It's easy to quickly feel at home at Liberty Bar?Phillies pennants and beer signage make the cozy space feel familiar, chicken wings and cheeseburgers fill the menu, and your bed is set up at the bar. When local and international soccer matches aren't playing on the flat-screen TVs, there's often DJs or karaoke sing-alongs.
By 4 p.m. in the UK, weekend soccer matches are in full swing. In Philadelphia, where it's only 11 a.m., Liberty Bar & Grill is just opening its doors so that patrons can catch the day's action live on flat-screen televisions. Soccer jerseys adorn the exposed brick interior of the cozy bar—which, later in the day, accommodates DJs, karaoke, and other televised sports until its daily 2 a.m. closing.
The kitchen calls it a day only a half-hour earlier, diligently serving late-night helpings of pizza cheesesteaks and house-made roast beef sandwiches. An extensive beer selection complements eats, as do mixed beer drinks such as the Blacksmith, a Guinness and Smithwick's Ale blend combined via hard labor over an anvil.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
After spending eight months in a renovation-focused hibernation, Finn McCools Ale House reemerged with 20-foot-tall ceilings and exposed-brick walls decorated with sports memorabilia. Executive chef Patrick McBrayer populates plates with hearty pub fare inspired by classic Irish dishes; bread-embraced comestibles include the corned-beef sandwich, the turkey BLT, and The Big McCool half-pound burger, all accompanied by a side of house-cut fries. The Irish Hangover—scrambled eggs with sausage, bacon, roasted potatoes, and rye toast—and Guinness-battered fish 'n' chips highlight the selection of hearty eats developed by Irish pubs' resident scientists. At the bar, large steins overflow with draft beers from Ireland, Belgium, Germany, and local microbreweries, ready to be guzzled down as eyes follow soccer balls bouncing on four flat-screen TVs.
Named after the proprietors' father—a longtime veteran of the restaurant trade—Mikey's American Grill & Sports Bar continues the family's tradition of serving good food in a congenial atmosphere. Seated in the light-filled dining room, guests peel their eyes away from the sports-filled big-screen TVs above the bar to peruse a menu of classic bar standbys. Juicy 8-ounce burgers arrive piled high with tantalizing toppings including bacon, goat cheese, and fried eggs. Their tater tot brethren are no less decorated, coming tricked out with extras ranging from jalapenos and blue cheese to grilled chicken. The thirsty receive equal consideration, with bartenders pouring beer, original cocktails, and fishbowls that let friends share their libations or help pet tetras just loosen up for once in their lives.
Landmark American Tap & Grill aims to live up to its name, providing a dining destination for patrons seeking classic, seasonal American cuisine matched with a rotating selection of craft draughts and bottles. The ever-evolving menu features appetite-slaking classics such as wings, burgers, and ribs, and a unique brunch spread showcases brioche french toast and savory breakfast nachos made with home fries. Bites pair with beers crafted in stateside cities such as Detroit and Grand Rapids, as well as those from overseas locales.
Diners sit at the polished bar or pull up vibrant red chairs to tables, sharing conversations and toasts to toasting amid exposed brick walls. The Landmark also provides a late-night menu to ensure performances aren’t underscored by growling stomachs.