If you strike out after trying to get a spot at the bar at Zahav and find yourself in the random and vaguely unpopulated area between Old City and Society Hill, there aren’t many great places within walking distance that you can just pop into. Fortunately, there’s The Olde Bar. It’s almost directly across the street from Zahav and you can get some oysters and a pretty great burger without much of a wait. Is it what you expected from your night? No, but it’s a lot better than sitting on the curb and ordering $200 in scarves from Amazon while you watch the minutes tick by.
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