Johnny Goodtimes takes a closer look at the Friendly Lounge, one of the best bars in America according to Esquire Magazine. And what does Johnny find? The place lives up to its name and billing.
Since Esquire stirred up the hornets nest by naming the Friendly Lounge one of the top bars in the country, Goodtimes is asking his readers what bar is their favorite.
What’s the Best Bar in Philadelphia? [Johnny Goodtimes]
Has Esquire lost it? A year after they named Grey Lodge and Southwark as two of the best bars in America the magazine has a new list for 2007. And the lone Philadelphia contribution to the list is the Friendly Lodge at 8th and Washington.
Neighborhood bar, 1950s. Dirty and magical. From the outside, it looks vacant. But thatâ€™s the beauty. No burgers here. No mussels. No Abercrombie. No Fitch. Hereâ€™s what they have: ashtrays in front of every stool. Three-dollar Budweisers. Good jukebox. A clogged sink in the bathroom. And a cute salt-of the-earth bartender. Heaven.
Not to get too snobby, but come on, Buds and a clogged sink? We’ll be investigating this weekend.
Friendly Lounge [Yelp]