Johnny Brenda's

Bar, Restaurant, and Music Venue · Northern Liberties - Fishtown
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, Wine, 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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    "We love the whiskey donuts!"(4 Tips)
    Matt M.
    "Best intimate setting venue I've been to!"(4 Tips)
    Scott T.
    "Amazing brunch and great beer selection."(7 Tips)
    Dave R.
    "Awesome bar and venue in fishtown with local beers."(8 Tips)
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  • beer
  • sandwiches
  • ignite philly
  • trendy
  • good for a late night
  • lively
  • whiskey donuts
  • intimate
  • good for dates
  • djs downstairs
  • casual
  • oysters
  • burgers
  • music
  • good for groups
  • brunch food
  • authentic
  • hipster
  • good for singles
  • happy hour
  • Matt B.

    The ham and Swiss omelette is bangin. If you're here on Saturday and Sunday for brunch, it's a must have.

    Matt Blankenship · March 13
  • Justin W.

    It's the Year 2002 on 1.23.16 w/DJs Emynd & Bo Bliz UPSTAIRS hosted by Reef the Lost Cauze + pics by Shotsfired

    Justin Weleski · January 14
  • Stephan M.

    Spectacular. Great bar, great live music

    Stephan Matanovic · December 22, 2015
  • Candice R.

    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!

    Candice Rivera · October 28, 2015
  • Susan H.

    Music, food, burgers

    Susan Harner · October 13, 2015
  • Brendan M.

    I've eaten cheeseburgers in many cities on four continents and this is still my favorite. I'll say it - World's best cheeseburger

    Brendan M · September 26, 2015
  • Jamile S.

    One of the best brunch places in the area! Also great night time bar!

    Jamile S Jacobi · September 25, 2015
  • Jake S.

    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.

    Jake Smith · August 26, 2015
  • Foodie & The Beast

    Drinks, food and atmosphere. Diner married a it.

    Foodie & The Beast · August 8, 2015
  • Follow F.

    Not every bartender there can do it, but the ones that can make an exceptionally good old fashioned.

    Follow Foodie · August 2, 2015
  • Scott B.

    One of the best places to see a live show in the city.

    Scott Beard · July 30, 2015
  • Brett G.

    Craft beer, fantastic food. You will not be disappointed with the environment here.

    Brett Garwood · July 11, 2015
  • Justin W.

    It's The Year 1995 on July 25, 2015 UPSTAIRS with DJs Emynd & Bo Bliz hosted by Reef the Lost Cauze! $7 ALL NIGHT!

    Justin Weleski · June 30, 2015
  • 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 · May 2, 2015
  • Chad L.

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

    Chad Ludeman · April 29, 2015
  • Dave R.

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

    Dave Richard · April 28, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Scott T.

    Amazing brunch and great beer selection.

    Scott Taft · February 13, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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
  • Carren J.

    My fav bar in the city!

    Carren Jones · 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

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