The neighborhood bar: where drinks are stiff and inexpensive, the food is uncomplicated, and the company is unforgettable. And let's not forget, that dimly lit laid-back atmosphere. To unwind after a long week, check out the 10 best neighborhood bars in Pennsylvania.
In the City of Brotherly Love, Dirty Franks is an institution. It dates back to prohibition and has served as the watering hole of choice for both locals and travelers alike ever since. From live shows to gallery receptions and more, there's always something fun happening at Dirty Franks. And everyone's welcome—aspiring writers, starving artists, and the political and apolitical alike.
Jack's promises to give you the most bang for your buck. And, on Monday thru Thursday, they deliver on that promise—offering varying beer, food specials, and giveaways each night. Stop by and see why it's the best bar in the southside today.
Jim Thorpe may be a small town, but at Union Publick House, it feels anything but—thanks to their impressive beer and cocktail menus. And if you work up an appetite after a night of drinking, their kitchen is open until 1 a.m. Their late-night menu is small, but has surprising features like a cuban, pesto panini, and smoked turkey panini. It's bar food that isn't bar food. Yum!
Tattooed Mom is the bar for all. From the moment you walk in to this kitschy, brightly painted and graffiti-covered spot, you'll feel right at home. Grab a seat at the bar (if you can) or grab a spot at a table or couch. Order a beer or a cocktail, put a song on the jukebox, and take a look at their food menu. They've got classics like burgers, waffle fries, tots, and taco specials that change monthly. And if you're vegetarian or vegan, you can substitute any of their specials with plant-based proteins. Try not to love this spot. We dare you.
At Hemingway's, you'll find Pittsburgh's college crowd. Whether you're college-aged or not, Hemingway's is worth checking out for their 40 different draft beers and menu full of bar classics like chicken tenders, nachos, and loaded fries. And if you're craving something more substantial, they have that, too. Just check out their Big Plates.
Joe's Tavern is the self-proclaimed "best damn bar in Bethlehem." Since its inception, Joe's has strived to give the people of Bethlehem what they want most: A shot, a beer, and great conversation. Stop by for all of the above (and some great grub) today.
When you're at Ray's Happy Birthday Bar in South Philly, the party never really ends. It's a true local watering hole that's been around for 75 years and attracts tourists, hipsters, locals, and everyone in between. And, if you show up on your birthday (with a valid ID, of course) you'll get a drink on the house. So, Happy Birthday, and enjoy!
Butcher and Barkeep is Harleysville's favorite bar. It's always packed with a diverse crowd, because their extensive beer list, craft cocktails, and delicious bar bites appeal to everyone—from your best friend to your mom and dad to your boss. Stop in for a cold beer or cocktail, but don't leave without trying their sexy fries or fried pickles. You can thank us later.
The wood paneling, dim lighting, and friendly staff at Bullfrog Inn are always welcoming. Whether you're there with a date, friends, or family, the Bullfrog crew will make sure you enjoy your time. And with 14 beers on tap, 65+ bottled options, and a wide menu, you'll be hard-pressed not to find something to enjoy.
The Dive Bar & Grille takes the concept of your favorite neighborhood bar up just a notch. It's still warm, welcoming, and friendly, but the food and drinks are a step above most of the other bars on this list. For example, they've got croquette and bacon-wrapped dates on the menu. We may or may not be salivating just thinking about them.