Philly Venue Spotlight/Johnny Brenda’s

A high quality and most thirst quenching local beer selection….a locally supported menu stacked and stocked with delicious items for all of the Philly foodies out there….a kick ass live and local entertainment venue….and just an all around phantastic place to cheers to the frickin’ weekend, the weekday, kick some game to that Tinder date, saying “thank u, next” to that ex, that job…..

…..hey, whatever gets you to raise that Johnny Brenda’s glass like our very own Ms. Pink. 

Yes, these are all of the lip smacking, vibe craving ingredients that make up Philly hot-spot Johnny Brenda‘s, and as anyone that truly celebrates that Philly, Philly life and style knows that this is simply the be

Standing proud at the corner of Frankford and Girard Avenues in the southern tip of the city’s Fishtown section, Johnny Brenda’s was once a rough neighborhood tavern in a then very sketchy part of the city until William Reed and his business partner Paul Kimport came along a decade ago and took a gigantic risk…

…..and luckily for the entire city of Philadelphia and its impending travelers, that risk certainly paid off. 

Not only did Reed and Kimport transform the once dumpster fire of a dive bar into a shimmering gastro-pub with a 250 person live music venue just up those stairs for Philly entertainment lovers from all of walks of life, but the oh, so smart business gentlemen are purely responsible for the still ongoing boom of the city’s Fishtown section, which as we all know by know, it’s certainly the be.

Okay, so, our journey through everything this booming Philly venue has to offer you (yes, you) begins with a legendary word coined by America’s favorite cartoon Dad, Mr. Homer Simpson…”Beer.”

Lots and lots and lots of beer. 

With a rotating draft list with 12 taps and 2 hand pumps for cask-conditioned drafts, Johnny Brenda‘s fine-tuned beer selection will not only want to make you sample..them all, but the venue also takes major pride in supporting a hearty handful of local breweries including Flying Fish, Free Will, Dock Street, Manayunk and many, many more.

There’s also tons of Jameson and other booze-y goodies to toast to our frickin’ glass raisin’ lives to, and you (yes, you again) can dive into all right here and begin planning your next Johnny Brenda’s happy hour/life gathering…now.

And fun Philly history fact….the red-hot venue was named after famed boxer John Imbrenda, whose ringside name was Johnny Brenda. 

Of course, we’re going to need a couple of carbs (okay, all of them) to perfectly compliment those beers and that booze (and may you drink responsibly always), which is why much like their support for the local breweries, JB’s shows buffets of food love for the local farmer by using fresh ingredients supplied from area farmers on their truly out-of-this-world menu, which you can feast upon right here.

Herloom tomato salad, fresh raw oysters, the world-famous JB’s Burger, mushroom croquettes… Sunday brunch by the pool table!! Oh….yes to all..of…it…right this very mouth-watering second. 

And did someone say lots of music to dance and get funky to as we can properly burn off those carbs and live our truly best local entertainment lives?

Abso-f@@king-lutely. Let’s serve it out on the Johnny Brenda’s upstairs dance floor like this…whether you want to support tremendous local music artists (and may you always, always) shake your groove thing and/or money-maker, or twerk the weekday pain away, this City of Brotherly Love nightlife favorite has got you covered like a brown paper grocery bag on a fifth grade textbook the way Mom used to do it. 

Now, that’s some serious business. Know what else is serious business? The always eccentric vibes that are served up daily at Philly local and legendary entertainment venue, Johnny Brenda‘s…and you should absolutely grab your guys, girls, gays, your Mom…whoever and just go there….right now. 


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Johnny Brenda’s cover photo courtesy of Victory Brewing

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