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The Hop Stops on Philly2Philly.com profiles North Third,Ortlieb's Jazz Haus,and Abbaye


Heading out into the City of Brotherly Love for a pub crawl is always a good time. But since the city has so many watering holes -- and delicious beers -- to offer, making it from north of Fishtown to below South Street in one night can be a bit challenging. The Hop Stops series aims to offer up a few bars around the block from each other that you can hit up all in the same night without having to cab it from one to the other. This week, we start out in Northern Liberties.

NORTH THIRD: 801 N. 3rd, Philadelphia   NORTH THIRD

(215) 413-3666  www.norththird.com

If you don't have friends that live literally around the block or you never happened to stumble up 3rd street to Ortlieb’s Jazz House (we'll get to that one later), chances are you've never been to North Third before. Just look for the three-leafed clover with devil horns and a pitchfork in his hands hanging outside the door. Dip through the curtain that keeps out the cold of this corner No Libs bar and you'll be greeted by North Third's dark and interestingly artsy interior. The bar is a great place for dinner ( you can't go wrong the pierogies, hummus plate, spring rolls or thai-curry-coconut mussels, to name just a few) or a round or two, or three of post-meal beverages. If you've already eaten, try their side of fries with chili mayo to snack on. YUM. There are two bars to sit at, one in the front and one toward the rear of the restaurant. But if you can't grab a seat there, cozy up in one of the many tables or booths for some intimate conversation with friends and some drinks. In addition to boasting a cocktail list on their menu, with tasty mixers like a Blood Orange Margarita and a Mojito Martini, the beer selection is diverse. The rotating drafts include local and tri-state brews like PBC Kenzinger, Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout and Dogfish Head 60 Min IPA. Bottled beers range from tasty choices like Allagash White and Chimay Blue, and more common domestic brews like Bass, Miller Lite, or Sierra Nevada. And then of course the big Belgian bottles (25 oz. each) of Chimay Red, Duvel, and St. Bernardus and more. On Tuesday nights, come by for some cinematic entertainment while chugging down a cold one. FancyPants Cinema screens short films here every Tuesday night after 10, giving up-and-coming filmmakers a chance to bring in their creations to share with the crowd.


(215) 922-1035  www.ortliebsjazzhaus.com

You don't have to be a jazz aficionado to appreciate some good music and a tasty pint. Most of Ortlieb’s patrons may be drawn there for its Cajun-American dinner menu or the rave reviews its gotten for being an amazing place to hear some jazz. But if it's your first time and you're coming up here post-dinner (they don't open until 5 p.m.) a great time to stroll into the venue is after midnight on the weekend when the late night jam sessions start up. Ortlieb’s can be tricky to find as there's not much of a sign out front, except for a tiny one in a window upstairs. You'll know you're there when you pass musicians carrying big black cases with stand up basses who may be stopping for a smoke out front. Long and narrow, the inside of Ortlieb's, which used to be a brewery, is dark and has an old romantic feel to it. There are a number of bar stools to grab a seat closer to the drinks, but the rest of the jazz house offers linen-lined tables lit by candle light. There's not a bad seat in the house, because no matter where you are the small stage is nearly on top of you -- can't get better than that. Go on a Tuesday and you'll catch a jam session with the house band between eight and midnight. Sometimes, patrons have been seen bringing their own horns to jump in and freestyle with the band. There is a cover, between $3 and $10, depending on the night, but music this good is worth a small fee. After a drink or two you'll think you're in New Orleans and not the City of Brotherly Love.

ABBAYE: 637 N 3rd Street, Philadelphia         Abbaye

(215) 627-6711

The only thing that changes more often than the menu here is the beers on tap. This corner bar is a welcoming spot to stop at. In addition to seats outside, it has about a dozen stools right at the bar where you'll find (at least as recent as last weekend) a list of draft beers like, Saison Dupont, Rock Art Jasmine IPA, Great Divide October Lager, McChouffe, Unibroue Chambly Noire and Guinness. That one never changes. There's also a hand pump. (!!!) If you can't find a seat at the bar, try one of the two-top wooden tables that surrounds it, or the larger ones behind the bar that fit four or more. Once a month the Abbaye has a tasting special where a brewer comes in with a keg or two to talk about the beer and let you get your lips around it. Just $10 buys you the glass and endless tasting. Sunday nights offer karaoke for the brave or drunk ones. And Thursday nights are for quizzo. Happy hours run from 4 to 6 p.m. during the week and 10 to 3 p.m. on weekends. And if you love it enough, go back for a weekend brunch.—with beer! To keep returning guests from getting bored, the beers are always changing and so is the menu -- that happens about once a month. Come back Oct. 7 for some Octoberfest-ivities including a boot-full-of-beer chugging challenge.