Hidden at 250 E Chestnut St, West Chester, PA 19380, the Square Bar is well positioned to stay overlooked. That low-key profile is exactly what the patrons come out for. When the rest of the bars in town turn into “Girls Gone Wild”, the Square bar offers a peaceful solace. The exterior of the bar is nondescript, save a few neon signs that humbly indicate that there are indeed beers offered inside. The no frills façade carries into the bar itself as decorating the interior seems to have been last considered sometime during the Carter administration. Affectionately know to be a “hole-in-the-wall” and “townie” bar, the floor space is roughly 50’x30’ with relatively low ceiling tiles, and old wood paneling along the walls. The ceiling is adorned with stained-glass chandeliers that take you back to the small dining rooms of your childhood -minus burnt orange shag carpet. The bar itself is of an interesting design. It is wooden, and not exactly a square, it is more like a rectangle with a swollen center. The bar shape lends itself well to people watching, and the unique dimensions demand attention throughout your visit. There are twelve flat screens positioned around the room, as well as a shuffle bowling game, arcade game, and a very cool, antique-looking dartboard. Smoking has been banned years back, but there is still a cigarette machine and a faint residual smoky odor. The menu is extremely simple, and the food presentation is as dated as the décor, but people like the nostalgic plates and rave about the food as well. The beer menu offers the staples Coors Light, Miller Lite, Stella, Yuengling, and Guinness as well as twelve craft drafts that change seasonally. The crowd is very friendly and easy-going and never dressed to impress. So if you are looking to grab a cheap sandwich and equally cheap beer, and possibly fall into some quality conversation – all without changing out of your sweatpants, Side Bar is the place.
September 17, 2013