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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. Credit: J. Fidance for Visit Philadelphia



Note: Nodding Head’s Center City location closed in late October 2014. The brewpub is in the process of relocating. Stay tuned for more information.

Despite its location in the heart of Center City, Nodding Head is actually a hidden gem, and one which is definitely worth seeking out. Venture up to the second floor location on the 1500 block of Sansom Street and you’ll be very glad you did.

Nodding Head brews its own beers to go along with its excellent, gastro-pub fare. Standard pub fare is taken up a notch with extra attention to detail, local ingredients and some of the best fries in the city. Other menu highlights include fresh fish and vegetarian and vegan options. You can expect large portions and low prices. The kitchen is open Monday through Thursday until 12 midnight, until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and until 11:00 p.m. on Sunday.

While the kitchen can certainly hold its own, the brewery has won more beer competition awards than it can hang on its walls. Beers here are brewed seasonally and in plain view. Among Nodding Head’s dozens of styles: Grog, BoHo Pils, Golden Ale and Son of Swami, all of which compliment the kitchen’s excellent burgers, Belgian-style mussels and everything else.

Insider Tip

Nodding Head is a sibling restaurant of Monk’s Cafe and Fergie’s Pub and a cousin restaurant of Grace Tavern. All four of these establishments are great neighborhood bars where you’re guaranteed to have a great meal in good company.


1516 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 569-9525

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