Top 6 Ideas for Girls’ Night Out in Downtown West Chester
December 27, 2014 | Ronna Dewey, Dish Works
West Chester PA -- Women are busier than ever—working and running businesses, raising families and barely having any time to devote to themselves. Enter that time-honored tradition: girls’ night out. It’s time to reconnect and bond with your girlfriends over some food, drinks and fun! Make the most of your time in walkable downtown West Chester, where you can have an action-packed night out and hit all of the trendiest spots without ever having to move your car. Because of the proximity of our shops and restaurants, you can visit more than one place and make a night of it.
Start your night early at Roots with happiest hour from 3–6pm and enjoy a locally sourced cheese board with accompaniments. A recent visit had some stellar selections from the Farm at Doe Run. Roots now has a liquor license, so pair your cheese board with one of their high-caliber cocktails, a glass of wine or draft of local beer. 133 E Gay St; 610-455-0100; RootsCafeWC.com.
Move down the street to Avalon and take advantage of their happier hour from 4:30–6:30pm, Monday through Friday. Enjoy half-priced small plates like olives, meatballs in marinara, fried mozzarella or grilled calamari while sipping on sangria. Dig into all-you-can-eat-mussels on Wednesdays, or try the $5 paninis on Thursdays. 116 E Gay St; 610-346-4100; AvalonRestaurant.net.
West Chester newcomer Mercato should be your next stop on this girls' night out. Brought to you by Alfredo and Barb Giannaccari, the combination of authentic southern Italian cuisine and impeccable hospitality guarantees a delicious dinner. Order up one of their pizzas made in the brick oven brought here via Naples, Italy, where Alfredo was raised and learned how to cook. Order a nice glass of wine from their extensive wine list to go with your pizza. 33 W Market St; 610-701-6326; Mercato33.com.
You are probably satisfyingly stuffed now, so take a break and bring out your inner artist. Choose your pottery from hundreds of designs and then use stencils, clip art pictures, tools and paint to create a one-of-a-kind piece. When you are finished, the staff will fire and glaze it for you; your finished pottery masterpiece will be ready for you to pick up in about a week. Painted Plate is now offering canvas painting as well as glass fusing. You can bring in food and wine, too. 104 W Market St; 610-738-0603; PaintedPlatePottery.com.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Craft beer lovers in your chick clique? Swing over to the corner of High and Gay streets for a hop-focused tasting. Whether you want to sample brewmaster Andrew Johnston’s latest small-batch beer release or stick with the classic styles, the ultra-fresh range of house beers will provide something special for all palates. 3 W Gay St; 610-738-9600; IronHillBrewery.com/westchester.
Sprout Music Collective
Finish up your girls' night out at West Chester’s newest live music venue, Sprout Music Collective. Enjoy live music from local artists along with seasonal handcrafted cocktails, local beer and wine and amazing tapas-style, locally sourced and seasonally inspired cuisine. Nibble on pickled veggies and venison meatballs while tasting twists on classic cocktails like the rye sazerac. Sprout is a members-based club and the reasonable yearly fee can be paid at the door. 130 E Prescott Alley; 610-696-6006; SproutMusic.org.
Keep It Going All Night
Not ready for the night to end? Stay over in downtown West Chester’s only hotel, Hotel Warner, located at 120 N High St (HotelWarner.com), or book a room at the quaint Faunbrook Bed and Breakfast, an elegant 1860 grand manor that is just one mile from the downtown.
If your girlfriend crew prefers shopping and daytime fun, check out our blog post, Boutiques & Brunches Make Sundays in West Chester Special. There are so many fantastic shops and restaurants in downtown West Chester, so be sure to visit our comprehensive dining listings and shopping directory.