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A Bar Crawl Through Graduate Hospital

Explore Graduate Hospital by touring its awesome bars with great local beers

Graduate Hospital has an awesome lineup of bars Credit: Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC


Graduate Hospital has a roster of great bars, almost all of which love serving a host of local craft beer from breweries within the city or just outside of it.

And since the neighborhood is so compact and easy to get around, the best way to experience the variety of bars and restaurants is a walking tour through the neighborhood.

So grab some friends and make an afternoon out of it.

Our suggested route: start on the east side of Graduate Hospital at Bob and Barbara’s and then head west. Or you could start on the west side at Resurrection and then head east.

If you can make it to all of these in a single day, we’ll be impressed.

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PHS Pop Up Garden

A temporary outdoor escape, at 15th and South Streets, with food, beer and more

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Garden returns for its fourth year, transforming a forgotten outdoor area into a gorgeous, landscaped community space.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Garden returns for its fourth year, transforming a forgotten outdoor area into a gorgeous, landscaped community space.

1438-46 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Bob and Barbara’s

Where Pabst Blue Ribbon embraces Drag

If you want the perfect dive bar plus a racially diverse, gay and straight crowd, welcome Bob and Barbara’s.

1509 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

The Cambridge

A new addition to South Street West serving a wide selection of craft beer


A welcoming neighborhood bar, the UK-ish Cambridge is certainly a beer drinker’s haven, but don’t forget to ask about their classic cocktail list, either.

1508 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(267) 455-0647

Pub & Kitchen

Quality pub fare and cold craft beers since 2008

Pub & Kitchen

For more than six years, Pub & Kitchen one of Philadelphia’s quintessential restaurants for quality dishes, craft beers and elevated brunch offerings.

1946 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 545-0350


A legendary old-school dive bar that serves up local beer and board games


Many Philly bars and restaurants have great beer selections, but Doobie’s sets itself apart with its killer jukebox, dog-friendly policy, vegan food and board games.

2201 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 546-0316

Grace Tavern

Amazing burgers and great local beers in a Graduate Hospital standby


Beer lovers rave about Grace Tavern, founded by the minds behind Philly beer havens Monk’s Cafe and Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant, but patrons who don’t sample the venue’s varied food selection — the fresh oyster po-boy, the spinach and feta sausage sandwich and the blackened green beans — are missing out.

2229 Grays Ferry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 893-9580

Ten Stone

Craft beer, pub fare and popular outdoor seating


Resembling an English pub, this bar and restaurant serves light fare that pairs perfectly with imported beers and domestic microbrews. After eating, diners can stick around to watch a game or play pool or darts.

2063 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 735-9939

Resurrection Ale House

One of several excellent craft beer bars in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood


People come to this traditional American craft beer bar and restaurant for its nationally known twice-fried chicken, but they stay for the 12 draft beers on tap and a menu that focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients.

2425 Grays Ferry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 735-2202

The Sidecar Bar & Grille

A neighborhood anchor at 22nd and Christian with awesome beer and delicious food


This two-floor gastropub — proud of its expansive and constantly evolving beer list — reinvents the happy hour, pouring specials from 12:00 midnight to 2:00 a.m. every weeknight. On the weekends, brunch means burritos and Bloody Marys.

2201 Christian Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 732-3429

Robert’s Twi-Lite Lounge

An old-school bar in the heart of Graduate Hospital


With friendly service, friendlier clientele, soul food, a stocked jukebox and occasional live jazz, the Twi-Lite Lounge challenges the neighborhood bar stereotype.

700 S. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146





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