Cider is becoming more and more popular as the years go by. These days, quite a few bars are offering a variety of ciders on tap or in bottles and cans. Head to one of the places listed below for some hard cider in Philadelphia.
Eulogy Belgian Tavern
136 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Eulogy Belgian Tavern has a humongous beer list and has more than 21 taps and 300 bottles daily. It usually has a cider on tap as well – Stella Artois Cidre, for instance – and an array of bottles and cans. Here, you'll find cider from France (Cidre Bouche Dupont Brut, Clos Normand Brut Cider), the U.K. (Samuel Smith's Organic Apple Cider, Strongbow Cider) and even cider brewed closer to home (Jack's Hard Cider). This Old City pub is in walking distance to Independence Hall, too, so you can get some history in before or after you imbibe.
2331 E. Cumberland St.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
This Kensington bar is perfect for beer lovers, and you'll never get bored with its selection. If you're looking for cider, Memphis Taproom has had Etienne Dupont Organic Cidre on cask and, as far as bottles go, look for Jack's Hard Cider, Samuel Smith's Organic Apple Cider, Etienne Dupont Brut Cidre and Etienne Dupont Cidre de Givre. The food here isn't bad, either. Try the beer-battered kosher dills.
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264 S. 16th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Monk's Café is in the Rittenhouse area and, as a fantastic beer bar, was written up in Travel & Leisure as one of "America's Best Beer Bars" in 2014. It has over 200 beer bottles and a variety of ciders hailing from Europe and locally. For a local flavor, try the Commonwealth Ginger Cider, or if you're looking for something imported, order an Asphall Cider, Clos du Normande Brut Apple Cider or an Etienne Dupont Cuvee Colete Cider. Monk's Café isn't just known for its huge beer list, however -- try the mussels and fries while you're here.
1345 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Perch Pub literally "perches" above Broad Street, and with its floor-to-ceiling windows, you'll have a premier view of the bustling city below. Perch Pub has 14 beers on taps and an ever-growing list of 104 bottles and cans, so you know it'll include some cider options, like Woodchuck on tap, bottles of J.K.'s Scrumpy Organic Cider or Sam Smith Cider, or a can of Jack's Hard Cider. Once you order your drink, you can relax by the window and enjoy the view or try your hand at a game of pool or darts. The menu offers elevated bar food, including the scotch filet sandwich and pan seared Atlantic salmon.
Plough & the Stars
123 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Located near the corner of 2nd and Chestnut Streets, the Plough & the Stars is a traditional Irish bar. This place usually has one cider on tap, like Magners, but also has quite a few in bottles and cans. For instance, you'll find Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider, Magners Irish Cider, Magners Pear Cider, Angry Orchard and Jack's Hard Cider. Pair your cider with some delicious and traditional Irish pub fare, like shepherd's pie, fish and chips or Guinness casserole. Every Sunday evening, traditional Irish music is played and enjoyed.
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Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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