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Grab a Drink at Our Favorite South Philly Bars

Enjoy a city-wide at these spots in South Philadelphia.

South Philly is the best place to be if you are looking for a fun, laid-back atmosphere that offers great food and drinks. It’s also home to some of the best bars in Philadelphia. Whether you’re just looking to have a drink or two after a long week or want to celebrate a special occasion and get a little crazy, South Philly bars are great for everything.

group of friends having fun while drinking in a bar in south philly

We’ve put together a list of our top picks for bars so you don’t have to play the guessing game.

Best Bars in South Philly

  1. South Philadelphia Tap Room
  2. The Pub on Passyunk East
  3. Good Dog Bar
  4. American Sardine Bar
  5. Tattooed Mom
  6. Bok Bar
  7. Bob and Barbara’s Lounge
  8. Dirty Franks
  9. Garage Passyunk

South Philadelphia Tap Room

1509 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: (215) 271-7787
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If you’re looking for a bar with unique drinks and food, check out South Philadelphia Tap room. This restaurant and bar is quite popular among locals, with over 700 reviews. Reviewers love the atmosphere and service at this spot.

South Philadelphia Tap focuses primarily on a rotating draft of beers, but also offers cocktails and other drinks as well as a delicious food menu. With options like mac and cheese, sandwiches, and shareable plates, there’s plenty to choose from no matter how hungry you are. Be sure to check out their take-out beer options!

The Pub on Passyunk East

1501 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 755-5125

With hundreds of positive reviews, it’s no surprise that The Pub on Passyunk East is a popular spot for a drink. This beer hall is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a more laid-back bar. With a wide selection of drafts, this is a great place for beer lovers.

The Pub on Passyunk East rotates their beer list, so there’s always something new and delicious to try every time you visit. If you’re in the mood for some food as well, we recommend the P.O.P.E. burger, seitan cheesesteak, reuben or falafel pita!

Good Dog Bar

224 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 985-9600
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An eccentric yet popular bar in the South Philly area is Good Dog Bar. This local spot is well-liked for the food, drinks, service, and dog-friendly patio. Though it’s no surprise this bar is dog friendly, each floor is dog themed after all!

Good Dog Bar offers a wide variety of beers, cocktails, and wine. Their food menu is also perfect for a small snack or larger meal. Don’t forget to visit between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for happy hour specials!

American Sardine Bar

1800 Federal St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: (215) 334-2337
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A more casual but equally popular bar is American Sardine Bar. This local gastropub in a unique building complete with outdoor seating for those who prefer to get away from the crowds.

American Sardine Bar serves a rotating list of microbrews, so if you’re looking to try new beers, this is the place. They also offer a modest menu with sandwiches and bar appetizers. Make sure you take a look at their cocktail menu as well!

Tattooed Mom

530 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 238-9880
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If you’re looking for an entertaining place to grab a drink, we recommend Tattooed Mom. This local bar is vibrantly decorated with interesting art everywhere you look. With candy on the bar, pool tables scattered throughout, and a sticky art machine upstairs, this is definitely a one-of-a-kind bar.

Check out Tattooed Mom’s list of cocktails and bottles of beer including drinks like the pop rocket or cosmo cloud. And if you’re hungry, peruse the food menu with sandwiches and snacks as well as plenty of vegan options!

Bok Bar

800 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: (215) 918-8688
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Trying to find a bar spot that’s a bit more secluded? Look no further than Bok Bar. This local bar is a laid-back place offering beer, wine, and some Asian inspired snacks. The best part is, Bok Bar is on a rooftop where you can get away from the craziness of the streets below and look out at the city.

Bok Bar is seasonal and hosts several events throughout the season that you won’t want to miss. With rotating drink and food options every week, there’s always something new to try. Be sure to book a reservation if you want to visit!

Bob and Barbara’s Lounge

1509 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: (215) 545-4511
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If you like jazz you’re going to love Bob & Barbara’s Lounge. This local bar features live jazz in and upbeat, energetic atmosphere. With hundreds of positive reviews, it’s no wonder this place has been operating since 1969.

Bob & Barbara’s Lounge is know for their variety of drinks for low prices including everyday specials including $5 beers and more. They also have a very limited snack menu, so be sure to eat before hand. Be sure to try their most popular special: $4 for a PBR and a shot of Jim Beam!

Dirty Franks

347 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 732-5010

Looking for more of a dive bar vibe? Try out Dirty Franks. This local bar features plenty of local art and interesting knickknacks inside it’s walls including a dart board and jukebox. Locals love the spot for its charm, affordable prices, and dog-friendly patio.

Dirty Franks is a cash only bar, so be prepared to pay for your drink appropriately. With plenty of cheap beers, cocktails, shots, and more, this is a spot you won’t want to miss out on!

Garage Passyunk

1231 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 278-2429
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Completing our list of South Philly bars is Garage Passyunk. This local bar is a casual spot to grab a drink or two and is housed in an auto shop themed building. With ski ball in the back and music playing throughout, you’re sure to have fun at this stop.

Garage Passyunk offers indoor and outdoor seating, so it’s perfect for any time of the year. Check out their selection of beers (over 150 varieties), cocktails, slushies, shots, and even bagged drinks!

Final Thoughts

South Philly definitely has quite a few unique bars to choose from. With more laid-back vibes in some and party-all-night atmospheres in others, there’s a great spot for every occasion. So the next time you’re looking for a night out in South Philly, you’ll know exactly where to go.

Which bar will you visit first? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Ryan F.

Ryan is a Philadelphia local who enjoys checking out Philly's restaurant scene every chance he can. He grew up in South Jersey and now lives in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood. Ryan also enjoys traveling and checking out local eateries in every city he visits.