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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.

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  • Standard Tap

    Widely considered “America’s First Gastropub”

    Standard Tap

    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.

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  • Pub & Kitchen

    Part bar, part culinary showcase near Rittenhouse Square

    Pub & Kitchen

    It’s a simple formula: Local beer and in-house-infused liquors (“Pub”) and mouth-watering gourmet fare (“Kitchen”).

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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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  • Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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    Brewery micro-chain has inviting beer, great food and awards galore

    Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

    The award-winning Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is the kind of place where old friends can enjoy a round of brews at the billiards tables, or dine on seared ahi tuna and prime rib.

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  • Irish Pub

    Classic pub experience in Center City

    Grab a pint at Irish Pub in Midtown Village.

    With locations on Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square and Midtown Village, Irish Pub is a convenient and comfortable spot for locals and visitors alike.

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  • Cavanaugh’s Headhouse Square

    Society Hill sports bar with signature wings and cold beers

    Outside of Cavanaugh’s Headhouse Square in Society Hill.

    Located in Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood, Cavanaugh’s Headhouse Square is a relaxed sports bar and local hangout.

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  • Bridgewater’s Pub

    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.

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  • White Dog Cafe

    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.

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  • Slainté Pub & Grill

    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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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