Neighborhood pubs offer local residents a place where everybody knows their names, allowing them to finally cover up their eponymous chest tattoos. Enjoy comfortable familiarity with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of pub fare and nonalcoholic drinks at The Institute Bar.
The Institute Bar's resident culinary sorcerers conjure up hearty plates of eclectic pub grub, edible within the cozy confines of the bar or an outdoor seating area. Each Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., diners can load up on fuel for the coming workweek with brunch offerings including breakfast nachos ($9), where a zesty mélange of nacho fixings snuggles on a bed of tortilla chips, blanketed with two sunny-side-up eggs. Bar snacks, such as the honey-drizzled cranberry-thyme goat cheese ($5), distract restless mouths from blurting out their owners' ATM pin numbers, and rusty jaw hinges loosen on a cornucopia of appetizers, including "Cheesecake" stuffed mushrooms ($7). Achieve handheld noshing with The Institute Bar's bevy of sandwiches and burgers, which allow diners to choose a hand-formed beef patty or house-made veggie patty to complement the apple butter, cheddar cheese, and fried apples of the Harvest burger ($11).
The Institute Bar lets diners fill their stomachs within an outdoor dining area, so foodies can infuse their fare with oxygen and finish their staring contests with the sun.
North Philadelphia East
549 N 12th St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123