With the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting coming to Philadelphia at the end of January, we decided to begin compiling lists of Philly-related things (probably mostly food) to help our librarian friends navigate the city. This won’t be a comprehensive list but a selection of places easy to get to from the Convention Center area.
We’ll add new posts as we cover different topics but will aggregate all our information on our Midwinter 2014 page.
If you’re coming to Philly for the conference, feel free to ask us any questions. We’d be happy to answer or point you in the right direction.
Philadelphia is a fantastic town for craft beer. This is not a comprehensive list of beer bars by any means, but here are a few of our suggestions based on proximity to the convention center.
Molly Malloy’s (Reading Terminal Market) – 24 taps. Conveniently located near the convention center, but only open until 6:00pm (5:00pm on Sundays), so better for day drinking. Also has a good food menu.
Perch Pub (1345 Locust St) – 14 taps, plus bottles & cans, full bar. Open until 2:00am nightly. Also has a good food menu.
Varga Bar (941 Spruce St) – 20 taps, 2 casks, plus bottles & cans, full bar. Open until 2:00am nightly. Also has a fantastic food menu, including brunch on the weekends!
Good Dog (224 S. 15th St) – 10 taps, plus bottles & cans, full bar. Open 11:30am to 2:00am daily. Fantastic food, including one of the best burgers in town.
Monk’s (264 S. 16th St) – 20 taps, plus bottles, full bar. Open 11:30am to 2:00am daily. Good food menu, including a vegetarian cheesesteak and delicious preparations of mussels.
Nodding Head (1516 Sansom, 2nd floor) – 6 taps, 1 cask. Nodding Head is a local brewery and serves primarily their own beer. Open 11:30am-2:00am Monday-Saturday, Sunday brunch 11:00am-5:00pm. Also has a good food menu.
Strangelove’s (216 S. 11th St.) – 18 taps, 2 casks. Open 11:30am to 2:00am daily. Also has a good food menu, including clearly marked vegan and vegetarian options.
Bainbridge Street Barrel House (625-27 S. 6th St.) – 25 taps, plus bottles, full bar, including house-made infusions and barrel-aged cocktails. Open 11:00am-1:00am Mon-Thurs, 11:00am-2:00am Fri, 10:00am-2:00am Sat, 10:00am-midnight Sun.
Eulogy (136 Chesnut St.) – 25 taps, plus bottles, full bar. Emphasis on Belgian beers. Open until 2:00am nightly. Also has a good food menu.
Khyber Pass Pub (56 S. 2nd St.) – 20 taps, 2 casks, plus bottles, full bar. Open 11:00am to 2:00am daily. Good food menu, including clearly marked vegan and vegetarian options.
Tria Taproom (2005 Walnut St.) – 24 beer taps, 12 wine taps, 4 taps for cider and soda. This may just be the most diverse, interesting draft beer list in town. Open Noon-late night M-F, 4:00pm-late night Sat-Sun. Delicious snacks, cheese, and flatbreads.
For the adventurous:
Yards Brewery (901 N. Delaware Ave)- OK this is a bit of a hike – to get here you need to take the SEPTA Market Frankford Line to Spring Garden and then walk the rest of the way, or take the bus, or you can take a cab. Tasting Room open 12:00pm to 7:00pm Monday-Saturday, 12:00pm to 4:00pm Sundays. Free tours are offered from 12:00pm to 4:00pm on weekends. Yards signature and seasonal beers are available on draft. There is a small snack menu and food trucks on Saturdays (one of our favorite food trucks, Spot Burgers, will be there, along with Cow and the Curd on Saturday 1/25).
Standard Tap (2nd St. and Poplar, Northern Liberties) – 21 taps, 2 casks, proudly featuring only locally-produced draft beers. Full bar also available. Open 4:00pm to 2:00am M-F, brunch Sat-Sun 10:00am-3:00pm. Excellent food menu, changes daily, featuring locally-sourced ingredients. A doable walk from the Spring Garden station on the Market-Frankford line.
Kennett (848 S. 2nd St.) – 15 taps, 1 cask, plus bottles and full bar. Open Tues-Fri 4:00pm-2:00am, Sat 11:00am-2:00am, Sun 11:00am-midnight, Closed Mondays. A bit of a hike down S. 2nd St. from Center City, but a great local beer selection and an excellent menu with locally sourced food.
East Passyunk is a great neighborhood for strolling, shopping, eating and drinking. Here are a few beer-centric stops:
- Royal Tavern (937 E Passyunk) – 8 taps, plus full bar. Open M-F 11:30am-2:00am, Sat-Sun 10:00am-2:00am. Great pub menu, including clearly marked vegan and vegetarian options, and brunch on weekends.
- POPE (1501 E Passyunk) – 15 taps, plus full bar. Open 11:00am-2:00am daily. Good pub menu, including clearly marked vegan and vegetarian options (including a vegan cheesesteak), and brunch on weekends.
Graduate Hospital – This is our neighborhood, so these are some of our favorites. Put together, these 3 can make for a good crawl:
- Sidecar Bar (2201 Christian St.) – 12 taps, plus full bar. Open 3:00pm-2:00am M-F, 10:30am-2:00am Sat-Sun. Very good pub food, including brunch on the weekends.
- Resurrection Ale House (2425 Grays Ferry Ave) – 12 taps. Open noon to 2:00am Tues-Sun (closed Mondays), brunch 11:00am-3:00pm on weekends. Excellent food menu.
- Grace Tavern (2229 Grays Ferry Ave) – 10 taps, plus bottles and full bar. Open 11:30am-2:00am daily. Good basic pub fare – several great burger options, and we love their blackened green beans as a vegetarian bar snack.
For more information on craft beer in Philadelphia, Philly Tap Finder is a fantastic resource. This site maintains a reasonably up-to-date draft list for most craft beer spots in town, and is also searchable by bar, by brewery, by style, and by location (a librarian’s dream). Drink Philly also has a nice bar search page with facets for neighborhood, type of bar, atmosphere, drink prices, and other features.
If you’d like to purchase some craft beer to take back to your hotel, see our post on buying booze in Philadelphia.