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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.

8634 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia,
PA
US

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.

16 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US

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.

3335 Conrad St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

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.

8634 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia,
PA
US

At the crossroads where bowling and fitness meet stands Sweat Fitness and Frames, a facility that houses both a full gym and a 10-lane bowling alley under the same roof. On the bowling side, competitors rack up points and quench their thirst thanks to the center's BYOB policy and strict ban on water fountains that dispense vinegar. Fitness professionals maintain surveillance over the gym area, where they offer up advice to exercisers using weights and cardio equipment. Group fitness classes are available throughout the week to members, who also enjoy free access to the bowling lanes.

3300 Henry Ave.
Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania
US

Eulogy Belgian Tavern: A User's Guide

Internationally Inspired Pub Fare | Belgian Mussels and Frites | Late-Night Kitchen | 300-Plus Craft Beers

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: baby back ribs smoked in Stella Artois
  • Entree: waterzooi, a traditional Belgian-style stew chockfull of pan-seared chicken thigh, fresh herbs, and light cream sauce
  • Drink: an Orval trappist ale from Belgium

    While You're Waiting

    • Start thinking ahead about a drink order. Along with 21 drafts, Eulogy stocks more than 300 international and domestic craft brews. There's even a house beer—Eulogy's Busty Blonde—that's made exclusively for the tavern by Belgium's La Binchoise Brewery.
    • Explore your historic surroundings. This two-story tavern is housed in a classic row-house-style building from the 19th century.

    Inside Tips

    • The bar's second floor is officially smoke-free after 10 p.m., but smoking's allowed any time on the ground floor.
    • Eulogy is a great spot to grab a bite after a late concert or raging Friday night party—the kitchen stays open until 1:30 a.m. Thursday–Sunday.

      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).

136 Chestnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
US