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May 27, 2008 04:02 PM

Philly Bar(food) Crawl

I'm meeting a buddy of mine next Friday, and we're probably going to hop around to a few resto's/bars for drinks and food. I think he wants to try Gayle, I'm also thinking Barclay Prime for sliders. Where else should we hit?
Could be somewhat trendy, could also be "dive-ish." The only thing we're not looking for is formal.
Also, we'd like to go places that have pretty decent access in the bar areas, we won't want to wait for more than a half hour or so to be able to get a seat and order food.

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  1. darn, and here i thought you were organizing one!! ;)

    absolutely i'd hit eulogy, north third, standard tap. love the vibe & beer at johnny brenda's, but never had the food.
    there is nothing better than the tomato/moz salad at standard tap while sipping a yards out on the 2nd floor balcony on a gorgeous evening! or just grabbing a slice of pizza from rustica on your way out. come to northern liberties!!

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    1. re: rabidog

      i should also mention the pierogies, fried fish sandwich, and french fries at north third. yum!

      oh, and the abbaye's grilled cheese was pretty darn good last time i had it!

      1. re: rabidog

        OK, had some gazpacho and pan-roasted cod both from the specials menu at the abbaye today alongside a couple pilsners with a funny-sounding name. good service, beer, food. while i am still mourning the loss of azure, there are some good pub food picks in northern liberties.

    2. well, I don't know if it would fit your other criteria, but Good Dog has a great burger

      1. If you stuck with Galye - it would be fun to also visit North Third, Eulogy and the Standard Tap. Those are a reasonable distance from each other.

        If you wanted Barclay Prime (this is the dressiest place) Good Dog and Apothecary (just for drinks, amazing).

        1. Gayle's bar is very small from what I remember, maybe 4 seats, so I wouldn't count on being able to sit right down there on a Friday night. It's been a while since I was there but it seemed to be more like a waiting area for diners than an actual bar with a bartender.

          If I were you I'd skip it and go to Southwark or Ansill (or both) instead. They're a block away from Gayle, have great food and nice big bars.

          1. I would suggest choosing an area first and then deciding on specific bars. Philadelphia Weekly's list, although far from perfect, is a good start.

            Here a few pub crawls I've undertaken with a fair amount of success (the first one on each list has especially good food):

            South Philly: Royal Tavern, Dive Bar, Pope, finish off at Cantina or 1601.

            Center City(ish): Jose Pistolas, Good Dog, Nodding Head, finish off at Bob and Barbaras

            Old City: Eulogy, Sugar Mom's, National Mechanics, finish off at Khyber

            If you want more upscale drinks, do Chick's and/or Southwark in South Philly, and if you want divier then sub in any of the Midtowns.