Johnny Brenda's

Bar, Restaurant, and Music Venue
1201 Frankford Ave (at Girard Ave), Philadelphia, PA 19125, United States
Open until 1:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–1:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Featuring a world-class sound system and a balcony JB's is unlike any performance space in Philadelphia. It maintains the feel of an elegant, iconic historical social hall with design elements reminiscent of a turn of the century burlesque club or theater.


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  • What you need to know
    We love the whiskey donuts!(4 Tips)
    Philadelphia Magazine
    "Beer selection, food and service never disappoints."(8 Tips)
    Peter W.
    Such a small, intimate venue that's never overly packed to the brim.(4 Tips)
    Allie I.
    Home of educational IGNITE PHILLY.(2 Tips)
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  • whiskey donuts
  • emynd
  • oysters
  • music
  • burgers
  • brunch food
  • trendy
  • hipster
  • good for a late night
  • happy hour
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  • pool tables
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  • Justin W.

    It's The Year 2003 on May 30th w/DJs Emynd & Bo Bliz hosted by Reef the Lost Cauze UPSTAIRS at Johnny Brenda's

    Justin Weleski · 2 weeks ago
  • Jobey W.

    One of the best music venues for sound quality I've been to....and I've been to many! Very impressed with the staff and kit!

    Jobey Wan · 3 weeks ago
  • Chad L.

    Go to lunch spot in the hood among many other good things.

    Chad Ludeman · 3 weeks ago
  • Dave R.

    Awesome bar and venue in fishtown with local beers. Bands also play here

    Dave Richard · April 28
  • CS R.

    Great small show space. Good brews and good food. Service and crowd can be hit-or-miss. Best on low key weekdays and some weekends.

    CS Rojas · April 9
  • Justin W.

    It's The Year 1997 on March 28, 2015 w/DJs Emynd & Bo Bliz hosted by Reef the Lost Cauze UPSTAIRS $7 Cover

    Justin Weleski · March 18
  • Scott T.

    Amazing brunch and great beer selection.

    Scott Taft · February 13
  • Latesha C.

    I ride by this place all the time & never went I see all the good reviews & may have to stop in

    Latesha Carter · February 7
  • Jesse G.

    Crispy chicken sandwich was awesome the beer on tap is delicious and our server was one of the best I've ever had because of his personality and insight on the menu.

    Jesse Giacomucci · December 21, 2014
  • Greg R.

    Hipster heaven.

    Greg Reese · November 10, 2014
  • Lance L.

    Nice spot for billiards and beers downstairs and live music acts upstairs

    Lance Lacoff · October 2, 2014
  • Michelle M.

    Mmmmmm the mango habanero beer was the most insane experience my mouth has ever had.

    Michelle Michelle · September 8, 2014
  • Kennelly

    Oysters muthafucka

    Kennelly · August 23, 2014
  • John B.

    Great food and great beer. Excellent value

    John Baker · August 9, 2014
  • Ben

    One of the best venues in the city. Definitely a "do not miss." Beer and food are always on point, too.

    Ben · August 8, 2014
  • Peter W.

    Such a small, intimate venue that's never overly packed to the brim. Great acoustics and fun crowds. My favorite music venue in Philly.

    Peter Wu · August 7, 2014
  • Chris L.

    No tvs in sight, and the coolest vibe in town. The live shows and the great food are just a bonus

    Chris Lee · August 7, 2014

    It still looks like a '60s watering hole, but the great local beers and tasty (if limited selection of) Mediterranean-style tapas reflect an exciting new spirit in the neighborhood. Read more · August 3, 2014

    The owners of Standard Tap in Northern Liberties are trailblazing again, breathing new life into a vintage dive in up-and-coming Fishtown. Read more · August 3, 2014
  • Rachel Z.

    Yummy cheeseburger.

    Rachel Zimmermann · May 4, 2014
  • John P.

    Pool and Local Beer during the week? Look no further.

    John Piotrowski · April 2, 2014
  • Todd S.

    The fettuccine carbonara!! Get it while it's still there!!!

    Todd Suszkowski · March 23, 2014
  • Brad G.

    A fantastic bar/restaurant/music venue located in the heart of Fishtown.

    Brad Graham · February 27, 2014
  • Wyngspan

    A Philadelphia favorite. We love the whiskey donuts! Read more

    Wyngspan · January 24, 2014
  • Vinayak M.

    Try the biscuit. You will not be disappointed.

    Vinayak M · December 16, 2013
  • Patricio R.

    The side of Brussels Sprouts (fried with walnuts) is amazing

    Patricio Rocha · December 13, 2013
  • Philadelphia Magazine

    “Ten years after opening, JB’s is better than ever. Local beer, local music and local grub keep it hopping till last call.” Read more

    Philadelphia Magazine · November 11, 2013
  • Emine T.

    Weyer pumpkin. Thanks god!!!

    Emine Tekerek · October 12, 2013
  • Shanda M.

    Best service ever! Even when it's super crowded!

    Shanda Mickens · September 22, 2013
  • Aurora M.

    Beth and Ben are the cutest Brenda's couple EVERRRRRRR

    Aurora MacRae-Crerar · September 15, 2013
  • Fernanda P.

    If you're vegetarian try the Mushroom Pappardelle, it's big, tender and juicy, worth every penny.

    Fernanda Pierotti · September 14, 2013
  • Mhrm S.

    This place is great.Very exotic drinks.

    Mhrm Sln · August 28, 2013
  • Jill R.

    Falafel is sad portion. Just three baby falafels :( but friends got burgers and loved them! Good beer.

    Jill R. · July 26, 2013
  • Cee J.

    My fav bar in the city!

    Cee Jay · June 9, 2013
  • Mike

    Get in before they reopen Girard out front, outdoor dining experience is much improved for now.

    Mike · June 5, 2013
  • Shazar K.

    Amazing food and dessert! The whiskey donut was epic!

    Shazar Kanhai · April 30, 2013
  • Kristen S.

    See an indie music show at Johnny Brenda's.

    Kristen Sweeney · February 18, 2013
  • Philadelphia Magazine

    "Beer selection, food and service never disappoints."

    Philadelphia Magazine · January 13, 2013
  • Martin P.

    Good Beer selection , good food ,and one of the best intimate music venues in the city.

    Martin Pepe · January 12, 2013
  • Justin W.

    It's the Year 2007 on 1.26.13 UPSTAIRS w/DJs Emynd & Bo Bliz hosted by Reef the Lost Cauze Doors @9pm $7 + 2007 hits ALL NIGHT!!

    Justin Weleski · January 4, 2013
  • Dirty G.

    For concerts, head to the balcony where the sound is actually louder and crisper. Plus you get your own bartender.

    Dirty Gert · December 30, 2012
  • Andrey V.

    IF they have chicken & dumplings soup on the menu, get it! The most amazing soup ever, sadly they don't make it every day

    Andrey Vlasov · December 27, 2012
  • Lauren S.

    So good. The bacon and brie is amazing and the bar service is spectacular.

    Lauren Smith · December 22, 2012
  • Mike

    Great food, service and music.

    Mike · December 8, 2012
  • Lisa K.

    Yuppies and hipsters

    Lisa Kahuila · October 30, 2012
  • Barry L.

    Awesome as usual!

    Barry Lindenmuth jr · October 28, 2012
  • Brian C.

    If u r hungry, order the Cubano! Hands down, the best you'll ever have.

    Brian Cronin · October 4, 2012
  • Sara M.

    We've been here a couple times to catch dinner and a show and have been happy with the experience each time! Shrimp and grits were very tasty & the upstairs venue space is intimate and inviting.

    Sara Moreno · September 22, 2012
  • Cuppy C.

    Try the fishtown stew, mmm mmm good!

    Cuppy Cake · September 15, 2012
  • Mike

    Elizabeth is an awesome waitress.

    Mike · September 7, 2012

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