Chinatown doesn’t have too many sports bars, but it doesn’t really need a ton because it has Bar Ly, and Bar Ly is awesome. There’s nothing different or unusual about this sort of bland-looking bar in between a bunch of dim sum and hot pot restaurants, but the bartenders are friendly, it’s never super crowded, and, most importantly, there’s always a full table available for the taking. That makes it kind of a magical third dimension in Philly, where it’s almost impossible to get a seat at any bar during an Eagles game unless you show up four hours early and aggressively guard a table. Plus, it’s about a block from Dim Sum Garden, which is exactly what you’ll want after a bunch of anxiety-induced Bud Lights.
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Nom Wah Philadelphia
Nom Wah is a dim sum spot in Chinatown where you can get a lot of good food for not a lot of money.
E Mei Restaurant
E Mei is a szechuan place in Chinatown that’s great for a long lunch when you don’t want to be at work.
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Olly is an American bar and restaurant in Queen Village that’s a good alternative to a sports bar.
City Tap House
City Tap House in University City is a bar and pizza place that’s great for groups and popular with students.
La Peg is an American pub set inside the Fringe Arts building that turns into a huge beer garden during the summer.
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Gojjo Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant
Gojjo in West Philly is an Ethiopian spot that has things like wings and burgers, along with more traditional Ethiopian food.
Sancho Pistola’s is the northernmost member of the Pistola family, and it works just as well for watching an Eagles game as it does for eating tacos.
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