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Upscale Pub Fare
Visiting some popular neighborhood drinking spots used to mean chowing down on spicy buffalo wings, salty peanuts and stale chips.
Today, Philadelphia’s bar scene has evolved with some of the city’s most popular watering holes offering gourmet dining options and signature cocktail — particularly at renowned gastropubs Standard Tap, Pub & Kitchen and Johnny Brenda’s.
Widely considered “America’s First Gastropub”
A multi-room Northern Liberties gastropub — some say America’s first — that pairs local microbrews with excellent, gourmet pub fare like chicken pies, fried smelts and double burgers.
Part bar, part culinary showcase near Rittenhouse Square
It’s a simple formula: Local beer and in-house-infused liquors (“Pub”) and mouth-watering gourmet fare (“Kitchen”).
Delicious food + great beer + live music = a Fishtown landmark
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.
Classic pub experience in Center City
With locations on Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square and Midtown Village, Irish Pub is a convenient and comfortable spot for locals and visitors alike.View More
Society Hill sports bar with signature wings and cold beers
Located in Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood, Cavanaugh’s Headhouse Square is a relaxed sports bar and local hangout.View More
Grand drinks in Philadelphia’s central train station
Located in 30th Street Station, Bridgewater’s offers commuters and travelers a seasonally changing menu and wide selection of imported and local beers, all served in an upbeat atmosphere. The menu includes ethnic and American specialties such as duck pot stickers, ceviche, baba ghanoush, rabbit sliders and salmon BLTs—and it all changes depending on the mood of the chef.View More
Farm-fresh dining in University City
Years ago, the White Dog Cafe started a trend in Philadelphia: an unusual blend of award-winning cuisine and social activism, including its focus on farm-fresh, organic ingredients. Different dining rooms tucked into corners of the Victorian mansion allow patrons to choose seating based on the atmosphere they prefer.View More
Classic pub atmosphere just steps from 30th Street Station
Located across the street from 30th Street Station, Sláinte offers bar food, beer and cocktails. The classic and clean wooden décor, plus knick-knacks imported from the homeland, complete the Irish pub experience.View More
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.View More
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.View More
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.View More
Pub food perfected
This local sports pub, boasting a pool table and nightly events such as Quizzo, has perfected the art of bar food.View More
Local bar that would make Franklin proud
Named for Ben Franklin’s famous experiment with electricity, Kite & Key has one cask, 16 taps, countless bottles and even some cans of local, domestic and foreign beers.View More