South Philadelphia is known for bars with great atmospheres and strong ties to the community. Each year the bar scene expands, with each ‘raising the bar’ for the drinks scene. Read ahead for our guide to South Philadelphia’s best bars.
This gastropub, located in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia, has played an active role in revitalizing the bar scene in South Philadelphia. South Philly Tap Room features a never ending rotation of beers on tap and creative dishes such as wild boar head tacos and ricotta donuts. The quality of the food and beer and the inventiveness of both menus has landed South Philly Tap Room a spot on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Xfinity Live has made a name for itself among the many sports bars in Philadelphia. Xfinity Live is in a prime location just feet from Philadelphia’s three professional sporting stadiums, and with over 40 big screen TVs placed throughout the bar, Xfinity Live fulfills any and all sporting needs. The bar boasts three distinct sections, including Victory Beer Hall, PBR Bar & Grill, and LIVE! VIP Lounge, that cater to the needs of all customers. Address & phone number: 1100 Pattison Ave Philadelphia, PA19148 (267) 443-6415
McFadden’s serves as the unofficial bar of the Philadelphia Phillies and is attached to the baseball stadium itself. Known for cheap beer and comfort food, McFaddens is the before and after party of any home sporting game. Located just a few blocks from the subway, McFaddens is highly accessible and offers parking for those who are coming from out of town. Stop by during any home game for discount on drafts.
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Located in scenic Washington Square West, Tria has found the perfect blend of class and affordability. Tria is known to cater to all palates and tastes with a huge wine and beer list that spans the globe from California to France and everything in between. Tria’s global influence extends into its food as well, with cheese plates ranging from six different countries.
A truly authentic German experience can be found at Brauhaus Schmitz. This two story establishment, located on Philadelphia’s world famous South Street, has more than 20 German beers on tap with another 40 available by the bottle. The décor of Brauhaus Schmitz perfectly suits its beer list, with traditional German communal seating and intricate wood fixtures. Brauhaus Schmitz was selected as the #17 bar to visit by Philadelphia Magazine.
Boot & Saddle is a must for those looking to mix live music performances with great drink specials. This South Philly music venue offers many signature cocktails as well as multiple craft beers that are all available on tap, plus, happy hour is offered Tuesday to Saturday and is extended to any night that a musical act is performing. Philadelphia Magazine has named Boot & Saddle one of the 50 Best Bars in Philadelphia.
Fat Tuesday is the place to be on a summer afternoon in Philadelphia. The energy of the dual level bar is electric, and it’s often completely packed. Situated in the middle of Philadelphia’s famous South Street, Fat Tuesday is best to visit with a big group of friends. The bar often has special events on holidays such as Cinco De Mayo and St. Patrick’s, which can often be heard blocks away. Their number one seller is the frozen alcoholic slushie.
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This upscale wine bar is great for either a romantic dinner or a casual night out with friends. Primarily a wine bar, The Good King Tavern offers its wine list in categories of ‘good, better, best’ to offer affordable prices to all customers. Modern French cuisine is offered, which is pairs perfectly with the wine and beer lists. On select Wednesdays, The Good King Tavern host French Wine dinners, which require a reservation, so be sure to book in advance.
Southwark has made it a priority to source its ingredients from local farmers and co-ops in order to build a positive rapport with the community. The décor of Southwark resembles a 1950s American pub and has a list of signature and classic cocktails that are reminiscent of the Prohibition period. Southwark is consistently listed as one Philadelphia’s best bars by Philadelphia Magazine due to its signature cocktails, and is known around town as the best place to drink a stiff Manhattan.
The Pub On Passyunk boasts a 14 draft system that frequently rotates and serves some of the nation’s best microbrews. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays, and during the warmer months, outdoor seating is available. The atmosphere is cozy, which is aided by the antique fireplaces that are stationed through the bar and dining room. In addition to their draft beers, Pub On Passyunk also offers imported as well as domestic bottled beer.