Food & Drink

9 Philly Bars You Can’t Go to Over Age 30

Published On 07/22/2015 Published On 07/22/2015
Courtesy of Nathaniel Dodson for Howl at the Moon
Mad River Manayunk
Ladder 15 Philly
Drinker's Philly
Irish Pub Philly
The Blarney Stone
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1. Howl at the Moon 258 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

This factory-style singing joint (read: dueling piano bar!) has made its way to Philly, and has all the hook ups for you and your buddies to make their Billy Joel debut. It's filled with libations, snacks, and the chance to embarrass yourself.

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2. Fado 1500 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Irish pub with a clubby weekend vibe. Recommended for the younger set.

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3. Time Restaurant 1315 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

This combo whiskey bar, resto, and taproom also plays host to various musical performances in its Market East digs. Tuck in to a cozy booth and feast on dishes like roast duck, shrimp ceviche, and more.

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4. Mad River 4100 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

A staple in the college scene, Mad River's got you covered with all kinds of dive-y goodness, rocking a dark wood interior plus plenty of drink specials.

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5. Ladder 15 1528 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Ladder is actually in a cavernous old-time firehouse, but instead of firemen's hats and Hoseburgers, the owners have outdone themselves, with the homey-industrial setting (mesh cage rock-walled wraparound mezzanine, cold-rolled steel paneling, wide-plank dark cypress floors, lantern chandeliers, mahogany walls, and a birch log-encased fireplace), a menu designed by the Bon Appetit-feted Little Fish chef, and cocktails that expertly summon up your fatboy youth.

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6. Drinker's Tavern 124 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

With a murderer's row of bars in the area, the one true dive bar that sticks out in Old City is Drinker’s. Those claiming that Khyber Pass is a dive bar are fooling themselves; dive bars aren’t stocked with a beer selection that includes Bayerischer Banhof Leipziger. Drinker’s, however, is the quintessential dive -- a place where you go to drink, often times hard. It serves 40s, cheap draft beer, and boozy huggie bombs (for the nostalgic). And like any dive bar, the food is pretty good as long as it’s swimming in buffalo sauce.

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7. Smokey Joe's 210 S 40th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

A stomping ground for UPenn students and alumni to drink beer, eat pizza, and watch the game.

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8. Irish Pub 1123 Walnut Street & 2007 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19128

An Irish pub with contemporary sensibilities. Fun fact: This bar made a cameo in the movie "Rocky Balboa" starring Milo Ventimiglia.

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9. The Blarney Stone 3929 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

In true Irish form, this pub's irresistible happy hour will guarantee you a hangover so pace yourself on those Long Islands.