5 Best Bars in Philadelphia🥇

5 Best Bars in Philadelphia
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Below is a list of the top and leading Bars in Philadelphia. To help you find the best Bars located near you in Philadelphia, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.

Philadelphia’s Best Bars:

The top rated Bars in Philadelphia are:

  • McGillin’s Olde Ale House
  • Monk’s Cafe
  • Frankford Hall
  • Tattooed Mom
  • Johnny Brenda’s

McGillin’s Olde Ale House

McGillin’s Olde Ale House has been in operation ever since the cracking of the Liberty Bell. The oldest tavern in Philadelphia started selling beers in 1860. Owners Catherine and William McGillin first named it Bell in Hand Tavern. Laborer’s who are loyal patrons soon started calling the bar “McGillins”. Running on their 150th anniversary, McGilliins has a whole webpage filled with all the awards they have received. Philadelphia Magazine’s Best Happy Hour, Complex Magazine’s The 50 Best Irish Pubs in America, and Irish Pubs Global’s America’s Best Irish Pubs are only a few.

In July 2016, the Irish pub accommodated the MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, a morning program. It was hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. And the current Vice President of the country Joe Biden was seen as a guest at the show. Soon after, flocks of politicians from all over the country visited the bar.

Products/Services:

Beer, Fun Food, Soups & Salads, Sandwich, Brunch

LOCATION:

Address: 1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 
(215) 735-5562
Website:
www.mcgillins.com

REVIEWS:

“Drinks were amazing. The staff was super friendly and dedicated to their work. I always had a great experience here. The presentation of the food was also good enough. an overall good place to go out chill.” –Floyd Hoyt

Monk’s Cafe

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Monk’s Cafe has been recognized in its contribution to introducing Belgian Beer to Philadelphia. The owner Tom Peters has been brewing beers since 1985. All types of beer can be enjoyed in the bar café. They are proud of the influx of international brewers curious about their selections. An intricate process of maintaining the draught lines, proper gas mixture, and a controlled environment give their beer its world-class taste. Fresh homemade food dishes are offered as well.

The bar café boldly calls on people who have a preference for wines, to come and try their beers. It is stated that for every type of wine there is a corresponding beer in their beer bible that has a similar aroma and kick.

Products/Services:

On Tap, Bottles, Starters, Salads, Mussels, Burgers, Main Plates

LOCATION:

Address: 264 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 
(215) 545-7005
Website:
www.monkscafe.com

REVIEWS:

“This is an awesome little dive bar. My girlfriend and I just wanted a snack to-go but the atmosphere inside was very friendly and inviting. Like a good place to drink beer and eat food. We got the chicken tenders and fries and while the chicken was really good the fries were unbelievably good! Ask for extra of the bourbon mayo, you’ll need it!” –Mciahel

Frankford Hall

Frankford Hall
Frankford Hall. Source: Screenshot from www.frankfordhall.com

Frankford Hall can be found at the center of Philadelphia’s Fishtown. The open-air German bar releases a charming modern vibe. It presents a unison of boldness and delight. Inside, a bar equipped with a ping-pong area is mounted. While outside, blinking lights on trees, open-air tables, and fire pits complete the bar’s interior.

At the Biergarten, friends can choose to unwind with an overflowing American and German cold beer. Or just nibble on some fresh bavarian pretzels, sausages, and burgers that are paired perfectly with the beer.

Products/Services:

Brunch, German & American Drafts, Beer Cocktails, Wine, Mulled Wine, Hot Apple Cider

LOCATION:

Address: 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: 
(215) 634-3338
Website:
www.frankfordhall.com

REVIEWS:

“Great spot for a beer with friends, or to meet someone new! I visited in the winter and the fire pits were going along with heaters outdoors. Everyone was having a great time and the beer and pretzels were delicious!” –Erik Teichmann

Tattooed Mom

Tattooed Mom
Tattooed Mom. Source: Screenshot from www.tattooedmomphilly.com

Tattooed Mom acts as the South Street residents’ rendezvous spot. It is a trendy bar that has established a connection to the hipsters of this generation. The place is heavily influenced by bright and colorful artistic materials. Graffiti, wheatpaste, stencil, sticker, and 3-D installation works have a particular location at the bar. Numerous artists and creative minds lend a helping hand to maintain the artistic vibe of the place.

For 22 years, the bar showcased countless masterpieces, sculpture art, illustrations, and even murals. Their delicious food set menu can sustain a whole day of family or friends bonding. Vegans can also enjoy their set of certified vegan meals.

Products/Services:

Brunch, Cocktails, Bottled, Snacks, Sammies

LOCATION:

Address: 530 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: 
(215) 238-9880
Website:
www.tattooedmomphilly.com

REVIEWS:

“I loved the atmosphere inside and the staff is super nice!! A handful of my girlfriends and I came for dinner. One of my friends lives local and has always raved about it. After going, I finally understood why! Great spot!” –Kelly C.

Johnny Brenda’s

Johnny Brenda's
Johnny Brenda’s. Source: Screenshot from www.johnnybrendas.com

Johnny Brenda’s is one of Philadelphia’s top bar, restaurant, and venue for music events. It is situated in the Fishtown area. At the entertainment complex, a modern sound system and surprisingly a balcony can be found. This helps elevate the feel factor of the theatre. A seductive and fun element gives out an intense aura that decorates the whole hall.

Staying true to its service and concern to the farmers, the bar only serves beer with the highest quality. Freshly picked ingredients are supplied by the local community mostly owning farms. The GQ magazine dubbed the place as a “divey bar with a rowdy side”.

Products/Services:

Food, Beer, Wine, Liquors

LOCATION:

Address: 1201 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: 
(215) 739-9684
Website:
www.johnnybrendas.com

REVIEWS:

“This was a great bar with some fun and interesting beers. But, what makes this place great is its role as a venue. It is extremely intimate and fun. I saw the jungle giants here and they were less than 4 feet from me and I wasn’t fighting for a spot at the front. Highly recommend for concerts and such.” –Clifford Mars