Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
I knew about Johnny Brenda’s as beer-focused bar but didn’t know it has an active program of live music. There we went to enjoy singer-songwriter Greg Laswell play his mellow songs on a Saturday night.
Brenda’s is a rather massive endeavor, an entire building with three floors and several bar areas. The ground-floor bar was busy and super loud, not a pleasant place to hang out (call me old, I don’t care). Lucky for us, the second floor (where the stage is) was much quieter and cozier. They have a photo-booth! Sadly, the sound system was atrocious, and Laswell’s smooth, whispery tunes were almost lost.
The beer is good, though. The bar we were at near the stage had 10 taps of all-local/regional stuff, including SlyFox, Neshaminy, Flying Fish Exit 16 and Exit 1, Golden Monkey, PBC Kitty Pleasure, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Brew Works. Service was alright but not great (slow bartender, slammed bar before the concert) and prices are acceptable.
Would I return? Probably not... Kraftwork is only a five-minute walk away and it suits me better.
03-19-2014 15:20:55 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia, PA
89 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.