Brauhaus Schmitz: An amazing pretzel and Carmeliet
Wow I really wish we wouldn't have had plans to eat some place else because this place had some really good looking dishes on their menu.
Brauhaus Schmitz is a German restaurant located on South Street. We were walking around South Street when Ferni decided he wanted to stop in and relax before continuing our walk. The restaurant is quite large, with high ceilings and dark wooden paneling. There is a upstairs dining area, but I didn't get a chance to check that out. The first level dining area was packed at sometime around 2:30 with plenty of familys enjoying their meals. The waitstaff were all dressed in Bavarian costumes which gave it a somewhat authentic experience.
We decided to grab a seat at the bar and order a drink. The beer menu is huge...with just about every beer you can think of. I had discovered the Tripel Carmeliet during this trip and decided to continue on that path. Tripel Carmeliet is a Belgium beer which is lite and resembles the Leffe but with a bit more smoothness to it. The beer is so yummy! Ferni wasn't drinking and ordered a soda.
Since we were heading to another place later on to eat, we decided to order something light from the menu. I immediately spotted the warm pretzel and thought it would go perfectly with my beer. The bartender said it was an excellent choice as their pretzels have wome some awards.
The pretzel came out warm with two different types of dipping mustard. The pretzel was amazingly delicious.
We were having a really good time and had a nice laugh with some "bikers" that sat next to us, three huge guys out celebrating a birthday, at one point they ordered the pretzel and when the bartender brought it out, one of them exclaimed, one small pretzel for three huge guys? We were all laughing and definitely enjoyed our time here.
Next time we are in Philly we will definitely make it point to grab something to eat here.Related to:
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Misconduct Tavern - Center City
Misconduct Tavern is one of dozens of small neighborhood bars in the area of downtown Philadelphia around Rittenhouse Square. This one has a distinct blue awning, a few outdoor tables, a long bar, about a dozen TVs, and a great selection of beer.
We stopped in one Sunday afternoon to catch some football. While most TVs showed the Eagles losing again, they do have NFL Sunday Ticket, so we got to watch a few good games, too. We were able to get seats for a group of about 7 of us back in the corner. A few of us had some bar food like hot dogs, but most of us just had beer. I had a nice, big Weihenstephan Hefeweissen wheat beer.
They have about 12 beers on tap, most microbrews from companies like North Coast, Sly Fox, Yards, Victory, an Founders. They also have about 100 other beers in bottles, so they are sure to have something for almost anyone. Their food menu, on the other hand, is pretty basic, with a small selection of appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches.
TAGGART HOUSE: Local establishment on the rise
This is typical local pub that, while admittedly had a bad reputation for the longest time, is now under new ownership. The new owners are intent on turning this place around and with the help of many friends and family are going to turn this into the type of place where you gather to watch a Phillies game and have a few pops.
The jukebox is exquisite. I couldn't stump it no matter how hard I tried - and my musical tastes are very eclectic. It had everything.
Stop in and witness the rise of the Taggart House.
Dress Code: Casual. Jean jacket, no shirt and Intercontinental championship belt with white boots is fine.Related to:
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Mann Center: Summer Nights in the Park
Celebrate summer with an evening of classical music with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center in Fairmount Park. This summer season's concerts are under the direction of Maestro Rossen Milanov. Maestro Milanov is the associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the conductor of the Haddonfield Symphony, in addition to orchestras in his native Bulgaria.
The Orchestra is joined by many outstanding soloists, providing glorious music under the stars. The Mann Center is an outdoor theater located at the bottom of a hill in Fairmount Park. Seating is partly under roof, with the rest in the open air. On a warm, starry, summer night with glorious music and the scent of the surrounding pines, it's a beautiful way to spend an evening. Feel free to bring a picnic with you, although food is available for purchase.Related to:
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Ludwig's: German Beer Garten
The food isn't all that great, but the beer selection is what it's all about at Ludwig's. The place is divided into the restaurant section, which resembles a German beer garten, and the bar, which is dark and musty, just the way I like it.
I love their beer menu, which is not only extensive, but it also has great descriptions of each beer so you have an idea of what you're getting. All of them are HQBs (high quality beers).
Dress Code: Come as you are.
Moshulu Restaurant & Bar: A glass of wine on this amazing ship
We were walking down by Columbus Blvd. along the seaport enjoying an unseasonably wondering day when Ferni spotted this place and had to check out out.
The Mosulu is a historical ship with a long history that was converted into a restaurant. For more information on its history you can check out their website. The interior of the restuarant is a nicely decorated with dark wood paneling and tables at each "port-hole". The bar was a nice size with some yummy drinks. We were here on a Sunday and there were plenty of people enjoying a Sunday brunch on a beautiful day.
We were here more out of curiosity and decided to grab a drink at the bar, I ordered a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, Ferni ordered a soda (he wasn't drinking).
We did see waiters carted out some really yummy dishes and the crowd seemed on the "older" side.Related to:
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Paddy Whacks: Watching a football game in this large sports bar
We were in search of a Sport's Bar that carried the "NFL package" where Ferni could catch his team play and Paddy Whacks was one of the few places around that did. The game was starting at 1:00 pm, so we made our way to South Street sometime before then.
Paddy Whachs is a HUGE sport's bar/restaurant/club. There are three separate places to grab a bite/drink like the outdoor patio, the nice double-sided bar, and an upstairs which was closed on Sunday afternoon (it is open Friday and Saturday nights when there are more crowds).
The downstairs double sided bar is nice and airy, with dark wood and brick walls, some booths and bar tables. The menu has your typical bar food, draft and bottled beers, as well as some specialty drinks.
Ferni wasn't drinking this day and had some soda, I ordered a Blue Moon to start. After some time, we were a bit hungry and decided to get something to eat before we hit the road. I ordered the steak roll, omg, they were so yummy. Ferni ordered his chicken bites, which were quite yummy.
The bar had a nice laid back atmosphere and as the time passed seemed to get more and more crowded. We were able to catch the Redskins on one of the TVs which was a highlight for Ferni.
Prices were reasonable and the vibe was nice, we'd definitely return when we are in the area.Related to:
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Yunkers Pub & Lounge, Manayunk - Full of Nuts
Yunkers (short for Manayunkers, those unique people from the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia) is one of the rare places left in the world where you can drink $2 beers and eat all the free peanuts you want.
This bar has drink specials almost every night, on weekends it includes $2 for Miller Lite... I would hate to pay much more than that for a Lite. They also have $3 Shock Top wheat beer.
The bar is small and dark, but they have seats along the big windows facing the street, as well as a few seats outside.
Yunkers just opened in June 2009 after replacing a five-year old bar called Tonic On Main.
Fado Irish Pub - Center City
Fado is the name of a nice Irish Pub on 15th and Locust Streets in downtown Philly. I had two pints of Smithwicks for $5.25 each along with a tasty fried halibut sandwich and chips for $7.95. This pub has a great atmosphere along with good food and a nice selection of Irish beers. I was there on a Saturday and enjoyed watching soccer and college football on the numerous TVs located throughout the restaurant.
Fado has 14 locations across the US including Annapolis; Las Vegas; Atlanta; Lincoln, RI; Austin; Philadelphia; Chicago; Seattle; Columbus; St. Louis; Dallas; Stamford; Denver; and Washington, DC.
Walnut Street: Walnut Street
Walnut Street runs through the heart of downtown Philadelphia, past Washington Square and Rittenhouse Square. This area is full of restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops. This is one of the city's best-known places for nightlife.
Dress Code: Come as you are.Related to:
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Cuba Libre: Dance dance dance
Cubra Libre has Cuban decor, 2 levels with a view of the dancefloor from the top level, a big dance floor, and terrific music. On warm nights, the doors are opened to the street. Always a lively crowd and showy dancing.
Lounge 125: After hours techno/house
Lounge 125 is the after-hours club in Old Town, located in a parking garage. Retro decor, techno/house music. Not very large, but plenty of room to dance. Banquettes have to be reserved. There's a small "vip" area that can be reserved.
Dress Code: seems like dressy casual will work here.Related to:
Paradigm: Very eclectic nightspot
I have never eaten here, but the restaurant inside is very very nice. Nice atmosphere, modern theme. Looking at the menu on the website, entrees are a bit pricey at an average of
about $ 19 for an entree.
Dress Code: Casual ( nice casual). But restaurant section a little more dressy.
YOU WILL NOTICE IN THE REST ROOMS THAT THE DOORS ARE A FROSTY COLOR . THAT MEANS SOMEONE IS INSIDE WITH DOOR LOCKED. IF YOU DONT LOCK THE DOOR WHEN YOU ARE INSIDE , PEOPLE CAN SEE IN! ITS A PLAIN VIEW GLASS DOOR. AS SOON AS YOU LOCK THE DOOR, THE FROST OVERCOMES THE GLASS AND YOU ARE UNABLE TO BE SEEN..BUT IF YOU FAIL TO LOCK IT, EVERYONE CAN LOOK IN! I WAS SURPRISED THOUGH AT A NICE RESTAURANT AND BAR LIKE THIS PLACE THAT THE REST ROOMS WERE SO DIRTY.
G: Interesting new bar, downstairs from Davios
This place is relatively new. You wouldnt really know it was there except when we were leaving Davios. the guy there said " why dont you check out G downstairs", so we all went....and it was really nice!
St. Stephen's Green: Fun afterwork pub
I found this place to be OK, nothing special, but fine.
I found the menu to be a little expensive. I ordered a personal flatbread pizza and it was $ 12 with one extra topping. It was good, but i think overpriced. I was surprised also that they did not have a chicken sandwich on the menu. They had a $ 12 cheeseburger, but no chicken sandwich.
Dress Code: Casual
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