Craft Beer Spotlight: Dinky Bar & Kitchen

The Dinky Bar & Kitchen is a welcoming and simple bar offering locally-sourced, ingredient-driven snacks, small plates and more. Launched in 2016, The Dinky inherits its name from the iconic Princeton train branch that connects Princeton station to Princeton Junction station on the Northeast Corridor Line. It is housed in the original 1918 historic stone station house where train passengers waited to board and was the site of the “Great Dinky Robbery,” which shocked the peaceful University in 1963. A mainstay of the Princeton campus, The Dinky preserves its historical integrity of the passenger building, while drawing new crowds to enjoy the food and drink now available.

The bar, situated in front of the kitchen, offers interesting wines (including some on tap), liquors from classic to trendy, and beers, many of them craft or local. Wines by the bottle are almost all under $50, in keeping with the casual vibe and an implied acknowledgment that theatergoers may be reluctant to “invest” on their way to a performance, or stopping in post-performance. The same strategy is reflected in the food menu, which is heavy on the small plates and shareable dishes, so you can easily have as little (or as much) as you want. Diners can choose to snack on charcuterie or cheese plates, or they can dive into the unique menu. How unique? There are not that many places where you can find warm bar nuts and samosas sharing menu space with a slow-roasted pork hero, vegetarian nachos, or a hot pot of steamed mussels.

From theatre-goers to University students to commuters waiting for the train, The Dinky provides an inviting space for all to enjoy.

NCBC and DINKY BAR are teaming up for a TAP TAKEOVER this Thursday! We hope to see you then!

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