Johnny Brenda’s | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Johnny Brenda’s
Good based on 19 ratings
Type: Bar

1201 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States 19125 [ print map ]
215 739 9684

Hours: 11am-2am

Johnny Brenda’s

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19 reviews for Johnny Brenda’s
 Ambiance  73%
 Service  69%
 Selection  69%
 Food  78%
 Value  74%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  77%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr  (1927) Washington, Washington DC | September 10, 2013
Friendly neighborhood bar with a pool table and a nice tap list, lots of local stuff. Punk/alternative/metal in the background. Worth a look.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
jackl  (548) Minneapolis, Minnesota | January 20, 2015
Cavernous, dark spot that channels a grungy aesthetic. I didn’t find the locals or the staff to be very welcoming. The beer list was almost entirely local, but not very exciting on this visit (lots and lots of Yards). Prices were OK. This place apparently has decent food, so maybe I’d return as part of a group looking to dine and drink. Philly has so many decent bars that there’s no reason to revisit a place that doesn’t offer an enticing combination of ambiance, selection, and service.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones  (312) Buffalo, New York | April 14, 2010
Great dark ambiance, long bar, pool table. Pretty big place. Menus both food & beer are on chalkboard placed around the bar. Big concert venue upstairs. Pennsylvania area brewers only. Nice place. Reminds me a bit of Zeitgeist in San Francisco
jredmond  (264) Manhattan, New York | February 19, 2013
A few pints shared towards the end of the night with Dallas, Ann, Andrew and Jen. Loud bar with pool. Average beer selection. I wouldn’t go out of your way to come here for beer.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 10/20
mikem409  (246) bloomfield, Michigan | November 13, 2014
Very hipster friendly dark bar. Everyone seemed to be to cool for school. Small tap list.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop  (178) The dub c, Pennsylvania | December 10, 2012
Dark and loud with a bar/diner/poolhall feel. Mellow music...classic rock/blues/etc. Small but tasty looking food menu but i didnt eat. Uncomfortable bar stools but they will do for a pint or two. Fairly boring beer selection...a bunch of boring philly are beers by victory, stoudts, troegs, sly fox, etc. Good service though.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn  (166) Penndel, Pennsylvania | December 4, 2011
NIce old throwback kind of bar with lots of character from the decor to the tables and walls/moldings (clean bathrooms) .... pool table long windy bar and some table and booth seating ... service was quick the waitress was friendly too .... the selection was all local and had a nice mix of breweries/styles offerings from victory, yards, philly, manayunk, stoudts and sly fox were on tap ... The food was great had the bbq pulled pork sandwich which was tasty had a nice fresh bun came with good fries, clams were decent ..... value was 5-6 depending on the beer and sandwiches were around 10-15 .... they have a venue with all kinds of bands playing so check out the website to see the lineup .... would definitely regular this place
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
jeremytoni  (164) Swedesboro, New Jersey | January 3, 2013
Decent selection of local beers, and some pretty good food and service.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol  (159) Pennsylvania | August 6, 2012
Our final stop in the area was Johnny Brenda’s. Heard a lot of good things about this place so I was looking forward to checking it out. We got seated in the corner downstairs at a large table. Draft and Food menu right above our table. Place was pretty dead but it was a sunday. Pretty good draft list but nothing over the top. Service was decent, he came around enough I guess. I decided to go with the grilled caesar salad and two cheddar biscuits on the side. Salad was ok, could have skipped the whole deconstructed thing and just given me a real salad, but the biscuits were even better. Overall a place I will definitely return to at some point. I am really looking forward to checking out the other areas this place has to offer.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito  (106) Nueva York, New York | November 26, 2011
I went on a Friday night; the place was full, but not packed. I sat in a corner, so I didn’t really look at other people very much. Food was quite good; the French Fries and the sauce were pretty addictive. Falafel was also pretty legit. Beer selection was quite good. Everything was tap stuff from Philadelphia area breweries, which is cool because it really brought out some more obscure beers by noted brewers (Victory’s Mad King Weiss for example). Plus, they had casks, which were a really good call for the Bitter I had. The prices were fairly standard ($5 per beer). I enjoyed it. Waitress was nice and seemed to know a thing or two about beer. i think that they also have bands play there sometimes.

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