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Type: Bar, Eatery

448 North 9th Street (at 9th And Liberty)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, 18102
United States

(610) 820-9313

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Reviews by ggroller:
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Cool place. It has an old hunting lodge, local VFP, basement bar feel to it. It is a great place to hang out with friends while enjoying some fantastic food and some great beer.

They have about six or seven beers on tap and a bottled menu of about thirty consisting of micro's, Belgians, and Germans. I started the night with a pint of Winter Braun on tap and followed up with a Chimay Blue, Delirium Noel, and finally an Ommegang Dubbel.

I ate the Chicken Silamonta (sp?) which was very tasty. I glanced into the kitchen and saw two guys in there working their magic. Hats off to you fellas for some fine food. Our waitress was nice and extremely attentive given the fact she was waiting on eight tables.

I highly recommend Cannon's. Cheers.

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Photo of guzzle211
4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I review Cannon's under protest, because this is the #1 place that I don't want to get out. They have been there for decades and are well-established, so I would rather keep Cannon's secret (unlike Liberty, who really needs your support, so go visit them so I can get a seat at Cannon's.) Nonetheless, here goes:

Quite frankly, the best thing Allentown has to offer. Horrible location, pretty small (gets very crowded very fast) and can get very very smoky (no non-smoking.) Not handicap friendly. Non-descript building in a corner location. Cool old mural I have spent many nights thinking about.

Best food in allentown (I would put the soups and the thai thighs up against anything in the lehigh valley.) Best chips and salsa in eastern PA. You can not go wrong on the menu, whether its the Mad Atkins burger (please birng this back!!) or the tilapia, you will be pleased. Do not judge the book by its cover. There is magic in that little kitchen (call ahead though, the kitchen has quirky hours.)

The serving staff can be intimidating. This is a very trendy and hip place (but it tries so hard to scoff at the trendy and hip) and gets quite a blend of customers (business types after work, local vatos and homeboys, college kids, punk-rock and emo kids) but everyone gets along. Its the kind of place where a real hard-looking thug guy held the door for me and my girlfriend, smiled and said "you're welcome" when I thanked him (again, its just not the place to judge anything by its looks.) But back to serving staff: they are inked and pierced and can sometimes come across a little unfriendly, but once again, they are great people who are proud to work here. If they see you more than once, you're in.

Beer selection is among the tops in either Allentown or Bethlehem. They have quickly rotating kegs, so its always fresh. They have a great representation of local and regional micros, specialize in seasonals, and have a very respectable selection of national and imported craft beers. They pass along promotions (I got a Spaten Oktoberfest glass free with purchase) instead of keeping them. They have started to have live music and extended the kitchen hours for late night food.

Overall, I don't want you to visit this place because I like the fact that I know when to go to get a table. But the enthusiast in me can not let you miss this opportunity. Ask about the old guy on the T-shirts.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

From the outside, it appears to be a hole in the wall, in the middle of an inner-city neighborhood, I'm scared.

Once inside I feel a bit safer with the cozy, darkly lit atmosphere. It's small, but charming in a way. My impression is further boosted when I see the bottle selection behind the bar, and the equally impressive taps. This tiny, nondescript bar in the middle of a lower-income neighborhood has BIGFOOT on top...WTF? They also have Hop Devil, SNPA, and a few others.

Among the bottles I remember seeing: Old Rasputin, Brooklyn Black Choc, Chimay red, Blue, and White, Orval, Golden Monkey, Storm King, and quite a few more. They have a very good selection of German and English imports as well. Beer is available for take-out as well.

Service is fine, although we didn't eat anything. Overall, a very pleasant surprise. Well worth the risk of parking in a questionable neighborhood. This bar was featured in Maxim magazines bar guide, which is pretty funny. Check it out next time you're in Allentown.
bf review id: 22038 / 05-04-2005 16:32:31

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Cannon's in Allentown, PA
4.32 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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