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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