If you thought Famous Jacks had great prices, you need to check out McLaren's.
I have only been here once, but on a Wednesday night, it has the best deals in the area. Â The special is $2.50 for any bottled beer, and they are have good selection of beers as well. Â The service was also great, as the bartender made sure I always had a drink.
As for the bar itself, it had a very relaxed ambiance, with a casual dive-bar atmosphere. Â It was not crowded at all. Â Also, it has a bunch of pool tables.
I've been going to this place for years to shoot pool. Â It used to be the smokiest bar in Wilmington years ago before the No Smoking Law. Â I remember they had signs up in retaliation to the "Law" that Ruth Anne Minner had signed. Â Thank God. Â I think my Structure shirt from1998 still reaks of smoke. Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Anyway, this place is a pit, but I kinda like it. Â It smells like uncleaned bar, Â (hey, maybe the smoke wasn't that bad...), and is the most generic bar in North Wilm, located in a crappy stripmall on 202, but I've had some good times there. Â Years ago when I was a restaurant worker at John Harvards in the late 1990s and early 2000s, this was a great place to grab some beers after work, and they used to get a pretty good crowd of in the biz people. Â Now I usually don't shut the place down, so I am not sure if they get that crowded late, but I do enjoy free pool on Tuesdays once or twice a year. Â Staff has always been cool, and beer selection aint too bad either.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â I remember back in the day the jukebox used to be ours with $10 carrying us through enough games to last the night. Â Some of the old farts at the bar used to get really pissed with us when I'd play back to back to back to back Â Deacon Blues by Steely Dan, but F'em, what kind of beer are we drinkin? Â Well, I think I need to call up the Idiots, and get back there next Tuesday...