Bar #31: Cavanaugh’s, 39th and Sansom
It apparently hasn’t snowed enough this winter in Philadelphia, because Emily and I found ourselves in the midst of yet ANOTHER storm as we tried to plan our next destination. We settled on Cavanaugh’s (Cav’s as it’s generally known) because of its convenient location right in the center of campus and the fact that neither of us had ever been. This seems to be a common trend among the Penn crowd; for whatever reason, Cav’s is more popular among Drexel students, which doesn’t really make sense because their campus is much further away. At any rate, we walked in and sat down at the bar, then ordered two margaritas. This may seem like a questionable choice for being at a sports bar, but there was a $5 special until midnight and we couldn’t really turn that down.
Our margaritas were surprisingly tasty and also quite potent, definitely helping us warm up from the snow. In terms of décor, we were impressed by the huge number of television screens lining the walls—there were probably at least 50 of them total! Cav’s would be a fun place to watch a major sporting event, although you’d have trouble picking a screen to focus on. Also worthy of note was the DJ, who did a much better job of mixing songs than the guy over at Smoke’s.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why Cav’s isn’t more popular at Penn. It might have something to do with the drunken bar fights you often see outside the door while walking by, which definitely contributes to our sketchiness rating below. If you live in University City, though, Cav’s is worth checking out for its convenient location and reasonable drink prices.
Remember how Emily said we’re gearing up for another ridiculous weekend? Yeah, she wasn’t kidding. Stay tuned.