7 Diviest Dive Bars In Roxborough/Manayunk

7 Dive Bars In Roxborough/Manayunk

I would like to start off by stating that not all dive bars are bad—sometimes a dive bar is just the thing you need, and some dive bars are homier than your own living rooms. 

That being said, they ain't called dive bars for nothin'... and our area is full of classic dive bars, both the good AND bad kind. This list is nothing but my own personal opinion... feel free to list your own.

1. DeLeo's—This isn't just the BAD kind of dive bar, it is the worst kind of bad dive bar. There is nothing to save this from the #1 spot—it just sucks, in all kinds of ways. Possibly worst bar in America. 

2. 19th Hole (R.I.P.)—No longer open, but rumored to reopen someday... this was the GOOD kind of dive bar. Friendly staff, decent beer selection, wildly varied crowd comprised of underage kids from Philadelphia U. to the typical drunk local. I miss you. 

3. Peck Miller's—At least it's cheap.  One of the bad ones, but barely a bad one. Too many drunks, not enough drinkers. 

4. The Brickhouse—Perhaps there is a reason they make brick s***houses. A bad one: smokey, skanky, stinky. 

5. Murphy's—The new owner is making positive strides and turning this dump into a NEIGHBORHOOD dump—an ideal GOOD dive bar. Good beer selection, lousy food, comfortable seating, enough games, and now a TV outside. 

6. Scanlon's Saloon—Another neighborhood dive, great atmosphere, fun, cheap, clean (does that remove it from dive status?)—what a dive bar should be. 

7. Pitcher's Pub—Not sure if this is a good or bad dive. The beer selection is the best on this list by a long shot, but the crowd varies—EVERYONE on Main Street sits on a stool here. The food is terrible. 

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Debbie Thomas August 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I love that sign that says "where the real 'yunkers drink" at Cresson.
Donna C August 17, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Its not the bars that are dives its the people and when the yuppies came in to take over they ruined it for us locals...peeing and vandalizing our town, go back to your own town and criticize,just cause your not rich doesnt mean its a dive...
Alex Gross August 17, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Whoever wrote this probably shouldn't be writing about bars that he knows nothing about. Do you even live here, guy? 2 bars that aren't really dives, 1 bar that's not even open...
Roxyunk August 17, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Pop Pops at Ridge and Parker is like a blackhole to another dimension
David Grow-Scott August 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Creson Inn and East End should be on the list. Fountain St, Pop Pop's...my god, there's so many....
Elko Dunstable August 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Been there often. Never seen a stabbing.
wendy August 18, 2012 at 01:05 AM
I met my husband at the 19th hole, I loved that crappy bar. Hearing it's going to open as Roxborough Seafood.
fountain man August 18, 2012 at 01:50 AM
To all those who think the fountain st pub should be on that list fine we dont want you wimps in our place anyway
Sherri Lynn August 20, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I agree with ya Greg.. Far from a dive bar at Murphys....
Sherri Lynn August 20, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I liked it there.. hung out there last summer!!
Cathy Winterbottom August 20, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Can't believe Murphy's is on this list, I like the food and think it is a Great place. There are so many worse places in Roxborough. Nothing about Murphys says dive bar to me.
brew August 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Peck's is a neighborhood bar in the same vein as Cheers, for the locals everybody knows your name. Not pretentious. Peck's covers all streams of life - from Yale to jail. It is a dive bar if you are a snob and for me...no snobs necessary. Just be real if you can?
Roxborough Area Man August 21, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Should have considered this one...but I haven't ever been in it so I really couldn't opine on it...but yeah, it looks like a unsavory place.
Roxborough Area Man August 21, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I very recently was in Murphy's...The pizza is not good - the food in general is greasy bar food, which sometimes is a good thing. If you read my review it isn't a bad one - but I stand firmly in my judgement that Murphy's is a GOOD dive bar. The beer selection, on occasion, is pretty good, the outdoor seating nice, but walking through clouds of smoke just to get in the door is unpleasant (and that smoke often wafts down to the outdoor tables).
Roxborough Area Man August 21, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Dive bars have to welcome all comers - The Cresson in is firmly Yunker's only territory. It's a crappy bar, to be sure, but it is about as friendly as a hungover porcupine.
Roxborough Area Man August 21, 2012 at 01:57 PM
10,000% eh? Gotta love hyperbole...I said it's a GOOD dive bar. That's OK. Be what you are...it's not a nice bar, hence, a dive.
Roxborough Area Man August 21, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I live here, been here 10 years. Been to all the listed bars, most of the suggested one's... ...and the 19th Hole was listed R.I.P.. Loved that little dive...I miss it, call it a memorial if you must, but it was one of the diviest bars in the area.
Roxborough Area Man August 21, 2012 at 02:07 PM
What neighborhood, Kensington? Peck's is my least-favorite on the list...I'd prefer even Deleo's over Pecks...and the Yale boys you claim go there...well...as an Ivy-League educated jerk myself well...perhaps he was doing anthropology studies, or the de-evolution of man...
Roxborough Area Man August 21, 2012 at 02:31 PM
5. Murphy's—The new owner is making positive strides and turning this dump into a NEIGHBORHOOD dump—an ideal GOOD dive bar. Good beer selection, lousy food, comfortable seating, enough games, and now a TV outside. That's a pretty good review....I called in "...an ideal GOOD dive bar.". Now if you really want to have good food visit the Manayunk Tavern on Main Street - they have the BEST bar food in the area. Get anywhere close to that and I'll be there weekly (or more). If you are looking for someone to tell you everything is great ask your friends. They will blow smoke up your butt all day long...I'd say my review was 85% positive. I apologize if you don't see it that way. And I'll be back to check the food again soon.
NA August 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM
i was recently in Murphys ( henry and Rox ave) and I have never felt more unwelcomed and the drinks are WAY OVER PRICED! I ordered three drinks (RBV) and a shot and my total came to 35 dollars! Now i don't know about everyone else, but i go down to Main st often as well and i would expect to pay more for a drink down there then Murphys. The bar tender was very rude as well, I now know why she works at one of the worst drives bar in the area. I will tell my family/friends/co-workers and the rest of the internet DO NOT go to Murphys unless you want to be robbed blind!
Roxborough Area Man September 04, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I've had the same problem at Murphy's...it is an expensive bar to drink at. The guy who was "waiting" tables was kind of sketchy as well, and the outside tables and chairs were filthy.
Unum September 14, 2012 at 03:58 PM
The only thing that I ever thought was particularly divy about Murphy's is that chick who bartends there. I've been wanting to check out the place again since it looks like they made a bunch of improvements but if she's still working there it's not worth it. And I gather from your post that she is.
NA September 14, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Yes, she does still bartend there (murphys) That is exactly why it is on this list.
Tess D'Uberville February 28, 2013 at 04:10 AM
Really Greg? Nice to hear, since the last time I went there, the place was crawling with meth dealers, pot smokers, and Feds watching them all. Hope your bimbo bartenders smartened up a bit too to stop mixing the feds with local patrons. You pizza used to be good; you are a good guy, but your place as "let me please be get busted" written all over it. Sorry, but true.
Tess D'Uberville February 28, 2013 at 04:17 AM
I know the chic bartender you are talking about and yes, sadly, she totally ruins the place. I feel sorry for Greg for having her there.
john m June 06, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Years ago, POP-POP's on Ridge Ave. had to be one of the worst, most filthy, bug infested bar around! Not only was it a DIVE BAR, (it still is from the looks of what goes in and what comes out of it) but it attracted every low life scum in Manayunk and Roxborough...I've lived in Roxbourough all my life and seen many Dive Bars, POP POP's SHOULD BE ON THE LIST, just from it's history!
Roxborough Area Man June 24, 2013 at 11:25 AM
I really don't have much experience with Pop-Pop's...but if it's worthy consider it added to the also-ran's.
Roxborough Area Man June 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM
UPDATE: I visited Murphy's again recently - STILL A DIVE. Still expensive to drink at, tables outside still filthy, waiter(?) still skeevy, food still not very good. And as for the R.I.P. 19th Hole...anyone have information as to what's going on there? I've heard rumors of a seafood joint, occasionally it looks like someone is moving something around in there, but no real progress.
Greg Ehly July 12, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Considering our lager, coors light, and molsen drafts are $2.75 each all day every day, all domestic bottles are $3, and a large vodka drink is $5.50, im very confused on what is expensive about murphys? I actually go to all the other bars in the neighborhood, we are cheaper than almost all.
Tim Miller September 09, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Glad to see "The Kitchen" made #1!!!! Great job Mike. This bar is responsible for forming the Rox/Yunk youth.......It's a damn shame Wild Bills isn't still open.


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