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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Philadelphia County

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Philadelphia County? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Con Murphy's Irish Pub restaurant
4.9
4.9 (438)
$30 and under
American
Center City
About the restaurant
Con Murphy's is an authentic cozy Irish Pub in the heart of Center City. Just a stones throw from Philly's best museums, hotels & attractions. Serving perhaps the best pint of Guinness in the city, along with other craft beers and signature cocktails, a classy yet comfortable pub awaits you. With an outdoor patio right on The Ben Franklin Parkway there's no better place for people watching & taking in a nice sunset.


Con Murphy's has created a menu to please all palates from the traditional Shepherds Pie (made with Lamb) & Fish'n'Chips & the local favorite Philly Cheesesteak.


Top review
EatOutOftenvip
Dined on May 23, 2024
I had the turkey and brie sandwich on multigrain bread. It was delicious! Our server was great and did not rush us at all. Our group of three longtime friends had a lot to catch up on.
A photo of Sterling Pig Public House - West Chester restaurant
4.9
4.9 (196)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
West Chester
About the restaurant
Sterling Pig Brewery’s second location, Sterling Pig Public House, brings craft beer and BBQ to the West Chester area! Started in 2015, Sterling Pig Brewery strives to create delicious craft brew and eats using only the best and freshest ingredients.

Expanding from Media to West Chester has given Sterling Pig Brewery a chance to try something new and we couldn’t be more excited! We hope you come and see us soon.
Cheers!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
I ordered the combo and was honestly enough for more than just myself. Highly recommend getting the brisket! So good!!!!
A photo of McCall Collective Brewing restaurant
4.9
4.9 (654)
$30 and under
American
Allentown
About the restaurant
Welcome to McCall Collective Brewing

Proud to be 100% Family Owned and Operated - Allentown's First Fully Female Owned Brewery

We are a full service Brewpub offering a wide vary of handcrafted beers made on premise, PA wine and spirits and traditional pub fare. Come and check out our brand new taproom featuring family friendly dining, outdoor seating and plenty of TV’s to catch all the biggest sporting events.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
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A photo of Time restaurant
4.8
4.8 (825)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Center City
About the restaurant
When seated in the dining room during a performance there will be a $5 charge per person to support our ability to present live local music.

Time offers something for everyone.
The cuisine at Time focuses on seasonal American cuisine. Every palate will be satisfied by the plates that Executive Chef Pat Szoke creates in a cosmopolitan, stylish atmosphere.
The main dining room offers an elegant bar, ample comfortable seating and live music every night.
The Whisky Bar & Tap Room offers twenty beers on draft, over One Hundred single malts, small batch bourbons, whiskeys and Ryes as well as a 3 flat screens with the game on.
The upstairs Lounge dances until 2:00am Fridays and Saturdays. This space is also great for private events throughout the week!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
I have not been out in Philly in many years- so glad we chose Time for our get together! The style and ambience and Philadelphia charm was exactly what we were looking for- kind of felt like we were back in our youth! Food was amazing!!! Our server, Clarissa think, was so kind and helped us decide among options. Also, even though we sat near the happy hour then band entertainment, we could still hear each other speak. Great, great experience. Thank you so much!
A photo of Funck's Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (200)
$30 and under
American
Leola
About the restaurant
Our staff at Funck's prepares every dish with care to ensure our customers enjoy the best dining experience possible. Casual, everyday style food made from fresh, natural ingredients from local farms makes our menu reminiscent of Mom's home cooking.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent atmosphere, good attention, very exquisite food and drinks, they must increase the amount of food in the service
A photo of Merchant Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (117)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Merchant Bar is an elevated gastrobar that infuses a chef-driven menu with an original hand-crafted cocktail menu focused on high-quality ingredients, aiming to bring you a unique bar and dining experience. Both for intimate dining or for a large group, Merchant Bar's dynamic space is perfect for any occasion.

For parties of 7 or more, please call the restaurant at 302-502-3385.
Top review
Jennifer
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Best service, excellent food and drinks. Can’t wait to go back.
A photo of Emmy Squared Pizza - Queen Village restaurant
4.8
4.8 (100)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Queen Village
About the restaurant
Serving Detroit-style pizzas and an award-winning burger. Full service bar, local drafts & wine selection.

Roof top is open for the season Wednesday - Sunday at 4:00pm. Please note that rooftop seating is first come first serve.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Celebrated my 30th birthday at Emmy Squared and couldn’t have asked for a better experience! I reached out about having a large group and Alice not only helped accommodate the party but offered us a price fix option with a customized menu. It was $35 a person (not including drinks, fees, tip, etc) but was SO much food and everything was delicious! Definitely got our moneys worth. Our service was amazing too, especially given that it was a large party ordering a lot of food and drinks! Highly recommend their price fix option if you are going with a large group! I prob wouldn’t get the spicy chicken sandwich again bc it was super spicy lol. Otherwise 11/10.
A photo of Crow Bar - Trolley Square restaurant
4.8
4.8 (38)
$30 and under
Global, International
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Global menu of chef inspired small plates, entrees and pizza. Inspired and creative cocktails, 12 beers on draught and a lively dining room in the Trolley Square neighborhood!
Top review
DelAlumvip
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Thoroughly enjoyable neighborhood spot. Decor was very nice - lots of exposed brick. The food was sort of high end pub fare. Very high end. We shared a salad which was excellent. My wife had a pizza and I had shrimp tacos both were very good. Finally, the staff was attentive and professional.
A photo of Widows Peak Distilling Company restaurant
4.7
4.7 (70)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Ambler
About the restaurant
Widows Peak Distilling Company - Handcrafted Spirits and Cocktails
Providing before and after dinner cocktails using fresh ingredients, in a sophisticated setting. You can sample our spirits or take a bottle home with you!

Top review
HillaryWvip
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Best drinks in ambler. Fresh ingredients. Well crafted cocktails
A photo of NaBrasa Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (21)
$50 and over
Brazilian
Center City
About the restaurant
After opening its 1st locations doors in April of 2009, NaBrasa Brazilian Steakhouse has set out to bring the Brazilian culture to the Philadelphia suburbs. NaBrasa has made a statement in achieving that goal in providing new and exciting dining alternatives while providing elite customer service. Nabrasa offers 15 cuts of meat and fish as well as a gourmet salad bar for one all-inclusive price.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The food & service was great my issue was the drinks, I was told the bartender didn't have "the stuff" to make an apple martini so I ordered an long island ice tea which looked like lemonade when it came to my table and had such a favorable citrus taste very little alcohol if any. Besides that everything else was good
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