Johnny Brenda's

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
$ $ $ $
Happy Hour
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Yes (incl. American Express)
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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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  • whiskey donuts
  • beer
  • ignite philly
  • intimate
  • Cuban sandwiches
  • emynd
  • oysters
  • brunch food
  • burgers
  • hipster
  • music
  • balcony
  • trendy
  • happy hour
  • good for a late night
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  • Neal J.

    Over a dozen local beers on tap (rotating), including a couple of hand-drawns. Start hand-drawn then follow your fancy. Heaven for beer and indie music lovers.

    Neal Joseph · August 26, 2009
  • Jamie M.

    The Cubano is a sammich made in heaven. Nuff said.

    Jamie Moffett · April 27, 2010
  • Philadelphia Magazine

    Check out their IGNITE PHILLY presentations.. It's the best way to learn something at a bar. Read more

    Philadelphia Magazine · October 4, 2010
  • Allie I.

    Johnny Brenda's is something to everyone. Home of educational IGNITE PHILLY. A bar for beer enthusiasts. A stage for indie music lovers. Or sometimes, where you'll catch D20, geekiest burlesque around

    Allie Ilagan · February 2, 2012
  • Chris H.

    whiskey donuts

    Chris Holden · May 16, 2009
  • Philadelphia Magazine

    Try the spicy chilaquiles, smoked trout salad, the $7.50 rib platter, and of course the boozy whiskey doughnuts. Great spot for brunch. Read more

    Philadelphia Magazine · December 13, 2010
  • ☕Sarah🍺🍴💡

    Best music venue in Philadelphia

    ☕Sarah🍺🍴💡 · December 27, 2009
  • Jon M.

    Sit at the bar downstairs, find the oyster crackers and horseradish—If your mouth heats up, cool it down with a Kenzinger.

    Jon Macchio · July 11, 2009
  • 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
  • Fishtown Beer Runners

    Gospel Brunch!!!!

    Fishtown Beer Runners · December 11, 2011
  • Men's Health Mag

    Treat the beer menu like a to-do list and then head to the balcony upstairs to catch a better view of local bands. There's also a secret bar up there with shorter lines.

    Men's Health Mag · November 8, 2011
  • Tom F.

    whiskey donuts at brunch. donut hole is totally soaked with bourbon. nice.

    Tom Fleischer · May 9, 2010
  • Tristan G.

    I had the best BBQ pork sandwich I've ever had last Friday.

    Tristan Gosnell · September 29, 2009
  • Philadelphia Magazine

    "Beer selection, food and service never disappoints."

    Philadelphia Magazine · January 13, 2013
  • Wally W.

    Brunch During the week now

    Wally Waffles · September 26, 2011
  • Jeffrey S.

    drink some golden monkey while listening to the misfits

    Jeffrey Slick · September 11, 2009
  • Jim_Mc

    Great brunch menu

    Jim_Mc · December 17, 2011
  • Kevin B.

    The best place to see a show in Philly. Sound, lightning, atmosphere, draught beer list, everything is perfect here.

    Kevin Brosky · October 1, 2011
  • Marissa L.

    Chocolate chip bread pudding is incredible! Home made whipped cream on top is so good.

    Marissa L. · August 25, 2011
  • Foodspotting

    Try the Steak and Eggs

    Foodspotting · January 9, 2011
  • evilteil

    Great local draft selection and some of the best bar food this side of Frankford.

    evilteil · July 21, 2010
  • The Feast

    Great DJs downstairs, great bi-level music venue upstairs, extensive craft beer selection and...oysters!

    The Feast · June 9, 2011
  • Decibel Magazine

    Great place to drink some beer & get a great meal. Metal shows upstairs such as Marduk & Black Anvil but you have to pick your nights. The dudes from Rumpelstiltskin Grinder can often be found here

    Decibel Magazine · December 20, 2010
  • Scott A.

    Best Cuban sandwich Ive had in a long time. Excellent beer menu.

    Scott Andrews Jr · May 25, 2010
  • jamie b.

    The year is parties with emynd and Bo bliz are not to be missed

    jamie brown · January 24, 2010
  • Shazar K.

    Amazing food and dessert! The whiskey donut was epic!

    Shazar Kanhai · April 30, 2013
  • 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 M.

    Dockstreet dark hoppy jawn. Yum in da tum.

    Lauren Mace · February 22, 2012
  • Kinja

    Little to no air conditioning in the summer. Beware!

    Kinja · January 26, 2012
  • Sean M.

    Get the Cubano!

    Sean McCloud · June 29, 2011
  • 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
  • Roxy L.

    You can never go wrong with a burger and a Kenzinger.

    Roxy Lange · March 27, 2012
  • Jahy T.

    Cunts there too.

    Jahy Tse · February 12, 2012
  • Neelaja A.

    Great local craft beers!

    Neelaja Ankrom · August 28, 2011
  • DK D.

    Bloody Mary!

    DK Davis · July 23, 2011
  • K F.

    If you're looking for a larger menu this isn't your place. That being said what's on it is gr8. Try the eggplant parm sandwich w/ mozzarella. Eggplant is fried perfectly. You won't be disappointed.

    K Frame · June 13, 2011
  • GourmetLive

    You can’t beat a rock club that serves individual fresh oysters for $2.50 each and includes a half-price raw bar for happy hour every weekday. The kitchen serves seasonal specials and sources locally.

    GourmetLive · October 16, 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • Aurora M.

    Beth and Ben are the cutest Brenda's couple EVERRRRRRR

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

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

    Martin Pepe · January 12, 2013
  • 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
  • Maria T S.

    The on-stage monitor mix is fantastic.

    Maria T Sciarrino · June 12, 2012
  • Dave G.

    This cunt bartender gives serious attitude and shouldn't work with human beings. She ruined my experience and I will never attend this establish

    Dave Greenplate · February 23, 2012
  • Zach T.

    Guys, the fishtown stew, holy shit. Holy shit, the fishtown stew. Holy shit. Fishtown stew. Get it.

    Zach Thornbury · January 20, 2012
  • Ashley F.

    Try not to get lost in this place. It's huge. And after a few drinks, you might think you've wandered into someplace else, but don't be fooled. You're still here.

    Ashley Feucht · November 23, 2011
  • Eyan S.

    Pulled porksanewhich.. Epic.

    Eyan Scherz · June 14, 2011

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