First things first: it’s hard not to love the rotating local beer list, indie performances, and the kitchen that stays open late to serve incredible burgers at Johnny Brenda’s. A stroll around the El will lead to, appropriately, El Bar, where you can see the train tracks from the outdoor deck, Kung Fu Necktie, with live music and red leather booths, and the refreshing setting at cafe/bar hybrid Front Street Cafe. That’s only the beginning, though: walk through Frankford Ave to sock away giant beers at the beer garden backyard of Frankford Hall, or sample Texas classics and plenty of whiskey at Fette Sau.
Fishtown also wins when it comes to themed or dual-purpose bars, like Barcade, where all the vintage arcade games of your dreams have converged in one space, or kitschy Tiki bar The Yachtsman. The retro-tinged setting at Loco Pez is perfect for throwing back a few over a plate of nachos with friends, while the penny-covered bar at Murphs adds some ambiance to this classic Irish pub.