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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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  • 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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  • Blarney Stone

    Pub food perfected

    This local sports pub, boasting a pool table and nightly events such as Quizzo, has perfected the art of bar food.

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  • Cantina Dos Segundos

    Creative Mexican cusine and tasty margaritas

    Like its Passyunk Avenue sibling Cantina Los Caballitos, the second Cantina serves up creative Mexican fare such as vegan “beef” tacos and slow-roasted goat, along with flights of tequila, 11 different margaritas (think prickly pear, blood orange and guava) and a fiesta-like atmosphere.

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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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  • Cavanaugh’s Restaurant

    Perfect place to catch the big game

    This college bar fits perfectly in the neighborhood thanks to plenty of televisions and great wings and burgers—not to mention 24 beers on tap and more than 100 in bottles.

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  • City Tap House

    Craft beer lovers’ paradise

    Reclaimed wood, slate and tile create a handsome space for this beer lovers’ haven, boasting 60 taps and 120 seats, plus outside seating. Classic American fare includes brick-oven pizzas, free-range chicken, mussels and plenty of vegetarian-friendly options.

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  • Copabanana

    Can’t miss Tex-Mex cuisine

    Margaritas, burgers, Spanish fries and Tex-Mex dinners served by friendly waiters make this a popular happy hour spot. The plentiful outside seating makes this a happening place in warm weather months.

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  • Distrito

    Tapas and tequila reign at this deliciously over-the-top Mexican hot spot

    Distrito by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Distrito, Jose Garces’ two-story Mexican outpost in University City, incredible tapas dishes mingle with a funky (and mostly pink) décor — including the restaurant’s famous Volkswagen Beetle booth — to bring you a thoroughly entertaining night out.

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  • Drinker’s West

    An Old City and Rittenhouse favorite in West Philly

    With sister locations catering to the college and post-college crowd in the Old City and Rittenhouse Square neighborhoods, a West Philly branch finally brings the brand directly to the college area. Ping pong, pool, bubble hockey tables, DJs on the weekends and ultra-cheap food during sporting events mean there’s something to do at all hours of the day and night.

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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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  • 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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  • Garden Variety

    Community playground for grown ups

    A tucked-away open-air market across from Standard Tap, Garden Variety features food trucks (weekend brunch and monthly dinners by La Copine, late-night food by Dapper Dog), concerts, art displays, flea markets and other vendors.

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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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  • Gunners Run

    Casual eats and plenty of outdoor seats

    Vegetarians and vegans can accompany their meat-eating friends to this casual spot, named for the natural creek that originally bordered the neighborhood.

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  • H & J McNally’s Tavern

    Home of the Schmitter®

    H & J McNally's

    McNally’s is famous for its signature sandwich, the Schmitter®, which is a variation of Philadelphia’s famous cheesesteak sandwich.

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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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  • King’s Oak

    Favorite spot for everyone’s happiest hour

    With $3 happy hour pickle shots, $2 PBR draughts all day every day and $20 bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys for brunch, the budgeting crowd gets their cheap drink on here.

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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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  • Loco Pez

    One taste and you’ll join the Pez Heads

    Loco Pez

    Patrons at this Mexican gastropub swear by the 10 kinds of tacos (carne asada, seitan and spinach, chorizo and potato) offered as low-priced singles, encouraging eaters to try as many varieties as they can.

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  • Mad Mex

    Hot spot for cool margaritas

    Huge margaritas wash down the tasty Mexican fare at the University City outpost of this tequila bar. The terrace gets especially crowded during happy hour, when margaritas are cheap and hot wings are half-off.

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  • Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

    Taking the meaning of “Manayunk” — “a place to drink” — quite literally

    Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

    Taking the meaning of “Manayunk” quite literally. Located in an historic wool and cotton mill that was part of the booming industry that powered Manuyunk through the 1800s, the Brewery is a great spot to enjoy lunch or dinner and an even better spot to go hang out later into the night with some friends.

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  • McGillin’s Old Ale House

    The oldest continuously operating pub in Philadelphia

    McGillin's Old Ale House

    For nearly 150 years, McGillin’s Old Ale House has been serving up cold beer, solid bar food and friendly service to its loyal patrons, who come in all types.

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  • Melrose Diner

    A South Philadelphia landmark for brunch and great diner food

    Melrose Diner

    Simply stated: everybody who knows goes to Melrose.

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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 Deck Tavern

    Historic drinking hole on Sansom Street

    Located in three renovated Second Empire-style row houses built in the late 1800s, this tavern boasts a liquor license that dates back to the year Prohibition ended. Along with its half-pound burgers, cheesesteaks, salads and sandwiches, New Deck pours draught beers from around the world and houses one of the largest single malt scotch collections in Philadelphia.

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  • Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant

    Delicious craft brews and food hidden away upstairs

    Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant

    Nodding Head brews its own beers to go along with its excellent, gastro-pub fare.

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  • North Bowl

    It’s not just about bowling at this Northern Liberties hotspot

    North Bowl

    Seventeen regulation bowling lanes on two levels, an old-school photo booth and a billiards area makes this throwback spot a perfect pick for noshing with friends, a date or a family outing.

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