There’s no denying that McCloskey’s Tavern is an indispensable part of downtown Ardmore’s identity. It’s a great example of a business that has kept up with the times while maintaining the “neighborhood tavern” atmosphere for which it’s known.

This beloved mainstay, originally owned and operated by the McCloskey family, opened its doors on July 14, 1934, just a year after Prohibition ended. While the Tavern’s ownership has changed, the bar has not lost an ounce of any old Irish charm. This welcoming atmosphere is one of the things co-owner Paddy Doherty loves about his bar. “You can walk into McCloskey’s and sit down between the former CEO of a local company and a Haverford College student having an engaging conversation about today’s issues,” he says. “We are the bar where everyone truly does know your name. Ardmore has grown significantly over the last six years and we’ve seen a number of young families move into the neighborhood. We love it!”

Even though McCloskey’s Tavern has been around since 1934, innovation is always at the forefront. There is no better example of this innovative spirit than McCloskey’s new outdoor Beer Garden on Cricket Avenue—the first of its kind in Ardmore. If all of that weren’t enough, McCloskey’s is gearing up for another successful Oktoberfest this Saturday. One of Ardmore’s premier events, it’s touted as one of the only family-friendly Oktoberfest celebrations in the area, with close to 5,000 people expected to gather on Cricket Avenue. Visitors can expect an array of German brews, traditional Oktoberfest fare, lively music, kids’ activities, and general good cheer. McCloskey’s Tavern partners with The Ardmore Initiative and other local businesses to produce this wildly popular event –

Address: 17 Cricket Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
Phone: (610) 642-9280

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