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JFGrind (80) Glenside, Pennsylvania | August 21, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
In the past few years when in Fishtown I wind up @ Johnny Brendaís. Usually not during hipster doofus prime time hours. This bar is an oldie in the neighborhood with a fresh upgrade a new kitchen. You can still see the old shot and a beer barís bones if you look closely. Johnny Brendaís now serves a good mix of local beers on draft and eclectic food menu. Prices are reasonable and service is good. Sometimes there is music upstairs and sometimes beer events downstairs. Years ago the closest bar was Fishtown Tavern now there are a few new hip bars in walking distance. An enjoyable Philadelphia neighborhood bar.
jackl (543) Charlottesville, Virginia | January 20, 2015
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Cavernous, dark spot that channels a grungy aesthetic. I didnít 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 Iíd return as part of a group looking to dine and drink. Philly has so many decent bars that thereís no reason to revisit a place that doesnít offer an enticing combination of ambiance, selection, and service.
mikem409 (246) bloomfield, Michigan | November 13, 2014
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
Very hipster friendly dark bar. Everyone seemed to be to cool for school. Small tap list.
Travlr (1885) Washington, Washington DC | September 10, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
tcane7 (45) Pennsylvania | April 10, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Good food and service. People have been killing the selection but they have a lot of taps. They only serve local, if you donít want that go elsewhere. They get a great selection of locals that are always rotating. Upstairs is a small music venue that is a great place to see a small band.
jredmond (257) Manhattan, New York | February 19, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
A few pints shared towards the end of the night with Dallas, Ann, Andrew and Jen. Loud bar with pool. Average beer selection. I wouldnít go out of your way to come here for beer.
jeremytoni (162) Swedesboro, New Jersey | January 3, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Decent selection of local beers, and some pretty good food and service.
reggiedunlop (177) The dub c, Pennsylvania | December 10, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
orangesol (159) Pennsylvania | August 6, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Our final stop in the area was Johnny Brendaís. 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.
lachrymalisis (18) Pennsylvania | March 20, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Itís not he best beer bar, but I like this place a lot. The ambiance would be perfect, but a bit too heavy on the hipster crowd, which is my complaint regarding the selection: too much PBR irony, good local stuff, but needs a little more taste to really become something that can stand up to the quality all around it.
Food is excellent, every time Iíve been. Some of the best burgers and raw bar items that Iíve had in the city. Service is surly and generally dismissive, but I donít need it to be different here.
Prices are generally a little better than comparable places.
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