247 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910339.948512 -75.169315
Mon. - Sun. 11am - 2am
Neighborhoods: Rittenhouse Square, Center City
While it's close enough to wind-sprint to Rittenhouse Square, Black Sheep has the unique distinction of seeming far removed from the Center City bustle. It has plenty to do with the warm, slightly creaky but altogether charming environs, overseen by smiling staffers quick with a tap handle.
The kind of place you expect people to break out into song at the bar. Get a spot near the fireplace and order whatever stout is on tap.
great bar!! – This bar is a fun place to party hard with friends! Yes, the staff gets busy @ times - but just think of them as tough, not rude :) Great beer selection, best place to watch play off games in the city. This is one of my favorite bars that I always take out-of-town friends to during their visits.
I agree with the bad staff/food reviews – I USE TO like this pub a lot I have been here on several occasions, for my birthday or just for a night out with friends. Maybe its because they won awards and it got to their heads, but in the past few months, the service has sharply declined and so has the food. The main point of this review is this.... I made a reservation a week in advance for dinner at 8PM on a weeknight. Yes, a popular time, but when we arrived (at 7:45 nonetheless) they told us that they were all full and gave our table away to a "big group". The hostess was trying to pull every lame excuse on us as to why she had just given the table away. On top of that, she was rude and didn't even apologize for the inconvenience and because of it, I will NEVER go here again.
Wonderful experience – My husband and I had dinner in the second floor dining room on Saturday night. It was great to have a non-smoking environment that was actually seperate from the smoking (downstairs). Our server was attentive and pleasant - he even treated us to a couple of hard-ciders to participate in a taste test with him. The curry mussles were fantatastic and the crabcakes were some of the best I've had in the city. I'm looking forward to bringing friends next time.
Fabulous Lunch – The hubby had a Guinness and the fish and chips, I had a cocktail and the grilled tuna sandwich...the food was phenomenal! Bothe served with mixed greens tossed in a vinagrette and extremely crunchy, yet tender fries (I'm NOT a fries lover, but these were yummy!) some type of pickled ginger/slaw was absolutely delicious especially rounding out the fish. All served on a huge platter...great value and good eats!
Rude bar staff & no attention to customers. – This bartender left 2 women with a very bad feeling. Sat at the bar, waited quite a few minutes, though the place had 2x's the waitstaff to customers. Asked a question once the waiter daned to acknowledge our presence & were cut short with a "order or don't, it's the same to me attitude."
Couldn't get out of there quickly enough. This is the reason for the expression, "One rotten apple can spoil a barrell."
Fun for food or drink. – I've been here several times and always enjoyed it, whether I wanted a sit-down meal with a group or just a place to hang out for drinks on a date. The food is definitely a cut-above average bar standards, with some of the best calamari I've had anywhere and an excellent spicy mushroom wrap. The upstairs dining room is nice if you want a less hectic and noisy experience. I've had no problem with the waitservice; in fact I've found them very accomodating in several instances regarding special requests and speeding up service when I needed to make a show.
It's a nice alternative to the always packed and crazy environment at Monk's.
Worst Eating Experience – My friend and I ordered a cheese plate and when it came out it had meat in it (which the menu didn't mention) We are vegetarians, so we hated to say anything about it but we had to tell the waitress. She took it and said she replaced it with a new one, but later in the meal we found out she just dumped it on a new plate. If she had told us she couldn't replace it, ok, but she just lied instead. She got mad when she got caught and proceeded to whisper blatently to all her co-workers who starred at us for this. The refused to allow us to speak to the manager so we just ended up leaving. I would never recommend people go there for lack of the staff caring alone.
This place is definately the best on the square.... Try their amazing coconut curry mussels or the pork sandwich on the first floor. Or go on upstairs and sit down to some fabulous crab cakes or a fillet. If you don't like to be in a swamped bar then come back on Sunday for a great brunch. You won't be disappointed. This place does it all so well.....
Better than home – To call the Black sheep Pub doesn't give it ists full due. NOt only was in voted "Best Pub in Philly" last year but its food has been rated at the level of some of our best reataurants. The upstairs dining room is a smoke-free and quiet while tthe first floor bar has the ambiance of a Irissh Pub in full swing. Great place to meet people.
Best Bar in Rittenhouse Square – Great food, I love their pub menu - perfect for that after work happy hour meal. The service is excellent as well. I like being able to choose between the basement bar - for a casual night out, or the more trendy main bar. And the dining room upstairs is usually less crowded and smoke free! One of the better places to hang out in the Rittenhouse Square area
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