BUBBAS is the ONLY REAL nightclub in Dover! They bring in the BEST bands in the area! The DJ's are the best in town. They have 2 rooms, so they always have what I am looking for. Rather it is to Dance the night away or play a game of pool....Bubbas is the spot to be. I love the Tiki hut in the back bar....it's the perfect place to sit & chat with a friend & have a drink......but most of the time you can find me on the dance floor....and yes..it is a real dance floor,,in front of a real stage...THIS place is the REAL DEAL....it is not a restaurant that is trying to be a bar. AND Race weekend.....well don't get me started...let's just say you won't find a better party in town. Long story short....if you are looking for a fun night out...BUBBAS is the place to go! The staff is great at Bubbas and I always feel safe and secure in this nitespot
Dress Code: Casual
Though I hate to admit it, I actually went to "The Classic", Dover's lone gentleman's club. The place is rather quiet most of the year, but I hear business picks up over race weekend...they must bring in out of town dancers. This club is famous for its overweight stripper, and rumor has it they used to employ a one-armed dancer...
Men -- if your car happens to be in the picture and your wife sees it, don't blame me. Mothers, I hope your daughter's car didn't make it in my photos!
UPDATE (2009) - The Classic has closed only to be replaced with a regular dance club. Don't worry, there is still the really, really dumpy strip club about 5 or 10 miles further north on DuPont Highway!
Bubba's night club was the worst experence me and my wife ever had. at first we were harassed by a man who said he was a photographer (which he wasnt) and then as we walked out i was hit by the same man Who said he was the photographer. To make a long story short. my leg was broke in 2 places so i have a perment limp and will never walk the same again. Needless to say i have a 12 inch rod through my leg. i was told by a bouncer this man is a reg. If that was true than why didnt the bouncer try to stop him.
Dress Code: They were strict on what you can wear but that has nothing to to with what happined
First State Billiards is Dover's largest pool hall, but really not as much fun as Bubba's. They have about 25 pool tables starting abound $5.00 per hour, but the lack of music really takes away from the atmosphere. As far as I could tell there is no alcohol and the only drinks are from vending machines. The jukebox is sporadic, meaning you might play pool for 30-45 minutes in complete silece only to be interrupted by the Pet Shop Boys then the Beach Boys.
Overall, great place to play pool, bad place to be entertained.
Dress Code: Very casual
The building where this night spot presently is used to be a mortuary.... kinda creepy.
But the crowds are lively now and the drinks are flowing.
The place has a rather active, noisy bar section and a section of booths and tables where you can have a semi-quiet private conversation. They do have kitchen facilities but I have never eaten here so cannot say how good the food is.
Some nights the establishment brings in live entertainment, mostly local talent or standup routines from Philadelphia. Other nights the patrons are the entertainment with karaoke.
Dress is upscale casual with a few people trying to look fancy. Collared shirt and dress pants have been what I wear.
Bubba's (formerly Rack's) was always the best night spot in Dover when I lived there. This is the second biggest pool hall around, but to just call it a pool hall would be a huge understatement. They do have 10-15 pool tables, but also two large bars and a huge dance floor, often with a live band. The big bar in front is in the shape of a large square and seats about 50 guests.
Each of my visits, Bubba's had a great crowd ranging in age from 21 to 50. There is no better place to spend a Saturday night if you are stranded in Dover with no way out.
Update-2007: Bubba's has some real competition now that the big restaurant at the corner of Loockerman and State Street is open... it's called "The World Famous Loockerman Exchange"...really, that's its name. It is so popular late at night, a recent article in the Dover Post said the owner charges a $20 cover later in the evening. That's about 4 times as much as any other bar in town. The fact that people still pack the place certainly testify to how good it is.
Yes, Smithers is a restaurant, but after 8 or 9 pm, it turns into a popular night spot. They have nightly drink specials, karaoke, and a huge outdoor seating area for those nice summer evenings. The bartender tends to ignore you a little, but forgive him and enjoy the atmosphere.
The crowd ranges from local businessmen in the afternoons to military, college students, and locals in the evenings.
UPDATE - Sep 2005
Smithers has been sold! One of the new owners (Jason) occasionally works the bar, and he is a great guy. He was very social, telling jokes and having a good time. He had a few drinks with us and let us try a few samples of shots. I was so pleased, at the end of the night, I gave him a $35 tip. With guys like him running the place, I expect to see a big surge in business.
Dress Code: Casual. Wear your tattoos and your eyebrow ring if you really want to fit in.
Wednesday is the big night at JW's because they have 20 hot wings for $5. Occasionally on Wednesdays, JW's also has a live band. With a large U-shaped bar, 10+ TVs, and a few pool tables, this is a good spot to relax with friends.
Last call is around 12:30am, and the kitchen stays open as long as the bar is open (only for fried foods, such as wings and fries).
JW's changed ownership in the summer of 2005 and have done some nice remodeling. They now have a large stage off the dining room and the bar area has been rearranged so more people face the stage. They had a live band the last time I went, playing mostly old Rolling Stones songs. We had great service from the new bartender as well. Nice improvements.
One of the area's most popular gathering spots for a round of drinks and a bite to eat, this bar is actually a restored Victorian home. The bar is located near Wesley College and gets a lively crowd while school is in session. But the clientele is quite varied in age so there's something fpr everyone.
On the weekends, enjoy karaoke night, DJs and the occasional live band. During day hours, the bar is a nice restaurant with decent, well-priced food.
Bubbas is a fairly new nightclub on Rt 13 in Dover. Inside there are two bars, one located near a dance floor with a live band of DJ on weekends; the other bar in a large back pool with video games and pool tables.
Parking is tough, it's best to park in the back of the Home Depot lot next door. Drinks are reasonable priced but there is a cover charge. But, on Halloween, if you show up in a costume there's no cover for you!
If you are looking for a FUN night out...GO TO BUBBAS!! It's the best place for 21 and over to party!! They have live music on Friday and Saturday. This is the only place to PARTY in Dover! They have a GREAT Staff...you won't find better service and they have awesome bartendars. During Football season...come watch the pro's on the largest screen in Dover....On Tuesday...test out your singing with karaoke...Wed is live and local....were new and up and coming bands showcase their talent...Thursaday is ladies night....Along with all of the events, you can tackle the pool tables and arcade games ...with the live music and the sports bar...this night spot is 2 clubs in one!! Any night you come to Bubbas you'll find the best entertainment in Dover!!!
Dress Code: The Dress Code is more relaxed Sunday thru Thursday...Friday and Sat...a collarded shirt for the men and not hats permitted...but it's worth it....i've seen guys go to the store just to buy an new shirt to get in...
Got any Irish in you? Want some?
Irish Mike's is in a great location in the center of Loockerman Street in downtown Dover. They offer inexpensive drinks ($3 for a 22 ounce domestic), numerous TVs, and a pool table. The bar is relatively small, but has a steady business of locals. It's a good place to start the evening with a few cheap beers, but I'd move on to Smithers or Lobby House after one or two.
Bubbas is the best club I've ever been to. I took my husband there for his 24th birthday and I called in advance to ask the DJ to dedicate a song could have the waitress dedicate a shot to him. They sure did. It was great. Wev'e told all of our friends all about it. They put a chair in the middle of the dance floor and put the spot light on him. Then the waitress came up and gave him a lap dance and a shot of Jim Beam Black. I have pictures that I will soon add to this comment. But thanks Bubbas for making my husbands 24th birthday one that he wont soon forget.
Attatched to the Nascar racetrack, this has become one of the hot spots to come socialize, spend money in the form of nickels and quarters (watch out, those quarters add up!) and have a drink with friends.
Dress Code: None really.