Within its historic brick home exterior, the Olde Liberty Tavern's renovated hardwood floors, high-topped tables, and flat-screen televisions create an unexpectedly modern atmosphere for patrons. In the main room, black-and-white eight balls sink into pool tables' pockets while guests concentrate on hitting bull's-eyes during games of darts with friends or dart leagues. Scheduled live music performances and DJ sets provide background soundtracks for diners who dig into third-pound burgers, buffalo chicken wings, and orders of mini egg rolls cooked under a shrink ray. To pair with bites, bartenders sling domestic and imported brews and mix specialty cocktails.
Tucked alongside the Assunpink Creek, Trenton's Mill Hill neighborhood houses brick-faced 19th century homes and their lush gardens within a cozy 10-block area. For more than 200 years, residents of the historic neighborhood have taken pride in cultivating their scenic community. Each year, local homeowners open up their yards so that visitors can peek into their diminutive urban gardens. The scenic tour drew the attention of CBS Philadelphia, which wrote that “between and behind these historic homes, you'll discover some of the Delaware Valley's most cleverly designed compact gardens.”
Trenton Social's convivial environment sprawls from its indoor lounge to its cozy outdoor patio, where dining and drinking often melds with special events. Its menu fuels guests with eats ranging from seafood and pastas to hot sandwiches and parmesan fries. Between drinks on Sundays, guests can learn to shimmy as salsa dancers teach free lessons, and monthly bike trips explore historic Trenton as tour guides expound upon relevant historical morsels, such as stories of the brutal penny-farthing gangs of old.
At Sportsmens Pub, a stout brick façade bottles up the raucous laughter and warm camaraderie of the pub’s friendly crowd of neighborhood regulars. Sporting events flicker on television screens as bartenders pour frothy brews into pints and pitchers, and servers deliver trays of appetizers to the bar, including cheesesteak and buffalo chicken egg rolls. Half-pound burgers and giant calzones stuffed with ingredients such as spinach, meatballs, and peppers that apply a full-court press on larger appetites. On Friday nights, the pub hosts free Texas Hold ‘em tournaments for poker enthusiasts or those looking for an excuse to wear sunglasses indoors. Pool tables and dart boards provide a competitive arena for local team competitions. Sportsmens Pub’s menu of tasty pub fare takes its act on the road with a catering service that insulates bellies celebrating birthdays or a dog’s reelection to the town council.
An endless amount of stories flicker across the screen at these cinemas, which offer stadium seating and digital sound. The theater plays films chosen from Hollywood’s newest releases, featuring stars just plucked from the vines where they grow in the California hills. Between whispered critiques of each preview, audience members can wash down fluffy kernels of popcorn with soda from the concession stand. The theater also opens its doors for birthday parties and large private screenings for up to 300 guests.
Walking into Slocum's Bowling Center is like jumping backwards in time. All around you, bowlers lounge in orange vinyl chairs beneath paneled ceilings or head to the wood-paneled bar for a snack. The 80-year-old bowling alley's retro decor conceals welcome anachronisms, however, such as the Steltronic SuperElex auto scoring and automatic pinsetters that govern 12 gleaming lanes. During Saturday-night laser bowling, the sound system pumps out high-energy tunes as bowlers roll strikes and spares. At Sloc’s Grille, bowlers can lift a variety of handheld fare such as burgers and sandwiches, keeping fingers limber for their next attempt to steal the key to the city out of the mayor's pocket.