It is vitally necessary for the ceremonious breaking of the seal, which comes with any fine night of imbibing. It can also be one of the scariest places in any bar or restaurant, with the occasional unflushed toilet, over the top graffiti and threatening walls, or the questionably wet floor. But, for as scary as it may be those first few steps into the threshold, there is also opportunity for uniqueness, which makes the entire night’s experience all the more pleasurable. And, for these places, which are often under-appreciated, we thought it was time to acknowledge 10 of the best and most unique bathrooms in the beer scene, for your evening’s business.
THE GREY LODGE | 6235 FRANKFORD AVE.
Beer mosaics. You’ll be surprised to find yourself reading the beer quotes embedded in the tile and beer cap mosaics along the walls of each of the downstairs bathrooms.
RAW | 1225 SANSOM ST.
Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Sorry ladies, this is strictly an advantage of the men’s room. Rather than a traditional urinal, Raw offers an opportunity to step up onto a ledge and pee into a floor to ceiling waterfall with a beautiful Japanese mural behind the water.
TRIUMPH OLD CITY | 117 CHESTNUT ST.
It’s all about privacy. In a long corridor, there are a series of frosted glass and metal doors, each an entry to a totally private, large bathroom, with an individual sink and toilet.
FERGIE’S PUB | 1214 SANSOM ST.
Talking about old school. The men’s room at Fergie’s features what is clearly an early 20th century urinal, which goes from chest level to the floor and a single stall with saloon-style swinging doors.
THE TROCADERO | 1003 ARCH ST.
Homage to the past. If you check out a show at the Troc and have an opportunity to use the upstairs men’s restroom, be sure to look into the hole in the star above each urinal for a tiny pinup, perhaps paying tribute to the Troc’s past life as a Burlesque venue.
LONDON GRILL | 2301 FAIRMOUNT AVE.
For the love of the roll. Check out the bar side bathroom for a large collection of unique and random toilet paper holders that ensures you will never run out.
EARTH BREAD + BREWERY | 7136 GERMANTOWN AVE.
A demonstration of eco-friendly. Stalls are built from recycled stall doors of other restaurants, low water consumption toilets, and other demonstrations of eco-friendly goodness throughout.
STOUDT’S BREWING COMPANY | ADAMSTOWN, PA
Erotic surprise. By the looks of Stoudts’ old fashioned feeling restaurant you would never expect to find tasteful and artistic black and white European antique erotica across the walls of the men’s room.
NATIONAL MECHANICS | 22 S. 3RD ST.
Artful sinks. When washing your hands (hopefully you wash your hands) you’ll notice a beautiful, intertwining sculpture of copper pipe rising from the counter top and ending with a slanted atypical faucet. Who says there can’t be creativity in plumbing?
SOUTH PHILADELPHIA TAP ROOM | 1509 MIFFLIN ST.
Graffiti allowed. Painted in black chalkboard paint, each of the two single bathrooms features a tray of chalk, so that when you’re done doing your business you can express yourself on the walls.