Drink the Coldest Beer In Town at this Historical Taphouse 

August 28, 2021

Lauren Cosca

See how the locals do it in Delaware at the Stockley Tavern in Georgetown. Originally the “Stockley Tavern and Television Bar,” this eatery and bar opened in 1948 by Will Rogers. It was purchased by Ed Veasey in the 60’s, and has continued to thrive as a staple to the local community. To this day it is the oldest, and one of the only remaining tap houses in the state of Delaware. 


Delaware Public Archives Historical Marker sits outside of the Stockley Tavern. Photo by Ashley Houdbert

Over half a century has passed since first opening its doors, and the Stockley Tavern is still full of life. On any given day, the Stockley Tavern is the place to be, often packed with locals drinking beer, listening to music, watching sports, and catching up. No reservation is needed as this bar is walk-in only. Patrons must be over the age of 21 to enter. 

The Tavern features a newly renovated bar and package store, with a brand-new walk-in cooler that will guarantee “THE COLDEST BEER IN TOWN!” Since the package store was grandfathered in, it is one of the only in the area that can sell beer, wine, and liquor. At the Stockley Tavern patrons can not only feel the history of the bar, but take advantage of it as well!

Dine like a true local at the Stockley Tavern, with what many refer to as a “Delaware Delicacy,” The Fatty. This sandwich can be enjoyed any time of day, and features scrapple, bacon, egg, and cheese. If you aren’t feeling too adventurous, share a plate of scrapple bites with the whole table. The menu also boasts a wide variety of fare including wings, cheesesteaks, salads, and more. 

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Photo of  the "Scrapple Sammich” available at Stockley Tavern. Photo by Ashley Houdbert


Photo of  the "Fried Pickles” with bistro sauce available at Stockley Tavern. Photo by Ashley Houdbert

The entertainment that can be found at Stockley Tavern extends far beyond what is being offered anywhere else in the area. Customers can let loose on the dance floor to some county and rock music played by local DJs, or play their own music with the electronic Jukebox. Patrons flock from all over town to mingle with guest bartenders, shoot darts, and even play Keno. Sports betting is also offered at the tavern. 

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Dance the night away at the Stockley Tavern. Photo by Ashley Houdbert

The restaurant hosts a large variety of events such as cornhole tournaments, karaoke, trivia, fundraisers, and more! Last year their breast cancer fundraiser brought in over $20,000


Stockley Tavern raised over $20,000 for Cancer at a fundraising event in 2020. Photo pulled from Facebook page.

Happy Hour at the Stockley Tavern is Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. Customers can take $1 off beer and wine, and get 25% off appetizers. Every Thursday, the bar hosts a Cruise In for “Hot Rods”, where people are welcomed to bring in and show off their classic cars for 20% off their order. Drive by anytime from 5 p.m. to close, while the event takes place, to admire that week’s lineup! 

The Stockley Tavern stands out as being not only a fun location to eat and drink, but a place to really take in the local community. It is a unique place to stop in on the way down to the Delaware Beaches or on the way back home. The tavern can also be a new place to plan a day trip to while on vacation at the Eastern Shore. The trip from Rehoboth Beach is less than one hour, and well worth the drive. 

Customers can make sure they never forget the Stockley Tavern when they purchase a t-shirt, hat, or koozie from the gift shop! Like the Stockley Tavern on Facebook for updates about events, specials, and more. The restaurant is located at 26072 Dupont Blvd Georgetown, DE 19947, and is open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.


The Stockley Taven is a unique place to stop in on the way down to the Delaware Beaches. Photo by Ashley Houdbert.

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