Located in an old hardware store in South Philly, Mr. Martino’s Trattoria is exactly the kind of old-school Italian BYOB that tourists expect to see as soon as they step out of 30th Street Station. And it checks all the boxes: homemade pastas cooked in a one-woman kitchen, furniture and decor that were probably there when they moved in, and a staff that acts like you’re part of their obscenely large family (for better or worse). The one problem is that it’s only open on weekends, so you have to either get there early or call on a day that they happen to be picking up the phone for a reservation.
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Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar
If you feel like singing the Happy Birthday song on repeat while taking shots chased with beers, Ray’s is your spot.
Garage is an indoor-outdoor bar on East Passyunk that has over 300 canned beers and lets you bring in your own food.
Fond is a small date spot in East Passyunk where you should drink some wine at the bar and share some small plates.
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