I waited a long time to try this place and got two friends to do it with me. I arrived first and despite overhearing that the drinks were about $3 (very affordable), ended up with a $12.50 drink that was more than enough for two people - the waitress obviously didn't know how to make it and it was very strong and nasty unlike the delicious drink I've had elsewhere. My friends show up only to find out that the kitchen closed early that day. Karaoke was that night and we listened to the same people sing over and over and back to back. A staff member convinced us to look through the book and we each picked out a song that we would do together like the other groups of friends before us. NOt only do we end up waiting while others who turned in songs after us went up and sang their hearts out but at some point are asked to find our own songs in the book even though they were both there as clear as day. No problem but we get up there and for some reason STILL have to wait while the learning disabled dj located our songs - we struggled through one that we thought would be fun but when it came time for the second one, suddenly the rules had changed and we weren't permitted to do song number two. It was a very disappointing night as far as the actual establishment and staff - very unprofessional and we felt slighted. Additionally the bathrooms were filthy and disgusting, smelling horrible, dirty floors and facilities and barely any toilet paper. AS if that weren't enough both of the stall doors are broken so if you can't go in with a friend I guess you get to flash and splash who ever is on the other side of the door. Overall if you have absolutely nothing to do and already live nearby, don't have to use the bathroom, don't expect courtesy or professionalism, or possibly even food and don't mind if the rules chage after you've sat through everyone ele's performance, maybe you'll like it. Fortunately this is a big city so there's so much else to do! I would rate this place as a jip!
Well if I was you, I would not take that person's review serious at all. How can you rely on what somebody says that goes to a neighborhood bar and orders a drink that cost $12.50 a real airhead and obviously blind as a bat. There is no free pour at Sheba's, each drink even if you are ordering a Long Island Iced Tea, each bottle that tilts in your drink, you are charged. You need to get out more often. As for people looking for your music in a book, you cannot read either? I laugh at you, you think if you hand the KJ not DJ (as you referred to a KJ as, again who has a learning disability 5 slips, you are supposed to sing all of your songs you are seriously WRONG, you need to go to an OPEN MIC where you have allotments of time. You are right on one thing, the ladies room doors do need to be fixed. I am glad we live in a BIG city with plenty of things to do. You will not have to visit again. Besides when it gets BIG and it WILL you'll be back and your friend and I suppose your complaint then will be you and your friend had to stand. Go back to the karaoke you came from that looks for your songs in their one book, eat some food, lets you sing all of your songs together even if it is more than 3 and by the way if you have to splash in the bathroom, maybe you should try the men's room
No where else can you walk in and feel comfortable and at home immediately. The staff is friendly, smart and service is great. The food is always great and the bartenders are fast and friendly. The only downside might be it gets so busy sometimes there is a wait for a table (obviously it's got a great rep!). As I read these reviews i am laughing at the "genius" who went to Drexel who is complaining about the drink specials. New Deck isn't a sloppy college pub and the "owner" is a restaurant group who also owns SLAINTE PUB (means cheers in gaelic) at the corner of 30th and Market so this self proclaimed "insider" who claims the "owner" left this to some daughter doesn't have his facts straight. Poor guy .. maybe he's just bummed that New Deck remains a predominantly Penn grad school/HUP/Law school crowd and this guy just wants somewhere he can puke on a floor .. head to Cavanaughs buddy! And for anyone else reading this, head to New Deck and you'll understand what all of the excitement is about and why it's the most famous bar in University City, if not Philadelphia!!
Wife and I love to dine out in Phila. Come to the City for shows at Walnut and look for small restaurants in City dine after shows. Vast majority of Phila Italian restaurant are four and five star rated, but this one let us down, and it's not necessarily the food that was of poor quality. It was the service. We specifically request slow service and go out of our way to order appetizers and order main course when appetizers arrive. Waiter asked for both orders and assured service would not overlap. One other couple in restaurant (Sun afternoon) so we ordered both. Appetizer was very good, but we were just half way through and main course came out. Did not send back main course because I knew it would just sit under a heat lamp. Absolutely no reason for rushed service other than a wait staff that does not understand the dining experience. Very much turned off by service which is a shame because restaurant is in great location. Too many great restaurants in Phila to enjoy so we will not return. Food was good, restaurant well appointed and clean.
Great Atmosphere, Fun Experience! My husband and I wandered in while on vacation in Philly. Period costumes were charming, food & beverage served on/in pewter added to the experience, as did the complementary, 3 breads the waitress brought out, each with its own story/history that she shared. I ordered a pasta w/seafood - great presentation, high quality food. We tried a historical/colonial beverage called "Shrub "which was quite good, and I even bought the restaurant cookbook, in part because I wanted the recipe for one of the breads they served. Would give this 5 starts, if staff were more friendly and hospitable. I complimented hostess twice on her period costume - and she couldn't have not heard - and she ignored me. Waitress was nice enough, but not terribly attentive, and was liking to brag to other tables about what a history genius she is -- when you're a waitress, just be friendly and bring out food and drinks, don't attempt to impress anyone with your hobbies.
Stumbled on this place looking for a place to eat before a Phillies game. While the service was just a hair slow for a not so busy Thursday night, it wasn't slow enough to complain about. I got the Wake and Bacon burger. If you're looking to speed up the possibility of a heart attack, this is your burger! A fried egg with bacon and cheese- very good. I like my burgers well done. They did it perfectly, giving it great flavor without ruining the meat or drying it out. My cousin got the turkey burger which he liked very much, and his step-father got the featured special chicken dinner which he liked a lot. Comfortable atmosphere for a pub-the bar and dining area are separated so it's not terribly noisy, and the prices were quite reasonable for a place in a high rent area. I also liked the fact that there's a SEPTA subway stop just outside the front door for the Broad St. line which we were able to hop right on to take it to the stadium! I look forward to going back.
My co-workers' son is starting his own music production company and they had an album release party, the place was very nice and easy to find. Every one there was black expect two bar tenders. We had a blast, my husband and i are thinking about holding a party there ourselves. The only problem was that the bar tenders were clueless about some of the drinks I asked for and never buy a long island ice tea it tastes like dirt water and the drinks are a bit expensive. Usually when we go out we befriend the bartenders but I was not feeling the (black) bartender we wasn't that friendly even though his drink he made was the best i had that night. Actually the white older guy was very nice, like bartenders are supposed to be. Overall we enjoyed ourselves maybe the guy from the first review was there on a bad night. Chester ave is kind of in "the hood" they have no room to discriminate.
I came in here thinking 2-3 stars maximum and expecting it to be the same typical off Irish pub that I've grown to hate (and in a lot of ways it was). But it was Big Dan's birthday bash so l decided to come anyway. And in the end it made for a much better time than expected. Don't get this review wrong, on a normal night, who knows how it could have turned out. But maybe it was the Black & Blue's talking, or maybe it was the Snake Bites. Or maybe it was the parting shot of tequila, and the fact that Big Dan rolled in with a beautiful posse of karaoke singing ladies (actually that one is an incentive anywhere :D). Or maybe it was just the fact that the karaoke night was pretty freaking awesome, and that plenty of people in the crowd gave props for a job well sung. But whatever the reason Downey's delivered one abnormally fun occasion.
There is a reason that I'm a regular here. It starts with the location- it's really the anchor of South Street (one of the funkier parts of Philly). George (the tall grey haired man perched on the ice box behind the bar) is not only the best bartender in Philly, he's in the running for best in the world. JImmy Duffy's Tuesday night quizzo is always entertaining. The regulars provide the pub with true Philly character. It is not unusual to run into a local sports figure or two on any given night (sometimes they may even be dancing the bar top!) The food is excellent and there's a daily happy hour buffet from 5 to 7. See ya there. Be good or be gone.
Bar Noir may be a little intimidating as you have to descend these long stairs and enter a dimly lit interior, but don't be fooled. This is one of the best kept secrets in Rittenhouse b/c Noir gets a full range of amazing DJs all week and their drinks are so cheap it's almost a crime. They have happy hour specials but you can also take advantage of these drink deals that never end so you're guarenteed to have a good time on a budget. The crowd is hip and loves to dance so I head here whenever I'm looking to have a guarenteed good time. No matter what night of the week, DJs spin the music that keeps everyone acting like it's the weekend!!