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The Hop Stops: Manny Brown's, Tattooed Mom & Brauhaus Schmitz


South Street is loaded with good bars to pop into. Head further West on South and you’ll find a few more away from the water. This week, the Hop Stops takes a look at three of Philadelphia’s watering holes. Manny Brown's

Manny Brown's

512 South Street

(215) 627-7427

In the warmer months, you’ll find the glass doors to Manny Brown’s wide open, making this dark bar with wooden floors a nice place to grab a cold beer. The stop on South Street is one of three locations, with two others in Longhorne and Neshaminy Mall. There’s plenty of seats at the bar, and if you can’t find one there, booths and tables next to the bar and further in the back offer plenty of space.

Food offerings are typical bar fare including a selection of burgers and sandwiches like the angus beef or western burgers, a tuna steak sandwich or buffalo chicken wrap. And since you’re in Philly, there’s the ever-so-popular cheesesteak assortments, as well as quesadillas, a variety of nachos and other dinner options like ribs, fajitas and steak.

On draft you’ll find Southern Tier Creme Brulee, Bass Pale Ale, Pilsner Urquell, Troegs Mad Elk, Flying Fish Hopfish, Guinness, Hoegarden, Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss, Victory Storm Kind, Sierra Nevada, Kenzinger, St. Louis Framboise, Stella Artois, Yuengling, Miller Lite, Sly Fox Christmas, Anchor Christmas. They also boast their “beer cocktails” — mixing up two different beers much like a black and tan and resulting in creative names like a Dirty Hoe (Hoegarden topped with Framboise), Black Heart (Guinness with Framboise), or a Black Irish (Guinness and Kahlua.)

Still not satisfied? There’s a pretty lengthy list of bottles to chose from including all the general domestics and imports, but also a wide range of craft-brewed beers like Stone’s Arrogant Bastard, Rowhouse Red from PBC, Lagunitas IPA from California, Sea Dog Blueberry or Rogue Mocha Porta, both from Maine. And almost every day of the week there’s some kind of special happening aside from the normal happy hour from 5pm-7pm. Monday’s means 15 cent wings and 6 dollar PBR pitchers, Tuesdays are for tacos, and Wednesday night is for quizzo. Saturday’s they’re competing with Mako’s for a 4 dollar pint of PBR and a shot of Jim Beam, if that’s what you go for! Tattooed Mom

Tattooed Mom

530 South Street

(215) 238-9880

This isn’t your average dark corner bar. Tattooed Mom's screams fun! As soon as you walk in, you’re greeted by bright green, mint-toothpaste colored walls and a gold-glitter bar top, with a small bumper car next to it. At every table and seat at the bar there’s a little toy waiting to fiddle with, which makes date nights go a lot smoother if you’ve got something to distract you like a spin-top or plastic leap frog.

Downstairs, there are tables and even a few couches for the most relaxed atmosphere. Head upstairs and the vibe is a bit different, with darker walls covered in graffiti and old punk rock posters. Pool tables are also found upstairs with a view looking down on the street. There are more couches to lounge on and a second bar upstairs. Towards the back, seating arrangements include - more bumper cars. Makes for some great for photo opps!

A sister to Sugar Mom’s, Tattooed Mom’s has a rather eclectic mix of people and a good line-up of music on the jukebox. On its MySpace page, the bar describes itself in first person, which is rather amusing! The menu is similar to its sisters, with lots of vegan offerings like burgers, BLTs, and falafel, and other tasty fried treats like waffle fries or tater tots, hummus and pita, wings, or some guac and chips, to name a few.

Specials most nights like Taco Tuesdays (look out Manny Browns), Pierogie Wednesdays, Burger and a beer on Thursday, and who can beat 1dollar PBRS Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7pm-11pm. Bottled beers include: PBR, Lions Head, Budweiser, Yuengling Lager, Miller High Life, Rolling Rock, Miller Lite, Sierra Nevada, Magic Hat #9, Woodchuck Cider, Strongbow Cider, Bacardi Silver, Corona, Heineken, Amstel Light, Newcastle, Chimay Red. Brauhaus Schmitz

Brauhaus Schmitz

718 South St


This bar is unlike any other! If you love a good German beer, you’ll have little to complain about here. The bar is two-stories high, with wide-open ceilings, giving a spacious feeling you don’t normally find in other bars on this street. The interior is designed more like something you’d see in Center City or Old City — not South Street. But perhaps it may draw a larger, more diverse clientele of drinkers to this area.

If you’re just venturing out to try out their extensive -- and hard to pronounce -- beer selection, you’ll most likely want to come back for dinner. Brauhaus Schmitz specializes in all things Deutsch: food, music, beer and even the service. The waitresses even wear dirndls! There are plenty of tables to sit at, but you may find a hard time squeezing past the bar to the bathrooms on a crowded Friday night.

The food menu is full of traditional fare, in flavor and in pronunciation. Good thing there’s explanations and translations - Hauptspeise? - That’s the main courses. From there, choices include - you guessed it - bratwursts of many different flavors and portions, weinerscnitzel (you shouldn’t need a translation for this one,) and other very authentic sounding dishes like a half of a rotisserie chicken (Halbes Hanchen), a butchers plate full of meat, and Hungarian goulash. They also start you off with appetizers, or soup and salad — house made Bavarian pretzels, potato pancakes, cured meats and cheese, or a selection of smoked fish.

Twenty draught beers will make your mouth water, and if that’s not enough, there’s another 80 bottles. The beers range in price from about $4.50 to $8, and in ABV from 4.7 to about 8.2. Lagers range from the “hausbrau” which is Stoudt's Gold Lager, as well as Warsteiner Dunkel, Spaten Oktoberfest, Köstritzer Schwarzbier (it means "black beer" in German), Bavarian Barbarian Brown, Spaten Optimator ( a double bock), and Allgäuer Cambonator ( a dark double bock).Wheat beers include Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse, Erdinger Hefe-Weisse, Franziskaner Dunkel-Weisse, Schneider Aventinus Weizenbock, and Weihenstephaner Vitus. There’s also pilsners and other selections and a list of “what’s next” to keep you coming back for more.

Manny Brown's Photo Credit: Manny Brown's website