When it’s time to unwind and leave the week’s worries behind, make your way to downtown West Chester. Remember, though, that as we recover from the pandemic, safety protocols should still be observed when exploring the best of what this area’s nightlife has to offer.
This picturesque small town prides itself in its tight-knit community. If you’re a newcomer looking for fun things to do in West Chester, you can get to know the locals in the best spots of this PA town. Here are some of them:
116 East Gay Street
This cozy wine bar offers a curated selection of wine that perfectly matches their amazing dinner menu. You’re sure to come for the great food and keep coming back for the phenomenal service. Highly recommended for your special occasions or when you simply want to treat yourself to something lovely.
33 West Market Street
Influenced by the delectable food of Southern Italy, Mercato offers a variety of wine and cocktails to pair with their cuisine. You may even book their wine cellar for your private event or wine-tasting adventure. If you’re the sort to enjoy the outdoors, they have a scenic outdoor space for you, as well.
117 East Gay Street
Home to delicious food, great drinks, and good vibes, The Social is a Southern Scratch kitchen where you can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere for a fun night out. Owner Donnie Moore has quite the repertoire of restaurants, making sure to create a welcoming space and the customer service to go with it.
1227 West Chester Pike
Winner of the “Best Wings” in Chester County, the Stone Tavern takes inspiration from the most inviting of Irish taverns. It is dedicated to serving high-quality food — locally sourced in West Chester — paired with hand-crafted Irish spirits. Previously known as the Blarney Stone, it has been an institution in its own right since it opened its doors in 1994. While you may observe “1867” attached to their name, it is simply an homage to the first of the Bayle family’s arrival to the United States from Donegal, Ireland.
327 East Gay Street
A family-owned restaurant serving delectable, authentic Italian cuisine for the West Chester palate, Core de Roma Trattoria is a must-visit, even for long-time locals in town. While other restaurants typically match their spirits with their menu, you’re free to bring your own bottle here to pair with their great meals for an exciting experience.
322 South High Street
For those craving Cajun cuisines, the High Street Caffe keeps you on your toes with a regularly updated gourmet menu, accompanied by their mixes and craft beer. They’ve also recently started offering BYOB so you’re welcome to bring your favorite brews or spirits to complement their scrumptious dishes.
18 West Gay Street
A good Irish pub takes hospitality to the next level when it opens its doors for business to the community. Thus, it won’t come as a surprise that habitues most likely know the staff and each other when they visit here. Kildare’s is that kind of pub. Everything is casual, warm, and truly fun here. The food is a comfortable match to its spirits, and you’re sure to have a great time, whether you’re having a night out with friends or family.
122 East Gay Street
Have a taste of the most genuine Mexican flavors from Taco Mar. You’re sure to recognize them a block away, what with the signature liveliness of the fiesta imbued on their storefront. It only gets better when you enter the restaurant. It’s the perfect place to visit after a busy week, or you can opt to order takeout and savor their Mexican delights at home.
If you’re in the mood for a bit of culture or you’re looking around town for what to do in West Chester, here are a few notable places you can visit before the night sets in:
- Valley Forge National Park, where you can discover West Chester’s significant historical events and hike for a breath of fresh air.
- Brandywine River Museum, which presents Wyeth and American art from local talents.
- Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is home to live performances, film, music, and educational workshops.
- Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens has been preserving natural woodlands for the community to explore.
- Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery, a 7-acre estate for locally grown and bottled spirits.
Get in touch with our team at RE/MAX Direct. We’d love to show you the wide variety of West Chester PA real estate and highlight what it has to offer. Reach us at 610.430.8100 or email us at remaxdirectwc(at)gmail(dotted)com.