Behind Woodbridge Crossing's aged red-brick exterior, a fleet of wooden tables waits. Tucked beside walls lined with antiques and photographs, they stand ready to support hearty meals of American cuisine or provide a resting place for diners' elbows as they listen to live music on weekends. After filling stomachs with well-seasoned steaks or fresh seafood and filling wine stomachs with wine, guests can take a turn on a dance floor dappled with colored light from stained-glass windows.
Mermaids and mermen are a surprisingly common sight at Dive Bar. Fin-clad entertainers spend their evenings elegantly swimming through the 7,500-gallon aquarium that hangs over the bar’s stone countertops, charming guests as the bartenders mix an array of classic and contemporary cocktails. Exposed brickwork, black-leather armchairs, and a dangling chandelier don’t necessarily continue the nautical theme, but they do contribute to the overwhelmingly luxuriant ambiance.
Live musicians grace the bar’s stage on Wednesdays, whereas Thursdays feature a dueling-piano show that brings to mind Billy Joel and Elton John’s legendary joust to the death. In addition to hosting DJ performances, the lounge pumps out dance-worthy tunes until as late as 2 a.m., even allowing customers to connect their iPods to the sound system and either play their favorite song or the shortest chapter from their favorite audiobook.
District 2 sates cavernous appetites within a casual community sports bar, boasting more than a dozen brews and five tap-side TVs. Suds-loving patrons can sop up pints of Guinness ($7), Miller Lite ($5), or Original Sin cider ($6), with a succulent hot and spicy chorizo dip, fraught with red peppers and the glowing coals of defeated taste buds ($8). Or sink snack-craving incisors into a menu of gourmet bites, such as a quartet of Angus mini burgers on toasted brioche rolls and platters pilfered from Barbie's dream house (4 for $9, 8 for $14). The D2 mac 'n' cheese, frosted with three-cheese fondue, delights dairy addicts and self-obsessed cows ($10), and the Yuengling beer-battered fish and chips treats seafarers to incognito imbibitions ($12).