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 teas, as they are blindingly effective. 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. Fried Cheese Curds, Mexican Corn on the Cob, and Tater Tots with Blue Cheese Ranch dressing are some of our favorites to share. They make a really good classic cheeseburger with truffle aioli, and some pretty killer vegetarian options. The fresh and flavorful Salad Mexicans is where it’s at, with the choice of adding grilled shrimp or chicken.

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Details about this spot



1235 E Palmer st., Philadelphia

Telephone number


Opening Times

Wed - Thu 16:00 - 22:00, Fri 16:00 - 00:00, Sat 11:00 - 24:00, Sun 11:00 - 17:00


Snacks from: USD 6


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