Warwick Tavern Bar & Grill, a.k.a. “The Wick”
400 S. Warwick Rd., Somerdale, NJ 08083
Hours: Mon-Thu: 11 AM – 2 AM, Fri-Sat: 7 AM – 3 AM, Sun: 12 PM – 12 AM
It’s been too long since our last review, so it was nice to jump back in with a truly classic South Jersey dive: The Warwick Tavern.
“The Wick” is a bit off the main drag, but it’s pretty accessible for a lot of South Jerseyans. I first stopped here on the way back from the then-newly-constructed outlet mall, in desperate need of a beer following the calamity of Christmas shopping. I was pleased to find The Wick dressed to the nines with Christmas decorations, including dozens of tiny stockings and lights both inside and out. Sure enough, on our recent trip in early June, the interior Christmas lights were still up! A sure-fire sign of a quality dive.
Entering from the Warwick Rd. side, you’ll find a large rectangular bar behind a precariously low ceiling. The taps are decent (nothing too crazy but there is some variety). You can take a seat and admire the bar decor, or go around the the right and grab a high top. The back room offers more seating – the place is much bigger than it looks from the road!
We grabbed a high top on a busy Friday and checked out the menu. The Wick is the self-proclaimed home of South Jersey’s best wings – so you know we had to put them to the test. Even at full price, a 10-piece is only $6.95! “Premium” wings (garlic, bbq, honey, extra hot, wicked, or grilled) will run you $7.50. Fellow Bottom Feeders already raved about the regular wings (and the pork roll & cheese for when you go at 7 AM), so I switched it up and tried grilled wings – it turned out to be a great choice. I got 10 plump wings, cooked absolutely perfectly, not over-sauced, not over-breaded, with a generous heap of celery on the side. The grilled wings are some of the best non-traditional wings I’ve eaten, especially the smaller ones, which have a little more char and just the right level of interior moisture.
To go with the wings we got a couple sandwiches – a Mexican Chicken Steak and a Turkey Reuben. Both winners (especially the Reuben) and both under $7. Another bonus that went great with the chicken steak is the Tapatio hot sauce on every table – no Tabasco bullshit to deal with. We wound up getting a ton of food for the money – enough to take some home and enjoy it all over again after a few more beers.
After eating we grabbed another round and cruised the property. There are horseshoe pits outside – it looks like they have a league in the summers. On the inside, The Wick is stacked with bar games – bubble hockey, billiards (free on Sunday), pinball, Master Strike, and a beautiful full length shuffle board table are spread throughout the Wick.
The Wick has a lot to offer, so next time you are criss-crossing the great southern counties, take a quick dive at this Somerdale staple. Don’t forget to check the daily specials below – Yuengs & Wings on Wednesday!
The rumors are true – The Wick has awesome wings. Add in full-length shuffleboard, a solid specials lineup, and year-round Christmas lights, and you have yourself a great South Jersey dive.
Sunday: $2.50 23 oz. Miller Lite, Free Billiards
Munchie Monday: ½ price spinach dip, potato skins, nachos, clam strips (3-6 PM), $2.50 23 oz Coors Lite all day
Taco Tuesday: $1 tacos (hard/soft, chicken/beef), $3 Corona / Corona Light, $3 Margaritas
Yuengs & Wings Wednesday: ½ price wings, $2 Yuengling pints and bottles
Thirsty Thursday: $5 pizzas (up to 3 toppings), $2.50 23 oz Bud / Bud Light
Fishy Friday: $5 baskets: fried shrimp, buffalo shrimp, garlic shrimp, crab cake, or fish sandwich, all with fries (3-6 PM), $2.50 23 oz. Coors Light all day
Flyers Special: $2 Bud / Bud Light bottles