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“Ownership and name change now Cavanaugh's Headhouse”
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Dark Horse
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Irish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: City Center East
Philadelphia
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202 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Ownership and name change now Cavanaugh's Headhouse”
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 meeting upstairs and the service was prompt, courteous and cheerful.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Nick C
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  • English first
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English first
PA
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“dark horse is gone”
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 Been replaced by Cavanaughs.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!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank FlyingScot123456
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Morrisville, Pennsylvania
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116 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A great "local!"”
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 very well done. Have the mussels; a meal in themselves.

We'll be back soon. Cheers!

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank andrew l
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Philadelphia, Pa
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47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“New menu and new management very poor”
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 was very attentive. We will not be going back.

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1 Thank Frugal_Traveler_9
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Bristol, Pennsylvania, United States
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great place, lots of rooms”
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 when it was crowded.

  • Visited September 2012
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2 Thank Kevin c
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