Fishtown residents are lucky to live in a happening, growing, expanding neighborhood, complete with bars, music venues and an endless amount of things to explore and do. For a fun night out in this hip and exciting ‘hood, look no further than to one of Fishtown’s best bars.

Johnny Brenda’s
1201 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 739-9684

Fishtown residents love having John Brenda’s in their backyard. This neighborhood bar, music venue and restaurant offers up a state of the art sound system, an unrivaled menu and an ornate indoor balcony reminiscent of times past. Johnny Brenda’s believes in supporting our local community, which means you get to sip on quality beer from local brewers and select fare from an eclectic menu, full of dishes made with fresh ingredients from local farmers. Originally opened in 1967 and owned by boxer John Imbrenda (Johnny Brenda in the ring), JB’s is now owned by Standard Tap, but the vibe and fun of the place hasn’t faltered. Check out the calendar of events to see who will be stopping by to perform.

Interstate Draft House
1235 Palmer St.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 455-0045

Easily mistaken for a row house, Interstate Draft House has an eclectic mix of features that will bring you back for more. With great service, patio seating, reasonable pricing and happy hours, why wouldn’t you stop by? This neighborhood bar is dog friendly, so Rover can have his own bowl of water––just keep him away from the alcohol! IDH has something for the carnivores as well as the vegetarians and vegans. Best of all for Fishtowners, there will be no worries about drinking and driving––you can just walk home.

Kraftwork Bar
541 E. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 739-1700

Kraftwork was designed and constructed by Philadelphia sculptor Andrew Jevremovic to reflect Fishtown’s roots. The neighborhood’s industrial history and sense of community are reflected in Kraftwork Bar’s artwork and design. This bar emulates Fishtown’s uniqueness in the unconventional building methods and materials used by Jevremovic––inside you’ll find lamps made of saw blades, long maple wood tables and brick walls. Come on in and sample the finest craft beer from around the globe, including specialty cocktails and small batch wines. While you are there, sample the eclectic American menu and grab a small plate, a delicious entrée salad or a sandwich and sit back and take in Fishtown.

Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap
1301 E Susquehanna Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 634-1123

Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap is not just a bar, but also a social networking site with a fun online presence. Members must be approved and are then able to post a profile and picture to Les & Doreen’s site, and even add apps. Known for its top noch bartenders, strong drinks and reasonable prices, what more could you ask for in a neighborhood bar? Stop on by and enjoy a night of karokoke, have a drink and continue socializing after you leave via the bar’s online site.

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Murph’s Bar
202 E Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 425-1847Murph’s Bar

Located near Johnny Brendas, Murph’s Bar is the place to go when JB’s is too crowded. And with reasonable prices, this is a good bar to stop by when the funds are low. Murph’s is a neighborhood pub where you can grab a brew and a bite, kick back and watch a game. The bar will also keep you entertained with a jukebox, Quizzo and live music from time to time.

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