I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to visit Dominic’s Tavern in Bellmawr, NJ. A couple of friends and I went for the second half of the Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors playoff game yesterday and it ended up being the best decision we could have made. We got a perfect table in front of a TV showing the game, the beers were cheap and the wings were on-point.
Dominic’s Tavern – 100 East Browning Rd, Bellmawr, NJ 08031 – (856) 931-4742
These are the four reasons you need to visit Dominic’s Tavern:
The Wings – Lately, almost all the bars I’ve been to have delicious wings, but none of them compare to the wings at Dominic’s Tavern. They were serving wings for $5 all day, like they do every Sunday. Initially, we were disappointed to find out that the special only covered one order of wings for $5, but once they arrived we couldn’t care less. They were huge. I was actually only able to eat nine, and I usually always eat a whole order of 10. The wings were covered – yes, actually covered, not the little drops of sauce – with an exclusive Fat Daddy sauce. It wasn’t too spicy, but definitely had some kick.
Fat Daddy Wings
The Environment – This place screams sports bar as soon as you walk in. I’m pretty sure every seat, stool and standing space is in clear view of a TV. The one’s on top of the bar are moderate sizes, but some of them along the walls are huge. There’s even a projected screen in one of the sections. Dominic’s is a Philadelphia team sports bar. As soon the Phillie’s game was on, almost every TV changed to the channel. When they scored a run, almost everyone inside cheered. There’s two pool tables on the far side of the bar, where some people were playing while we were in there. The tables looked nice, and of course, there were TV’s on the wall next to the tables.
The Happy Hour / Specials – Dominic’s Tavern’s happy hour specials are Monday to Saturday, from 4 – 7 p.m. A lot of bars only have happy hour from Monday to Friday, so if you’re looking for some deals on a Saturday, then this is your place. On the one day without happy hour, you can grab a $2.50 23oz Bud & Bud Light Draft, so don’t worry. My friend decided to order the Triple Crown, a $4 whiskey cocktail, which tasted exactly like a jolly rancher. He enjoyed it. Once the Phillie’s game started, we realized there was a whole new set of specials during the games. At this point, we’d drank enough, so we didn’t get anything else to drink, but my friend ordered the $1 hot dog – a worthy game special.
The Triple Crown
(Notice the wings – those are the 911 wings – my friend was crying after three)
The Popcorn – It’s hard to decide, but this might have been my favorite part about the bar. In the back middle of the bar is a self-serve popcorn machine. We’re sitting at a table, watching the game, and the guy next to us walks back with a bowl of popcorn. Then, we realized almost everyone sitting at a table had a bowl of popcorn. We were the only ones without it. Unaware of how to go about getting the popcorn, my friend finally asked our waitress and she told us we could get as much as we want. I’ve been to bars with nuts, but I can’t say I’ve seen popcorn. Maybe I just haven’t been to enough bars, but regardless, I loved it. Additionally, if you get the Fat Daddy wings, make sure to dunk the popcorn in the sauce. It’s a great combination.
At the end, I was able to speak with one of the three managers, Mark Gozzie. First, we got to talk about the wild last minute finish of the NBA playoff game that just ended. Then, I told him about the blog and how I really enjoyed my first time at Dominic’s. He was busy, but able to answer a few questions before heading off to fill the popcorn machine.