Philly Beer Week: Our annual opportunity to demolish our collective liver while feeling absolutely no guilt over it whatsoever. Is there anything better? Well, yes: Doing said damage while enjoying a selection of foods paired specifically with those bottles and pints and growlers and kegs. Here, then, are our top choices for chowing down while drinking up.
Always a stellar option for a great brew and a good bite to eat. Nodding Head is the quintessential Philly beer destination: Honest, ambitious without pretense, and always a perfect choice for a few hours...or more.
Everything you've heard or read about Standard Tap? It's all true. There's a reason that this is one of the top bars in the city: It's as honest, accomplished, and flat-out enjoyable as you'll find on the east coast. The beer selection in particular will stun you...and make you seriously thirsty just reading the list.
Venerable Old City destination for eclectic, occasionally exotic beers. Just be careful: There is a very good chance you'll end up spending the entire night here once you get started.
Consistently, reliably good food, friendly service, and ample opportunity to drink broadly and well.
Time is one of those rare restaurant / bars that just keeps on getting better with age. A remarkable drinks program is joined here by notably tasty food and service as friendly as anywhere in the neighborhood.
Visit here often: The rotating selection of beers on tap is remarkable, with often difficult-to-find gems being pulled. And the food, which tends toward the comforting but never boring, is tailor made for pairing with...well, all that wonderful beer.
Strange name, spectacular spot. Make sure to try the eponymous fish sandwich here, of course, but also save room for plenty of beer--the selection is both local and national, with a focus on the interesting. Don't forget to try the American Sardine Ale!
This is just what the neighborhood needs: A grown-up bar with remarkable food, a friendly atmosphere, and enough of a range of beers and spirits to keep even the most passionate imbiber occupied for months.