Cresson Inn

By Doug Wallen
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114 Gay St., Manayunk

You learn a lot about Cresson Inn just from the sign hanging over each of the two entrances--the one over the side door reads "LADIES ENTRANCE," while the one over the main corner door reads "WHERE THE REAL 'YUNKERS' DRINK." In other words, "Women use the side door" and "No yuppies allowed." To be fair, those signs are worn remnants from decades past, but the bar has mostly retained the blue-collar, dive-y atmosphere that pervaded Manayunk before kitschy boutiques and overpriced restaurants started popping up all along Main Street. Cooks, dishwashers, waitstaff and busboys from said restaurants are among the younger drinkers who cut up the alley connecting Main and Cresson Street (directly under the Regional Rail line) to avoid the frat-boy crowds and mutated martinis that now populate Manayunk. "The Cresson," as it's known, is a safe haven for anyone who simply wants a cold beer for a buck or two, regardless of whether it's watered down or the glass is dirty. The bartenders are ridiculously friendly, although the clientele may not always be--a weekend night is a good time to pick a fight with a lifelong 'Yunker. On a weeknight, though, it's peaceful enough that you may not even notice the bartender refill your glass (without having to ask) while you watch some bad movie (Tremors 2, for example) on cable TV and soak in the Guns N' Roses blasting from the jukebox. The kitchen isn't much, but you can buy little bags of chips and pretzels at the bar. The Cresson may be best during the day, actually, when you can escape a dull shopping trip and commiserate with the other day-drinkers, nodding toward Main Street and asking, "Who are those people?"

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1. daddy said... on Dec 12, 2008 at 11:48PM

“We Manayunkers have more intelligence than you sorry asses will ever have. Just because you have no life experiences doesn't mean you are above a Manayunker. Go back to the Cresson St. Inn and talk your shit to a Manayunker and see how long it takes to get your sorry ass straitghtened out.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Feb 17, 2010 at 08:20PM

“I LOVE THE CRESSON INN!!”

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3. Anonymous said... on Feb 17, 2010 at 08:21PM

“Nora is the shit!!”

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4. Anonymous said... on Apr 6, 2010 at 09:35PM

“NORA!!!!!!!!! HA HA Go on a night where Nate is there and you are in for it!”

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5. Anonymous said... on May 6, 2010 at 12:40PM

“Nora is still the best.........”

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6. JaniceLee said... on Jul 16, 2010 at 01:11PM

“I was born and raised in manayunk.Manayunker all the way..”

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7. Anonymous said... on Dec 28, 2010 at 05:34PM

“try the food better then half the overpriced main st shit,ask her wats on menu you might be surprised!!”

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8. sushidigital said... on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:54PM

“all you yunkers come on down and sundaze...10-close
Nate and danielle hosting and Dj Sushi Digital dropping an eclectic mix of hits old and new and unexpected all genres represented...real people real atmosphere real friendly!!!”

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9. toldyou said... on Jan 14, 2012 at 12:20PM

“look at 1 above,he smells like one grease you know what,if you find any pride be like you are to the wrong person one day,you descriminate against the wrong people,your a hermit,hermits talk like gays,on gay street.ask any person in philadelphia about #1 comment. come out of yourself and you will see what happens.you probably hope you live in your smelly bar,”

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10. For a better manayuker?? said... on Feb 5, 2012 at 11:31AM

“you erased my last good comment.i still know what i wrote.it starts like this.look at #1comment.hes a trouble maker,what 2008,who are you.loo. at #2,3,4,who the -is nora,she called someone a fagget one time,she could call anyone that.shows you how she is.the bathroom smells like it never was cleaned.the person doesnt clean or do his job.the sign says where the real manayunkers go.whats that mean,are you afraid of the other compitition,thats where you go for a cheap beer comes from.go to a classy bar or go to a smelly cresson inn.there are robbers there,there are thieves, so.you need to clean your bathroom,get a new sign that says where people come to the cresson could drink,you defame anybody else other than youse..clean the bar itself.you make the surrounding bars sound three times better than yourselves .thats the only thing good you do for the rest of the bars.so who ever reads this there are better cleaner bars to go.”

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11. For a better manayuker?? said... on Feb 5, 2012 at 11:34AM

“you erased my last good comment.i still know what i wrote.it starts like this.look at #1comment.hes a trouble maker,what 2008,who are you.loo. at #2,3,4,who the -is nora,she called someone a fagget one time,she could call anyone that.shows you how she is.the bathroom smells like it never was cleaned.the person doesnt clean or do his job.the sign says where the real manayunkers go.whats that mean,are you afraid of the other competition,thats where you go for a cheap beer comes from.go to a classy bar or go to a smelly cresson inn.there are robbers there,there are thieves, so.you need to clean your bathroom,get a new sign that says where people come to the cresson could drink,you defame anybody else other than youse..clean the bar itself.you make the surrounding bars sound three times better than yourselves .thats the only thing good you do for the rest of the bars.so who ever reads this there are better cleaner bars to go.”

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12. FOOL OF A MEANIMG said... on Mar 27, 2012 at 05:12PM

“to bartender NORA GIBSON,remember this,sitting down,you call MIKE GRUGER or somelike that a fagget,he gets mad,his tight ,says im starring at him,i said no im not,he gets up like a fool,trying to Rat me like i did something wrong.,i dont give a --- about your bar now,oh is mike the owners son,who gives a shit,not me,hes said he has a bad back,so what,maybe someone will put the idiot in his place for threatening me.NORA how can you kick me out 10 years ago ,when in the past ten years i been there 20 or 25 times.NORA your ai40 lb lightweight trying to be big and bad with no purpose,you talk too much,you think your something big when people are trying to mind there own business.you drink too much.your out of shape and you,your bathroom is contanimated,that bald queer that works with you is scared of you,did you here him backing you,your flagged for life,well who wants to drink with fags on gay st.your people are scared to leave the cresson.NORA is the worst bartender in PA.”

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13. MyK said... on Apr 11, 2012 at 07:53PM

“It's nice to go to a Bar near Main st and not have a ton of Ignorant Yuppies bumping into you. Thank you Cresson Inn”

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14. look at # 13 said... on May 14, 2012 at 01:25PM

“#13,its good ,your the # one -----,i hope your bar closes and you close too.is that your promblemtised personality,you rat the people who try to market where you live by ratting them out by saying they bump into you,your the oldest ----- around.dont you have nothing good to say about anyone.you and #1 probably do, would have a good time on gaaaaaay streeeeet.”

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15. Donna said... on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:38PM

“Everybody just loves Nora. Yall just get intimidated cause shell put u right in ur place. Thats y this bar has been there forever!!!!”

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16. betty schneider said... on Jan 16, 2013 at 10:24AM

“we are having a beef and beer for patrick coyle , we are looking for donations of a gift card or cetificate to chance off to raise money for the family. you can contact me on my cell phone (215)964-0959 thank you”

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