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10 Hottest New Beer Bars in Philly

Fresh additions to the local craft brew scene
September 26, 2017
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by Wendy Ramunno

Philly does not lack for great beer bars and breweries, but that doesn't stop ambitious brew lovers from opening new ones. Here are 10 hot spots to put on your checklist. 

The Peacock Room at Philadelphia Brewing Co.

Why it’s hot: The founders of Philadelphia Brewing Company have replaced their Kensington brewery’s retail shop with a new 30-seat bar complete with an outdoor patio. PBC beers and Commonwealth ciders are on draft, and cocktails made with local spirits are also available.

Number of beers on tap: 10

What to eat: The tavern offers light snacks at the bar and also hosts a rotating selection of food trucks.

2440 Frankford Ave.; 215-427-2739

Pistolas del Sur

Why it’s hot: The former Palladino's space on East Passyunk is the latest addition from the crew behind Jose Pistola's and Sancho Pistola's. Joe Gunn, Casey Parker and Adan Trinidad have revamped the space using items salvaged from an old church and they've also added some fun new dishes to their creative Mexican menu.  

Number of beers on tap: 10

What to eat: Tacos and other Pistolas favorites, plus new Mexican flatbreads

Fishtown Brewpub

Why it’s hot: This gastropub and microbrewery debuted in July at the corner of Frankford Avenue and Wildey Street with a selection of house-brewed beers, plus other favorite brews and cocktails. Chef Justin Koening’s elevated pub food is available for brunch, lunch and dinner.

Number of beers on tap: 12

What to eat: The brunch offerings include both healthier fare like avocado toast and quinoa granola alongside heartier dishes like burgers and chilaquiles.  

Dock Street Cannery 

Why it’s hot: Next door to the West Philly brewpub, the Dock Street folks converted a garage into a laid-back cocktail lounge and working cannery. There you’ll find Dock Street beers and excellent beer-based cocktails, plus wine and light bites.

Number of beers on tap: Eight

What to eat: Local cheeses, spent grain pretzels and other bar snacks 

705 S. 50th St.; 215-726-2338 

Urban Village

Why it’s hot: The spacious new addition to The Schmidt’s Commons features a dozen beers on tap and an open kitchen serving small plates. Bonus: There’s still time to enjoy the fire pits in the cozy outdoor patio this season.

Number of beers on tap: 12

What to eat: Choose from several brick-oven-fired pizzas, both red and white, made with naturally fermented yeast dough.

1001 N. 2nd St.; 267-687-1961 

Roy Pitz Barrel House

Why it’s hot: Barrel-aged and sour beers are the stars at the Chambersburg-based brewery’s city venture. The bar at the industrial Spring Arts space also pours local spirits and wine.

Number of beers on tap: 17

What to eat: Roasted carrot hummus and hearty charcuterie and cheese platter

990 Spring Garden St.; 215-995-6792 

Evil Genius Beer Company 

Why it’s hot: In a former carriage factory near the Fillmore in Fishtown, Villanova grads Trevor Hayward and Luke Bowen found a home for the Lab, a tasting room for their quirkily named brews. Downstairs, a '90s-style rec room features board games and a Sega Genesis.  

Number of beers on tap: 10

What to eat: Filling old-school snacks like Buffalo chicken dip and dessert nachos — stacked waffles topped with Oreos, Reese's Pieces or sprinkles

1727 N. Front St.; 215-425-6820

Second District Brewing Company

Why it’s hot: Named after its City Council district, this Newbold brewpub at the corner of McKean and Bancroft streets is run by Curt Decker, former owner of the Nodding Head. The house brews are complemented by a menu of snacks, charcuterie and sandwiches from chef Doreen DeMarco.

Number of beers on tap: Nine

What to eat: Vegan “pork rinds” and the veggie burger made with the brewery’s spent grain  

1939 S. Bancroft St.; 215-575-5900

Banh Mi and Bottles 

Why it’s hot: South Street’s new Vietnamese bottle shop offers 200 varieties of beer for takeout or drink-in, plus scratch-made craft cocktails. The vegan-friendly menu showcases Vietnamese street food, including pho and three kinds of banh mi.

Number of beers on tap: 10

What to eat: Pork belly, brisket or shredded chicken banh mi

712-14 South St.; 215-800-1533

Cinder

Why it’s hot: Philly's first cider-centric gastropub ​from Teddy Sourias, the beer-minded mogul behind BRU Craft & WurstU-Bahn, Uptown Beer Garden and Finn McCool's Ale House arrived on Walnut Street last fall. Ciders, sours and wild ales are the focus here; in addition, more than a dozen wines are available by the glass. 

Number of beers on tap: 32

What to eat: Wood-fired pizzas, mussels and small plates 

1500 Locust St.; 267-761-5582 

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