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The Bards

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City Center West
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2013 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-569-9585
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene

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  • 7
    Excellent
  • 2
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food, Great Bar staff, Alright Waitstaff

I came in last Friday with a group of friends. The waiter eventually came over but only took one person's food order and then walked away. I'm at a loss on that one. Aside from that, the food turned out to be quite delightful and the selection of whiskey was great. The bartender was cheerful and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2014
ligonnp
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Newport, NH
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

A great dinner and super good beer with a knowledgeable staff We recommend the moon rings, fish and chips and numerous beers on tap

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I came in last Friday with a group of friends. The waiter eventually came over but only took one person's food order and then walked away. I'm at a loss on that one. Aside from that, the food turned out to be quite delightful and the selection of whiskey was great. The bartender was cheerful and gave me plenty of... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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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
Top Contributor
348 reviews 348 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
181 helpful votes 181 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2013 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighborhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: 215-569-9585

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Irish, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?