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The Bards

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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
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast

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  • 8
    Excellent
  • 3
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
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  • 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
Don't need shakespeare

dark wood bar complimented by low lighting helps hide wrinkles. But lively conversation & friendly folks lighten the atmosphere . Go after theater at small local venues or stroll in Rittenhouse square. Large beer selection but the do have Irish whiskey too. Irish wake brunch is to die for. :-)

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
jean m
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

dark wood bar complimented by low lighting helps hide wrinkles. But lively conversation & friendly folks lighten the atmosphere . Go after theater at small local venues or stroll in Rittenhouse square. Large beer selection but the do have Irish whiskey too. Irish wake brunch is to die for. :-)

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Newport, NH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My wife and brother-in-law really enjoy this bar. This is my second time there and I love their beer selection and knowledgeable staff. If you are near Walnut street and parched, you owe it to yourself to stop in

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Newport, NH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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
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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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about The Bards

Address: 2013 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone Number: 215-569-9585
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
Cuisine: Irish, British

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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: Bar scene, Romantic
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?