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The Bards

$$ - $$$
City Center West
Bar, Irish, British, Pub
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2013 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4463
+1 215-569-9585
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Today
11:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 17:00
Fri 20:00 - 23:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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170 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although there's a larger restaurant just a few doors away called IRISH PUB, The Bards offers a more relaxed version. Friendly staff and fine food make this a good choice but beware sometimes the service can be rather slow. Try the comp sods bread!

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Thank Lsbtravel1
Pittsgrove
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Everything here is a win. Food,atmoshere,and patrons are delightful! Loved Alex. Definitely going back.

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Thank 131dianey
New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I walked past this pub many times and finally stopped in with my wife for a bite to eat and a pint. The pint was great, properly poured in a Guiness glass and the food was fantastic. A very nice bowl of Guiness Irish stew and a chicken pot viewers our choices. The stew had large chunks l of Beef... More 

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Thank Mark B
Ellicott City, Maryland
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This is just a great little place to have a beer or a meal with friends. It has many traditional Irish dishes, like stew, Shepherds pie, Fish & Chips and even Blood Pudding. The beer selection is great too, especially if you like Irish or Belgian beers.

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1 Thank _jordanselzer90
Fairfax, Virginia
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217 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

Wide range of beers here. It wasn't quite your typical pub, but it was very low key on a Saturday night. Nice atmosphere and well put together. Just a couple small tvs but just right.

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1 Thank Levi N
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85 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

The Bards is a nice place to have some drinks, and some dinner if you are into UK type food. I am not an expert on this type of food, but I think what they have here is pretty good. This is a pretty standard Irish bar, and is usually fairly quiet and relaxed, but can get busy at times,... More 

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Thank Crue1
Southampton, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for a great Irish Bar with the best Guinness in town - look no further. This is the perfect place for a quiet drink with your SO, or with a group of friends. They have a great menu, a great happy hour, and a fantastic staff. It also has the look and feel of a traditional Irish... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

Had many dishes here and everthing was great! This is a little gem of a spot! Friendly bartender. bar stools have no back but comfortable foot spots.

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1 Thank Nancy Z
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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184 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 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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Thank jean m
Newport, NH
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2015 via mobile

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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Thank SethandAnn

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Cuisine
Bar, Irish, British, Pub
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 20:00
Monday
11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 17:00
Thursday
11:00 - 17:00
Friday
20:00 - 23:00
Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2013 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4463
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighbourhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: +1 215-569-9585

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?