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The Olde Bar
The Olde Bar, located in Philadelphia’s landmark Old Original Bookbinder’s, is a contemporary oyster bar and cocktail lounge steeped in the city’s nautical and culinary traditions. Serving oysters on the half shell, alongside a smart menu of modern re-imaginings of traditional bar snacks and a comprehensive cocktail and spirit list, The Olde Bar is at once a tribute to the city’s storied past and an updated version of one of our most beloved dining spaces.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Clean menu provided to every guest
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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Cherrystone Clams, Bacon, Potato, Thyme
At some point during the pandemic, we all have tired of cooking and of staying in. We also miss supporting our favorite spots. I don't get down to old city that often but I am so glad I did this past weekend. Olde Bar was perfect. The food was spot on and the service was friendly and solicitous. I look forward to coming back.
Outdoor dining during the pandemic where they are being RESPONSIBLE. All staff wear masks, tables are far apart, etc.
Trained bartenders, who make drinks by measuring ingredients, rather that most bars' "slosh of this, slosh of that" recipes.
Great food, great drinks, and happy hour makes it a great deal.
I love the restaurant, but I'm a little afraid to recommend it because it's a hidden gem right now, and I don't want it to become mobbed!
Everything was great! The service started rocky (as in I’m pretty sure they forgot we existed) but after that bump, they came back with a bang. Food was delicious. Drinks were refreshing and just the right amount of strong. Will be back!
Happy to be able to go back for happy hour even if we have to sit outside. (Reason for 4 stars for ambiance). All else was great: buck a shucks, mini lobster rolls (2 bites), fries and nice cold Chardonnay. My husband said the rye manhattans are as good as ever!
Best happy hour around!!! Food was delicious drinks were amazing.
Good food and drink. Too bad everyone is relegated to outdoor seating.
Really good local place with excellent Village Whiskey hamburgers among other offerings. Recommend they Also include fois gras burger enhancements like Village Whiskey to distinguish from other restaurants.
I did happy hour in their outdoor seating area and it did not disappoint! Oh how I've missed those crab fingers! Great food, great service, and much quieter than outdoor seating in other areas of the city.
Love olde Bar! Delicious food and drinks
The crab fingers were outstanding!
The Olde Bar is a personal favorite. While only put door dining is available now, they normally have a great Happy Hour menu that includes Delaware Bay oysters. Service is always great and friendly
Good pivot to outdoor format. Nice happy hour. Be sure to try it .
One of my favorite places in Philadelphia! This was the only place I wanted to go once outdoor dining opened up. Their cocktail list is one to not miss- and their food is equally as fantastic. Do not pass this place up.
Came for happy hour during yellow phase of COVID in Philly. Really nice atmosphere and food! Much needed treat.
One of my favorite places to visit when I'm in Philly!
Food was great. We did the happy hour.
Atmosphere was great. They even paid attention to the notes in my profile which I really appreciated.
Good distancing protocol. Great good and service. Recommended.
We had a very enjoyable evening in there outdoor space.
This was my first trip to the Olde Bar (although I had been to Bookbinder's many times). Getting a reservation was easy through Open Table, even during the PA Yellow Phase of COVID dining outside only. The food was delish, the service was fun and attentive, and the recommendations were spot on.
Another great meal at Old Bar! Staff was attentive to keep us shaded on a 90 degree day, which was appreciated.
I took my boo to brunch for Father’s Day. Food and service was amazing!
You are doing a great job under these exceptional circumstances! Thanks
Fabulous to escape the BS of quarantine
Very good food breeze and service
Just opened after COVID outside only. Limited Menu and lots of kinks to work out.
Lovely evening spent dining outdoors. Hosts were gracious, service was choppy, but the oysters were delicious.
Followed protocol for social distancing and dinging outdoors. All servers wore masks, hand sanitizer available. Bathroom was spotless and just cleaned. Burgers were amazing as well!
It was our first time dining at the Olde Bar but will definitively be returning. We tried the paella, pulled pork, and fired chicken, and everything was delicious. Our server was very friendly and seemed to be adapting well to the new outdoor dining due to COVID-19.
First weekend of post Covid outdoor dining. The place was very busy but seemed under control. My friend and I shared a bunch of starters and a burger. Everything was delicious and came to the table in good time.
It was great to see the employees and the guests taking social distancing and the wearing of mask very seriously. I saw tables sanitized between people leaving. I felt very safe dining. There were plenty of umbrellas to help keep the sun from baking us.
Great experience. One of THE best happy hours - oysters and a great burger....
Came in last Saturday our waitress had three tablesAnd we were one of them. She comes up to us and tells us she will be with us shortly 20 minutes later she keeps walking by us and the hostess I asked if we were takin care of yet which we weren’t so we ordered appetizers with her.Another 15 minutes go by we get our food and our waitress still hasn’t come to see how the appetizers are and if we wanted to order so we had to literally stop her. I place my order and when we get our food my burger was char black which was supposed to be medium rare. A again had to stop her awhile later since she never checked up on us to order second drink. To top off the story, 15 minutes go by and I stopped her to ask her about our drinks and she tells her she forgot. It was an absolutely horrible experience and we were there for my wife’s birthday dinner.
We visited the second day of outdoor dining after pandemic restrictions were lifted. They had planned well for their new operations. The service and the food was great.
First night out! Always loved to come here for Happy Hour oysters and sides! Better than ever! And nice eating outdoors-Hope it continues after Covid rules. 👍🏻👍🏻
Great to back eating out after all of these months in COVID-19 quarantine!!
Food was excellent, but I had been looking forward to lobster and they were out by 7:30. A seafood restaurant should not be out of lobster, at least not so early. Severely short-staffed, service was very slow.
Food was great, especially the happy hour menu. The service made the experience even better. Would definitely go back again.
Have dined here twice before. Service always very good. Food very good. Space is large which is nice. No crowding. Oysters were outstanding!
Bar and drinks were good. Cool old place. Happy hour oysters were good. Dinner entrees were really pretty bad. Had a half Maine lobster that was way over cooked and was the size of a prawn. Lobster roll was a little better, but I could have eaten 3 of them. Not great value or quality for the food. Come for happy hour drinks and oysters, and go someplace else for dinner.
Disappointing. Basically a bar food menu. Should have checked into more before booking. A ton of great French fries but not much else to rave about. When we arrived couldn’t find our reservation. Determined they had somehow seated another party under our reservation.
The Olde Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. The Olde Bar also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 253-3777.
The Olde Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 614 OpenTable diners.
The Olde Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://garces.americommerce.com/.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.