Baseball season is finally here. You know what that means – warm weather, cold beer and (hopefully) a World Series berth for the Philadelphia Phillies. If you’re looking for an alternative to heading to Citizens Bank Park this season, check out these bars.
2013 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Bards is an Irish pub in Rittenhouse Square, and with your eyes fixed on one of its HD TVs, you won’t miss a second of the game. Game-day drink specials make this bar an even better place to watch a ballgame. The Bards is small and cozy and has a friendly staff along with excellent daily specials. The kitchen serves traditional Irish pub fare – think bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and Guinness Irish stew. Drexel students receive a 20-percent discount on food.
The Bishop’s Collar
2349 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
This corner pub has Phillies paraphernalia behind the bar and two authentic Veterans Stadium seats placed near the entrance, making it a great place to watch baseball in Fairmount this season. The Bishops’s Collar’s name comes from an old Irish term for a perfectly poured pint of Guinness, and the bar offers old wooden church pews for seats. Bishop’s Collar keeps 12 craft beers on tap and also has a good selection of bottles. As for food, the kitchen serves inexpensive (and delicious) sandwiches, salads and appetizers.
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1001 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Gunner’s Run is located inside Northern Liberties’ Piazza at Schmidts. During the warmer months, the Piazza is known for playing ballgames on the big screen in the square. Sit outside at Gunner’s Run patio and you’ll have the perfect view of the game. Enjoy one of its artisan beers (10 taps) or something off of its American-inspired menu. The menu also has an excellent selection of vegan and vegetarian options. If you’d rather watch inside, Gunner’s Run has a great atmosphere. Twenty people can sit around the bar and the walls are decorated with interesting paintings.
The Irish Pol
45 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The Irish Pol has two TVs in the bar and you can bet that during the spring and summer, baseball will be on. This Old City dive bar is not just for the baseball fan, but also for the beer enthusiast. With a wall of 40 ever-changing taps, you won’t be disappointed in the draft selection. The food is mostly fried and won’t make any healthy lists any time soon, but it is incredibly cheap — think $1 hot dogs during Phillies games!
1345 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Perch Pub literally “perches” above Broad Street, and with its floor-to-ceiling windows, this spot offers fantastic views of the activities going on below. With many HD TVs, the bar is not just good for people-watching, but also great for watching the Phillies. During important sporting events, Perch Pub drops down its large projection screen in the main dining room for your viewing pleasure. With 14 craft beers on tap and a full menu of elevated bar food, this place is a great place to dine and drink. If you get tired of watching baseball, there’s a pool table and dartboards for your entertainment.
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.