Bar #50 (!): Doobie’s, 22nd and Lombard
Our 50th bar adventure took us to Doobie’s on 22nd and Lombard, another sign-free establishment whose exterior was strangely similar to that of Dirty Frank’s. And by strangely similar we mean both are nondescript, beige buildings that don’t have signs on them. After some brief confusion over how to get in (read: trying to knock on the back door, which was locked), we walked around the corner to find the ACTUAL door and went inside (without knocking). We immediately enjoyed the vibe of Doobie’s, which was decorated like Christmas and full of amusing posters that said things like “no dancing” and “pets allowed, humans on leash.” We both ordered beers off of the colorful chalkboard menu: a Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre for me ($4.50) and an Abita Strawberry Lager for Emily (#3.75).
Quick disclaimer: that’s not actually a random stranger, it’s our friend Dan. After taking that picture we found it too hilarious to crop. Hi, Dan!
Doobie’s seemed like a really chill place to hang out, though we did have trouble finding a place to sit and wished there was more space inside. Eventually we got a table in the back corner, and we were excited to find a Trivial Pursuit box sitting on said table. Pets allowed, AND games?! This was definitely our kind of bar. We also thoroughly enjoyed our beers, especially Emily’s strawberry one, which tasted like, well, strawberries. And strawberries are delicious, so yeah. Doobie’s is also known for having one of the best jukeboxes in Philly, full of lots of oldies and classic rock. Overall, it’s a great place. Just be sure to arrive on the earlier side if you want to guarantee yourself a seat!
What, were you expecting us to stop after a mere 50 bars? Nonsense! Stay tuned for more.