In its almost-nine years on the corner of 20th and Lombard, Pub & Kitchen co-owners Dan Clark and Ed Hackett only hired two executive chefs, which, in the restaurant world, is quite a feat. It opened in 2008 with Jonathan Adams, who, at the time, was one of Philly’s top young chef prospects. A menu of big-deal burgers and beer-friendly eats laid the gastropub-ish groundwork for Eli Collins who took over five years later (Adams left to grow his now-booming coffee roasting company, Rival Bros.). Over the ensuing four years, Collins elevated P&K’s kitchen to new heights — still keeping to the P&K model (casual, designed with the neighborhood in mind), but keeping the menus current and refined as well.
Collins is moving on from the Rittenhouse icon (more on that soon), and Steven Eckerd — a familiar name in the Philly dining world — will take his place.
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Wm. Mulherin’s Sons | Photo by Ted Nghiem
So this is it.
After months of research, weeks of debate and a whole year of waiting, we finally have this year’s ranked list of the 50 Best Bars In Philadelphia.
Because Philly is one of the greatest drinking cities on Earth, it’s also home to an unusually high concentration of experts in the elbow-bending arts. This year we’ve again turned to the best of them–writers and editors, rummies and winos, industry pros and enthusiastic amateurs–and asked them where they go when there’s drinking to be done. We tallied their votes and cast our own and all to bring you this: our always controversial, always surprising (and absolutely accurate) ranking of the 50 best bars in the region.
So let’s get drinking, shall we? And we can start at …
Pub & Kitchen rolls out a new happy hour menu starting tonight. The deals include $20 bottles of rosé wine, $5 You Call It Old Fashioneds (choose mezcal, whiskey or rum) and P&K Pils made exclusively for Pub & Kitchen by New Belgium.
The Kitchen in Pub & Kitchen gets into the act with a $10 cheese plate, half-priced oysters and P&K’s “Almost Famous Happy Hour Burger” for $7.95. The burger is a changeup from the Pub’s regular burger. For happy hour, chef Eli Collins is topping the burger with caramelized onions, jalapeño queso, pickle slaw and serving it on a sesame brioche.
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The Pabbit Room above Pub & Kitchen |Photo by Mike Persico
For the holidays, sometimes the greatest gift is one you give yourself—not cooking at home for all those guests. Here are seven Philly restaurants well equipped for handling large parties of revelers suddenly arriving on the doorstep.
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When Pub & Kitchen held their first Country Delight night six years ago, I suggested bringing your own earplugs. Now I’m married to a country music fan and I admit, sometimes I tap along to the twangy tunes. I’m not happy about it (the tapping along to country music part, not the married part, being married is great), but it’s true.
Tonight, Tuesday, November 24th, P&K will be throwing another country night with cheap beer, cheap whiskey and an impressive menu from chef Eli Collins. Collins will be frying up chicken and trout, smoking pork shoulder and ribs, and also whipping up mac and cheese, peel-and-eat shrimp and much more.
Grab three friends and order the “I’m Higher than Willie Nelson” Platter. The $91 feast comes with a dozen oysters, fried chicken, brisket, pork ribs, collard greens, coleslaw, classy biscuit, burnt ends beans and whiskey on the side.
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Crab fries at Varga Bar | Photo by Neal Santos
Philly’s best bars don’t just know how to shake a fine cocktail. here are six classic bar foods for modern tastes.
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Keith Raimondi at Townsend | Photo by Neal Santos
For seven years now we’ve polled bartenders, beer reps, booze writers and professional drinkers of all stripes, and asked them to pick their most-loved bars in the area. We then add our own favorites, do a little cocktail-napkin math and come up with the 50 Best Bars in Philadelphia. This year the Best Bars list includes dives, gastropubs, cocktail lounges and even an awesome little spot in Port Richmond.
This year’s list features a new number one bar, but that’s far from the only interesting tidbit on the list.
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Pub & Kitchen is offering a special “Industry Relief Party” this evening, Monday, September 28th for hospitality folk who need a break after a weekend of getting cut early or staring out into empty restaurants.
Starting at 9 p.m., the popular bar will be offering house cocktails for $6 plus “Cheap Beer / Cheap Whiskey / Good Times.”
Chef Eli Collins will also have some food specials.
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The Fresh Mozz at Meltkraft.
Hey, did you guys know that its National Sandwich Month? Well it is, and we’re celebrating by bringing you the best sandwich news we can find.
Yesterday, it was an up-close-and-personal look at the Gizmo from Paesano’s. Today, it’s the new Local Deals promotion from Caviar that’s going on right now. In keeping with our theme, we thought we’d do a round-up of all the best sandwiches you could have delivered to you until Friday with no delivery charge.
So get out your stretchy pants, folks. It’s going to be that kind of week.
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Late afternoon wine enjoyed outdoors at Fitler Dining Room.
Whether you’ve tired of Center City Sips, your go-to bar, or simply drinking at home, here’s a round-up of the newer additions to the list of Philadelphia’s happy hours this summer. With the heat of August on the horizon, we’re probably all going to need a drink (or three), so let these newcomers reinvigorate your weekday drinking.
We’ll accept a cocktail as thanks.
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