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"There are no strangers here—just friends you have yet to meet,” so reads the motto painted on the parchment-colored walls of Maggie O'Neill's foyer. The pub aims to live up to this neighborly ethos by offering up an inviting hangout space with three stories. In the top-floor bar area, you can sip on a draft beer, play shuffleboard, or catch a basketball game on TV. The downstairs dining area has table draped in linens, and you can head here to enjoy beer-battered fish and chips and golden-brown shepherd’s pie.

Maggie O’Neill’s décor is an homage to Ireland: there’s a hand-painted Guinness ad on the building's exterior, and the bartop is made of dark varnished wood. Along the walls inside, you might notice the Poet's Corner, which is dedicated to famous Irish authors. It has impassioned musings on art from James Joyce, witty nuggets of wisdom from Jonathan Swift, and Brendan Behan’s rhymed shopping lists.

1062 Pontiac Road
Upper Darby,
PA
US

Bogart's Bar & Grill comforts diners through a menu of hearty American sandwiches and entrees. Piled-high chicken nachos send morsels of tender poultry skiing down a cheese-slathered mountain of tortilla chips complete with jalapeño peppers and mini ski lifts ($8.99) . For the main dish, staff can hand-carve slow-roasted slabs of meat to stuff au-jus-sprinkled kaiser rolls, crafting Bogart’s signature roast-beef sandwiches ($7.29). Alternately, opt for a hot entree, such as the Yuengling fish 'n' chips, for which kitchen craftsmen slather a cod fillet in beer batter before a dip in the deep-fryer turns it crispy, readying it to take its place for a photo op beside a giggling group of waffle-fry fans ($11.99).

773 West Sproul Road
Springfield,
PA
US

It can be difficult to tear your gaze from Tavola Restaurant & Bar's dining-room windows, which overlook the lush rolling hills, majestic pines, and rustic gazebo of the surrounding country club. But soon, an enticing aroma compels your nose to turn toward the kitchen. Inside, chefs bustle about, folding fresh herbs, aromatic sauces, and crisp vegetables into a variety of Italian specialties—including the buttery shrimp scampi lauded by reporters from CBS Philly. A nearby brick oven melts mozzarella cheese onto gourmet pizzas.

The elegant dining room hosts diners swirling strings of pasta beside chandelier-illuminated oil paintings, and the cushy white sofas of the bar area support guests sipping Italian and American wines. Those seeking the best views venture to the outdoor patio, where they can watch seasoned golfers play on Springfield Country Club’s course or make sand angels in the sand traps.

400 W Sproul Rd
Springfield,
PA
US

Enjoy a large array of finger food at 2nd Street Brew House, a local pub. The menu at 2nd Street Brew House does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here. Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune. Enjoy the cool summer breezes on 2nd Street Brew House's seasonally available outdoor seating.

The restaurant can get tied up on the weekends, so allow yourself time to wait for a table. Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to 2nd Street Brew House in jeans and a hoodie.

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The average check at 2nd Street Brew House will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.

1700 S 2nd St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

The bartenders at Pitcher’s Pub keep the beer flowing from a whopping 30 taps. When they aren't pouring suds, they mix cocktails by hand in small batches to ensure quality. They eschew mass-produced ingredients in favor of fresh components such as mint, muddled blueberries, and lemonade. These libations pair well with a casual pub menu that spotlights everything from wings and burgers to ham-and-cheese croissant sandwiches. As guests lounge in the dining room, they can ogle any of the restaurant's seven flat-screen TVs, which broadcast a wide range of sports including NFL football and competitive napping.

4326 Main St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub brings the best of Ireland and the States together under one roof, thanks to its hearty menu of Irish and American fare. Patrons can gather around the bar to watch sports on a high-definition TV as they munch on everything from spicy buffalo wings and philly cheesesteaks to golden-fried fish ‘n’ chips or bangers and mash. Friday and Saturday nights encourage customers to take their draft or bottled beers to the dance floor, where they can burn calories to the beats of a house DJ, the live crooning of a local band, or the constant reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance that hasn’t left their heads since middle school.

150 South Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US