A quaint town bustling with restaurants and nightlife

For fun fare and lively atmosphere, look no further than New Hope, which is just a short drive away from the College.

Havana Restaurant

105 S. Main Street

New Hope, PA

Phone: 215-862-9897

Web site: havananewhope.com

The Basics

“World cuisine” served in a relaxing, “tropical” atmosphere.

The Scene

Havana’s Latin American vibe inspires its cultured d?cor and atmosphere, which is accentuated by palm trees and vibrant colors. There are two bars (one inside, the other on the patio), a stage and a small dance floor. Live music is featured every Tuesday through Sunday. On Monday nights, beginning at 9:30 p.m., the restaurant has karaoke and presents local, regional and national bands. The patio is a great place to have a drink, chat and people-watch. Try to go on a Saturday night, because the music is great and the crowd tends to be younger.

The Food

Havana describes its menu as “world cuisine” because it offers a fusion of Latin American and European entrees. This translates to stable “classics” of American cuisine, such as salads, burgers, sandwiches and steaks, as well as Latin American dishes, spices and sauces. Specialties include a delicious California chicken Caesar salad with crisp garlic wontons, creamy parmesan dressing and mouth-watering chicken fajitas. If you are willing to splurge a little, the large N.Y. strip steak is wonderful.

Hours: Everyday, noon to midnight; bar open every night until 2 a.m.

Price Range: $12 to $28

Cover Charge: Friday and Saturday $5 to go inside (the patio is free)

Parking: Street

Insider Tips

Know before you go: If you are planning on eating and drinking outside, prepare for the weather. The patio has heaters, although if chilly, one should dress appropriately. Be warned: if the weather is nice, expect it to be crowded. The summer tends to attract a mix of tourists and locals.Also, to see a more youthful crowd, aim to go on a Saturday night.

What to Drink: Try their margaritas.

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Triumph Brewing Company

400 Union Square

New Hope, PA.

Phone: 215-862-8300

Web site: triumphbrewing.com

The Basics

Offers a great selection of domestic and imported beers on tap and bottled in a relaxed atmosphere.

The Scene

Triumph’s laid-back atmosphere makes it a great spot to relax and enjoy great music, beer and food. The extremely spacious and contemporary interior are perfect for large groups and socializing. Plenty of seating and tables are available. Large brewing vats are visible behind the bar and bar tours are offered Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The Draw

Move over wine drinkers! Triumph is a local hot spot for beer connoisseurs. It is a great spot to chill and listen to great music while drinking the “best” beers that the area has to offer. It also offers great specials and events, which attract a youthful and energetic clientele. Be warned, if you go there too early, the dinner crowd is often much more mature than the later bar scene. One should definitely be adventurous and try one of the local beers, which are suprisingly good. The menu contains many traditional American entrees, such as their popular pork tenderloin and fish and chips.

Hours: Mon.-Wed. – 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m., Thurs.-Sat. – 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m., Sun. – 12:00 p.m. – 12 a.m.;

kitchen open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight; bar open until 2 a.m.

Price Range: $15 to $30

Cover Charge: $5 on Friday and Saturday nights

Parking: Street

Insider Tips

What to Drink: Honey Wheat on tap

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90 Main

90 South Main Street

New Hope, PA.

Phone: 215-862-3030

Web site: 90mainlounge.com

The Basics

This restaurant and lounge has a New York City vibe.

The Scene

New Hope’s “it” spot for drinking, dancing and socializing. The atmosphere is extremely chic and urban while it maintains an air of sophistication. New York DJs are featured every weekend. Employees are very classy and good-looking bartenders and the servers attract the same kind of clientele.

The Draw

90 Main has a very stylish interior with a New York City vibe. The muic includes hip hop, world and house music. 90 Main attracts a very youthful, hip and attractive clientele, who are not merely locals, but also from New York and Philadelphia. The food and service are impeccable. The menu features a world fusion of cuisine between Asian and Spanish foods. Specialties include the lobster spring roll and the sesame seared ahi tuna steak.

Hours: open daily

Lunch: Fri.-Sun. – Noon – 4 p.m.

Dinner daily – 4 p.m. – midnight

Bar open daily until 2 a.m.

Price Range: $15 to $30

Cover Charge: $3 on Fridays and Saturdays

Parking: Street, valet parking Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Live singers on Tuesday singing Frank Sinatra and Toni Bennett, Halloween party

Insider Tips

Know before you go: Dress to impress!

What to Drink: Try the Raspberry Sparkling.