308 Orlando Ave., Gloucester City, NJ 08030
Hours: 12 PM – 2 AM
It’s pretty shameful how long I have waited to post this review (we went LAST baseball season after a Phillies game). And to be honest, this isn’t going to be the most detailed review, but in the spirit of the Phillies home opener, I think it’s time to get back on track.
It’s easy to see how self-proclaimed “Gloucester City’s Best Kept Secret” would qualify as a secret to most. The Highland Tavern is tucked away in the corner of a neighborhood that has been walled-off from the rest of the city by I-76. The main entrance is in the back of what was once a house, with the wraparound porch now serving as a very convenient storage location for about 15 recycling bins.
We rolled in with a sizeable Phillies crowd following the day game that had just ended on the other side of the bridge. There appeared to be few regulars who has also been there all day, at least one of which was drinking O’Douls and whiskey.
We dropped a $20 on the bar (cash only), ordered a round, and took in the atmosphere. The interior of the bar has a classic dive setup — walls covered in a hodgepodge of memorabilia, year-round Christmas lights, and a solid selection of coin-op games for your enjoyment.
We ordered some food and waited for it to come out. It took a while since the cook had to get the kitchen fired up, but we had some decent chicken quesadillas. No frills, but priced right. Disclaimer: another bottom feeder has claimed to have gotten food poisoning from their chicken, but 3 out of 4 surveys gave it a solid review.
The Highland Tavern was a nice change of pace. It was off the beaten path, super cheap, and extra divey. You’re not gonna find a great selection of fine craft ale, but you will be able to throw back a six pack for under $20.