Food & Drink

These Are Philly's 13 Bad Decision Bars

Published On 01/22/2014 Published On 01/22/2014
Bad Decision Bars Thrillist
PBR Bar & Grill
700 Club
Drinker's
Mad River
Kati-kill
Johnny Utah's
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1. The 700 700 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

Downstairs, a hipster bar, then up the creaky stairs lands you near their tiny dance floor with their house DJ who's spinning tunes while the bartender pours strong drinks someone else is sure to spill on your leg.

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2. PBR Bar & Grill 1100 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (South Philadelphia)

This western-themed boozer has a mechanical bull for you to embarrass yourself on ride and mouth-watering Tex-Mex bar eats. The music ranges from country to pop, which'll no doubt have you dancing with the gorgeous bar girls.

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3. The Republican 1734 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145 (South Philadelphia)

Worn-in couches, questionable smells, and cheap drinks characterize this true-to-the-name dive in South Philly.

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4. Tavern on Broad 200 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Center City West)

Catering to raucous fans, Tavern is a refined sports spot, with a flatscreen-equipped bar and delicious eats like smoked pulled pork in honey BBQ w/ fried onions, grilled mahi-mahi w/ chili lime, and a choice of two 1/2 lb burgers, classic or Wagyu beef.

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5. Drinker's West 3900 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

Drinker's West has daily specials on high-lifes and PBRs, but if that doesn't tickle your fancy they have even more specials for every other day of the week, which makes drinking... easy.

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6. McFadden's 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (Nolibs)

Dark and divey, this NoLibs go-to will remind you of all those college basement parties... in the best way possible. They've got a range of bar eats, plus plenty of TVs to catch a game.

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7. Mad River 4100 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127 (Manayunk)

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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8. Kildare's Irish Pub 4417 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127 (Manayunk)

Kildare's is your traditional Irish pub: it doesn't skimp on the brews, and you cant rent their spacious Manayunk digs for happy hours or parties.

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9. The Dolphin Tavern 1539 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The famous dive bar has been revamped, this time with light-up floors, DJ parties, and burlesque dancers almost every night.

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10. Fat Tuesday 431 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Street)

Bringing you some Nawlins flavor on South Street, this Mardis Gras-themed boozer serves up alcoholic slushies and drool-worthy daiquiris.

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11. Johnny Utah's 461 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

Their biggest claim to fame just may be that they are "home to one of Philly's only mechanical bulls". So. There's that. Plus girls in Daisy Dukes serving drinks and plenty of music.

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12. Kung Fu Necktie 1250 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122 (Fishtown)

This 2-floor watering hole hosts live bands most nights for a 21+ crowd, with occasional exceptions for certain shows. It feels like a hipster dive and concert venue hybrid with dim lighting, cheap drinks and pool tables. There are televisions, pinball and arcade games as well, so if you're not in the mood for a show you can always just kick it at the bar.

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13. Finnigan's Wake 537 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

Plenty of beers, drink specials, and all the best in Irish pub-food for lunch and dinner await you at this NoLibs boozer.

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