N. 3rd

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Type: Bar, Eatery

801 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19123-2203
United States

(215) 413-3666 | map

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

North 3rd generally personifies the kind of atmosphere you would expect from Northern Liberties. Eclectically decorated with found art and a collection of obscure masks adorning the walls, with a dimly lit, comfortable, artsy atmosphere and a good presence on the streetscape.

Beer selection is good but somewhat predictable. Taps feature the most widely available locals (DFH, Stoudt's, Victory, Yards) and a couple mediocre macro imports. The Brewer's Art tap is the only one that really stands out in my opinion. The smaller bottles and cans offer a good percentage of crap, but there are some nice Belgian 750's to choose from.

The food is definitely one of the finer points of this establishment. The fare is generally more upscale than typical bar food, but everything I've eaten here has been very tasty, a reasonable price, and well above average in comparison to other beer bars in the city. The chalkboard specials are always worth trying. A good place to go in the summer when they open all the large windows to the street.

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Photo of beerded_drunk
3.85/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.89/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Thanks to PhillyTapFinder for pointing out this bar and their tapping of Grapefruit Sculpin. What an incredible beer! This bar was a surprise for all of us-it is located only one avenue block from Standard Tap and The Foodery, but it somehow was flying under our beer radars.

The space is rather awesome, with a funky décor chock-full of quirky stuff culled from vintage markets and thrift stores. There is a cast of the owner’s arm, velvet paintings, a kitschy flamenco dancer and much more, scattered around the two bars and several dining rooms. Definitely one of the more unique bars in Philly.

Among the ten taps, Yards Pale Ale, Yuengling, Allagash White, Grapefruit Sculpin, Clown Shoes Galactica, Destihl Sour, Ballast Point Victory at Sea and Carton Milk Stout (nitro). Then they tapped Lagunitas Sucks while we were there, so fresh and delicious it was painful. The better beers cost eight bucks, which I thought was a little excessive, but I guess NoLibs does that to bars.

Our server was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about beer, but I was more than a bit put off by his boasting that they “bought six cases of Grapefruit Sculpin so that nobody else gets it”.

The music was great- an easy collection of indie pop like Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Postal Service; a nice change of pace from the obscure punk tunes of most Philly bars. This won’t be a regular stop for me, but it is fine alright.

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Photo of Seer_One
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

Photo of bcgeiman
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of cdaguanno
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of seanchai
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This place will always have sentimental value to me because it's where my wife and I had our first date.

This is a cool bar/gastropub on 3rd Street in the Northern Liberties section of he city. The atmosphere is really nice and there is a very cool vibe there but it gets insanely loud. To the point where you have to scream at the person sitting next to you at peak business hours. The place is very dark and most of the lighting comes from candles. They often play decent music but way too loud contributing to the unbelievable decible level of this place on weekend nights. The bar is very samll but there is a little open area behind it for standing room. The dining area is also small but there is never really a very long wait for a table.

The selection of beer is slightly above average. They don't have ,any taps but the beers that they have on are usually of top quality. At least two or three are dedicated to locals but they venture out to some nice west coast beers every once in a while. They have a decent bottle list with some standard 12oz. bottles but they do have a very nice selection of Belgian 750s. Not very many but all of top quality including one of my favorites, St. Bernardus 12.

The food is very good with higher end eclectic pub fare. For example they have an edamame platter and some interesting spring rolls. The burgers and sandwiches are good as well as the entrees. The service, however, can be spotty, mostly because the place gets really crowded.

If you want to go for a good meal and decent beer go at off peak hours unless you want to have a screaming match with the other folks in your party.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love this place. The atmosphere is insane. And I mean insane - the back room is like some weird hallucination, packed with bizarre decorations and pieces of artwork. If you want something a little more mainstream, the front room and bar is relatively normal and airy, like the comfy pub it is. The service is friendly and informal. The food is excellent and well thought out - pub food, of course, but well executed and well conceived. The beer list is good - there are a handful of rotating taps and they always have at least one unusual selection. I have never been bored with my choices. And unlike many Philadelphia pubs, they offer a Sunday Brunch menu that is actually worth eating.

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Photo of roan22
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I have been to this bar many times with my friends, but tonight took a newbie to Northern Liberties neighborhood for a mini-crawl, and that is what made me decide to review N. 3rd tonight.

The thing N. 3rd has going for it is atmosphere. Its dark, not very crowded tonight (which I like, a mellower scene), warm and inviting, with "awesome bar decorations" my n00b friend says. I also think N. 3rd is an attractive place, love the little twinkly lights and the marionette puppet and the masks. The bartender was very pleasant and talked freely about local beers/bars with me for a good few minutes. It was pretty awesome to me to be able to witness a bartender wearing an embroidered cowboy shirt while working. Plus the TV was showing Reno 911! (one of my favorite shows), with the closed captioning on and no volume, which is the way I like to deal with TV's in bars.

It is in an appealing, arty, (also rehabbed and overpriced) neighborhood and it has way more free parking available then downtown. This neighborhood is best explored for a crawl on a weeknight or else you will run into big time poseur-hipster crowds.

The bar featured 8 taps. I had Sunshine Pils from Troegs. Also present were Yards Philly Pale Ale, Yards ESA, Brewers Art Resurrection and Sly Fox Brian O'Reilly's Stout. They had craft bottles as well, and three Belgian big bottles too.

I enjoy this bar and this neighborhood on weeknights especially very much. I have never eaten here, I have to say. Cheers N. 3rd!

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I stopped in for dinner during a little bar tour of the Northern Liberties area of Philly. The atmosphere is cool as hell, themed in the mix of local art work and the decorations of something from a Tim Burton film – gargoyles and skull masks everywhere. Two bars, one in the front and the back, with a limited number of seating throughout. Luckily it wasn’t too crowded, we got a seat at the back bar.

Service was good. Attentive and knowledgeable bartender, all you could really expect or ask for.

They had 8 to 10 beers on tap at both bars, mostly local brews including Yards, Sly Fox, Stoudts, and some Dogfish Head, in addition to the ever-present Hoegaarden and Stella Artois. Also had about 6 25oz. Belgian bottles on the menu, the usual big ones including Duvel and La Chouffe. I started with the 60min IPA before moving to some O’Reilly Stout from Sly Fox.

The food was great – not too expensive and huge portions. Good bang for your buck here. I went with the pulled pork sandwich, after a bowl of black bean. Both were very good.

Not as much a true beer bar as some other places in the neighborhood. But still had a nice casual atmosphere (great in the summer when the doors open up and seating is available street side), good beer, and great food.

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Photo of PhillyMonk
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Great crowd here -- a mixture of locals from Northern Liberties and those venturing in from Center City (like me) or beyond who wish this was their local watering hole. Music is kept to a minimum background level, and plasma TVs above the bar show local games, athough this place is no sports bar. There is an eclectic collection of objects hanging above the bar and throughout the restaurant, including a huge eagle and a heart in a cage.

Although you may have to search for the hostess when you walk in, the service is generally good -- you can take your time and not be bothered, with the waitstaff being familiar with the menu.

Beer list is fairly impressive: mostly local brews (always some good ones to choose from) and a very reasonably priced list of Belgian ales (Duvel was $13/25 oz). There is definitely a beer-drinkers crowd in this place.

The food is well above-average for pub fare, and the menu has many traditional bar staples (burgers, pork sandwich, fish and chips), but has several seafood options and homemade soups that are reported to be very good. All reasonably priced.

If you live in/are visiting Philadelphia and are looking for a great pub, you'll really be impressed with N. 3rd - truly good food and a solid beer selection with a great crowd. You'll be glad you checked it out.

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Photo of Foxman
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

From the outside, it's a homey looking NoLibs corner bistro kinda place, around the corner from Standard Tap and down the street from Abbaye. With the no smoking law in place, you run the nicotine haze gauntlet to get through the door, but it's a small sacrifice in order to clear the air inside.

And once inside, after you've looked past the tables to the bar, and to the decent sized side room to the left, you notice that perhaps you've stumbled into something straight out of "Nightmare Before Christmas" Meets The Electric Koolaid Acid Test. The masks and figurines and dolls and paintings aren't ALL gloom and doom, but it still comes off as some kind of dark-side of Pagan pantheology spirit-fest. And yet, I like it! It's different, interesting, intriguing, and best of all, did I say different? How often to you get phantasmagoria, Mardi Gras, and Bacchanalia mixed in the same room? And while it does get quite crowded, it's generally comfortable, though getting a seat at the bar is often as not a challenge. And there's a big beefy TV for those who can't get enough of whatever they happen to be tuned into.

Quality is good, and an obvious consideration. Lines are clean, bars and building are fundamentally clean, and temps are reasonable. Glassware is mostly pints, no matter the order, but at least they're clean as well.

The service I've had has been all over the board, which I personally find unacceptable. I don't want my dining/beer experience to be hit or miss in the service department. I've had knowledgeable people, friendly people, and efficient people. However, no one person seems to possess all those traits. I've also had borderline ignorance, indifference, cluelessness, and attitude deficiency. Luckily, the good has outweighed the bad a bit, but that's not really good enough.

The beer selection is nice, if a bit pedestrian. I've latched onto Brewer's Art when they were rather rare in these parts, various Belgians and imports in bottles, some DFH on tap along with Stoudts, Victory and Yards, no surprise considering the locale. Bottom line is, Standard offers a higher quality selection, most nights anyway, but not as extensive. Apples, oranges, right?

The food can be tasty, or disappointing, depending on what you order, and apparently, when you order. I'll say that the brunch is very good, and kid friendly for those so inclined. The Smoked Salmon Club is mighty fine, and Eggs Benedict is a faithful rendition. Other times, I've enjoyed the fish and chips, complete with malt vinegar of course, but another night the fish was soggy. The ribs are tasty, the wings middle of the road good. So you won't likely be wowed by anything, unless you go to brunch and like salmon. Like me.

Prices are decidedly reasonable, with nothing overpriced or standing out as a bargain. I will say that I feel better spending the money there for brunch as opposed to dinner. It's represents a much better value in my eyes.

The main reason I've gone here in the past is to meet up with friends who really love the place. I don't love it, but I enjoy myself when I'm there. As mentioned, try the brunch, it's tasty and fun. So stop in, if only to say you did. Then decide. But I'll bet, at the least, you'll be glad you did.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I was really taken aback by the demonic nature of the décor of this place. It seemed that every direction I turned, I was confronted with some horrible mask, figurine or some other depiction of terror. Maybe I just need to drink more, but the motif of this place seems rather dark and better suited for Halloween. My favorite was the demonic marionette on the wall and the stained glass depiction devils dancing above the front door. “Abandon all hope” indeed. The majority of these grotesques were placed near the ceiling, especially near the bar. What was odd and seemingly out of place was a giant eagle of sorts pinned up against the ceiling with little holes cut in him to let the lighting cables run through. Is this a seasonal football thing? Also helping the effect of this place was a lot of red lighting that amplified the spooky qualities. I was getting into this feel until the giant TV in the corner got turned on soaking us in artificial light. Lame! What deserves special props is the ceiling fan in the middle of the room that kept the smoke down to a minimum. That was noted and appreciated.

No food tonight, just drinks as a continuation of a rendezvous at the Standard Tap. The beers up for the night were not too impressive. I grabbed (pronounced given one courtesy of SkinnyElvis) a DFH 60 and later I found a selection from Brewers Art which had a decided pastry dough Belgian-ness going for it. Never did figure out it’s name. Also on tap were a few InBev selections, a few locals and a few BMC. Not a bad selection over all that could accommodate any sophistication of drinker. Also available were a good selection of bottles. I’ll have to mull through these more closely next time.

The bartender was a little distant but attentive at the same time. He was quick to break off idle conversation to fill a drink order. Seeing the opposite of this all too often, this made a huge impression on me.

I liked this place, spooky as it was. I’m curious as to how their food is now, so I’ll be back for sure.

BTW, the photo is really deceiving. When I went, the outside was just crawling with people as there are tables for outdoor seating. People were also standing around chatting too, so it isn’t a pristine brick façade with black awnings. Just add twenty or so people to the picture and you’ll have a better representation. Also, turn the camera a bit, and the rest of the neighborhood doesn’t look half as nice.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

* Go for the late night outdoor atmosphere and great food only. Better beer around the corner at Standard Tap*

Surprisingly, an out of town guest reccomended N 3rd for the killer burgers. Well, that was a good call. Relaxed feel with the restaurant inside and we ate outside. Cool lighting enhances the cool vibe. Philadelphia is awsome because of and not despite places like North 3rd.

Food was outstanding. My ahi tuna burger with extra wassabi rocked. She had wine and the same.

Beers were limited to good drafts of Vic'ry Braumeister Pils, Brewers Art Resurrection, and DFH 60 minute. amongst other yawners.

Bottles were on the Belgie side of St. Bernardus, Duvel, and Lucifer 750 mLs for $14.

Waitstaff was a bit frozen on a busy Friday night but they were all polite and I still tipped big.

Last call: Could you takeyour Mother here? Yes even with unisex bathrooms and a pinball game. The same folks own the Standard Tap and their beer selection is better with a cask. Parking is hit or miss and a true "Dick in the Dirt" blues bar Ortleib's is one block North with ok beers and ok appetizers and killer jazz.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Well as usual, Slander has given a good description of the physical layout, so I'd advise you to read below for that much. It's spot on with my most recent visit. This visit came on a Thursday evening, which saw a decent crowd at North 3rd...a good crowd, not too many people, I could get a seat, two actually, at the bar. Always a plus. Phils game was on TV above the bar, and hardly anyone was watching it. A fantastic Van Morrison album was playing at perfect volume over the conversation of the patrons. Are you getting the feeling that I really like the vibe of this place? Because I do. Wonderful relaxed atmosphere in one of my favorite Philly neighborhoods, the Northern Liberties.

The service was excellent as well. The bartender was extremely attractive, but that's not why the service was great. She was extremely attentive to our drinks, poured a good pint of Guinness, and struck up some good conversation with me throughout the evening about our common home state of New Jersey.

The tap selection is not mindblowing, but quality abounds, and that is what's important. I had a DFH 60 Minute and a Brewer's Art Resurrection. Other notables from Yards, Stoudt's, Victory, and the omnipresent Guinness. So the local selection was good. Didn't catch the bottle selection other than their Belgian bottles, which I found to be a bit overpriced (Chimay, La Chouffe, Lindemans, Duvel). Didn't get to try the food; if I'm eating in the N. Liberties area, it's at the Standard Tap, and we'd already been there that evening. But someday maybe. I like this place a lot and I'll certainly be back. Bottom line: this place is the meaning of the words "cool", "chill", whatever you want to call it.

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Photo of slander
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Wandering aimlessly, as it turns out, NOT towards the direction of the Northern Liberties, after some denial and some debate, we have now taken to Royally Taxiing our way to North 3rd Street.
Smart looking corner bar with a most interesting decor. A moderate sized room with a formica top bar seating less than a dozen. The bar is strung with various types of lighting, most notably the "Burtonesque" Nightmare Before Christmas lights with Jack's skulls, but they've also got strings of parrots, shamrocks, gumball colored bulbs, Xmas, Halloween and Mardi Gras mask ornaments and lighting everywhere. Most festive. Small candles on the bar in red holders and a handful of bar tables along large windows that open out onto Brown St. There's a hanging bird mobile, tribal and animal masks, Mardi Gras puppets and beads, alternative artworks (it rotates, and it's for sale), a large football sized glowing heart in a cage suspended overhead, a giant eagle (a kite, maybe?), and a large flatscreen TV in the corner of the main room, which pours into a small attached room with a half dozen tables and booths, along a brick wall with blackboards. On the other side of this wall lies a side room with a dozen seat bar with a half dozen tables that pour out onto Brown St. This room is similarly decorated with artwork Xmas lighting along the trim, and a giant butterfly (like the eagle in the front room). Out on the sidewalk, they've got a handful of tables that run the exterior "L" out front and wrap around the corner onto North 3rd.
10 taps (Guinness, Yuengling, Murphy's, Brooklyn Blanche, Troeggs Sunshine Pils, Flying Fish Farmhouse, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Dekoninck, Stella, and the Yards Saison (served with an Orange wedge at the insistance of the folks from Yards) and 14 bottles (Chimay Red, Grant's Mandarin Hefe, Sam Smith Nut Brown, Hoegaarden, Boddingtons, Pierre Celis Grotten Brown, Duvel, Duchess De Bourgogne, Nostradamus, Abbaye Du ValDieu Brown and handful others).
We were well into the bar pie that someone ordered but wouldn't be awake to eat when the bartender said, "Hey, you can't leave your buddy outside there". I go look, yep, we lost one to sleep outside, crashed in the doorway. "Ahhh, can I at least finish my beer?" and am told, "Yeah, sure, whenever, it's just that when you go, you can't leave him there" (like I'd just bail and leave a passed out friend in their doorway). Classic!!
I could spend some time here. Good joint in the Northern Liberties section.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a dark funky place to drink great beers. the food has always been very good as well. Great twists on traditional pub fare.plates are quite large and fairly priced.... and they have an awesome bread pudding if you are into the sweet stuff. Local draft selections dominate but all are of high quality. Great bartenders that will let you sample before purchase. Relaxed feel to the place. i reccomend skipping the inital big bar and sliding into the back bar to the left.. it is less crowded and you can talk.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

North 3rd. is a very straightforward looking (but interesting) restaurant/bar that's just a block away from both the Abbaye and the Standard Tap (and not too far from the Ministry of Information either!). And, interestingly enough, they're all similar in many ways. All of them offer a decent, but not spectacular, beer selection; and all of them offer great, somewhat ecclectic food.

N.3rd has a wide range of dishes (and many are vegetarian items) including Spicy Fries ($4), Steamed Edamame Beans ($4), Vegetable Spring Rolls ($5), Steamed Mussels ($9), Chorizo Chicken Quesadillas ($8.50), Vegetarian Pad Thai ($12.50), and Seared Salmon ($15).

There are 10 draft taps that included Paulaner Hefe Weizen, The Brewer's Art Ressurection, Heavyweight Lunacy, Victory Hop Devil, Yard's Saison, Stoudt's APA and Blanche de Brooklyn on my last visit. Their bottled selection is a bit more limiting, but they do offer Chimay Grande Reserve, Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, Duvel, and Anchor Steam for those who are unhappy with their draft choices.

The floors are wood, and the walls are painted in avacado and pear tones that give it a very laid-back, organic feel with some artsy touches thrown in. African masks adorn the partial wall along the ceiling that separates the cocktail area from the main dining room; and there's a large bird-like sculpture above the bar itself. Additional seating is available outside during the summer months for those who like to dine al fresco. And for those of you who need a place to chill after a long and drawn out Saturday night on the town, they offer a Sunday brunch from 11 to 3:30 that includes a whole host of fortifying, nutritious, and deliciously satisfying items (basically in the $6 - 9 range, but as high as $12 - 14 for the Smoked Salmon or Steak & Eggs).

The service is good, and it appears to be a very well run and nicely maintained establishment. I've enjoyed myself everytime I've been there and I intend to stop in whenever possible.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place is right around the block from Standard tap & Liberties. Went here with my bro-in-law, after hitting, Standard Tap and Sugar Mom's. Decent atmosphere, brick walls, dim lighting, a cool heart light inside some sort of cage (not the shape, but actually looks like the organ) hanging from the ceiling, paintings on the walls, and some cool looking metal things on the wall behind the bar… faces with worms coming out of there heads or something…whatever it is, it’s cool. The brew selection is good, Paulaner, Yards, Victory, Heavyweight, Rogue and Fancy Pant's…about 10-12 taps total but all good brews.

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Photo of jrancan
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Brand new bar in the trendy Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Nice atmosphere with exposed brick walls and paintings from local artists. The bar itself is small but there are plenty of tables and a whole other room in the back. I really wasn't expecting much, but I was surprised by the selection of good beers they have on their 10 taps and 15 or so bottles. I remember seeing Rogue, Heavyweight, Victory, Yard's....all of which were very fresh. This might be more of a place to be seen rather than a beer bar but hey, if you're at The Standard Tap give it a try, it's right around the corner.

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N. 3rd in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 90.9% out of 100 with 22 ratings
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