Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by PopeDX:
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
Mmm, Johnny Brenda's, the sister joint to Standard Tap. It shares many of the same characteristics...local beers on tap only, and an eclectic menu. There's typically different beer and different food than the ST though, so it's not exactly the same thing. About 12 taps and 2 casks, all rotated frequently and nice and fresh. They have PBR on tap as well...yeah it's brewed by the Lion, so technically it's local...but it seems out of place, like they're trying to attract a hipster crowd. The service here is very good...friendly and fast, as well as knowledgeable.
The food is just as good as the Standard Tap, if not better. The fries are probably the best in the city, right up there with Grace Tavern at least, and the other offerings are all solid. The hummus and falafel sandwich is a great item that will please everyone. The kitchen is right in the middle of the bar as well, you can watch them cooking...always a plus...not because I don't trust them, but because it's fun.
It's really in a dingy neighborhood, though...maybe they're hoping it'll go through a renaissance like Northern Liberties did. I wouldn't hold my breath. It's pretty much a drive from anywhere, though it is a few blocks from the Girard station on the El (blue subway line). There's no other bars within walking distance, except maybe a long walk to Northern Liberties through some shady neighborhoods. It is close to the Girard Street exit of 95. Oh, and it's closed on Sunday, beware.
If you're local and looking for some place new to go, or happen to be slumming around in your car, bored, JB's is a great place to go. Otherwise I'd probably stick to Northern Liberties. Ooh, and if you go, be sure to check out the altered Budweiser neon over the jukebox. Describes the place pretty well...
12-29-2004 04:49:48 | More by PopeDX
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Our final stop in the area was Johnny Brenda's. Heard a lot of good things about this place so I was looking forward to checking it out.
We got seated in the corner downstairs at a large table. Draft and Food menu right above our table. Place was pretty dead but it was a sunday. Pretty good draft list but nothing over the top. Service was decent, he came around enough I guess. I decided to go with the grilled caesar salad and two cheddar biscuits on the side. Salad was ok, could have skipped the whole deconstructed thing and just given me a real salad, but the biscuits were even better.
Overall a place I will definitely return to at some point. I am really looking forward to checking out the other areas this place has to offer.
07-03-2012 00:41:37 | More by orangesol
4/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located at Frankford & Girard. For a small concert/show venue, this place has a mighty good beer selection of mostly local Philly / PA brews, and three quality bars--one on each floor including the balcony. Not a HUGE selection; about 12 rotating draughts, and all good beer, with typically one or two cask-conditioned brews. The food is fairly decent overall, and the menu seems to be improving. If you have some coin to spare, the brisket is probably the best thing on the menu, and the steak sandwich is damn tasty. Definitely worth going to early if you're seeing a show there. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Because of the atmosphere and the beer selection, I think it's safe to say this is my favorite venue.
04-29-2011 19:52:56 | More by Rifugium
Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia, PA
89 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.