The South Philly Bar and Grill is meant to be a place where you come to watch the game â€“ any game. Football, soccer, baseball, hockey… whatever suits your fancy.
The place has an ideal location at 9th and Passyunk â€“ right across from Patâ€™s and Genoâ€™s. But SPBG has more to offer than a quick beer before your cheesesteak. Their menu has all the classic bar staples done well, plus a few more artisan entrees to lure you in on the rare night there isnâ€™t a game going on.
Last time I stopped in, my friends and I started out with the appetizer sampler, and the onion rings were definitely the highlight. Dipped in homemade batter, they held up when you bit into them and werenâ€™t overbearingly salty or greasy. And the grilled portabella sandwich is a surprisingly good vegetarian bet, especially for a place that, rightfully so, isnâ€™t catering to the meatless among us. The marinated mushroom was topped with delicious caramelized onions, all squeezed between a potato roll with a heaping mound of waffle fries on the side.
Much like the menu, the draught list is chock full of the staples, plus a few fancier selections, including Dogfishhead 90 Minute IPA and Legacyâ€™s Hoptimus Prime.
If youâ€™re looking for a good place to watch the game, this place is a solid bet. Itâ€™s always a good sign when the bartenders are more into the game than many of the patrons, complete with an air horn siren that goes off every time a home team scores.
South Philly Bar and Grill
1235 Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 334 3300