Johnny Brenda's

Bar, Restaurant, and Music Venue$$$$
Northern Liberties - Fishtown, Philadelphia
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  • beer
  • sandwiches
  • ignite philly
  • good for a late night
  • intimate
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  • Mike J.
    Great for a late night meatball sandwich and a night cap.
  • OkCupid Daters' Choice
    Johnny Brenda's was voted the Best Classic Date Spot by OkCupid users in the first-ever Daters' Choice Awards! Tap Read more for additional date spot categories in Philadelphia. #daterschoice Read more
  • Brandy B.
    has it all - pool table, great beer list, wonderful food and live music. one of my favs in the whole city.
  • Justin W.
    Justin WeleskiMay 10
    Been here 50+ times
    Saturday 5.13.17 It's the Year 1999 UPSTAIRS at Johnny Brenda's w/DJs Emynd & Bo Bliz hosted by Reef the Lost Cauze $7 cover all night!!
  • K P.
    K PedMay 4
    Love it here. Great spot for shows
  • Tim B.
    Tim BradshawMarch 23
    I had the Holy Grail. Oysters where very fresh. Nice selection of Beers. I went at the beginning of Happy Hour 4-6 p.m
  • Justin W.
    Justin WeleskiMarch 7
    Been here 50+ times
    It's the Year 2004 UPSTAIRS on Saturday March 25th w/DJs Emynd & Bo Bliz hosted by Reef the Lost Cauze. $7 cover doors at 9pm
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanFebruary 23
    Get the walt wit cant be beat for $3
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonFebruary 22
    The $3 beer tastes way better than $3. It's an IPA. I forget the name. Trust me on this one.
  • RJ D.
    RJ DeMarcoFebruary 19
    Been here 10+ times
    Pretty much everything is great here. One of my favorite places to eat in Philly
  • Govind N.
    Govind NNovember 16, 2016
    Casual, Good Ambience n Music
  • Derek J.
    Derek JobstSeptember 28, 2016
    Great local beer and a packed schedule of live music.
  • Jeff F.
    Jeff FriedmanAugust 5, 2016
    Vegan options! BBQ Seitan sandwich is delish!
  • Slightly P.
    Slightly PerfectJuly 13, 2016
    Beautiful, intimate venue.
  • MRA
    MRAJuly 9, 2016
    a #mra dj invasion (of sorts) tonite, 'round 10p! #whatchadoingtonight #messyroom
  • Michael P.
    Michael PrasuhnMay 6, 2016
    Good burgers
  • Matt B.
    Matt BlankenshipMarch 13, 2016
    The ham and Swiss omelette is bangin. If you're here on Saturday and Sunday for brunch, it's a must have.
  • Stephan M.
    Stephan MatanovicDecember 22, 2015
    Spectacular. Great bar, great live music
  • Candice R.
    Candice RiveraOctober 28, 2015
    One of my favorite bars, they have pbr decorations as far as the eye can see, great specials and live jazz on Fridays and Saturdays!
  • Susan H.
    Susan HarnerOctober 13, 2015
    Music, food, burgers
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MSeptember 26, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    I've eaten cheeseburgers in many cities on four continents and this is still my favorite. I'll say it - World's best cheeseburger
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 26, 2015
    Sit at the bar and try a local brew. I loved the Walt Wit. Great spot to drink while someone else in holding your place in line at Beddia.
  • Foodie & The Beast
    Foodie & The BeastAugust 8, 2015
    Drinks, food and atmosphere. Diner married a it.
  • Follow F.
    Follow FoodieAugust 2, 2015
    Not every bartender there can do it, but the ones that can make an exceptionally good old fashioned.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BeardJuly 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best places to see a live show in the city.
  • Brett G.
    Brett GarwoodJuly 11, 2015
    Craft beer, fantastic food. You will not be disappointed with the environment here.
  • Jobey W.
    Jobey WanMay 2, 2015
    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!
  • Chad L.
    Chad LudemanApril 29, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Go to lunch spot in the hood among many other good things.
  • Dave R.
    Dave RichardApril 28, 2015
    Awesome bar and venue in fishtown with local beers. Bands also play here
  • CS R.
    CS RojasApril 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Scott T.
    Scott TaftFebruary 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing brunch and great beer selection.
  • Latesha C.
    Latesha CarterFebruary 7, 2015
    I ride by this place all the time & never went I see all the good reviews & may have to stop in
  • Jesse G.
    Jesse GiacomucciDecember 21, 2014
    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.
  • Greg R.
    Greg ReeseNovember 10, 2014
    Hipster heaven.
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffOctober 2, 2014
    Nice spot for billiards and beers downstairs and live music acts upstairs
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MichelleSeptember 8, 2014
    Mmmmmm the mango habanero beer was the most insane experience my mouth has ever had.
  • Kennelly
    KennellyAugust 23, 2014
    Oysters muthafucka
  • John B.
    John BakerAugust 9, 2014
    Great food and great beer. Excellent value
  • Ben
    BenAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best venues in the city. Definitely a "do not miss." Beer and food are always on point, too.
  • Peter W.
    Peter WuAugust 7, 2014
    Such a small, intimate venue that's never overly packed to the brim. Great acoustics and fun crowds. My favorite music venue in Philly.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeeAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    No tvs in sight, and the coolest vibe in town. The live shows and the great food are just a bonus
    Philly.comAugust 3, 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
    Philly.comAugust 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
  • Rachel Z.
    Yummy cheeseburger.
  • John P.
    John PiotrowskiApril 2, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Pool and Local Beer during the week? Look no further.
  • Todd
    ToddMarch 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The fettuccine carbonara!! Get it while it's still there!!!
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamFebruary 27, 2014
    A fantastic bar/restaurant/music venue located in the heart of Fishtown.
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 24, 2014
    A Philadelphia favorite. We love the whiskey donuts! Read more
  • Vinayak M.
    Vinayak MDecember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the biscuit. You will not be disappointed.
  • Patricio R.
    Patricio RochaDecember 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The side of Brussels Sprouts (fried with walnuts) is amazing
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineNovember 11, 2013
    “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
  • Emine T.
    Emine TekerekOctober 12, 2013
    Weyer pumpkin. Thanks god!!!
  • Shanda M.
    Shanda MickensSeptember 22, 2013
    Best service ever! Even when it's super crowded!
  • Aurora M.
    Aurora MacRae-CrerarSeptember 15, 2013
    Beth and Ben are the cutest Brenda's couple EVERRRRRRR
  • Fernanda P.
    Fernanda PierottiSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're vegetarian try the Mushroom Pappardelle, it's big, tender and juicy, worth every penny.
  • Mhrm S.
    Mhrm SlnAugust 28, 2013
    This place is great.Very exotic drinks.
  • Jill R.
    Jill R.July 26, 2013
    Falafel is sad portion. Just three baby falafels :( but friends got burgers and loved them! Good beer.
  • Carren J.
    Carren JonesJune 9, 2013
    My fav bar in the city!
  • Mike
    MikeJune 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get in before they reopen Girard out front, outdoor dining experience is much improved for now.
  • Shazar K.
    Shazar KanhaiApril 30, 2013
    Amazing food and dessert! The whiskey donut was epic!
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SweeneyFebruary 18, 2013
    See an indie music show at Johnny Brenda's.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 13, 2013
    "Beer selection, food and service never disappoints."
  • Martin P.
    Martin PepeJanuary 12, 2013
    Good Beer selection , good food ,and one of the best intimate music venues in the city.
  • Dirty G.
    Dirty GertDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    For concerts, head to the balcony where the sound is actually louder and crisper. Plus you get your own bartender.
  • Andrey V.
    Andrey VlasovDecember 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    IF they have chicken & dumplings soup on the menu, get it! The most amazing soup ever, sadly they don't make it every day
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SmithDecember 22, 2012
    So good. The bacon and brie is amazing and the bar service is spectacular.
  • Mike
    MikeDecember 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food, service and music.
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KahuilaOctober 30, 2012
    Yuppies and hipsters
  • Barry L.
    Barry Lindenmuth jrOctober 28, 2012
    Awesome as usual!
  • Brian C.
    Brian CroninOctober 4, 2012
    If u r hungry, order the Cubano! Hands down, the best you'll ever have.
  • Sara M.
    Sara MorenoSeptember 22, 2012
    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.
  • Cuppy C.
    Cuppy CakeSeptember 15, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the fishtown stew, mmm mmm good!
  • Mike
    MikeSeptember 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Elizabeth is an awesome waitress.
  • Ms.Jai J.
    Ms.Jai JAISeptember 2, 2012
    Love there octopus grilled.salad thanks.ti my.girl.Rian in.peace sis
  • Bryan A.
    Bryan AdamsAugust 17, 2012
    The girl bartender sucks! Doesn't know how to mix drinks or make shots.
  • Brittany
    BrittanyJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You're a fool if you don't order the eggs Benedict for brunch. A straight up fool.
  • Maria T S.
    Maria T SciarrinoJune 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The on-stage monitor mix is fantastic.
  • Traci B.
    Traci BrowneJune 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    David often brings in live performers...performances usually around 1 or 2 pm
  • DK D.
    DK DavisApril 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Eggs Benedict - Brunch Part 2
  • DK D.
    DK DavisApril 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Bloody Mary - Brunch Part 1
  • DK D.
    DK DavisMarch 31, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Jb's Breakfast W/Grits - Awesome!
  • DK D.
    DK DavisMarch 31, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Cheddar Biscuit - ...nice brunch "starter" with a piping hot cup o' joe...
  • Roxy L.
    Roxy LangeMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    You can never go wrong with a burger and a Kenzinger.
  • Dave G.
    Dave GreenplateFebruary 23, 2012
    This cunt bartender gives serious attitude and shouldn't work with human beings. She ruined my experience and I will never attend this establish
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MaceFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Dockstreet dark hoppy jawn. Yum in da tum.
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer TorreFebruary 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I love that this menu changes frequently. There's always something good here...I usually go for the falafel
  • Jahy T.
    Jahy TseFebruary 12, 2012
    Cunts there too.
  • LEQ
    LEQFebruary 11, 2012
    Great place for live music, not a great place to eat. Their menu (written on a chalkboard on the wall) is super vague and too pricey.
  • Tom G.
    Tom GoodeFebruary 8, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    I've never had a bad server here. Get the cubano.
  • Allie I.
    Allie IlaganFebruary 2, 2012
    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
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan SwavelyJanuary 30, 2012
    Hush puppies are to die for.
  • Kinja
    KinjaJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Little to no air conditioning in the summer. Beware!
  • Zach T.
    Zach ThornburyJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Guys, the fishtown stew, holy shit. Holy shit, the fishtown stew. Holy shit. Fishtown stew. Get it.
  • Jim_Mc
    Jim_McDecember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great brunch menu
  • Fishtown Beer Runners
    Fishtown Beer RunnersDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Gospel Brunch!!!!
  • Ashley F.
    Ashley FeuchtNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 8, 2011
    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.
  • Nicholas L.
    Nicholas LongOctober 2, 2011
    Their veggie burger makes me wish I didn't love cow meat so much.
  • Wally W.
    Wally WafflesSeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Brunch During the week now
  • Bari G.
    Bari GreenidgeSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Smoked salmon hash. You won't be sorry...
  • Neelaja A.
    Neelaja AnkromAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great local craft beers!
  • Marissa L.
    Marissa L.August 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Chocolate chip bread pudding is incredible! Home made whipped cream on top is so good.
  • Sarah
    SarahAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    First Tuesday of the month means great soul djs downstairs at 10pm
  • DK D.
    DK DavisJuly 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Bloody Mary!
  • Sean M.
    Sean McCloudJune 29, 2011
    Get the Cubano!
  • Eyan S.
    Eyan ScherzJune 14, 2011
    Pulled porksanewhich.. Epic.
  • K F.
    K FrameJune 13, 2011
    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.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    Great DJs downstairs, great bi-level music venue upstairs, extensive craft beer selection and...oysters!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 9, 2011
    Try the Steak and Eggs
  • James G.
    James G.December 31, 2010
    Find the miniature scale model house on the second floor and enjoy the architure. Along with the eye for detail with this model.
  • Decibel Magazine
    Decibel MagazineDecember 20, 2010
    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
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineDecember 13, 2010
    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
  • Matt M.
    Matt MorrisNovember 20, 2010
    Best intimate setting venue I've been to! Great crowd and if u are a beer drinker this is your heaven!!
  • Becky K.
    Becky KaneOctober 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    phantogram & pumpkin ale!
  • Arianna R.
    Arianna ROctober 24, 2010
    Get the BBQ pork sandwich. You won't regret it.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 16, 2010
    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.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineOctober 4, 2010
    Check out their IGNITE PHILLY presentations.. It's the best way to learn something at a bar. Read more
  • George G.
    George GastonOctober 3, 2010
    Ask for Maggie, best -most attentive-, bar service in Philly.. Punctuated!!!!
  • Chet T.
    Chet ThompsonAugust 13, 2010
    My favorite place to chillax, eat great gastro-pub food and drink local philly brews Read more
  • evilteil
    evilteilJuly 21, 2010
    Great local draft selection and some of the best bar food this side of Frankford.
  • Chad O.
    Chad OstrowskiJuly 11, 2010
    Ask about the ingredients! The vanilla French toast, for example, comes covered in blueberries. A bummer if you don't like them.
  • Scott A.
    Scott Andrews JrMay 25, 2010
    Best Cuban sandwich Ive had in a long time. Excellent beer menu.
  • Tom F.
    Tom FleischerMay 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    whiskey donuts at brunch. donut hole is totally soaked with bourbon. nice.
  • Stefanie S.
    Stefanie SpatolaMay 6, 2010
    My favorite meal on a cold city day- grilled Romaine Ceasar Salad & homemade Chicken Soup!
  • Jason R.
    Jason RApril 29, 2010
    Saw Sean Kilroy and then the Black Landlords on 4/24. Dope show!
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MoffettApril 27, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The Cubano is a sammich made in heaven. Nuff said.
  • Tony C.
    Tony CheslockMarch 21, 2010
    never been there and fish town is scary, but i hear it's great.
  • jamie b.
    jamie brownJanuary 24, 2010
    The year is parties with emynd and Bo bliz are not to be missed
  • ☕Sarah🍴💡
    ☕Sarah🍴💡December 27, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Best music venue in Philadelphia
  • Tristan G.
    Tristan GosnellSeptember 29, 2009
    I had the best BBQ pork sandwich I've ever had last Friday.
  • Jeffrey S.
    Jeffrey SlickSeptember 11, 2009
    drink some golden monkey while listening to the misfits
  • Neal J.
    Neal JosephAugust 26, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Jon M.
    Jon MacchioJuly 11, 2009
    Sit at the bar downstairs, find the oyster crackers and horseradish—If your mouth heats up, cool it down with a Kenzinger.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HoldenMay 16, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    whiskey donuts
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