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  • 12 Steps Down

    A straight-up subterranean pub

    A dozen stairs below ground, this drinkers’ pub inhabits the northern tip of the Italian Market. Three beers on tap—one microbrew, one big-name, one low-priced—and a rock-stocked jukebox aim to please patrons on all types of budgets.

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  • 2nd Street Brewhouse

    Stay awhile on Two Street

    Mom-and-pop tap houses abound down on Two Street, so the Brewhouse decided to do something a little different — its comfy-chair feel encourages drinkers to stay awhile and taste through their always-rotating selection of a dozen drafts.

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  • 700 Club

    Local bar by day, dance club by night

    Good music, good beer and good times abound at this bi-level spot, which looks like a club built inside a house (because that’s exactly what it is).

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  • Abyssinia Restaurant & Bar

    Favorite spot for signature Ethopian cuisine

    Abyssinia is a long-time favorite of Spruce Hill residents fond of the singular spices and textures of Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine. Abyssinia cooks up savory and authentic Ethiopian cuisine in a neighborhood packed with African dining destinations. The native Tusker Lager beer complements tasty vegetarian and meat-based entrees served on traditional injera bread.

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  • Adobe Cafe

    Southwestern supping in South Philly

    This Southwest-style, vegetarian-friendly abode features house-made sangria, generous happy hour specials and karaoke every Saturday night. Sports enthusiasts practically get a front-row seat to the game from any spot at the U-shaped bar.

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  • Atlantis: The Lost Bar

    A brewer’s beer bar

    Situated just a few feet from the popular Philadelphia Brewing Co., Lost Bar is not officially affiliated with the makers of Kenzinger, but they sure as heck have the freshest draft selection you’ll ever find. Yes, it’s a place for shots and pints, but they’re also known for their next-level Bloody Marys available on weekends.

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  • Barcade

    Bring quarters for a good time

    Combine a sizable craft beer list with more than 40 25-cent classic arcade games, and the result is Barcade. Based on locations in Brooklyn and Jersey City, the bar-arcade combo also offers up a generous menu and outdoor space—for those who can tear themselves away from Tetris or Donkey Kong.

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  • Black Vulture Gallery

    Custom tattoo studio and gallery

    Pulling double duty as a gallery and a tattoo parlor, Black Vulture’s four staffed artists are game for ink requests ranging from the traditional to the out-there.

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  • 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.

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  • Cantina Los Caballitos

    Hip Mexican fare and local brews in South Philly

    Cantina Los Caballitos

    Part restaurant, part bar, Cantina draws a pretty diverse and eclectic clientele. Longtime locals mix with neighborhood newbies… and even folk from Center City make their way this far south to experience the food and fun at Cantina.

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  • Doobie’s

    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.

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  • Druid’s Keep

    Happening hideaway

    A straight-ahead hang in a neighborhood filled with plenty of more upscale choices, the Keep keeps Libertarians happy the old-fashioned way: cold beer, friendly bartenders and plenty of distractions (billiards, cornhole, etc.).

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  • Era Bar

    East Africa, North Philly

    It might look like the average neighborhood dive bar at first, but Era distinguishes itself by offering an Ethiopian menu full of traditional dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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  • Fishtown Tavern

    A recently renovated pub retaining its old-school appeal

    Bought and renovated by the people behind Buffalo Billiards in Old City, this neighborhood pub has retained its local feel.

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  • Fiume

    Hidden tipple heaven

    There’s no sign, no phone number and no website for this beloved dive bar, and that’s exactly how patrons and employees like it. The cash-only Fiume has a tremendous selection of craft beer, but it’s underappreciated as a place for a good stiff cocktail. Regulars know to climb the stairs above Abyssinia to this hidden spot to partake in the “citywide special” (a cheap Pabst Blue Ribbon and whiskey combo) and listen to the live bands as they shake the miniscule space.

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  • For Pete’s Sake

    Beer, for goodness sake

    An underrated beer-drinker’s bar, Pete’s enjoys a strong reputation as a go-to guzzle spot for happy hour or late-night.

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  • Fountain Porter

    Step up for a distinct selection of craft brews

    Fountain Porter’s owners, longtime bartenders, are particular about their hideaway’s personality. The 20 craft brews on tap are best enjoyed at the wooden indoor picnic tables at this newly opened old-school South Philly corner bar, especially when paired with the simple meat and cheese plates on the concise menu. The beer list changes weekly, so patrons can count on reasons to come back often.

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  • Frankford Hall

    A little slice of Munich in Fishtown

    Frankford Hall beer garden.

    Stephen Starr’s outdoor oasis in Philadelphia’s neighborhood is a deceptively simple concept; embrace the allure of the German “biergarten” and give it a modern edge.

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  • German Society

    Grab your stein and party

    The cultural center for all things Teutonic in Philly, the German Society hosts an ever-evolving variety of parties and happenings, including Bundesliga soccer broadcasts and the annual stein-clinking Bierfest.

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  • Gojjo

    Half Ethiopian, half dive, all awesome

    One of the friendliest bars in West Philly, Gojjo is Ethiopian-owned, offering a small but solid selection of that native cooking (you gotta try the beef tibs). It also enjoys a reputation as a downhome dive bar, where the the High Lifes are so cheap they’re nearly free. These worlds collide in the form of amazing beer-muncie snacks like the “Ethiopian cheesesteak.” Even more surprising: live country and bluegrass acts.

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  • 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.

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  • Interstate Draft House

    The road ends here with a burger and a brew

    Chow down on alligator and beef chili, grilled seitan tips and burgers topped with applewood bacon and mac and cheese at this Southwest-inspired eatery.

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  • Johnny Brenda’s

    Delicious food + great beer + live music = a Fishtown landmark

    Johnny Brenda's

    Located at the intersection of Frankford and Girard Avenues on the southern tip of Fishtown, Johnny Brenda’s is, at once, the catalyst, champion, living room, kitchen/dining room and concert hall of its neighborhood.

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  • Kelliann’s Bar & Grill

    The corner pub

    Spring Garden’s no-frills drinkery is known for its cheap brews and heartier-than-thou comfort food menu.

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  • Local 44

    Six for here, six-pack to go

    raft beer flows from the taps at this University City bar, where crowds pump quarters into a killer jukebox and enjoy savory bar food (plus vegan and seafood options) along with their draughts. The owners opened a bottle shop next door, expanding the sudsy offerings with 500 bottles and a cask that pumps out beers to drink while shopping.

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  • Lucky 13 Pub

    A chill hangout with way-above-average bar food and a rockin’ jukebox

    The staff serves New American cuisine alongside local draught beers at this tiny, punk rock-themed bar, featuring a jam-packed jukebox, a DJ night and weekend brunch. Nachos, stuffed meatloaf, creative sandwiches and even vegan and vegetarian fare pack the menu.

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  • Millcreek Tavern

    This American restaurant, bar and live music venue pours 20 draught beers and offers drink specials during its daily regular and late-night happy hours.

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  • Murph’s Bar

    Local dive will please your stomach and your wallet

    The sign outside Murph’s Bar reads “A comfortable place to be,” and with $2 PBR draughts all day every day, along with a more expansive craft beer list, it’s tough to argue with that.

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  • National Mechanics

    Nostalgic cuisine with a side of humor

    National Mechanics

    Oozing with authenticity — and a healthy doze of eccentricty — National Mechanics serves outstanding beer alongside old-school favorites like grilled cheese with tomato soup.

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  • New Angle Lounge

    Grab a drink at the triangle bar

    Built in the 1800s, this triangular bar’s clientele has evolved drastically. Today’s mixed crowd keeps in step with the eclectic drink specials.

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