Anyone that knows anything about the Twin Ports has heard of The Anchor Bar. 'Best burgers ever!' is usually the tag line. When we first started going here that was true. Not only were they awesome, they were/are cheap. You could get a burger and some damn good fries for under $5. But lately the burgers have been crap and the fries suck donkey. I'm not sure what they did to the recipes but they need to change it back. I'd almost rather have a McDonald's burger. And the fries are now a rubbery, tasteless mess of something that was once potato. Maybe.
Doesn't that look good? Don't let it fool you, though. It's pretty much $5 I could have spent on something much tastier.
The decor of The Anchor is a cluttered mess. I'm not sure what look they're going for but cluttered trash heap is what comes across. They have stuff hanging from the ceilings and the walls are covered with even more. Most of it is of a nautical nature but not all. And it is all covered with a thick layer of dust. Don't breathe too hard or you might suck something in you wish you hadn't.
The bartenders have a reputation for being bitchy. Yup. They are actually proud of the fact that they come across as bitches. If they're busy and feeling overworked, they don't have a problem being snippy with you. Something that would never fly in any other service oriented business but it's something they've managed to somehow use to their advantage. As a result, the pours vary greatly. If it's a good day, they're not bad. If the bartender is feeling tired, cranky, pissed off or whatever the excuse of the day is it's pretty crappy.
Having said all that let me just add this. We don't go here anymore due to the reasons listed above. When we went to get the pictures for the blog it looked like they maybe had new bartenders so your experience may vary. But I stand by the shitty food comments.