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Located just on the Trenton side of the Trenton/Hamilton border, Olde Liberty Tavern is a basic dive bar, but with Trenton-style prices which makes it a bargain for central New Jersey.
Inside, you’ll find a mind-your-own-business atmosphere. Sure, there are pool tables and dart boards (two of each) but this isn’t the place to get a warm welcome when you walk in the door, or to strike up a conversation with a local. Everyone is friendly, but the atmosphere is diffident, and certainly not one of warm conviviality.
The prices, however, are competitive. We spent $10 on a glass of wine and a draught beer. We didn’t sample all the food, but the onion rings were decent–frozen but good quality. Technically they are diced onions in ring form, rather than true onion rings–but we devoured them nonetheless. They have burgers, pork roll, cheese steak, and other bar basics. Not vegetarian friendly or particularly inspiring.
The pool tables are also a bargain: 4 quarters buys you the 15 balls. Note that they have “League Nights” fairly frequently (Mondays and Wednesdays at the current time), reserved for members of the league. So if you’re heading to OLT to play pool, you might want to call ahead to make sure that you can get access to them. The fact that the tables are heavily used for league play suggests that they are being well maintained.
The bar seems to serve a mostly working class white clientele (at least on our visit). Still, if you’re looking for somewhere cheap and with decent food, it’s worth a visit. It’s not aspiring to be an upscale establishment (like Trenton Social) but it is always good for the neighborhood to have another clean, well-run bar with decent prices.