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Terence’s guidebook to the most awesome neighborhood ever, man.

Terence

Terence’s guidebook to the most awesome neighborhood ever, man.

Dive Bar
If you like to smoke and hang out at the edge of the world, this is your spot.
Friendly Lounge
1039 S 8th St
If you like to smoke and hang out at the edge of the world, this is your spot.
Food scene
It's a pretty cool spot with an impressive beer selection...more geared towards late 20s mid 30s hipsters. I hang out there now and then. They do have skee ball if that's your thing. they have a food truck parked inside with guest chefs who really whip up some pretty cheap, amazing food.
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Garage Passyunk
1231 E Passyunk Ave
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It's a pretty cool spot with an impressive beer selection...more geared towards late 20s mid 30s hipsters. I hang out there now and then. They do have skee ball if that's your thing. they have a food truck parked inside with guest chefs who really whip up some pretty cheap, amazing food.
An old biker bar turned gastro pub. probably serving smoked deer stuffed inside a cow stomach dropped over sauerkraut and mashed potatoes...if you're into it that this may be your spot...seriously though their menu is ridiculous awesome and will challenge your idea of the normal, unless you were living in 19th century England.
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Watkins Drinkery
1712 South 10th Street
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An old biker bar turned gastro pub. probably serving smoked deer stuffed inside a cow stomach dropped over sauerkraut and mashed potatoes...if you're into it that this may be your spot...seriously though their menu is ridiculous awesome and will challenge your idea of the normal, unless you were living in 19th century England.
Owned by Nancy, who has been in the neighborhood for well over a decade or more, Benna's is a far superior alternative to Dunkin'...great coffee, light snacks, bagels, soup, and a little window into the local art scene. It's a block from the most awesome house in which you're staying.
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Benna's Cafe
1236 South 8th Street
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Owned by Nancy, who has been in the neighborhood for well over a decade or more, Benna's is a far superior alternative to Dunkin'...great coffee, light snacks, bagels, soup, and a little window into the local art scene. It's a block from the most awesome house in which you're staying.
I don't hang here much, and I don't know why. When I have been there I always found they had great food, great beer, and nice open-aired windows and what not. It's a good spot for sure.
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Devil's Den
1148 South 11th Street
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I don't hang here much, and I don't know why. When I have been there I always found they had great food, great beer, and nice open-aired windows and what not. It's a good spot for sure.
If you and your partner want to go out for a really nice dinner and drop some bucks, this is one of the places to go. Don't bring your bratty kids or your 20 something brother-in-law who smokes too much weed and won't get a job. You could bring your parents though, and let them know how grateful you are for putting up with your crap over the years.
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Fond
1537 South 11th Street
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If you and your partner want to go out for a really nice dinner and drop some bucks, this is one of the places to go. Don't bring your bratty kids or your 20 something brother-in-law who smokes too much weed and won't get a job. You could bring your parents though, and let them know how grateful you are for putting up with your crap over the years.
Across the street from Fond, same thing..you'll get a great meal, great wine, and a great experience. Highly recommended.
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Noir Restaurant & Bar
1909 East Passyunk Avenue
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Across the street from Fond, same thing..you'll get a great meal, great wine, and a great experience. Highly recommended.
So my bro, Riley, and I rolled in this place last summer just ripped up from the night before...it was 204 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and we sat down in the 103 degree restaurant and had one of the most amazing egg hoagies ever...nothing wrong with some dudes at the breakfast bar, chatting away with their buttcracks hanging out. I have a photo of that in my phone somewhere...so then we strolled out into the increasingly oppressive heat realizing that we may have had the most amazing breakfast experience in the world...I mean it's not eating Dim-Sum for breakfast while watching wind sweep across the South China Sea and a sampan going over the horizon revealing the curvature of the Earth, but it's dang close.
Brunics
2000 South 17th Street
So my bro, Riley, and I rolled in this place last summer just ripped up from the night before...it was 204 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and we sat down in the 103 degree restaurant and had one of the most amazing egg hoagies ever...nothing wrong with some dudes at the breakfast bar, chatting away with their buttcracks hanging out. I have a photo of that in my phone somewhere...so then we strolled out into the increasingly oppressive heat realizing that we may have had the most amazing breakfast experience in the world...I mean it's not eating Dim-Sum for breakfast while watching wind sweep across the South China Sea and a sampan going over the horizon revealing the curvature of the Earth, but it's dang close.
Left over from the French colonization of Indo-China, this Laotian bakery brought back probably the only thing of value from decades of brutal French exploitation. You can bitch and complain about colonization all you want, and with good reason, but there are gems that fall out of the darkest of human tragedies and misconduct, and that gem landed right here at 1218 MIfflin Street. F*&k yeah, this place is amazing with some of the best baked goods to come from the Far East and puts Dunkin and their first world crap to shame.
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Artisan Boulanger Patissier
1218 Mifflin Street
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Left over from the French colonization of Indo-China, this Laotian bakery brought back probably the only thing of value from decades of brutal French exploitation. You can bitch and complain about colonization all you want, and with good reason, but there are gems that fall out of the darkest of human tragedies and misconduct, and that gem landed right here at 1218 MIfflin Street. F*&k yeah, this place is amazing with some of the best baked goods to come from the Far East and puts Dunkin and their first world crap to shame.
I’ve never been to this place but was at the owners old spot on 11th. These guys are over the top. There is always a line around the corner. And it’s a block away. Check their hours though...they aren’t open all that much.
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South Philly Barbacoa
1140 S 9th St
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I’ve never been to this place but was at the owners old spot on 11th. These guys are over the top. There is always a line around the corner. And it’s a block away. Check their hours though...they aren’t open all that much.
Neighborhood Bar
So one night I'm there and it's my buddy's wife's birthday...they give you a shot of bourbon if it's your birthday. She got a little drunk and went home and got pregnant. So if you smoke and it's your birthday and you want to get pregnant, this may be your spot.
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Ray's Happy Birthday Bar
1200 East Passyunk Avenue
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So one night I'm there and it's my buddy's wife's birthday...they give you a shot of bourbon if it's your birthday. She got a little drunk and went home and got pregnant. So if you smoke and it's your birthday and you want to get pregnant, this may be your spot.
Also known as the P.O.P.E. it's a good neighborhood bar with some sidewalk seating and a nice wide open window spot in the back room to people watch. I like hanging out there, chatting with my buddies and commenting on the people walking by...usually poking fun in a polite way, and as always someone walks by that I know, and we chat. They have ok bar food...I always wished they would step up their game a bit, but it works.
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The Pub on Passyunk East
1501 East Passyunk Avenue
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Also known as the P.O.P.E. it's a good neighborhood bar with some sidewalk seating and a nice wide open window spot in the back room to people watch. I like hanging out there, chatting with my buddies and commenting on the people walking by...usually poking fun in a polite way, and as always someone walks by that I know, and we chat. They have ok bar food...I always wished they would step up their game a bit, but it works.
I love their outdoor seating stools...they seem to have struggled keeping kitchen staff, and their menu often changes. Only serving domestic beer and liquor, lately the sidewalk scene has been hijacked by a group of early 30s something parents with one kid who think being a parent is the hardest job in the world...I have five kids, and I think having one kid only barely qualifies you as a parent. But if you want to park your stroller and bring your dog that is a residual from when you were single, it's a good spot to meet other parents.
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Stateside
1536 East Passyunk Avenue
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I love their outdoor seating stools...they seem to have struggled keeping kitchen staff, and their menu often changes. Only serving domestic beer and liquor, lately the sidewalk scene has been hijacked by a group of early 30s something parents with one kid who think being a parent is the hardest job in the world...I have five kids, and I think having one kid only barely qualifies you as a parent. But if you want to park your stroller and bring your dog that is a residual from when you were single, it's a good spot to meet other parents.
Owned by, dang it I can't remember his name right now , who is generally a chill dude often seen bartending, Lucky 13 is a local neighborhood bar that is just a chill scene. They may have some death metal or some late 70's punk playing while watching a Phils game from the 80's, which I kind of like...they serve some bar food, burgers and what not.
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Lucky 13 Pub
1820 South 13th Street
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Owned by, dang it I can't remember his name right now , who is generally a chill dude often seen bartending, Lucky 13 is a local neighborhood bar that is just a chill scene. They may have some death metal or some late 70's punk playing while watching a Phils game from the 80's, which I kind of like...they serve some bar food, burgers and what not.
I like this place. I have had better bar food here than most places...they have a large section for sit down meals, solid beer selection, some TVs or whatever and sidewalk seating where you may feel a little exposed because there is around 100 yards of open space where Passyunk, Reed and 11th Street come together. That's a lot of space for this neighborhood, and it probably freaks out the residents a little bit. They have decent vegan junk food if you're a hippie.
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Triangle Tavern
1338 South 10th Street
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I like this place. I have had better bar food here than most places...they have a large section for sit down meals, solid beer selection, some TVs or whatever and sidewalk seating where you may feel a little exposed because there is around 100 yards of open space where Passyunk, Reed and 11th Street come together. That's a lot of space for this neighborhood, and it probably freaks out the residents a little bit. They have decent vegan junk food if you're a hippie.
Straight up neighborhood bar. I love this place and hang here often. I've taken some of my kids here and fed them a burger and fries while chatting with my bros. This isn't the oldest bar around, but there is nothing ever negative said about it. It can get crowded at times and other times it's just you and a few patrons enjoying the whatever-crafted beer they have written on the chalkboard.
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Fountain Porter
1601 South 10th Street
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Straight up neighborhood bar. I love this place and hang here often. I've taken some of my kids here and fed them a burger and fries while chatting with my bros. This isn't the oldest bar around, but there is nothing ever negative said about it. It can get crowded at times and other times it's just you and a few patrons enjoying the whatever-crafted beer they have written on the chalkboard.
This is outside of the neighborhood over in Newbold...it is a long walk, but I've always loved this place. Check out their menu online as it is always unique. Definite neighborhood bar and a little more edgier than East Passyunk as it is nestled up next to the growing younger hipster bloom in Point Breeze and Girard Estates. And yes, pre-Covid I would march in this jawn with all five of my kids and sit them down for fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and this ridiculous brownie that weighs 63 pounds and watch those little terrors rip it apart like sharks in a pool of chum. The servers were like "oh great, it's the wild Irish Indians again." Yeah I bet they love us though.
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South Philadelphia Tap Room
1509 Mifflin Street
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This is outside of the neighborhood over in Newbold...it is a long walk, but I've always loved this place. Check out their menu online as it is always unique. Definite neighborhood bar and a little more edgier than East Passyunk as it is nestled up next to the growing younger hipster bloom in Point Breeze and Girard Estates. And yes, pre-Covid I would march in this jawn with all five of my kids and sit them down for fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and this ridiculous brownie that weighs 63 pounds and watch those little terrors rip it apart like sharks in a pool of chum. The servers were like "oh great, it's the wild Irish Indians again." Yeah I bet they love us though.
Essentials, I Suppose
This is the closest grocery store if you want to buy food in bulk...if you're into that sort of thing. They have a respectable beer selection and have stepped up their game a bit and have been addressing the changing demographic in the neighborhood.
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ACME Markets
1400 East Passyunk Avenue
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This is the closest grocery store if you want to buy food in bulk...if you're into that sort of thing. They have a respectable beer selection and have stepped up their game a bit and have been addressing the changing demographic in the neighborhood.
It's a CVS and speaks for itself.
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CVS
1405 South 10th Street
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It's a CVS and speaks for itself.
The only place around to pick up liquor and I think wine...they may sell wine at the Acme, but I don't remember.
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Fine Wine & Good Spirits
1237 South 11th Street
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The only place around to pick up liquor and I think wine...they may sell wine at the Acme, but I don't remember.
A warehouse full of beer to stockpile...kegs available, cigs, soda in bulk....
Society Hill Beverage
129 Washington Ave
A warehouse full of beer to stockpile...kegs available, cigs, soda in bulk....
Also a warehouse full of beer they have everything in bulk...no liquor though as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is still trying to crawl out of the 17th century and upgrade it's temperance laws. They sell lottery tix, cigs, and have a handy snack rack near check out that have these glazed honey peanut things that are just awesome.
Moore Beverage
601 Moore Street
Also a warehouse full of beer they have everything in bulk...no liquor though as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is still trying to crawl out of the 17th century and upgrade it's temperance laws. They sell lottery tix, cigs, and have a handy snack rack near check out that have these glazed honey peanut things that are just awesome.
This is Lisa's laundromat. Lisa is cool...they have washing, folding service...whatever you need.
10th Street Laundromat
1143 S 10th St
This is Lisa's laundromat. Lisa is cool...they have washing, folding service...whatever you need.
Unbelievable. Hands down the best in the neighborhood...just straight up cool people who know how to cut hair. They just get it. Even if you don't need a haircut, I don't know, go anyway, you'll feel like a million dollars walking out of that place, possibly with a new attitude or new outlook on life...you may even decide to marry your girlfriend or get a new one...it's a toss up every time.
Meister's Barbershop
1810 East Passyunk Avenue
Unbelievable. Hands down the best in the neighborhood...just straight up cool people who know how to cut hair. They just get it. Even if you don't need a haircut, I don't know, go anyway, you'll feel like a million dollars walking out of that place, possibly with a new attitude or new outlook on life...you may even decide to marry your girlfriend or get a new one...it's a toss up every time.

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Samgöngur
Look out for the "South Philly Slide"
Be very careful walking into crosswalks, especially with small children. People driving through this neighborhood, both foreign (and I mean from NJ) and domestic feel that stop signs possess a certain type of looser translation than other parts of the country. When hanging on the corner with my bros putting down 40s never a day goes by when I don't witness five or six near death experiences. I mean I'm not out there every day pulling 40s...
Siðir og menning
Nothing good happens after 2 A.M.
Staggering home from a late night bar crawl may not be the best idea at 0230, but chances are you've probably made a series of bad decisions throughout the night anyway...let's not cross our t's and dot our i's on this one an get a cabUberLyft home instead....your mom and dad would be very happy that at least there was a modicum of prevailing common sense, and you may be very happy that you're not a crime victim trying to drunkenly explain what happened to officers at South Detectives, located at 24th and Wolf...which is a an even longer walk home at 5 am.