In its classic pub atmosphere⎯complete with flat-screen TVs, a long wooden bar, high-top tables, and exposed brick⎯ Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse's chefs breathe life into the gastro pub menu of burgers and sandwiches. Start with the blackened chicken and bubbling gouda pot accoutered with apples, grapes, and toasted bread cubes ($10.99), or the crab cake sliders ($9.99–$13.99). Cavanaugh's Hereford beef⎯delivered fresh and never frozen inside a cryotank⎯ arrives to patrons' plates sprinkled with a variety of toppings, such as bacon, crumbled blue cheese, and sautéed mushrooms ($10.99+), while the beef of the Yards brawler sloppy joe ($9.99) is slow cooked with Yards ale until it's as tender as a fairy godmother's guidance.
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.
The American Pub's menu depicts hearty fare that can weigh down plates and lighten up countenances. Pretzel bites ($6.95), innocently skinny-dipping in hot pools of mustard or cheese sauce, can be snatched up and shoveled into mouth caves or reported to the local authorities. Or, inundate growling bellybutton chambers with floods of flavor flowing forth from burgers and sandwiches such as the classic Reuben, corned beef comingled with sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and russian dressing ($8.95). Sundry dishes, such as the traditional caesar salad ($6.95) and warm cups of soup, served with bread sticks or crackers ($4.99), work to shush appetites by turning the grumbling dissonance of a hungry tummy into the humming mellifluence of a sufficiently fed cuisine depository.
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.
Philly Pub 'n' Grub envelops its customers in a lively sports bar atmosphere to enjoy a hearty menu of pub fare. The A.L.T. sandwich ($6.95) bridges the gap between slices of wheat bread with avocado, shredded carrots, and hummus, while brick-oven pizzas ($10.50+) allow diners to sample multiple ingredients simultaneously without the burden of growing multiple tongues to taste them individually. The homey ideals of grilled cheese are flipped on their heads with a hefty selection of melty-cheesed breadstacks, including The Mexican Standoff with gooey pepper jack accompanied by grilled chicken and honey-tomato-chipotle sauce ($6.50). Diners can train eyeballs on 16 HD television screens or head to the eatery's large gaming center in spiteful ignorance of their mothers' advice to wait 30 minutes after eating to play pool.