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Cavanaugh's Restaurant & Bar

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119 S 39th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3135
215-386-4889
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

I want there to watch one of the Copa American matches. I like their chicken wings with BBQ sauce, and ranch. The ice tea was amazing, I didn't drinks alcohol but my friend said that, the whiskey was great and I trusted him.

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Thank Khaled_Alfaifi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

This is a small, apparently local place, that gives you the best that a pub can give: good beer, good food, reasonable prices, amazing ambience and very nice attendants. Recommended, while still enjoying my hangover from 2 days ago.

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Thank mcorassa
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

I love Cav's the staff are always friendly, the food is excellent, and the drinks are tasty!!! I've been coming to this bar for the last decade and it's a feel good, chill bar!! Friday nights are a little wild but this is one of my favs!!!

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Thank MrsHailey
Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania
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136 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

A friend and I came here for dinner and a few beers. Located in the heart of the University City section of Philly, Cavanaugh's signature is their wingd while offering a wide variety of draft and bottle beers along with a nice menu selection from wraps to wings. We walked in to an empty bar but by the time we... More 

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Larne, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

I ate here a few times while I was in Philly just because the food was so tasty! I was over visiting from Ireland and can say it's quite an authentic Irish pub. We were seated downstairs first time and second time we were seated upstairs, both rooms had plenty of space and food was served really quickly. Clearly the... More 

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Thank heyimmaegen
Lake Ridge, Virginia
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115 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The bartender was very interesting and fun to talk to. She also knew her stuff when mixing cocktails.

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Thank trvln_d_wrld
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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576 reviews
367 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 614 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Located in University City, this bar, with its quaint old woods, woody bar, large TVs and old-time exterior, looks and feels like an unpretentious place in the 'hood. The crowd was mostly men...middle aged guys, some just getting off work in jackets and ties, some locals tied to UPenn and some contractors. In all, a friendly and relaxed bunch,. The... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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237 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This bar has a really great location and is in close proximity to many things. It is also great for large groups because it has partitioned rooms where parties can have privacy. However as a lonely bar hopper or small group, its is terrible. the downstairs portion is deserted event at 7pm on a Friday night meaning its not a... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

I love the cobble stones, the original railroad outside and the history of Philadelphia. Cavanaugh's fit right in. Dark wood beams, carpet, small, the front bar has everything you need to complete the feeling of 1700's nostalgia of Philly. We went on a cool night and it just felt like I was in the 1700's. Loved it! All the locals... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Walked in to grab a beer after work. The place was dead about 6 ppl at the bar. Ordered a beer and the bartender gave it to me in a plastic cup, yuck. What is this a frat house? In looking around the bar I was the only person who had a beer in a crappy cup. I asked why... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Bar, Italian, American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 119 S 39th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3135
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > University City
  • Neighborhood: University City
  • Phone Number: 215-386-4889

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