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“An Old City favorite”

The Plough & The Stars
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Ranked #133 of 4,390 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $40
Cuisines: American, Irish, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: City Center East
Transit: Septa Buses 5,17,21, 33, 42,48, 57 New Jersey Transit Patco
Description: At the Plough & the Stars the owners are determined to bring the true taste of Ireland to Philadelphia, our food is described as Western European with a strong Irish influence. We were awarded by Citysearch as Philadelphia's Best Brunch. We have been featured numerous times on the Food Network and have cooked at the James Beard House in New York. Enjoy our famous Mussells Veloute, Striped Bass with Potato Crusted Scales or Guinness Casserole. Or if you prefer you can dine on our casual bar fare. We have installed the most sophisticated beer system in the US, imported directly from Ireland and installed by Guinness technicians. Each pint of the 12 beers on tap is perfect. The atmosphere created by the simple, yet powerful decor and fills a visitor to the Plough & the Stars, with an overwhelming feeling of awe and inspiration. The stage is set for an enjoyable and memorable dining experience. Weekend nights turn the Plough into one of Old City's favorite bar scenes!
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“An Old City favorite”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

A bar of contrasts; probably one reason I have always enjoyed this place to such an extent. During the day it is a laid back Irish pub, with a roaring fire in the winter, little tables and stools, an Irish session potentially to add some music to the experience. At night it teams with all sorts of people; I’ve seen young and old joining in the masses that gather to dance and party to a DJ that never seems to have any clear style of music (random 80s pop will quickly change to the most recent hit). It can feel cozy (by day) and cramped (by night), yet there is always that feeling of openness as a result of the high ceilings- which allows them to have a massive Christmas tree during the holiday season. Irish traditionals such as Guinness and Smithwicks are poured along with American macro and micro brews, so the beer has always pleased, besides the slightly steep price. With all these contrasts bouncing off each other, it’s easy to be jaded with this bar, yet maybe its all those things that make it such a fun place to grab a pint.

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
Edmonton, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
1,288 reviews
737 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 521 helpful votes
“Casual, Friendly and Tasty Tavern”
Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

Arrived after 7 pm on a Friday and we were seated quickly. We enjoyed watching the Philly's baseball game on the big screen. Nice selection of beers include the famous Yuengling Lager. Do try the seafood chowder, the crab cake and the prosciutto tapas. We also treated ourselves to Philadelphia style homemade ice cream.

Visited May 2014
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Anaheim, California
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Music, food, beer - all in an old bank!”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

This pub has a very friendly staff, and an attentive, kind-hearted manager/owner - they all work hard to take good care of their customers. Nice location in the Old City. If you can come in on a Saturday evening you might get lucky and hear Ray Coleman performing, he's the real Irish deal with a nice voice and a great sense of humor. No dislikes at all during our 2 visits.

Visited May 2014
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new jersey
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great food and authentic British beers - experience ruined by noise”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

We met another couple at this restaurant because they now carry Tennents lager, a very popular Scottish beer and my husband is Scottish. we had a wonderful experience as far as food and service but right after we got there a singer started and while his performance was great it was so loud in the two-story vaulted room that he made it impossible to have any kind of a conversation we left and had coffee elsewhere.I would return but not at dinner time or during entertainment
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  • Visited May 2014
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York
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Return trip!”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

If you go back a second time and are still delighted, it's a winner. Great meal both times! Good service. I just like the atmosphere. It's a bar with great food & evening entertainment.

Visited May 2014
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