The Abbaye Bar & Restaurant

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Abbaye is a Belgian pub more in line with the location's pre-bistro days as Dave's Bar. The cherry wood, sandy-colored walls and burgundy banquette remain. But gone are the jazzy soundtrack and sunny impressionism, replaced with Jimi Hendrix and strangely intriguing fantasy-alien portraits.

The space is darker, grunged down a notch, but still warm in a bohemian kind of way, welcoming human and dog alike. The back dining room is quieter than the area around the copper-topped bar out front, so you can choose your mood. An excellent selection of Belgian and European beers arrive in customized glasses emblazoned with their names. The service is what you'd expect at a pub--nonchalant and affable, with no surprises.

To celebrate his 35th birthday in 2005, Rich Bruder started a band. But more important than just having a band, Bruder wanted the ability to perform in front of people. So he talked to the folks at the Abbaye, the homey corner bar/restaurant in Northern Liberties. "They're all my friends who work here," Bruder says. They let him play despite having no training or experience, and very little practice. It's that kind of place. On a daily basis the burgundy-colored room with art-covered walls is packed with neighborhood locals like Bruder, eating bacon-wrapped meatloaf sandwiches or seitan cheesesteaks, and quaffing fine Belgian beers. "There's a comfort level," Bruder says. "I got attracted to that and never left."

HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS

Mondays
4P - 6P: $2 Off All Drafts, $3 Well Drinks, $5 Glasses of Wine

Tuesdays
4P - 6P: $2 Off All Drafts, $3 Well Drinks, $5 Glasses of Wine

Wednesdays
4P - 6P: $2 Off All Drafts, $3 Well Drinks, $5 Glasses of Wine

Thursdays
4P - 6P: $2 Off All Drafts, $3 Well Drinks, $5 Glasses of Wine

Fridays
4P - 6P: $2 Off All Drafts, $3 Well Drinks, $5 Glasses of Wine

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LOCATION INFO

637 N. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone: (215) 627-6711

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HOURS OF OPERATION

Open daily 11:30am-2am, kitchen open until 1am, Saturday-Sunday brunch 10am-3pm and Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4-6pm

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