10 Best Restaurant Bars for Watching The Phillies

The Phillies opener is so close, I feel like a 5 year old waiting for Christmas. I’ve got my tickets for the home opener on Monday April 9th but where will I watch the season opener at the Pirates on Thursday April 5th?  I know its at 1:35 on a Thursday afternoon so boot camp will have to do without me this week. You will probably find me eating at the bar at one of these places:

1. Misconduct Tavern

It’s like the stars aligned: food, seats, TVs, bartenders and other customers, all terrific.  It’s the best.

1511 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 732-5797
Misconduct Tavern on Urbanspoon

2. Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse

Adult party place, super enthusiastic crowd and Tatter Tots!

1823 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 665-9500
Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse on Urbanspoon

3. Perch Pub

Really like the food, great staff and friendly crowd.  Could stay here, eat and drink for hours.  Second floor view can’t be beat. One of the TVs is too high and you have to crane your neck upward to watch.

1345 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 546-4090
Perch Pub on Urbanspoon

4. The Wishing Well

Great TV placement , extremely nice, friendly crowd (am I still in Philly?) and how can you go wrong with something called “The Shame Burger”?

767 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 238-6555
The Wishing Well on Urbanspoon

5. New Wave Café

Unbelievably great staff and food specials.

784 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 922-8484
New Wave Cafe on Urbanspoon

6. South Philly Bar & Grill

Big, high, open space, a view from every corner, enthusiastic crowd and the food’s not bad as well.

1235 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA (215) 334-3300
South Philly Bar and Grill on Urbanspoon

7. Chickie’s & Pete’s

You don’t go here for the food (except the crab fries, stop asking why no crab on the crab fries) but can’t have this list without including them, a Philly institution with the best crowd and viewing angles.  The gaming areas in South Philly are great for groups but I prefer the original location on Robbins Avenue in the Wissinoming section of Northeast Philly.

Various Locations including:

4010 Robbins Ave, Philadelphia, PA (215) 338-3060
Chickie's & Pete's on Urbanspoon
1526 Packer Avenue, Philadelphia, PA (215) 218-0500
Chickie's & Pete's on Urbanspoon

8. D’Angelo’s Restaurante

Old school, classic, wonderful, if pricy, Italian.  One big TV at the end of the bar.  I even saw the bartender smile once.  Order the Clams Casino and Veal Parmigiana.

256 South 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 546-3935
D'Angelo's Ristorante Italiano on Urbanspoon

9. Fox & Hound

Miss college?  Frat boy atmosphere with lots of massive TVs and rowdy, fun crowd.

1501 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 732-8610
Fox & Hound on Urbanspoon

10. Smiths Restaurant and Lounge 

Very good food and great places to sit and see the TVs.  Don‘t go to see the Eagles here though, you get shoved into a small corner with one TV and Cleveland Browns fans take over the whole place.  A Cleveland Browns bar in Philly?  Check out the Smith’s logo color scheme and the colors of the bartender’s shirts.

39-41 South 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (267) 546-2669
Smith's Restaurant & Lounge on Urbanspoon

Honorable mention:

Love the food, bartenders and beers but the TV placement at the extreme ends of the bar leave you with a sore neck or squinty eyes from looking at the faraway TVs.

941 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 627-5200
Varga Bar on Urbanspoon

Have yet to watch a Phillies game here but I hear the food, TVs, crowd and staff could unseat Misconduct at the top of this list.

6235 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19135
Grey Lodge Pub on Urbanspoon

Good crowd but needs more and bigger TVs and more consistent food.  Bartenders are terrific.  Mostly gay clientele.

200 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 964-9675

Finally got HD service for the many large and well placed TVs.  Food is boring but okay.  They need to get rid of the alcoholic drink regulators which register and ring up each tiny shot, not worth it, it’s actually insulting.  Primarily gay. 1985 called and wants it’s liquor control system back.

261 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 546-5170
Westbury Bar on Urbanspoon

The granddaddy of them all  with multiple places to eat and watch the game.  Will you actually be able to watch the game with such a big crowd?  Check it out and let us know what you think.

1100 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (215) 952-1234

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