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The Bards

2013 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (City Center West)
215-569-9585
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Ranked #1,034 of 3,720 restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Irish, British
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: City Center West
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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I absolutely love this place! I have always come here for drinks with friends and always will. I have brought fellow Philadelphians and out-of-town guests and everyone has a great time.

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Philadelphia
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243 reviews 243 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Solid casual place for centercity. Its an Irish bar with 5-6 Irish entrees and basic burgers and fries. Everything is a bit heavy and nothing really stands out food wise. But the setting is nice and comfortable and service was very friendly.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

The Bards is a great place to go watch soccer or meet some friends after work for a drink. Good draft beer selection and prices, friendly staff, food is okay. Almost always, there's the right amount of people in the bar; enough to give it a good atmosphere but not too much to make it too loud.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Best local bar in the area. Reasonable prices, great beer selection, and bar food that's well above average. Highly recommended.

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Moorestown, New Jersey
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52 reviews 52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

I have been to the Bards a few times. All good. Their beer choices change and are always good. The food is the real deal. Blood pudding? No problem. Not that I would eat it. But it is true Irish fare. And the service is great. Good prices and food. A really nice small Irish Pub with authentic Irish food... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

A real gem, most Irish bars are by name only, not this one, the staff are all Irish,led by manager John are excellent , a special mention for Emma a waitress with charm and flair, nothing was to much trouble. The food was plentyful and good value, the drinks where the same, do not miss Happy Hour (1/2 price,) We... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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13 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2011

I really only come to the Bards for their Happy Hour Specials. The service is great and it is low key for a bar in Center City. The food is okay, nothing to write home about but definitely not terrible. If you are looking for a low key bar with reasonable prices I would come here, especially for happy hour.

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Ellicott City, MD
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2011

Servers Doreen and John were fantastic. Atmosphere was wonderful. Food was uneven at best. Two times we sent back a chicken dish that was RAW in the center. Definitely not something a professional cook would have prepared. Don't order the chicken lollipops!!!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2009

Now that the Bards has a new chef and management team things have really changed there. Very warm and inviting inside. The staff is super friendly. The food is hands down the best Irish in the city. Gorgeous Shepherds Pie, crispy and light fish and chips, and the best burgers in Philly. If you are visiting Philadelphia you dfinitely dont... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2008

I love going to have a few pints and highly recommend it, but this rating is for the food alone.

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