Interstate Draft House Philadelphia

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Interstate Draft House – New American/Southern

A narrow neighborhood bar in the heart of Fishtown covers its walls with regulation sized interstate signs from surrounding highways in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A great al fresco drinking and dining scene is found here, and come summer I always seat myself outside. Interstate is one of few establishments in Philly that offers off street outdoor seating.

I highly recommend ordering the Fishtown Tea. Very similar to a Long Island Iced Tea, the Fishtown Tea is a slurry mixture of different spirits combined together in an Arctic Splash Ice Tea carton, and served with a lemon and lime slice. I never order more than two of the the teas, as they are blindingly effective. Also, at only a dollar a piece, Interstate’s Moonshine Cherries, which appropriately are moonshine soaked cherries, provide a tantalizing affair. Interstate also offers a well selected seasonal draft list of almost twenty beers, mainly hailing from the East Coast.

Although I mainly come to Interstate for their bar, their food menu is typical of a gastropub with Southern flavor. My friends and I usually order a few sides for the table to snack on. Blackened Brussel Sprouts, Poutine¬†Fries, Mexican Corn on the Cob, and Blackened Green Beans with Ranch dressing are some of our favorites to share. They make a really good classic cheeseburger with a truffle aioli, and a some pretty killer Po Boys. The Po Boy Sampler is where it’s at, with two choices of either Catfish, Jumbo Shrimp, Gator, or Oyster.

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1235 E Palmer st., Philadelphia

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Fri 16:00 - 02:00, Sat - Sun 11:00 - 02:00


Snacks from: USD 3


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)