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Philly2Philly Hop Stops: Bishop's Collar, Bridgid's & Lucky 7 Tavern

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You don't have to be a resident of the Art Museum or the Fairmount area to enjoy some of the good neighborhood bars this section of the city has to offer. This week, the Hop Stops makes a visit to a few of them. Bishops Collar

Bishop's Collar

2349 Fairmount Ave

(215) 765-1616

When other bars are rather empty on a Sunday afternoon, Bishop's Collar still packs them in -- even with no main sporting events on TV. The rowhome-style bar is on the corner of Fairmount and 24th.

There's a long, narrow bar off to the right as you walk in, as well as a few tables and chairs, including a pew-style bench toward the back. The walls are painted a dark burgundy and the floor has definitely got some wear and tear to it -- a clear sign of a many visitors. Large windows overlook the corner streets and high-ceilings give a spacious feeling.

Two flat screen TVs flack either side of the bar and a chalkboard hangs in the middle, displaying the bottle and draft beer lists as well as the food selections.

Random knickknacks like bobble head figures, key chains and sports memorabilia hang on the walls near and behind the bar. The draft selection is diverse: Coronado Red Ale, Yeti Imperial Stout, Bells Two Hearted Ale, Duck Rabbit Amber Ale, Allagash Burnham Road, Ace Pear Cider, La Chouffe, Southerntier Creme Brulee, Yards Brawler, Allagash White, and both Harp and Guinness.

The food menu, however, didn't offer up any prices on the chalkboard. Selections included appetizers, soups, and salads plus a bunch of sandwiches like a turkey London broil, pulled pork with provolone, meatloaf sandwich, or hot roast beef, to name a few. Birgid's

Bridgid's

726 N. 24th Street

(215) - 232-3232

Located just around the corner from the Bishop's Collar, Brigid's bills itself as a cozy European-style bar and restaurant. Cozy indeed, but other than the beer selection, not sure where the "European" influences comes from. It's much more casual than it comes off to be at first.

The place definitely feels like a locals bar when you first walk in. The U-Shaped bar is the first thing to greet you as you step inside. The fact that the taps aren't the regular handles -- they've got chalkboard on them -- is a sign that the beers really do change quite frequently.

Recently, they were offering Yards Philly Pale Ale, Sly Fox Odyssey, Lagunita's Cappuccino Stout, Manayunk California Dreamin' Double IPA, Harpoon Ginger Wheat, Harpoon Baltic Porter, Southampton Christmas Ale.

One of the coolest features was a gravity tap offering Yards ESA. Who doesn't like beer that comes out of the ceiling?

But the bottle list is even more extensive, featuring Trappist and Belgian ales, beers from the UK, Ireland, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Dining here is definitely intimate. The back room features no more than 10 small tables with a fireplace and dim lighting. Some of the more popular mainstay dishes are rather affordable and include Filet Roquefort, Farmhouse Mussels, Crawfish lasagna, and a beer-brined pork chop, to name a few. There's also a chicken and sausage pot pie, duck breast with mango chutney, or Cajun tilapia. Both lunch and brunch are also offered. Lucky 7 Tavern

Lucky 7 Tavern

747 North 25th Street

(215) 232-7736

For those living in the Fairmount area, this pub, which has been revived from the former "Aspen," is a great corner spot to have a good brew and some good food.

Situated on the corner of 25th and Aspen, the tavern has a dark, rustic-type of feel to it with cream colored walls, and dark hardwood floors. Star-shaped lights hang in the curtain-lined windows that overlook Aspen Street. A few high-top two-tops line the right wall as you walk in the door.

Christmas lights adorn the trim of the wall behind the bar, which is flanked by some exposed brick and a copper-like ceiling up above. There's three big flat screens in the main bar area, and there's also a dining room in the far back to the right of the bar.

The bar itself offers about a dozen seats and six mostly local microbrew taps. Recently, that selection included Dark Horse Brewing Co's IPA, Yards Brawler, PBC's Rowhouse Red, Victory Prima Pils, Acai Berry Wheat and O'Reilly Stout. If that doesn't appease your palette, there's a bottle list of nearly 85 options!

The menu offers a variety of choices including apps like sweet potato fries, wings and pot stickers. There's also a long list of burgers including the Lucky 7 which -- hang on to your heart medicine -- features scrapple, pork roll, provolone, cheddar, and a fried egg. There's also the Gaucho burger with jalapenos, and cheddar jack cheese, or the Aspen, which has caramelized onions and bleu cheese.

There's also the TED sandwich (Thanksgiving every day), a Duck BLT, Steak frites and Hoegarden ribs, as well as some Mexican-inspired options like tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. Come by on weekends between 10am and 3pm to enjoy brunch. Take note, however because it is cash only.

Contact Jessica Beym at jessicabeym@gmail.com