Con Murphy's Irish Pub

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Con Murphy's Irish PubCon Murphy's Irish Pub
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Con Murphy's Irish PubCon Murphy's Irish Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

1700 Ben Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103
United States

(267) 687-1128 | map

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Added by ShadesOfGray on 11-06-2009

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Reviews by ShadesOfGray:
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I discovered this place only because I did some work in the bar area. I was asked to come in for a service, and felt right at home from the get-go. It's very homey and warm. 2 stories...with bars both upstairs and downstairs. There's plenty of seating between the two floors. There's seating outside as well, which I'm sure is unavailable in the winter. Food is really good, but the beer selection was small, yet decent. On tap there's about 10-15 with the norms, and about 15 more in bottle. I spoke with the manager personally and they were only opened for a couple days, and therefore said their beer choices were going to grow. The service was very good, mostly all attractive women wearing black uniforms. Prices were very fair...afterall, it's located in center city right down from City Hall and Love Park.
Nice quaint warm little bar.

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Photo of patpbr
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of soulcougher
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Con Murphy's Irish Pub is located inside of the Windsor Suites Hotel on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It's not the greatest of locations, granted, although it might work for tourists (and certainly for the people who work nearby), but don't we all harbor a certain fondness for some place we stopped into while on vacation, even though it might have been a little tacky?

That said, it's a nicely appointed place with dark wood panels and green (and yellow? I guess it adds to the brightness in the smaller spaces) walls, wood and tile floors, upholstered pub stools, a mural of horse racing/dog racing/an old man with a pint, and an ornate wrought iron rail that winds its way upstairs. Authentic? No, not really. Really, not really, at least I've never seen a pub in Ireland that looks like this, but there are some elements that match, and to a certain extent it all fits. It's OK, and it's perfect for St. Paddy's Day, however...

...the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is lined with flags from 90 countries from around the world, and ironically, the Union Jack is currently flying right outside (the flags do occasionally change).

There are 12 beers on tap: Guinness, Harp, Stella Artois, Coors Light, Smithwick's, Yuengling Traditional, Heineken, and 5 rotating taps that usually have something from Yards, Victory, Sixpoint, Harpoon, and Dogfish Head. Oh, but what about Uncle Artie!!!? Never fear, they've got Bud, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, Miller Lite and so on in bottles... but they've also got Stone IPA, Victory Golden Monkey, Abita Purple Haze and a few others. So it's not too shabby. Neither is it great, and it's certainly not "beer bar" worthy, but it's better than most of the "Irish" pubs in Philadelphia.

One final note and we're done. Decent enough food, decent enough service - it is what you might expect. Oh, unless you were expecting Irish foods... there is a Shepherd's Pie, and Fish & Chips (but that's not Irish). Buffalo wings? Yes. Nachos? Yes. Philly Cheese Steak? YES!!! Pierogies? (Well, they are potato, right?) - I think you get the idea.

Overall: Tourist trap, at least as far as food goes. Beer? It can work for the locals (happy hour after work). Destination spot? Not at all. Beer bar (at all? Not even remotely?) Not really. Worth a visit?... in and of itself, OK, maybe... why not? You can have a good time here, and you've got some good beers - but not as a beer spot. Still, unfortunately, I have to say it's one of the better "Irish" pubs in Philly.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of rfgetz
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A new spot to add to our happy hour rotation. A pub wedged comfortably into the confines of a hotel lobby brought to you by some guys from the old Tir Na Nog crew.

Atmosphere goes for the "authentic" irish feel, without being too dark and confining.

The beer selection is small and average with only 1- 2 beers worth a sniff (DFH 60 and Yards Philly Pale) out of the dozen or so taps (Guinness, Harp, BudMillerCoors yadda yadda). Bottle selection didnt do much for me either.

The service and food are fantastic - knowing the owners, they take great pride in each of these. Servers and barstaff are ultra-attentive, quick and friendly. I've sampled many food items on my 3 visists and am not affraid to declare it as some of the best pub grub in the city (try the pork belly cubano - wow).

I'm still waiting for an "irish" bar with a good beer selection.

Update... now as a happy hour regular i can comment that the beer selection has improved nicely over time, with 2-3 of the taps featuring rotating local and national craft beers and 3-4 bottles of good stuff (Green Flash IPA). It goes to show that management knows their market, but still offers something for even beer geeks like me. Food and service still top notch.

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Photo of eldondre
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Well, I don't have a lot to say about this place but since it hasn't been reviewed yet I'll start. It has maybe 12 taps, nothing earth shattering, but the usual suspects (yard's, flying fish, dogfish head, et al) are on tap. prices are ~$5 a pint. It has a nice feel to it, another faux Irish pub. A little loud perhaps. they have outdoor seating on the Parkway s I was able to sit and gaze at city hall (outside in late november nonetheless). They serve three meals a day here but I didn't eat this time. Nice addition to the Parkway, better beer selection than the Mexican Post and a bit calmer than Tir Na Nog.

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Con Murphy's Irish Pub in Philadelphia, PA
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