Tavern on the Hill is a haven of warm wood: it’s in the paneling, along the dark-wood bar edged with a brass railing and etched into the restaurant’s overhang. The dining area features a ten small tables, floral wallpaper, green pineapple patterned table cloths, decorative mirrors, wall sconces, votive candles and a corner fireplace. This is a classic spot in Chestnut Hill for well-made cocktails and food that encompasses traditional pub fare like wings and pulled pork sandwiches, while not shying away from higher-end plates of spinach ravioli with homemade marinara or sautéed chicken with roasted tomato compote and saffron couscous. For great deals, the four predetermined dinners on the special “$9 after 9” menu can’t be beat: meatloaf with gravy and roasted potatoes, fish ‘n’ chips, chicken salad over greens or eggplant parmesan.
Upon stepping inside Infusion Lounge, you're immediately immersed in both the traditional and the modern. Guests enveloped in clouds of smoke puff on shisha pipes under classical European paintings. The haziness blurs together the vibrant crimson and royal purple decor, giving guests a sheen of privacy as they lean back and socialize on plush couches. They pass around hoses filled with traditional flavors of shisha such as Al Fakher lemon mint, but there are more options than just the classic flavors of the East. The extensive hookah menu also includes modern flavors such as Starbuzz Exotic apple martini. Nearby, an even more modern scene meets the eye. DJs spin electro house music next to guests mingling at the bar or ordering bottle service for friends lounging in the VIP area or at the make-your-own ship-in-a-bottle station.
A beloved neighborhood pub and grill, Billy Murphy’s Irish Bar welcomes a host of regulars and newcomers to its casual corner spot in East Falls. A nice selection of beers on tap complement the American fare, ranging from cheesesteaks and chicken potpies to basic cheeseburgers and more adventurous options, like a version topped with jalapeños, chipotle aioli, bacon and fried onions. Weekday specials regularly include Mexican Monday, when basic tacos are only $2 each, and Wednesday Wing Night, when various styles – think spicy, barbecue and more – go for a mere 35 cents each. You might encounter a live Irish band one night, a crowd of Eagles fans on Sunday afternoon or a locals-only vibe inside the cluttered, low-ceilinged space, but the patio always makes for a great summertime sit, especially with a glass of cheap beer.
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.
Internationally Inspired Pub Fare | Belgian Mussels and Frites | Late-Night Kitchen | 300-Plus Craft Beers
While You're Waiting
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Figure out how to work Sartre's Being and Nothingness into your flirting routine with fellow deep-thinkers at the American Philosophical Society Museum (104 S. Fifth Street).
After: Groove to the latest hip-hop, metal, and indie rock during concerts at the Theatre of Living Arts (334 South Street).
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30 Minutes or Less
Brands Used: Hohner, Weltmeister, Scandalli, Borsini, Roland, Stagi, Saltarelle
Pro Tip: Take a look at our hundreds of online video demos to see different types of accordions that we carry.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
We were able to do a emergency bellows replacement for Flogging Molly's Matt Hensley one day before their show.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
Every day, we meet customers from all over the world who play their own unique styles of accordion music. It's like going to a concert in a new country every day.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I found my father's dusty old accordion in the attic at age 17. Since that first encounter, we've had about 3,000 accordions come and go, and I have seen and played every kind you can think of.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We play every one of our instruments on our YouTube channel: user libertybellows.