Northeast Philadelphia is full of amazing restaurants, bars, and things to do – which is no surprise considering it’s part of this lively city. When it’s been a long day or week, sometimes all you want to do is grab a drink with friends, indulge in comfort food, and laugh, and the best place to do that is definitely a bar. Bars can be hit or miss spots though, so how can you know where to go? We’ve put together a list of our top bars in town.
Northeast Philly definitely has a wide range of bars to choose from including some with more laid-back atmospheres and some with more lively ones. Whether you watch sports, want to go dance, or are hoping to do a bit of snacking, these bars are sure to give you a fun night. Keep reading to learn a bit about each spot! Be sure to check out our favorite bars in that area as well!
The Union Tap
2711 Comly Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154
If you’re looking for a bar with food just as great as its drinks, check out The Union Tap. This local bar serves typical pub fare and comfort food as well as a wide range of craft beer and other drinks. With a jukebox and a laid-back atmosphere, this is the perfect place to unwind. Choose from a vast array of drafts and bottled beers at The Union Tap. And if beer isn’t your thing, check out their other drink offerings. Be sure to grab some food as well like fries, pizza, mac and cheese, or a sandwich!
If you’re a beer lover, you’re going to love Crafty’s Taproom. This local bar includes the bar itself, a restaurant, a tasting room, and a craft bottle bar. With a layout similar to that of a beer garden, this is a great spot to relax with friends or family. With 20 rotating craft beers, you’ll always have something new to try when you visit Crafty’s Taproom. They also offer growlers for purchase to fill with your favorite beer. Don’t forget to grab a bite too!
Reale’s Restaurant & Bar
Looking for a spot to watch the game? Swing by Reale’s Sports Bar & Grill. This local bar offers 13 big-screen TVs to watch the game on as well as great food and drinks. With events like live DJs, open mic nights, and live bands, this is the perfect upbeat place for a night out. Reale’s serves a weekly rotating beer list, hand-crafted cocktails, and specialty frozen drinks. Be sure to try the long island slushy or bob marley slushy and something to snack on while you drink!
Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub – Welsh Road
Another great spot for sports fanatics is Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub. This neighborhood bar is perfect for a quick drink, a place to cheer on your team, or a weekend destination to let loose with a few Irish Car Bombs. With TVs and live music and dancing on the weekends, you’ll find everything you need here. Choose from a wide selection of drinks at Paddy Whacks to find a new favorite. Don’t forget to also snack on some wings, tacos, or a burger. Make sure you swing by for happy hour between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday!
Sweeney’s Station Saloon
If you’re all about music, we recommend Sweeney’s Station Saloon. Established in 1977, this local Irish pub offers live music several times a week. They also have trivia nights, pool, and darts, so you’ll always have something to do at this spot. Sweeney’s offers a long list of beers as well as plenty of cocktails, shots, and more to choose from. Be sure to try out a specialty cocktail like the blue long island or caramel apple pie martini!
Three Monkeys Cafe
With an indoor bar and an outdoor bar, Three Monkeys Cafe is perfect for any occasion or weather. Visit the indoor bar for an old-school vibe and a warm place to sit with some friend or visit the outdoor bar for a tropical vibe in the warm weather. Three Monkeys offers classic, simple drinks as well as fun and innovative cocktails to really make you feel like you’re on a vacation. I really love their espresso martini! Choose from lunch or dinner on the food menu and even brunch if you visit between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday!
Looking for a basic dive bar to grab a couple of drinks? Head over to Smegy’s II. This neighborhood bar is a laid-back, casual spot that is well-liked by locals. With a few TVs, a jukebox, and friendly service, it’s no surprise people love it so much. Reviewers love that this spot is especially affordable compared to other bars in the area. Grab a beer, shots, or a mixed drink at Smeggy’s II and don’t forget to order some food as well!
Curran’s Irish Inn
With a larger space perfect for a big crowd or private event, Curran’s Irish Inn is another popular bar in town. This local bar has two floors, the second available to rent out for parties or celebrations, and a large patio with live music. Locals love the friendly service and efficient bartenders at this spot. Make sure you try something from the food menu as well like the wings, cheese fries, or buffalo chicken wraps!
Brick House Bar & Grill
Yet another place to enjoy some sports is Brick House Bar & Grill. This local bar is popular for its large space, great food, and attentive service. With 14 TVs, quiz nights, live DJs, and karaoke nights, you’ll always have something fun to do. Choose from mixed drinks, an extensive list of craft beers, and more at Brick House bar & Grill. Also be sure to grab a quick snack or a full meal from their delicious food menu while you enjoy your drink!
Completing our list of bars is Dagwood’s Pub. This family-owned bar is a neighborhood favorite for the friendly staff, great food, and delicious drinks. Locals especially love that the menu at this spot goes beyond classic bar food. Many visit Dagwood’s Pub to grab a drink or two at the bar, as they’re delicious, but this spot is also popular for simply having some lunch or dinner. Be sure to try their seafood options including a raw bar!
Why should you trust us?
We use our own local experience and contacts in the city to know which places to include in our lists. We also researched the web and read 3 reputable blogs and websites, including philly.eater.com, 215area.com, and phillymag.com. So that you can be sure you’re receiving the best of the best. We compiled all the results in one spot and ranked them according to how frequently they were referenced.