31 Cocheco St, Dover, NH 03820
Castaways Restaurant & Lounge
Bike Parking: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
In Dover, the average diner's palate is pathetic. This is a town that prizes portion size over quality, so a lot of restaurants take advantage of these suckers by charging an arm and a leg for awful food. And the people just don't know any better. (This is an Applebee's/Chilis town. 'Nuff said.)
Even in an area like this, Castaways' food is notably bad. That says a lot. On the bright side, it doesn't charge as much as some of the other "restaurants" (I use the term loosely) in town. But seriously, it's an unimaginative menu serviced by a kitchen that's not just dirty, but totally filthy.
• Cheap drinks. Not particularly good, not particularly strong. But they're cheap.
• Waterside deck. This is the sole reason some people come here. There's not much good other than this.
• Odd "hut-like" decor inside. Kind of eclectic and fun, in a trashy sort of way — which is appropos considering...
• Karaoke and dancing: This is NOT a nightclub or a swanky lounge. It's a dive bar, and accordingly, many of the bar patrons reflect that. Lots of slobs/backwater neanderthals and moronic women who use "I am so drunk" as a seduction tactic. And you seem to get a ton of 50-year-old women with thong-baring outfits who like to "get down" (but then can't get back up again). Yuck.
An interesting note though: Given the limited karaoke options in Dover, it does attract a few songbirds (and their pals) who aren't just out to get drunk or laid. Sometimes they're more tasteful older patrons who like to sing or younger aspiring musicians who just enjoy performing. Either way, you can spot them a mile away — they really stand out against Castaways' backdrop of trashiness.
If you're one of those people, go early before the hordes of drunkards overtake the microphone or tiny dance floor. Eat before you go. And shower well when you get home. If you're looking for a trashy dive, without fearing someone will stab you in the belly, then this actually could be oddly fun. If you liked Ricky Lake or love "Jersey Shore," you might enjoy watching this crowd on a Friday or Saturday night. So yeah... that's another positive aspect: The crowd may be drunk and stupid, but at least they're not dangerous.