Northeast Philadelphia--not exactly the epicenter of foodie-dom--boasts this miraculous oasis of interesting characters, excellent beer and decent grub--Esquire magazine even anointed it one of the best bars in America. Both beer geeks and Miller swillers find safe harbor in Mike Scotese's welcoming bi-level tavern, which stocks craft brews alongside the mass-market stuff. The menu includes a fine rendition of fish-n-chips, fries and other beer-drinking necessities with the Lodge Steak--a cheesesteak gone suicidal with the addition of salami and Cajun-spiced mayo on a roll.
This Northeast pub was named one of America's best bars by Esquire and one of America's top 50 bars by BeerAdvocate.com. Don't hate, though--the place hasn't been spoiled by fame. The beer selection is constantly (and rightfully) lauded, but the strong Irish whiskey collection is the best in the city. Plus, you have to love a place that sometimes feels like it has an entire CYO soccer team in it.