15 Best Beer Pubs To Try Philadelphia’s Craft Beer

Philly is home to America’s best beer. Philadelphia’s brewers have been making beer for more than three centuries.  You’ll find a wide range of beers in Philadelphia, from traditional brews to experimental concoctions of quirkiness.  Beer pubs and beer gardens? Philly has a bounty of an operating brewery in the city!   Philly Beer Week, which began in 2008, is one of the largest beer festivals in the United States. There will be beer festivals, beer pairing dinners and brunches, lively homebrew competitions, and moreover the course of the 10-day event. Raise a pint at outstanding Philly beer bars with our top 15 choices! 

MONK’S CAFE

You’ll have a difficult time finding a table here on the weekends. Even if you’re only there to drink, the wait and the limited area are definitely worth it. Monk’s enormous bottle list will take you across the world with every turn of the menu’s pages, spanning from Philadelphia neighborhoods to Belgium and all around Western Europe. Try the taste of worldwide craft beers! 

AMERICAN SARDINE BAR

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A gigantic sardine can “sign” hangs from the front of Point Breeze’s best bar, which serves up 16 American beers and a functional stoner menu of sandwiches and snacks. As a bonus, the rear courtyard serves as one of the city’s most inviting spots to have a drink al fresco. Read this review from one of their customers:

“Very inventive and tasty, although not everything lands. The chili crisp carrots were delicious, if a little too firm. The pimento cheese dip was awesome but might have been better with chips than the pork rinds it came with, which didn’t really add much. The onion rings are fantastic. The menu is pretty limited currently, and we only did apps because there weren’t really mains that appealed to us.” – Scott K

GARAGE

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If you want games and fun, this is the best place to roll! With arcade games and a bring-in-whatever-you’re-eating policy, Garage creates a low-key atmosphere in a place that looks like a mechanic’s shop. 

Apart from that, the extensive beer menu, organized alphabetically by the brewery for domestic and imports and IPA, stouts, and pale ales may easily take up a lot of time. Garage’s weekly beer specials are a great method to narrow down the endless menu, as one domestic and one imported beer is highlighted each week. Be excited to try the beer of the week! 

Urban Village Brewing Company

Founded by Dave Goldman and Tom Revelli, the Urban Village Brewing Company in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood is a brewpub. This restaurant concept features tank-to-table specialty brews, brick-oven baked pizzas, and artisan bread specialties produced with natural yeast-leavened dough. 

The owner itself is a brewing expert! Dave Goldman is an expert in the brewing process, having studied at the University of the Sciences’ Brewing department, where he earned a diploma in brewing. Urban Village takes great pride in its rotating craft beer and brick oven pizza pairing concept, which offers customers new tastes on a regular basis.

LUCKY’S LAST CHANCE

Lucky’s is a craft beer bastion in a neighborhood notorious for watered-down specials geared toward the college-age set. The rotating selection of taps and cans, many of which feature local brewers, is complemented by the restaurant’s much sought-after rotating burger specials. Lucky’s Last Chance was sighted as the best beer and burger combo in the town! Here’s their latest review from one of their satisfied customers: 

“Stopped here for a bacon and egg cheeseburger for brunch with a tasty strawberry lemonade to help it down. Loved the art decor and ambiance. Sat upstairs where they had some games on the TV and a nice bar as well. Our server was super nice and I inhaled my juicy burger perfection. Plenty of burger options and a nice bar menu stacked with drinks. Best burger in Philly yet!”Maggie Chretien

LOCAL 44

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A mainstay of Spruce Hill in West Philadelphia, offers two unique spaces to quench the neighborhood’s thirst: a main bar with 20 local draught beer options, and an adjacent retail shop with more than 500 choices. 

Make sure to catch hard-to-find large drinks here! Local 44 is not only suited for beer-lovers. If your friends prefer wine, they serve it too! Due to recent changes in Pennsylvania’s liquor rules, they are now able to offer wine as well.

KRAFTWORK

Throughout the past six years, Kraftwork’s craft beer reputation has been bolstered by a continually updated draft roster that includes everything from Lagunitas ScareCity #3 to hefeweizen and Mad Elf beers. To quench your thirst, the gastropub’s 25 taps offer tumblers and plenty of happy hours. It’s a great time to try half-priced menu dishes, $7 flights, or 12 hand-picked, discounted brews at the happy hour. Catch it every 10-11PM!  Read this review from one of their customers:

“This little gem is one of my new favorite places to eat in Fishtown. The food is excellent, prices consistent with the food portions which are generous, and the service is also excellent. Good wine too! Definitely recommend it and will be back soon!”Natalia Brand

EULOGY BELGIAN TAVERN

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About 400 foreign and local craft bottle beers and 30 draught beers are available every day at Eulogy, including a Belgian-made blonde ale developed just for the establishment. The mussels, in true Belgian fashion, are also top-notch. Here’s a tip if you prefer social distancing: It’s a good idea to visit during the middle of the day to avoid overcrowding.

FLUME

When it comes to craft beer bars, it’s unusual to find one without an overabundance of obnoxious beer nerds. Flume will take you to the speakeasy era! Its hidden location is tucked away above an Ethiopian eatery in West Philly. It’s easier to get your hands on a limited-edition bottle if there were fewer people in the store. Want to know why this is a must-try? Hear it from one of their customers! 

“Love, love, love the place! What a discovery for us. Secret, hidden, no publicity – it has the charm of any speakeasy bar. Love the no pretense ambiance of the place. Probably my best dive bar now! Good company and good drink are all that matters here. The bartender is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Must try the cocktails and whisky. They provide a good collection of craft beer. Go to enjoy some nerdy time!”Lorena Olvera

FOUNTAIN PORTER

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One of the perfect places to catch up with your friends over a bottle of beer! Fountain Porter, a neighborhood bar in South Philly, is a place for people of all ages to meet and drink beer. Every corner bar has neon signs, inventive drafts, and picnic-table seating. Wonder what their customers tell about them? Read below: 

“Absolutely outstanding customer service! Fountain Porter has officially raised the bar for service excellence in my book. From a pre-check to confirm product availability, to helping me walk the bottles out to my car, and everything in between; every step of my order and procurement process was met with an extra boost of kindness to make the experience as easy and painless as possible for me.

And then to top it all off, when we were accidentally given a wrong set of wines, Evan drove all the way out (an hour away) to make sure we got exactly what we were looking for. Far above and beyond expectations. We will absolutely be back again soon!!”Kathryn Wert

THE BELGIAN CAFE

Belgian Cafe is Monk’s first cousin, offering a similar selection of local, domestic, and import brews, as well as more room outside than its sibling ever could have. In addition to their famous mussels, you may also order Breakfast Pasta or Bloody Mary Mussels to establish your own beer brunch tradition.

STRANGELOVE’S

Strangelove’s bacon cheddar tater tots are going to leave you needing something to wash them down with. What better place to begin than with a rotating selection of brews from local breweries, updated on a regular basis? Strangelove’s doesn’t only take pride with their craft beers but also their wide and delicious food choices! Take a look at this review: 

“Great food. Delicious. Brunch here is lovely.  I think I could eat the shrimps and grits everyday. The chicken & waffles was on the money.  My one regret is that I didn’t get the french toast. That will be next time. Oh btw that Peach Lemonade I should’ve bought a pitcher. So refreshing. The vibes were fabulous. Our server was very accommodating and was genuinely kind.” Christina K

JOHNNY BRENDA’S

Offering the local beers that people scour the city for has helped a tavern in Philadelphia rise to prominence. Johnny Brenda’s also has two hand pumps for cask-conditioned beers in addition to a dozen taps. Take advantage of the drink and food options while you’re there.

Looking to check their reviews and contact details? Head over to their listing on our Philly Online Directory site. 

DOCK STREET

Dock Street Brewery is a pioneering small-scale brewpub that is so modern when it comes to American craft beer. In order to keep up with demand, brews from the on-site brewhouse, such as the seasonal Bohemian Pilsner, are offered on the draft lines. The front room of the brewery’s neighboring canning factory, which opened in 2017, has been transformed into a cocktail lounge featuring Dock Street beers and cocktails made with local spirits.

PUB ON PASSYUNK EAST

Pope also serves excellent burgers and can open up to 80 bottles of domestic and imported beer from a rotating selection of 14 draft lines. The stone fireplaces and a vintage jukebox make it an ideal place to relax and sample all of the dishes on the menu. Find out what one of their customers says about them!

“I dined here two nights in a row. Both nights I had zero complaints and thoroughly enjoyed my drinks and meal. The second night a member of my party ordered a margarita, and it wasn’t very good. We brought it back to the bar and they made a new one in the house. It was tremendous and totally righted the wrong of the first drink. I enjoy this place a lot, especially for a late night drink.” RobertJR Rodriguez

Now you’re ready to chill on a cold night with a bottle of beer celebrating with your friends! Brewing styles from around the world have been combined with modern techniques to create unique flavors that represent Philadelphia proudly. Make sure to check out our Philly Online Directory to review the testimonials of these beer pubs and see their location.

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