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Dark Horse

421 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (City Center East)
215 928 9307
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Ranked #992 of 3,732 restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: English, Irish
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: City Center East
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English first
Philadelphia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Cavanaugh's has taken over the Dark Horse Pub and it now operates under the name Cavanaugh's Headhouse Pub. The bar/restaurant is basically unchanged except for a new manager, Still serves basically 'pub food' which is weel prepared but not great. People come her because of the atmosphere as a bar, not for the food. Recent visit was for a group... More

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PA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Notice that the Dark Horse is no longer open. Been replaced by Cavanaughs. Dissapointing. The dark horse was one of my favorite pubs in Philly. Good drinks, excellent food and darts and soccer!

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Morrisville, Pennsylvania
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91 reviews 91 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Ambiance, a friendly bartender, friendly folks at the downstairs bar, great beer on tap - what's not to like! Under new ownership, the Dark Horse is what a neighborhood pub is all about. Prices are good, and the Dark Horse is a place to go for dinner, drinks, or to watch football with friends. While the menu is bar-typical, it's... More

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Philadelphia, Pa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

The dark horse used to have reliably good English pub food like shepard's pie. No more. My wife and I were there for dinner on a recent weekend evening and the place was dead around 8:15. The food was over salted and overcooked rubbish. The menu is now generic American sports bar fare. I felt sorry for the server who... More

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Bristol, Pennsylvania, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Great bar, has plenty of different rooms to hang out and relax, play darts or sit and talk. decent beer selection, including lager's, wit's and cider for the less daring. The food selection was ok, i had a burger which i thought was pretty good. the staff was pretty friendly and the bartenders were quick to get your drink even... More

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Philadelphia, Pa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

The Dark Horse used to be a reliably good pub and restaurant. Nothing fancy, but competent British Pub fare with great offerings like Shepard's Pie. Alas, no more. New ownership and management have produced a menu of bland sports bar offerings. A so called "Chicken Brie" had overcooked chicken, an inedible Portobello mushroom, smothered in some kind of over-salted cheese... More

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PA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Stopped by for a couple of beers on a Saturday afternoon. There weren't many people there when we arrived. All of the bartenders were very friendly. They have an excellent beer selection, including Boddington's on tap. Dark Horse has a great English/Irish pub atmosphere, several distinct bar and eating areas, and several dart boards. I would definitely recommend it if... More

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Stamford
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We stopped here for an early dinner with a large group of adults, teens and young kids. There was something for everyone, including a large beer selection and a kids menu! The food was great and the service was friendly.

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Worcester, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

Went for a family 30th birthday. Dark horse is a historic bar with quaint little rooms and different bar areas. We were led to the 2nd floor piano bar. We also were given a great bar package with open bar for 2 hours. Our bartender did a great job keeping up with us and making some great drinks and shots... More

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MIAMI
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

I visited this place with a tourist group from Germany for a prearranged dinner. When we got in I noticed the great beer selection and, having Germans, it is needless to say that they liked it. I had the bartender tell me all the details such as where the beer is from and also the costs of the different beers.... More

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