For many people, great food and great drink go hand in hand. While you might make plans to meet up with friends for some after-work or weekend drinking, chances are good that you’re going to want to pair those drinks with some grub. These Philadelphia spots meet both those needs with impressive beer, wine and cocktail lists as well as the kind of casual, but delicious, pub fare that’s meant to be washed down with your favorite boozy drinks.
Brü Craft & Wurst
1318 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Brü Craft & Wurst is one of the only places in the city where you can get authentic Döner Kebab, a sandwich featuring crispy lamb, iceberg lettuce, pickles and spicy yogurt served on flatbread. The menu has an appetizer for everyone, with favorites including the Bavarian pretzel with smoked gouda fondue, potato apple pancakes and the always-popular Brü fries served with bacon and sausage gravy, Muenster cheese and chives. If you’re going with a group of friends, order the “Brü Haus Plate.” This $58 shareable feast includes four assorted wurst, pork belly, wienerschnitzel, potato pancakes, prosciutto, kraut, fries, potato salad and condiments.
Nick’s Bar & Grille
16 S 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Nestled among the sexy night clubs and chic restaurants of Old City, you’ll find Nick’s, where the laid-back, welcoming atmosphere, delicious bar food, cold drinks and affordable prices are enough to bring people back again and again. Formerly known as Nick’s Roast Beef, the neighborhood staple recently got a fresh name, new decor and an updated menu. Guests can still look forward to long-time favorites such as roast beef and pork sandwiches, stuffed long hots and the famous “Ground Bacon Burger” (made from a blend of ground bacon and beef, you get bacon flavor in every bite). But now you can also try items from the brand new smoker. The applewood-smoked chicken wings are sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Taproom On 19th
2400 S. 19th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
This South Philly spot is known for its Korean wings that bring together ginger, cashew and sesame for a really unique wing-eating experience. The fried cheese curds are another popular snack. These batter-dipped Wisconsin cheddar curds come straight from the favorite Philadelphia food truck, The Cow and the Curd. You can’t go wrong with a good burger, and Taproom offers several including a roasted beet burger for vegetarians. Be sure to check out the daily specials, such as half-price burgers on Monday and the “Wednesday Citywide” featuring the “Tap Burger,” Chesterfield pint and a shot of homemade Fireball for $15. Pair South Philadelphia’s best bar food with 14 craft draft selections and dozens of craft cans.
Good Dog Bar
224 S. 15th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Good Dog Bar offers craft beer, pub food and a relaxed, cozy atmosphere every day of the week from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. The ½-pound “Good Dog Burger” is made with house-ground sirloin that’s stuffed with Roquefort cheese and topped with caramelized onions. Served with a side of the signature mix of hand-cut sweet potato and regular fries, it’s been praised as one of the country’s best burgers. Good Dog also has a great selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and apps with other favorites, including crispy fried pickles, truffled cheesesteak empanadas, baked mac and cheese with a corn flake crust and grilled cheese with NY sharp cheddar and braised brisket.
McGillin’s Old Ale House
1310 Drury St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
With a history going back to the year Lincoln was elected, it’s no surprise that the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philly has a great food menu to go along with its extensive drink list. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., you can enjoy comfort food favorites and classic bar snacks just about any time of day. A few standout dishes include the shepherd’s pie, “mile high” meatloaf, hot roast beef sandwich, “The Big Burger” and wings. There are different food and drink specials every night of the week that start at 5 p.m. and go until closing. Check the site for details, but the 35 cent jumbo wings on Tuesdays are always popular.
Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area.
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