North Star Bar


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  • Street:2639 Poplar Street
  • City/Town: PhiladelphiaZip:19130
  • Area:Art Museum and Fairmount Map:View Map

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It's not easy to build a bar that satisfies everyone. If you add live music, you risk alienating the neighbors who just want to relax and chat over a pint. Leave out the tunes, and you might miss bringing in music fans.

The North Star Bar in Fairmont has managed to walk this fine line. From the outside and the inside, it looks like the perfect corner pub, complete with a Prohibition era mirror-backed mahogany bar and a healthy set of taps flowing with worthy microbrews (such as Magic Hat No. 9 and Allagash White). Mussed hipsters sit elbow to elbow with tattooed construction workers, sipping beers or throwing back shots during the generous weekday happy hour, which includes half-price pints and 25 cent wings. A bar menu offers the basics but also some surprises including “drunk and beaten” calamari, beer battered octopus with garlic mayo and a brieLT, a French-ified version of the American classic.

In the back room, two pool tables see quite a bit of action, but it's the sonically protected room next door where the musical action takes place. The midsize venue is considered by those in the know to be one of the best places in Philly for both up-and-coming and established acts to play. In recent months, you could have climbed up the viewing balcony and seen the next-big-thing The Teeth or ‘90s chanteuse Juliana Hatfield on the North Star's intimate stage. Consider putting yourself in the hands of the North Star's trusted booker and check out an act you've never heard of before. You might just discover your new favorite band. If not, you can head back to the bar and discover your favorite new beer instead.
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