Philly offers tons of culture AND tons of things to do. And while you’re exploring it all, you may want to stop in at a local bar or restaurant and have a drink. Pubs provide a place for people to share ideas — just what you want after spending the day in this vibrant city. While there are many spots across the city to enjoy a casual drink, these are some of the best, and they’re all accessible by public transportation.
718 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
If you are more into all things German, Brauhaus Schmitz is the German bar to visit if you are near South Street. It’s open all week from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., and not only can you go enjoy a nice stein of beer or have a specialty beverage during the day, you can eat some of the best German food in the city. Brauhaus Schmitz has a huge beer menu, too. A private dining room is available for events.
1210 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Picnic-style tables fill Frankford Hall, so there is usually a spot available. For fun, it also provides assorted games. Frankford Hall would be considered pub-style German food. It opens at noon on the weekends and at 4 p.m. during the week. Beer is of course available and is also served in a festive beer stein. Franklin Hall is considered the best place in the city to meet up with a large group of people. Outdoor seating is also available with gas heaters for when it is bit chilly.
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112 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Technically speaking, this hip speakeasy style bar opens at 5 p.m., which is still during the day but not quite lunch time. This makes the list because of the historical significance and the fact it is well loved by the community. During Prohibition, this was the largest front for alcohol in the country with about 10,000 gallons a day being run in by truck, train and bus. This place is a little higher in prices for the classy atmosphere, but its elegance in the middle of Rittenhouse Square make a great option for walking. The bartenders here are described as exceptional and are required to have intense knowledge. Worth the money for special occasions, this is a nice place to top off your day in the city.
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McGillin’s Old Ale House
1310 Drury St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
If you prefer your pub to be Irish, McGillin’s is your place, as it’s one of the best Irish pubs in the city. It features regular drink specials, great food and is open all week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and it’s also the oldest tavern in the city, established in 1860. Full of regulars and tourists and amply decorated (especially during the holiday season), this is a great pub.
530 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Some of the top requirements for a bar are good beer, good food and lots of fun. Tattooed Mom is open from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. every day and is described by patrons as having excellent food and pleasant surroundings. It is located right in the heart of South Street, so there is easy access for walking about to walk off your drinks. Tattooed Mom is styled as retro and kitschy, features $3 burgers on Wednesdays and has pool tables. As a bonus, there are couches upstairs.
Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.