Sunday, June 21 is Father’s Day, however, unless it involves gears, gadgets, or a game, the “Dad” demographic isn’t the easiest to shop for. Crazy ties, golf balls, and aftershave are all wonderful gestures, but what really matters in this digital age of ever decreasing analog face time is that casual one-on-one. You’re both adults now, so why not finally get to really know the man who raised you, and let him have a peek at what makes you tick, as well. Make it a memorable day of shared life and laughter, have a drink with dad. And, for once, why don’t you pick up the tab?
718 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
For Father’s Day, why not celebrate German style? Aschaffenburg-born, Douglas Hager’s award-winning Brauhaus Schmitz is the perfect destination for truly authentic ethnic masterpieces. Whether it’s smoked meats, sausages, cheeses, or breads, you and Dad can enjoy fare that has claimed three “Best of” titles in ‘Philadelphia’ magazine. But the chewables aren’t the only star at this establishment. Hager’s close relationship with German brewers ensure that 29 of the 30 taps at Brauhaus Schmitz are brews that are exclusive to the area. Prost!
1913 Welsh Road
Philadelphia, PA 19115
Gearo’s Grille is another nifty Northeast nook. Located on Welsh Road just off of Bustleton Pike this cozy chow locale features a stellar assortment of sides, sandwiches, stromboli, and starters. All soups and sauces are crafted in-house to guarantee a consistently delightful dining experience. Take Dad out for some linguine and a lager and create a moment.
The Grey Lodge Pub
6235 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19135
The Grey Lodge Pub is the perfect place to sit at the bar and dish with Dad. Rated one of “Americas 100 Best Beer Bars for 2014” by ‘Draft Magazine,’ this Northeast Philly landmark will loosen lips and have you and pops chatting about hops, yeast, malts, and maybe even get into a spirited debate over macro versus micro brew. If you need something to soak up the suds, you can just head upstairs and grab a bite to eat in the second floor dining room.
1235 E. Palmer St.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Don’t skimp, take dad to the fave rave of Fishtown, an American Southwest craft beer bar known as the Interstate Drafthouse. This venue constantly receives only the highest marks from patrons when it comes to their choice selection of craft beer, fabulous food, and the friendly neighborhood vibe. Since Father’s Day is in June, the charming outdoor section will be open and you and your dad can prattle on like it’s a family picnic for two.
Nick’s Roast Beef Bar & Grill
16 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
If you’re looking for a wonderfully warm and inviting atmosphere, something so appealing that everyone feels instantly at home, Nick’s Roast Beef Bar & Grille is the place. When you open the menu, you quickly realize Nick’s has every comfort food imaginable from mac & cheese bites, nachos, and French onion soup to their top-rated ground bacon burger and Nick’s famous roast beef sandwiches. The full bar is sure to stock your favorite beverage, so you and dad can just kick back and relax in the comfort of each other’s company.
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Allen Foster, a lifelong Greater Philadelphia resident, has been writing about all those wonderful things that make us feel so alive for over 20 years. He approaches each day as an adventure, eager to discover what new and vibrant surprises await just around life’s corner. You can see his work on Examiner.com.