I found out through some food blog surfing about a local dive bar. A true local Main Line dive bar in Haverford – Roach’s! Roach & O’Briens, officially, on Lancaster Ave, right across from Wendy’s. It’s about postage stamp sized. You walk in and there’s a jukebox, a phone booth, a dartboard, a bar, and some tables and booths. Maybe some video games in the back? There were about 5 locals in there and they have $2 moosehead every day as well as an ok selection of domestic beer. This isn’t a classy, extensive imported beer list, mussels and pommes frites kind of a joint. People said they had great burgers, and that’s what they got. Burgers, sandwiches, and fries. We got a couple of cheeseburgers, his with bacon, and a basket of cheese fries. These burgers were rather large. The bartender said 8 oz before being cooked. They came on kaiser rolls and were quite good. Piled with lettuce, tomato, and such, they were very tall burgers. And the fries are a thicker kind, and were served with cheese whiz. Overall it was a good time. I have a few other pubs around in my neighborhood, even within walking distance, but this one is really a great little divey one with personality. No pretense about it whatsoever. Two burgers, fries, and 3 beers later, it wasn’t even $20. Not bad, eh?
We then headed over to Yeats just to round out the local Route 30 pub crawl. I’d passed by it thousands of times but never went in. It looked divey from the outside. Strangely enough, Yeats Pub is actually quite nice! It has a long bar taking up one entire side of the restaurant and then all tables and booths. Their menu looked quite good (even had buffalo burger) and their beer, booze, and wine selection is quite extensive. No dart board, no pool, no nothing. Just drinks and food. It was a Monday night and there was almost no people in there. The staff outnumbered the patrons about 2 to one. We just grabbed a beer (I had a hoegaarden on tap) and then skidaddled. I think I’ll have to go back and have some food!
Roach & O’Brien
560 W Lancaster Ave
Haverford, PA 19041