5 Under the Radar Places to Watch the Phillies in the 2009 Postseason
Red October begins again. Last year, we Philadelphians celebrated the Philadelphia Phillies World Series Championship of our beloved baseball team. It was a communal experience not just experienced in living rooms; bars across the city were filled with fans of the Fightin’s. But some were more packed than others and getting into the big-name sports bars in town will most likely prove impossible. But no worries! Philly2Philly.com has the scoop on five under-the-radar bars that are awesome places to root, root, root for the home team.
1. MURPH’S, 202 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown)
Murph’s bar is probably the one place in Fishtown where hipsters meet old-heads; it’s a place where skinny jeans can hang out with shamrock tattoos, and the Phils are the ties that bind. Murph’s has two HDTV’s in the bar and another in a large back room. For a small place, it has a great beer selection that, while not quite as big as those found down the street in Northern Liberties, won’t chase the snobs away. Also, they have an automatic food fryer, which counts for something, although I’m not sure exactly what.
2. MCMENAMIN’S, 7170 Germantown Ave Philadelphia, PA, (Mt. Airy)
McMenamin’s is located right in the heart of Mt. Airy, which is one of Philly’s most diverse neighborhoods. And McMenamin’s is a bar that truly reflects the character of the neighborhood, as it literally welcomes everyone, no matter their age, race or size of wallet. The bar area is plenty big with two TV’s on opposite walls. The back room has about 20 tables and a few TV’s and is perfect for a large group. McMen’s (as the local call it) has one of the best beer selections in the outskirts of town, a big list which usually features local favorites and Belgian imports. The menu is sizable; their hamburgers rank as one of the best around. McMenamin’s does get crowded as it’s the only place in Mt. Airy to watch a game, but it’s well worth the trip.
3. McNally’s Tavern 8634 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill)
The Schmitter is one of the more popular sandwiches sold at Citizens Bank Park. The beloved mixture of meat upon meat upon meat was invented at McNally’s Tavern, a cozy Chestnut Hill institution where, it seems, everyone knows everyone’s name. On top of the Schmitter, McNally’s has other imaginative foods on the menu, in addition to top-notch cheese and chicken cheese steaks.
4. Cavanaugh’s 1823 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse Square)
Cavanugh’s prides itself on being a baseball bar; it’s a proud subscriber to MLB’s “Extra Innings” package which broadcasts nearly every regular season game. With two floors, the place is big enough to hold most of the right field 100-level seats. Cavanaugh’s has 12 beers on top and a lot more in bottles. And they also have a special “Game Day” menu perfect for anyone who couldn’t score a ticket but still wants the taste of Ashburn’s Alley.
5. Flat Rock Saloon, 4301 Main Street (Manayunk)
Some of the wildest post-champion celebrations took place on Manayunk Main Street as dozens upon dozens of popped collar wearing post-grads flooded the neighborhood after strike three was called. The Flat Rock Saloon has a great seat-to-TV ratio, a dandy bar menu, a beer list that’s a miniature Monk’s and old-school suspender-wearing bartenders whose eyes perk up when asked to make a Manhattan.