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Jul 12, 2012 04:52 AM

Bars between suburban station and rittenhouse sq.

Looking for a casual inexpensive place for a beer with a friend and maybe have something to eat, like a good burger.

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  1. There are a lot of options but a few casual places:
    Good Dog - Nice beer list
    Nodding Head - brewpub
    Oscar's - dirt cheap, total dive but charming
    Bard's - low key Irish pub
    Misconduct Tavern - casual, above average beer list

    if you want to eat, that changes things.

    11 Replies
      1. re: george2

        +1 for Good Dog. Their burgers are quite good.

        Devil's Alley is just beyond Rittenhouse at 19th and is good.especially if you want a non beef burger (turkey and veggie offered there.) small draught list, decent bottle selection.

        I throw Tir Na Nog on there not because I especially like it, but because they pour a good guinness and they have outdoor seating. Right at Suburban station.They also have one of the pour your own guinness stations which is fun if you like that sort of thing.

      2. re: barryg

        I'd add the Oyster House on Sansom, next to Nodding Head. It's not what I'd call inexpensive if you're eating but their beers are priced about the same as everyone other decent place in the area ($5-$8 for a nice list of pints). The atmosphere is very nice.

        The Dandelion is similar. Their beer prices are actually pretty cheap, you get a 20oz. "pint" of Bombardier, Prima Pils or Yards IPA for $6. And the atmosphere is great.

        1. re: Buckethead

          Some folks criticize the Oyster House because they use 10 oz glasses for their beers (or at least did the last time I was there... ). But their burger is top notch, and I for one really enjoy the oyster on top of the burger.

          1. re: Buckethead

            Those are prices for "a draft beer" at Oyster House which is only 10oz. The prices for actual pints would be $8-$12.80.

            Good Dog has a good burger and serves honest pints of beer, usually for less than most good Center City bars.

            1. re: caganer

              Really? Their beer list calls out one beer as being 10 oz. but doesn't mention size otherwise, it doesn't make sense that they'd all be 10 oz. I haven't been there in a while though.

              1. re: Buckethead

                Buckethead, look at the picture of the beer on the beer/wine on their website. It flips between people at the bar and wine and beer. There are two beers there an amber and dark. Those are the size glasses I recall them using. Perhaps thats not 10 oz. Definitely not a pint.

                1. re: cwdonald

                  I'll bear this in mind next time I'm there, I could have sworn I had a pint last time I was there.

                  1. re: Buckethead

                    And it may have changed... been a while since I was there and drinking beer.

                    1. re: cwdonald

                      Last time I was there, I'm pretty sure the Kenzinger was a full pint. Or at least in real pint looking Glass, could of been one of those with the thick bottom.

          2. re: barryg

            Village Whiskey [118 South 20th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 665-1088] is supposed to have the best burger in the city. Haven't had it yet tho'.

          3. All those mentioned are great. Good Dog has old-school ambiance and a great burger and good beer selections. Their sweet potato fries are over the top.
            Devil's Alley is good, also has some outside seating.
            There's also the Irish Pub (20th & Walnut) and O'Shea's (19th & Sansom).
            Another old-school bar is the Happy Rooster (16th & Sansom). They are better known for an adventurous, eclectic menu, but they do have a good burger.

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            1. re: PattiCakes

              Village Whiskey and Dandelion are fabulous places. Casual.. yes I guess so. Inexpensive... thats pushing it in my book. Even the Oyster House gets a bit pricey unless you get happy hour prices for drinks.