The Pub On Passyunk East, or P.O.P.E. as it’s known to the locals is not your average watering hole. It looks like a dingy English pub and smells like one, too. Lots of exposed brick and wood surround the interior, with a beautiful U-shaped bar around the front room. If you go through the archways and stained glass, you’ll find long rows of booths and free standing tables in the back room.
Always busy, whether it’s a Tuesday or Saturday night, what makes this place so great is the ownership and barkeeps. Dennis Hewlett, lifetime South Philadelphian, always wanted to open a place representative of what he believed the bar scene should be. And all he did in the process was transform an entire neighborhood and make South Philly a destination for hardcore beer drinkers.
Hewlett’s vision was to never settle for being a Miller Lite bar, as he set the standard so much higher by bringing in the absolute best of the best in brews to Passyunk Avenue. Barminders Matt, Derek, and Potsie are somewhat local legends as well, always quick with a coaster and a cold one. The prices are by far the best in town.
So if you happen by the hottest street in all of South Philly, pay respects and drop by the place that was there first and kiss the ring. If not, say 10 “Hail Mary’s” and we’ll call it even.
The Pub On Passyunk East is located on Dickinson St. and E. Passyunk Ave.
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