Varga Bar

Gastropub$$$$
Washington Square West, Philadelphia
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  • The experts at Eater and Visit Philly recommend this place
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  • Adeline A.
    "Try the Kobe Beef Sliders"(3 Tips)
    Ryan W.
    "The jumbo lump crab fries are a must."(2 Tips)
    Rick C.
    "Great american craft beer selection"(6 Tips)
    Alex M.
    "The sliders and lump cheese fries are a must."(2 Tips)
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  • Cathy H.
    Great little local restaurant in Old City Philly
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HerronOctober 29, 2016
    Exceptional Bloody Mary!! Had me at a bacon wrapped olive. Chris the Bartender is a Rockstar!!!
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy S.June 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great turkey burger 👌🏻
  • Lore B.
    Lore BenaventFebruary 27, 2016
    Good ambience, good for happy hour.
  • Denis M.
    Denis MahonJanuary 3, 2016
    Do yourself a favor and get the cauliflower and lobster soup while you can.
  • Brandy B.
    Brandy BonesDecember 27, 2015
    Everything! Varga has the best bar food in philly. My favorites: wings, ribeye cheesesteak, sliders, and any of their seasonal salads.
  • Nick G.
    Nick G-MSeptember 7, 2015
    Nice selection of craft brews.
  • Devin S.
    Devin SpainJuly 19, 2015
    Great food, great service, great beer....I've got nothing else
  • Raj S.
    Raj SarmaJuly 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Generally a good selection of beers on tap. The Kobe sliders are excellent and I recommend them highly.
  • Gary A.
    Gary AlanJune 18, 2015
    The food and drinks are awesome. Seating outside is plenty as well as inside seating. Service was very prompt.
  • Rob L.
    Rob LendlerMarch 20, 2015
    Great beer selection. Good food too.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MooreFebruary 7, 2015
    Classier than nearby South Street, low key. Good tap list.
  • Scott C.
    Scott CooperDecember 29, 2014
    Great beers and friendly staff!
  • carrie m.
    carrie maguireSeptember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Crab and truffle fries. Drool.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Monica Glass, chef of Clio (Boston), eats here on her nights off. She loves the Duck confit chicken wings. Read more
  • todd a w.
    todd a williamsAugust 18, 2014
    Unique craft beer selection.
  • Meg H.
    Meg HutchinsJune 23, 2014
    Great food, drinks and atmosphere. Favorite bar in Philly.
  • Rick C.
    Rick CastaldiMay 25, 2014
    Great american craft beer selection that are half price during their 4-6pm happy hour mon-sat. One of the best bars for food whether it be an app, burger or entree special and great outdoor seating!
  • N R.
    N RMay 11, 2014
    Hanging with all Doctors ENT, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine. Interesting stories. Lol
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffApril 25, 2014
    Best onion rings I've ever had. Great bar food
  • Amy J.
    Amy JacksonApril 13, 2014
    Onion rings are very good.
  • Amortya R.
    Amortya RayMarch 30, 2014
    Came here for brunch on a rainy Sunday because the place across the street had a 2 hot wait. The Kobe burger was excellent.
  • Robert M.
    Robert McDonaldMarch 25, 2014
    The wings tasted great.
  • Zachary L.
    Zachary Lipkin-MooreJanuary 25, 2014
    Awesome burger.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineNovember 18, 2013
    Richard Colli is the man. Read more
  • Chaithong P.
    Chaithong PulaSeptember 27, 2013
    Wonderfull and fantastic!
  • Ben C.
    Ben ChapmanJune 8, 2013
    Try the Banana Pancakes - Banana pancakes at Varga Bar badass best beer brunch. #pbw2013 @vargabar @phillybeerweek
  • Lawrence C.
    Lawrence ClarkJune 8, 2013
    Pumking is awesome!
  • Michele G R.
    Michele G RogersMay 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Buck a shuck oysters & best beer happy hour in the city.
  • Chris T.
    Chris TalmadgeMay 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    BRUSSEL SPROUTS.
  • Gail C.
    Gail CervantesMay 5, 2013
    The turkey burger was one of the best I've had. However, I didn't love the Bloody Mary.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MMarch 10, 2013
    The ribs are a must! The cheddar grits are delicious, as well. And of course the jumbo lump crab/cheese fries! Yummm
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 14, 2013
    "Day or night, Varga is always a solid choice."
  • Mike
    MikeJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Awesome atmosphere! Make sure you say what's up to Rich the bartender. Come check it out they tapped the MAD ELF KEG!
  • Douglas K.
    Douglas KorinkeNovember 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Seems to always have George Washington Porter on the hand pump.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WarrenderNovember 23, 2012
    The jumbo lump crab fries are a must.
  • Plumfare
    PlumfareNovember 11, 2012
    #ConfessionNight, we love the Jumbo Lump Crab Cheese Fries at @VargaBar! Congrats on being featured in Philly on our app.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineAugust 14, 2012
    Varga Bar has a lobster pot for two for $36.50 including jumbo lump crab-stuffed Maine lobster, clams, mussels, jumbo shrimp, scallops, chorizo sausage, potatoes, corn on the cob, and garlic bread. Read more
  • Mark D.
    Mark DunawayAugust 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't forget to read the fine print or the 'P.S.' on the menu or you might miss something really good!
  • Nicole Z.
    Nicole ZJuly 29, 2012
    Fish tacos were delicious, as were the fries.
  • Travis G.
    Travis GJune 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bar in Philly
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.June 14, 2012
    Try the Kobe Beef Sliders
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.June 14, 2012
    Try the Deep Fried Pickles
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.June 14, 2012
    Try the Jumbo Lump Cheese Fries
  • Ben C.
    Ben ChapmanJune 10, 2012
    Try the Banana Pancakes - Amazing pancakes! #foodie #pancakes #pbw #philly
  • Emily C.
    Emily CashinJune 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Lump crab meat cheese fries are addictive. Try the "Brussels and Mussels" dishes for some low-carb options.
  • Marsha L.
    Marsha LowMay 5, 2012
    Don't use the digital juke box it eats your money Bleugh
  • Eater
    EaterApril 16, 2012
    Fantastic Brussels sprouts, veggie burger and mac and cheese... Don't sleep on dessert either, cereal ice creams are a perfect end to dinner. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Jourdan J.
    Jourdan JonesApril 14, 2012
    The kobe beef sliders are one of a kind. They also have a great selection of drinks. They do not take reservations and it is busy on the weekends.
  • Joe M.
    Joe MalundaJanuary 27, 2012
    The crab cheese fries are delicious.
  • S.M. L.
    S.M. LukeJanuary 22, 2012
    Excellent brunch and wonderful service. Try the tomato bisque with crab meat special if they have it!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 3, 2012
    The pinup girls on the ceiling are like muses swirling round the heads of good drinkers; the black-and-white Deco styling makes you feel classy even if you’re drinking merlot with an ice cube in it.
  • Nicole R.
    Nicole R.December 18, 2011
    Don't offer free refills on soda. Just spent 10 bucks on 4 diet cokes!?!
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MayDecember 18, 2011
    Great Mac & cheese
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ConnorsDecember 13, 2011
    Chared brussel sprouts
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineDecember 2, 2011
    One of the classiest vibes you'll find drinking in Philadelphia that still maintains a comfy, down to earth feel. Read more
  • Timothy S.
    Timothy SchepisNovember 27, 2011
    Friendly service & great food; even serve 神戸 beef.
  • The N Crowd
    The N CrowdNovember 24, 2011
    There is one delicious burger here. Try it!
  • ZAIRE D.
    ZAIRE DURANT-YOUNGSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great happy hour. Exceptional draft selection! Read more
  • Joe U.
    Joe UlrichSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get to know everyone! Jess, Patrick, Kerry, et al are awesome! Big Ruch behind the bar knows what you want before you even order!!!
  • Rahul K.
    Rahul KomatiSeptember 1, 2011
    Turkey and veggie burgers are delicious
  • Chris B.
    Chris BowmanJuly 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Not a bad item on the menu!!!
  • Alison T.
    Alison TJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Delish cocktails with outdoor seating - ideal for hh
  • ZAIRE D.
    ZAIRE DURANT-YOUNGJuly 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Take advantage of the amazing, early happy hour (4-6) with 1/2 price drafts of great craft beers! Read more
  • Tara H.
    Tara H.June 24, 2011
    slow service, & drinks are okay at best. get the pickle chips, though, they're pretty good!
  • Alex M.
    Alex MurphyJune 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Jumbo-lump Cheese Fries are a must.
  • Christian K.
    Christian K.June 11, 2011
    Amazing beers on draft. Try the Nebraska Black Betty, great Russian Imperial Stout...
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Evan Turney is a bar snack maestro. We love the Brussels Sprouts and the Sliders. But, don't leave without eating the Eskimo Pie. Read more
  • Adam K.
    Adam KleppingerJune 5, 2011
    You have to like things ironically to be a waiter here.
  • Gwen M.
    Gwen MescoMay 25, 2011
    Try the fried pickles - super tasty!
  • Alex M.
    Alex MurphyMay 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The sliders and lump cheese fries are a must.
  • Joe U.
    Joe UlrichApril 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Always say hi to Jess, Melissa, & Mazie!!
  • Mike B.
    Mike BasileMarch 27, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Try some beer you've never had during the 4-6 happy hour. At half price you can't go wrong!
  • Austin C.
    Austin CurtisMarch 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Jess is a hottie.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RJanuary 23, 2011
    Grilled PBJ + banana!
  • Jason T.
    Jason TregoOctober 10, 2010
    Great food, but the wait staff breaks your balls on every little thing.
  • Damien F.
    Damien F.October 8, 2010
    Victory is taking over Varga bar tonight. Every tap, special brews you will not find anywhere else
  • Bailey M.
    Bailey McCannSeptember 26, 2010
    Ribeye and eggs brunch just do it.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillySeptember 14, 2010
    Varga fills 20+ taps with a collection of unusual, American-made beers. Highlights include Founder’s Backwoods Bastard, Russian River Damnation, Rogue Imperial Pilsner and Flying Fish Cask.
  • DrinkPhilly.com
    DrinkPhilly.comAugust 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Well, during their happy hour everything is 1/2 off...which means you can get fantastic craft beer on draft for $3. Three. Dollars. Just do it. Also tap More Info for our full review of this joint! Read more
  • Errol R.
    Errol RosarioAugust 13, 2010
    we only went here because the Greek place opposite was a BYOB. turned out OK. service was good.
  • 🌴om Z.
    🌴om ZJune 27, 2010
    great pickles!
  • Hipster J.
    Hipster JewJune 21, 2010
    Veggie Burger is sex
  • Christina D.
    Christina D.April 30, 2010
    Get the Truffled Mac 'n' Cheese. It's absolutely delicious and topped with bacon!
  • Uristocrat A.
    Uristocrat AApril 19, 2010
    Make sure you try the duck confit wings... They're sweet and spicy. Pretty amazing
  • Jason K.
    Jason KaminskyApril 14, 2010
    Brussel sprouts... just do it. Don't think about it, just... do it.
  • Heward T.
    Heward TesfaiApril 4, 2010
    Get the truffled mac & cheese and the mussels. So good!
  • bhiladelphia
    bhiladelphiaApril 2, 2010
    Sliders.
  • Mark Q.
    Mark QuagliarielloMarch 7, 2010
    Bloody maries are spicy and delicious!!
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