Craft beers and sports bars aren't exactly bedfellows, despite the tendency of Notre Dame-USC games to be overflowing with Arrogant Bastards. For a sports bar serving more microbrews and beer-geek-approved imports than you know what to do with, hit Raw Dawg's Saloon
A couple of guys from the Great Northeast -- and one from...Pittsburgh -- just completely renovated the former Kimrey's as a corner sports pub decked out in dark wood and kelly green accents throughout a 12-stool front bar and rear room, with 10 flatscreens scattered about equipped with full college & pro sports packages, as well as a suds list boasting 60+ craft brews, creating the unusual Irish/beer-geek bar that will inevitably beat itself up. On the domestic side, selections include entries in the latest trend of canned microbrews, like Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils and Old Chub (their version of Scottish Ale), and Butternuts Brewery's Porkslap, as well as bottles like Dogfish Head's hefty 90-Minute IPA, Great Lakes Brewery's Eliot Ness Amber, and Flying Dog's Gonzo Imperial Porter, a tribute to Hunter S. Thompson, not Muppets who ended up toting luggage. Imports range from the Chimay trinity (Red, Blue, White), and Kasteel Rouge (a Belgian ale made with cherries), to the vaunted 10.5% ABV St. Bernardus Abt 12, the dark, caramel-tinged Schneider-Weisse Aventinus doppelbock, and Delerium Tremens, whose label bears a pink elephant -- supposedly first seen by a drunk Jack London right before he took an epic Fall of the Wild
For Sat's opening, anyone whose ID shows a South Philly ZIP'll get treated to an open bar from 9 to 11, at which you can also grab grub from the full kitchen, serving up a range of fried foods much more in line with the typical sports bar, including fried shrimp, wings, Buffalo shrimp, roast pork/roast beef sandwiches, and cheesesteaks -- drunkenly offer the second half to the girl next to you, and she'll unleash a Pork Slap of her own.