Philadelphia, PA - While a fine ale house is an essential part of European pub culture, it can also be as important. In the early modern era, the ale-house was a popular place to meet friends and had a few drinks.
Philadelphia's Best Ale Houses
While the concept of an alehouse has changed dramatically over the years, the core elements remain the same. Regardless of the style, you should expect to enjoy some traditional European dishes while you're there.
The Victoria Freehouse
The Victoria Freehouse in Philadelphia is the first restaurant to serve authentic British cuisine. The menu includes craft beer and proper puddings. It also serves brunch on Sundays. The freehouse is owned by Ed Strojan, who was raised in Haddonfield, New Jersey. He helped his parents open The European Gardener Gift Shop and The British Chip Shop. He was inspired to open his own European restaurant when he saw the need to serve authentic British cuisine in a large city. 10 S Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
McGillin's Ale House
One of the oldest bars in Philadelphia, McGillin's is still a popular spot for drinking and watching sports. It's multi-story and features a beer hall with a few hundred tables, two fireplaces, and projector screens to play games. The staff here knows you by name, so you can feel right at home. If you're in town on a Friday night, try the new Irish pub-style Irish whiskey. 1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Finn McCool's Ale House
A visit to the Finn McCool's Ale House in Philadelphia is not complete without a stop at their extensive craft beer selection. The selection includes local and imported brews, along with traditional pub fare. There is something for everyone to enjoy at Finn Mccools. The staff is always friendly, and the service is first-class. This establishment is an excellent choice for a night out with friends. If you're in the area, this is a must-visit spot. 118 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Another Philadelphia favorite is the Brauhaus Schmitz, which opened in 2009. The German-inspired restaurant has revived the love affair with the city's German heritage by introducing a whole new generation of Philly residents to traditional German dishes. Featuring Haus-Made Sausages and Savory Schnitzels, Schmitz's offers the "Best Schweinhaxe Outside of Munich." Owner Doug Hager continues to grow his beer list and has more than thirty-four rotating draft lines. 718 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Monk's is a true beer nerd's heaven. The tiny tasting room serves a unique take on Philadelphia's pub culture with local beer on tap, pho, and mussels. It is located at 264 South 16th Street, Rittenhouse, and is packed with fans of the Philadelphia Flyers. While in Philly, Monk's is a must-visit is a great place to hang out with friends and enjoy some live music. 264 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Written By: Philly Bite Magazines Staff
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Best Philadelphia Ale Houses