was very happy.
                        I posted earlier about the burger at Triumph. Although I still think that's a good burger, the Farmhouse Tavern was superior.

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                        1. re: JCap

                          If you want to try something a bit different for a burger, consider Just Eats by Brown and Gold. Their bistro menu is available s-thursday and there are burgers on it. Their choices include buffalo burger, beef, tuna and home made vegetarian. They are cooked on a wood fired stove so they have a nice smokiness to them. The fries that accompany them are oven bakes so they are definitely not greasy!

                          Atmosphere is nice there, its BYO, and you can just sit at the counter next to the open kitchen or grab a table.

                        2. For burgers, I agree with Triumph, but would also add Lambertville Station.
                          Other good eats in Bucks, Lilly's in Doylestown or Lambertville, The Saloon, La Stalla and Picollo Trattoria in Newtown, Mother's also in New Hope and Taoromino'a in Richboro.

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                          1. re: littlecmad

                            Sorry, but IMHO all the places you mentioned are average and not what I'd call "good eats.". Nothing particularly bad, but nothing great. I go to all of them once in a while usually because someone else wants to go. Same with Calloway's. Wings may be good (I've never tried them) but the rest of the menu is average, at best.

                          2. i moved from the area a while ago but we used to go to calloways which is in huntingdon valley on county line road. http://www.callowaysrestaurant.com/ they had the best wings and great pub type food in a fun setting. if you try it, let me know if it's still as good as i remember. :)

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                            1. re: mfp79

                              Calloways if far from Newtown, PA!

                            2. The Tullytown Tavern has a great burger and fries it a bluce collar type of place. The soups are great as well. Enjoy!!!!

                              1. Millcreek Inn is worth a shot.

                                On Mill Creek Rd in Levittown, they've got cheap, cold beer and very good food. Nothing too exotic on tap just your standards, all very reasonably priced. Their cheesesteak is one of the best you will find in this area, but you can't go wrong with a burger, wings, or italian hoagie either. Come to think of it, the food is also pretty inexpensive here and always comes out of the kitchen hot enough to burn the skin off the roof of your mouth.

                                The only negative for some people may be the atmosphere. It's not a contemporary micro-brewery by any means, just a big room with a bar in the front, a few pool tables, and a some seating in the back. Oh and don't forget the jukebox.

                                1. The PVT has since expanded its parking lot by about double - and the post office across the street lets you park in its lot if the restaurant lot is full. Burger wise, the bar at the Swan Hotel has a fantastic burger. You can get it with american, bleu cheese or goat cheese, and it comes with potato salad and chips. Tastes like the best back yard barbecue burger you've ever had!

                                  Swan Hotel
                                  2 Miller St, Strasburg, PA 17579