Yankee Doodle Tap Room

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Monday & Tuesday, closed
Wednesday, 5pm – 10pm
Thursday-Saturday: 8:30am – 10pm (Extended hours Friday and Saturday for bar)
Sunday: 8:30am – 4pm
*Weekend dining Fri-Sun by reservation only*
OPEN for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout!

Address 10 Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ

Phone 609.688.2600



About Us:

The legendary Yankee Doodle Tap Room has a long standing tradition as Princeton’s destination for gastro pub dining. Featuring an American grill menu and recognized as the central meeting place, there are over 19 world beers on tap and a variety of wines and specialty drinks. Seasonal seating is available in front of a cozy fire place or alfresco style on their patio in the heart of Palmer Square. Sporting events are broadcasted year round on 6 large HDTVs.

Named after the mural painted by Norman Rockwell, which resides behind bar, the Tap Room’s historic charm includes the carvings of past guests in the solid oak tabletops, and the famous photo gallery of notable Princeton University graduates from the past century.

There’s always something happening from beer tastings to live music. Check their website for the most up to date event announcements!


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Happy Hour

  • Wednesday 5pm until close & Thursday 4pm – 7pm
  • Pub Grub Menu: $4 Pretzel Bites, $4 Pickle Chips, $6 Mini Nacho, $6 for 6 Wings

Our Story

A Princeton institution since 1756, the Yankee Doodle Tap Room began as a drinking club for Princeton University’s male students and faculty until the late 1970s when it was opened to the general population to gather.

Tokens that tell the story of the restaurant adorn the walls throughout. Historic photos from the Edgar Palmer collection, and those of famous Princeton alumni who have frequented the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, immediately greet you when you enter. Located behind the bar is the largest Norman Rockwell mural. The 13-foot painting took the artist nine months to complete. Unfortunately, once finished it was a little too large for the space and had to be trimmed. The painting fits with the historic theme depicting Revolutionary people celebrating in authentic attire and adds to the ambiance of an English tavern.

At the far end of the room is a working fireplace with the inscription “Rest Traveler, Rest, and Banish Thoughts of Care; Drink to Thy Friends and Recommend Them Here,” which dates back to 1756, when the Nassau Inn was located on Nassau Street, before it moved to Palmer Square in 1937.

(pictured: Director of Food & Beverage, Virginia Fry)

Statement On Sanitation

Please read the Yankee Doodle Tap Room’s Statement on Sanitation from Vice President, Lori Rabon


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