Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rdrummer:
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
Ever since I read a review of this in the Inquirer, I have been trying to get here to give it a try. I am a big fan of Standard Tap, and Johnny B's has the same owners. There are an upper and lower bar with an open kitchen that is behind the upper bar. The lower bar has a pool table and a really eclectic jukebox. This a blue collar, working man's area of the city, which can be proven by going to any other bar in the area. The atmosphere of Johnny B's fits in but not the menu or beer selection.
The beer concept is the same as a Standard. There is only draft beer, and all the selections but the ubiquitous PBR are local (Yuengling's is debateably local.) There are 12 taps in all with two hand pumps. Yards ESA and Sly Fox East Kent were the casks on the hand pumps. There was a really good selection with Dogfish Head, Stoudt's, Sly Fox, and Yard's all represented. The beer is served at the proper temperature and service is quick and good.
The menu is very small considering the open kitchen, but it has some really unusual things on it, including grilled octopus and a mushroom cigar (which is a cheesy, mushroom mixture in a light pastry dough). I would have prefered a little more choice, and perhaps there is more choice at dinner time. All in all, another great place to kick back and enjoy some good beer and some fun conversation.
04-25-2004 15:03:59 | More by rdrummer
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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.