This one is not brand-new, but we found it and had some things to say about it. It also happens to be far more accurate in its results, even though there are so many great Philly bars that have been omitted. So which watering holes were deemed to be among the fairest in the land?
First up: the venerable Southwark. Esquire has a little feature on the side that dictates what you should order, and for Southwark, the decree is a rye old-fashioned, which they deem “perfect.”
Next we have Friendly Lounge, where the suggested libation is a cheap Bud. Unlike Southwark, the merit lies not so much in the drink, but rather in the following:
Neighborhood bar, 1950s. Dirty and magical. From the outside, it looks vacant. But that’s the beauty. No burgers here. No mussels. No Abercrombie. No Fitch. Here’s what they have: ashtrays in front of every stool. Three-dollar Budweisers. Good jukebox. A clogged sink in the bathroom. And a cute salt-of-the-earth bartender. Heaven.
And finally, Grey Lodge Pub, notable for being most like Moe’s Tavern. Apparently, “you’re having a pint of Flying Bison once things start to pick up a bit.”
Awesome, but where are Bob & Barbara’s, Fiume, or Oscar’s? Or the innumerable gastropubs? How about the Barbary or Silk City for dancing and fun?
“The Best Bars In America” [Esquire]
[Photo: via Esquire]