Johnny Brenda's

(215) 739-9684 | View Website

1201 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA | Directions   19125

39.969038 -75.134314

Open Hours

Mon. - Sun. 11am - 2am

 
Restaurants, Bars & Clubs, Bars & Pubs  more

More Categories: Neighborhood Bars, Taverns

Bar & Club Special Features: After Work, Live Music

Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: North Philadelphia, Northern Liberties/ Fishtown

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Johnny Brenda's
Johnny Brenda's
Johnny Brenda's
Menu
Hommus, Octopus, Baked Mozzarella, Shrimp & Avocado, Steamed Clams, Pork Terrine, Eel, 1/4 Rack Of Ribs, Pork Belly, Beef Empanadas... more

Reviews for Johnny Brenda's

Recommends

The BEST place to see a show in the city. Intimate, but grand, Divey, but slick - no matter where you stand you'll have a great view of the band.

Johnny Brenda's
Recommends

Awesome bands have rolled through for years at this neighborhood revitalizing anchor bar. You can get up close or watch from the 2nd floor.

Johnny Brenda's
Recommends

Great place for a beer and some live music. A reliable classic amidst the all of the new trendy spots nearby.

Johnny Brenda's
Recommends

Everyone knows JB's for its shows, but it's a hell of a place to drink too. Their draft list is easily one of the best in the NoLibs area.

over a year ago

I got some solid "day drinking" in one Sunday a few months back. Up until about a year ago, I'd only ever been here for shows... but it's good for so much more than that. I think I need to hit this place up soon for brunch.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Local Legend growing here – This place is a perfect blend of dive bar, intimate venue, big acts and gourmet rustic food. I've seen bands like Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Grand Archives, Blitzen Trapper, Smoking Popes, White Denim etc etc etc etc... Great people watching in the summer too.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great place to meet friends – Love this gem in Fishtown and the variety of band they host. Nice menu friendly staff and great service too.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Music, Food... and Hipster Watching – LOL @ MaureenO.... it's a hipster bar, what do you expect? Check out South Street if you want punk rock and to pick up a "dude".

When we were looking for seating, the server, sans skinny pants though but had the beard, pointed to a cozy table in the corner and replied, "That one looks sexy". (rotfl) Maybe they changed their tune lately because the music wasn't loud and the food was really good. Shows upstairs are pretty decent for the location. Need more old school bands though.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

The place is too super straight--like a Mormon hang out – Well, I think this place attracts too many skinny super straight boys who think they are the cat's meow. These guys are so uptight and so straight you think you are in Oklahoma or Kansas. They need a good boning by a drag queen or something. Boring people. So predictable. So straight and hum drum. The wine is also too damn expensive--8.00 a glass is outrageous for a place in Fishtown/Northern Liberties. I can buy a bottle of wine for 8.00. They give good deals on beer but they ignore wine. Not fair. Plus the place is still a hole in the wall. People go there and pose and pretend they are hip. The music is too loud, you cannot have a conversation because you cannot hear the person you are talking to. Too damn crowded.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Love at First Sight – I fell in love with JBs the first time I stepped over the threshold 3 weeks ago. I went back after a particularly sordid night of agony at the pretentiousness that is the suck-fest at Yakitori Boy.

This place is so chill. It fits like a favorite pair of shoes. The service is good; the barstaff knows how to mix a strong drink. And the prices are reasonable.

The atmosphere at JBs does not quit!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Beer and Food in a Friendly but Interesting Atmosphere. – JB's carries only local draft which is a great reason to go there on its own. On top of that, there open kitchen puts out some quality grub. The menu leans toward Mediterranean - they grilled octopus is some of the best that I've had and you can not beat JB's prices!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

reliably good food for reasonable prices – JB has good food for a good price all the time. Nice vibe, good beer selection, good mixed crowd. Service can be slow/indifferent and the place can be smoky and quite loud weekend nights. Overall, a great addition to the local scene and a good value.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Who knew! – This little hole in the wall looked like just a bar but WOW!! food was GREAT! Dropped in for a quick burger for lunch and had best salad and sandwich I have had in a long time! Others in my group loved they food as well. Very fun, friendly staff. Definitely give it a try. I'll be back!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Regular Spot! – This place is truly a great local hangout. They *do* actually accept credit cards and have always, to my knowledge so this "insider tip" about just accepting cash is wrong. However, there is an Wachovia ATM right across the street. Anyway, the bartenders are super-friendly, the food is delish (although they could use more dessert) and the crowd is always great there. It's a place where you don't have to worry about looking pretty or dressing up--just go there to sip some beers or drinks and catch dinner, even if it's alone!

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Tune In, Rock Out: Listen to Live Music in Philly There\'s someone playing at these places every night of the week.
Mix Alcohol with Photobooths and What Do You Get? Mementos of a night gone wild either in picture or hickey form.
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