Revisit Summer at One of Philly’s Newest Bars

Are you missing the carefree days of summer down at the Jersey Shore, sipping on fruity drinks and chowing down on seafood by the bay? If so, you’re in luck, as one of the newest entrants to Philly’s restaurant and bar scene will transport you right out of these chilly temps and back to the beach (even if only for an hour or two!).

Old City Oyster Bar, 1.5 miles from your 1500 Locust apartment, opened at the end of the summer to rave reviews. The restaurant’s owners said the spot was inspired by the Jersey Shore boardwalks, and that vibe is evident in the décor—with lots of photos of iconic shore towns, walls painted with maritime scenes and lifeguarding equipment strung over tables. All of that pairs neatly with the backdrop of the nearly 200-year-old building, whose exposed brick and wood beams make for an interesting look back at Philly history during your outing.

As its name suggests, the spot specializes in seafood, with all items freshly caught in New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware—but fresh catch doesn’t necessarily need to mean extra dough! Old City Oyster Bar promises more for less, especially with its “buck-a-shuck” $1 oysters every day. The menu is chockfull of deals, including buckets of steamed shellfish, seafood samplers, sandwiches and much more.

Even if you’re not a seafood person, the drinks menu will have you feel like you’re partying right on the Wildwood boardwalk. Cocktails make ample use of the sweet and syrupy, with drinks like the Flower Power Martini and Blueberry Sunrise that will have you feel like you’re looking at the ocean waves instead of the freezing rain that’s sure to be coming our way soon! There are plenty of wine selections on tap, loads of locally brewed bears and fish bowls, which are great for sharing.

The energy at Old City Oyster Bar is also just in line with what you’d find at the beach—with a lively happy hour that continues on weekends as well, plenty of room for group dining and a piano bar (with seating right around the piano!) that specializes in requests.

So put on your shades and head out of your 1500 Locust apartment to take yourself back to summer this fall!

Old City Oyster Bar

110 Chestnut St.

Philadelphia, PA 19106