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May 13, 2012 05:54 AM

Restaurant with a great bar menu and a Television?

Playoff schedule for the Semi Finals was released yesterday and, of course, presents some conflicts. Looking for a spot with a TV likely to be tuned to the game, and a menu in the bar/lounge that approximates that in the restaurant itself. I'll call after I have a list to make sure the game can be on, but trying to sort out which do/don't have the capability currently.

To those who've been and may know:
The Dandelion?
Alla Spina?

I just can't justify watching in a crappy hotel room and I'm not a beer drinker.


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  1. Not Barbuzzo, maybe Dandelion? I was in Square Peg yesterday and the bar has a TV.

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    1. re: urbanfabric

      Dandelion does have have a TV (maybe two?) but they only bring it out for certain events, usually Euro football. Doubtful they would roll em out for an out-of-town hockey game.

    2. ". . and I'm not a beer drinker."

      I'm unclear on this statement as at least two of the three places you've listed have a beer focus (i.e. Dandelion and Alla Spina). What are you exactly trying to avoid in providing that information.

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      1. re: Chinon00

        Trying to avoid being sent to some half-asses sports bar where I'm expected to drink glass after glass of Bud Light while people yell to be heard over the game.

        1. re: uhockey

          Yeah you want miracles. I haven't been in years but Misconduct Taven (1511 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA, 19102, 215-732-5797) tended to have a stronger NY crowd when I was going (i.e. lots of Giants jerseys during football season). They might carry Devils- Rangers.
          Other than slipping someone a $100 I'm not sure if getting a non-local sports event in a non-sportsbar that offers the full dining room menu at the bar is a strong possibility anywhere.

      2. Pub and Kitchen has 2 or 3 TVs in the bar and a very good menu of bar snacks. They make a great porchetta sandwich there too. The drink focus is definitely on beer but if I remember correctly they have some decent wines by the glass.

        1. We went last night to Devil's Den after finding out they would have a tv set to the game. It was a light crowd and the tv volume was on mute, but there were a few of us dedicated fans watching. I would ask them about the next few games, but I'm assuming they will show the rest as well. For what it's worth, it's an excellent beer bar, so although you're not drinking beer, note that they do not get a "typical" rowdy sports crowd, and I don't even think they sell Budweiser. They also have a full bar and great sandwiches (I recommend these over the flatbreads). Nice atmosphere and they open the large windows when it's nice out. It's in South Philly, but not very far south. Probably a mile from center city limits.

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          1. re: BelgianBeerMistress

            Devil's Den is a great suggestion. The other place I was thinking of is Brauhaus Schmitz on south street. Great bar menu, full bar (and good german beer... though thats obviously not a priority.. ).

            1. re: cwdonald

              Thinking Pub & Kitchen might be a good choice too.


              1. re: uhockey

                Brauhaus is really good too, but I think you may have an easier time getting a TV tuned to what you want at P&K, where the bar is much smaller.

                1. re: Buckethead

                  I'd caveat that because I think there is only one TV at P&K, so if the regulars are watching something, you might be SOL. I might be wrong about the one TV though.

                  Also, if the hockey game conflicts with a Sixers playoff game, you might be forced to go to Fox & Hound... just eat beforehand.

                  1. re: barryg

                    The one other place that has lots of TVs but the menu is marginal is Tir Na Nog. Its within walking distance of the convention center, and definitely has enough tvs where you are going to be able to watch hockey. I would choose it over Fox and Hound any day of the week.

                    1. re: barryg

                      I'm pretty sure there are two TVs, I remember being there during a couple Phillies games and being able to see one TV but not the other. I haven't been in a while though so I may be mistaken (or they may have taken one down).

                      1. re: Buckethead

                        You're probably right, I haven't been there in a while either.

                      2. re: barryg

                        I already inquired with P&K. Sixers are off that day and they claim they'd be happy to flip it to the Kings/Yotes.


                        1. re: uhockey

                          Probably less painful than watching the Phillies ... (ouch... ).

              2. doobies is a really divey bar but the beers are awesome- food is not tho so dont plan on that

                small place but its rarely ever crowded and they always let us change the tv channel to whatever i want

                i havent had the same luck at brahaus...or at any other bar actually

                this is at 22nd and lombard, so you could check out p+k at 20th and lombard before heading over

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                1. re: InSearchOfTacos

                  Percy Street BBQ has a very large TV (and a smaller one at the bar) and very good BBQ. You could probably do a Lockhart for four people (see the menu at Percy St.) if you could do the Mesibah at Zahav (chuckle...)

                  1. re: bluehensfan

                    I think the issue really is where is there a bar that is likely to be showing hockey games even when the phillies and or sixers are on. Probably needs more than 1 tv....

                    There is always chickie and petes..........

                    1. re: cwdonald

                      I'd second the Misconduct Tavern recommendation. Plenty of TVs so it won't be local only and a step up in bar food from the typical spots serving aluminum bottles of Bud Light.

                      Also one of the regular bartenders around the corner at Good Dog is a big Rangers fan so if he's working, I'd guarantee the game would be on there.