• For $20, you get a ticket for general-admission lawn seating (a $29.75 value before fees, or up to a $40.25 value online, including all ticketing fees). • For $31, you get a ticket for reserved seating in sections 200–204 (a $49.75 value before fees, or up to a $62.75 value online, including all ticketing fees).
This nearly 100-year-old Chestnut Hill institution will forever be known as the home of the gut-busting sandwich called the Schmitter, piled with beef, grilled salami, fried onions, tomatoes and tons of cheese. But there’s more to McNally’s than just their signature meal. The tavern exudes charm, from its old black-and-white family photos on the wall to the line of metal beer steins hanging behind the bar. A tiny open kitchen puts out sandwiches with distinctly literary names, like the George Bernard Shaw, a three cheese mix melted on top of peppers, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes; and the Dickens, a Thanksgiving-inspired combo of roasted turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. More straightforward fare includes burgers, salads and soups. Outside, a bench and a traditional coach light welcome customers.
Catahoula Bar & Restaurant brings the down-home comfort foods of New Orleans to Queen Village, presenting them in a cozy, laid-back setting complete with dark wooden trim and glowing flat-screen televisions. One such Cajun classic is the chefs' signature gumbo, packed with smoked chicken and andouille sausage that's simmered in a deep-hued roux and plenty of herbs. "A bowl of this gumbo alone is worth the visit to Catahoula," according to Craig LaBan from The Philadelphia Inquirer, and a spread of po boy sandwiches, fried catfish platters, and jambalaya with crispy duck confit keeps guests coming back. In between bites, diners can enjoy a beer or cocktail from the bar while watching the game on one of televisions around the restaurant instead of on portable crystal balls.
Plenty of adjectives befit the pub food at King's Oak, but "straightforward" isn't one of them. That's because the eatery's chefs put an inventive, upscale twist on the classics. They whip up a whopping nine different sliders, from short rib with herb mayo to fried oyster with spicy remoulade. This same creativity permeates the menu's collection of shareable small plates, such as dumplings chockfull of cheesesteak fixings and Sriracha ketchup, and brunch items, such as Fruit Loop-encrusted french toast.
To complement these feasts, bartenders pour house wines, craft beers, and cocktails, including the Snakebite—a blend of cider, Yuengling lager, and blackberry brandy. When diners' eyes aren't glued to their unusual meals, they're likely fixed to flat-screen TVs showing the day's biggest games.
Though its located in the prestigious Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel and serves a gourmet menu of small plates and fine wines, Tavern 17 maintains a laidback, neighborhood atmosphere—the bartenders call out the names of familiar faces over the sounds of bar-goers chatting over a frosty pint. The warm, cheerful space hums with conversation as diners sip on one of 12 rotating craft beers or wine by the glass by candles and hanging lanterns. The atmosphere in the kitchen is just as animated—chefs bustle about, folding local and organic ingredients into artisanal steak and seafood dishes as other kitchen staffers assemble small plates of fish tacos and bruschetta. Come Saturday evening between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., the restaurant adds to the vibrant ambiance by hosting live music.
A corner gastropub in the warehouse-heavy Spring Garden neighborhood, the Prohibition Taproom has carved out a unique personality for itself. Several sections of the handsome bar jut out to form elongated, teardrop-shaped tables. The beer menu isn’t trying to be exhaustive, just smart and serious, with one beer always poured from a nitro tap to create a creamy texture. The food menu includes a half-dozen or so each of small plates, salads, sandwiches and large plates, and the grilled cheese of the day, the addictive beer-battered green beans and the classic dinner of steak frites are neighborhood favorites. On Sunday evenings it’s BYOV — bring your own vinyl — when a deejay will spin a selection from an LP you’ve supplied, and you’ll get 20% off your bill.