Bob & Barbara’s | Photo by Trevor Dixon
We asked 25 of the city’s best chefs, bartenders, beer geeks, cork dorks and professional drinkers to weigh in on the best bars in Philly. Here, in order, are the 50 best places to drink in a city made for drinking. Philadelphia, meet the 50 Best Bars Class of 2014.
Foobooz 50 Best Bars by the Numbers
13 bars are new to the list from last year.
18 bars have been on the list for all six years we’ve compiled it.
Another 4 bars have been on the Best Bars list at least 5 years.
A.bar was the biggest mover, jumping 38 spots on the list.
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The Jose Pistola’s Twitter account has been a consistent source of amusement. It had been run by Felicia D’Ambrosio who is just about as Twitter savvy as anyone can be but she’s now rocking the social media for Cook + Solo. Now the Pistola’s account is being run by Nick Cejas . And today he may have outdone himself.
Did you know Mexican craft beer existed? It came as a surprise to Jose Pistola’s as well. But this Sunday they’re welcoming Berber Brewing Co. to Philadelphia.
Berber is being imported by David Suro and Oscar Serrano. You probably know them Tequila’s Restaurant and Siembra Azul Tequila. They’ll be at Jose Pistola’s this Sunday starting at 10 p.m. to midnight as Pistola’s pours Berber’s beers and of course some tequila as well.
Even better, there will be some specials as well.
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Over the weekend a photo posted to Twitter announced that Joe Gunn and his Jose Pistola’s crew was coming to Fishtown. Gunn, Casey Parker and Jose Pistola’s chef Adan Trinidad are taking over the former Bubba’s BBQ at 19 W Girard Avenue.
Michael Klein reports that the new beer bar serving Mexican food will be called Sancho Pistola’s. The bar is aiming to open before the Super Bowl with a menu that includes a raw bar, tacos, entrees and Mexican-Asian fused carnitas buns.
Sancho Pistola’s isn’t the only Mexican restaurant heading to the area. Calexico, an outfit out of New York will be opening at Frankford and Girard after their 16th and South Street location opens.
Jose Pistola’s opening Sancho Pistola’s in Fishtown [The Insider]
Casey Parker and his daughter hanging under awning at the costumed Jose Pistola’s.
Jose Pistola’s co-owner Casey Parker loves Monk’s Cafe and its proprietors Tom Peters and Fergus Carey. So much so he’s offering half-off beers for anyone who comes in dressed as either today. But that wasn’t his only Halloween plan for the day. He’s put a Monk’s Cafe costume on his 15th Street’s bar’s facade, complete with awning, mock neon and beer bottles.
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Progressive Halloween parties seem to be a thing this year. Jose Pistola’s is encouraging Halloween revelers to pregame at their bar from 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. And if you want to get a drink for half-price, come as Monk’s Tom Peters or Fergie’s Fergus Carey.
And where might you head after Jose Pistola’s? Fergie’s Pub is going all out with its WonkaVision Halloween Party. There will be spooky quizzo followed by live band karaoke. We’ve been ensured that there will indeed be opportunities to sing along with your favorite Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory songs.
Photo by Neal Santos.
Adam Erace returns to Jose Pistola’s to try the menu of Adan Trinidad. The former El Vez kitchen-hand has returned to Philadelphia after a stint in New York and he has Pistola’s firing.
Some of Trinidad’s plates, like the glistening tiradito of raw fluke splashed with yuzu and freckled with togarashi, made me want to take a sledgehammer to the overbearing sound system, twist 200-watt bulbs into the overhead sockets and lay a white cloth over my table. Fruity, spicy, sour and fresh, the food demanded a bit more attention.
Thanks to a new chef, the food at Jose Pistola’s lives up to the lofty beer list [City Paper]
Jose Pistola’s [Foobooz]
Soft shells with shoshito and honey at Stateside
We here at Foobooz World Headquarters have a soft spot for soft shell crabs. Some might get bummed out by the thought of biting through a shell, devouring a whole animal and all that. But us, we love the idea of crabby taste without the hustle or frustration of shucking anything. And softshell season is officially upon us. The delicious creatures have been showing up on more menus around town over recent days.
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Casey Parker and Joe Gunn’s Jose Pistola’s has been a great place for beer since it opened. But the food has definitely had its ups and downs. But with hiring of Adán Trinidad, food will be one more reason to head to the Center City bar. Trinidad has most recently working and creating menus for Richard Sandoval Restaurants. He is known to Philadelphians for his time as chef de cuisine at Fish and his stint at Stephen Starr’s El Vez.
Trinidad has just rolled out a new menu which is much much more aggressive than some of its past efforts. The Mexican menu features multiple types of guacamole and salsa plus some exciting ceviche, queso fundido and sopes. Of special note is the Random section of the menu which includes mole meatballs and carnitas steamed buns.
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