Bar #52: The Artful Dodger, 2nd and Pine
Emily and I headed out on a Thursday night to check out a few bars in Society Hill, a quiet Philly neighborhood just south of Old City. The area is mostly residential and feels almost suburban, but the bars that do exist are conveniently all within a couple blocks of each other. Our first stop was the Artful Dodger at 2nd and Pine, a small, cozy pub with a standard bar menu. The drink list included a few seasonal beer specials, and Emily and I chose two of those: a Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter Ale for me ($4) and a Philadelphia Brewing Company Walt Wit for Emily ($5). The beers were good but nothing special, though we did enjoy the “featured beer” spotlight that they had posted (literally…it was a beer on a pedestal) above the bar.
Similar to Ten Stone, The Artful Dodger seemed like more of a chill neighborhood hangout than a destination. Both our bartender and the other people at the bar were really nice, but it was definitely an older, quieter crowd and the vibe was just a little too…boring, I guess. We enjoyed ourselves, but after about 45 minutes were more than ready to move on to something more exciting.
We did indeed find more excitement in Society Hill, but you’ll have to stay tuned to find out about it!