When it comes to Belgian beer in the Philadelphia area, Monk’s Café and Eulogy Belgian Tavern are typically the first bars that come to mind. Both have been landmarks in the beer culture and helped anchor the great beer scene that we now have. But just outside the city, in Delaware County, lies Teresa’s Next Door…
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It seems to have become a theme in the bar business that more is better. More draft lines. More bottles. More events. More everything. More isn’t a bad thing per se, but sometimes you just want less. You don’t always want to have to decide between fifty different drafts or 200 bottles. And deciding between the fish tacos, the filet mignon, or the mussels du jour is never an easy decision. With that said, Lucky’s Last Chance in Manayunk, personifies that less might just be better. Read more…
It started with Flying Fish.
Twelve years ago, come April, Mark Van Horn introduced his Cajun-style bistro to Montgomery County, one of the first bars in his local, consumer-based stretch of the suburbs to celebrate the micro-brewed culture.
For the craft beer lover, Old City could use an update to its name. Wedged amongst the symbols of Philadelphia and America’s beginnings are a number of newer bars featuring impressive rotating drafts. Because of the large number of bars in the area, it’s safe to say there’s no room for a slouch in the high competition for the influx of tourists and weekend drinkers.
Over the past couple years, “speakeasy” type bars have become all the rage. Popping up throughout the city, people continue to line up at them, searching out their fancy cocktails. More so than the cocktails, people seem to enjoy the secretive-type feel of the locations, like the back alley-way entrance to the Ranstadt Room, only noticeable by a red light. Most of these hidden bars focus entirely on cocktails, leaving beers overlooked. But for the past ten years or so, a little speakeasy of sorts in West Philly has brought beer to the secret bar atmosphere.
On an unassuming corner, on what is a mostly unattractive block of Gloucester, NJ, is a rather large corner bar that stands out quite a bit, but not in a bad, gaudy kind of way. Filled with history, Max’s Seafood Café has been an operating bar for most of the past 100 years and still has the original bar that was shipped over from Germany back in 1911 and is the inspiration for turning what was a shoe store into a now historic bar. Originally named Leisinger’s Saloon after the initial owner, it became Max’s 65 years ago following the passing on of the original owner and his nephew taking over.
Craft beer lovers don’t have to worry about going thirsty on South Street. Always known for a variety of watering holes, South Street and the surrounding area hasn’t disappointed with the craft beer renaissance that Philadelphia continues to enjoy. But not all bars are created equal, and if you love craft beer, you’ve most likely come to expect a certain level of quality, a certain level of beer expertise when venturing out for a pint or three.
Tucked away off the main drag in Malvern, PA on the corner of King Street, you’ll come across what first appears to be your typical, local corner bar. Outward appearances can be very deceiving and in this case, is especially true. Upon entering this Malvern watering hole, you’ll be struck by the bar’s sense of quirkiness, whimsy and humor and it’s all wrapped up in the shape of a pig. Welcome to the Flying Pig Saloon. Where everywhere you turn and anywhere you glance, you’ll see small pigs dangling from the ceiling and find large pigs hanging on the walls. Whatever you do, don’t let the pigs fool you. The open wide space with exposed, distressed wood walls and low lighting is warm and welcoming. A good size square, peninsula bar with a well-aged copper bar top easily seats sixteen beer lovers. The rest of the space has plenty of pub tables and chairs for seating, while also offering a cozy corner with two large sofas and chairs to relax and hang out.
A relaxed atmosphere paired with prime beer offerings and pub friendly food.
On the outward edges of Philadelphia, in the small town of North Hills, stands Union Jack’s Old Glory Pub. This watering-hole is reminiscent of a beloved time when the corner taproom was the number one gathering spot to catch up with family, friends and neighborhood news and events.
A timeless pub in the heart of a trendy neighborhood.
In Philadelphia, it would seem, new bars are opening on a regular basis. Each one taking further steps to show up the others. More taps, larger bottle lists, more eclectic menus and trendier decors are encompassing these new offerings. The beer culture and national standing of the “best beer city” are raised with each door opening, as Philadelphia truly becomes a mecca for craft beer lovers.