The best bars in Philadelphia for Formula 1 racing
The Formula 1 season is in full swing. This year’s championship will draw a US audience bigger than ever. So even if you haven’t caught the virus yet, now is the perfect time to get in on the action.
Start times vary from track to track and with coverage extending to qualifying laps ahead of Sunday’s races it can be difficult to decide where to go.
We’ve compiled a list of Philadelphia bars and pubs that show the races on TV.
Warning: While many bars are dedicating screens to March Madness right now, these venues say they are accommodating race requests. Scroll down for the best spots for a casual watch, or where to go if you want to dive into details with fellow Gearheads.
1710 N. 5th St., Kensington
This local brewery, run by F1 enthusiasts and open early enough for 9am starts, projects all the racing action with sound into their tasting room. Signature Czech 10° beer is $5 during races, and ‘munchies’ from the house Poe’s Sandwich Joint pair are dangerously good. Don’t forget to pick up a Pilsner-themed Pirelli T-shirt. (Note: no under 21s are allowed after 2pm).
1612 South Street, South Street West
Generous room layouts, courteous staff, and loyal regulars lend a family warmth to this no-frills sport, complete with multiple well-placed screens. Ideal option for evening races.
market street 236, Old Town
With 20 screens on two floors, this tavern shows “any sport you want,” according to Sto himself. And if that’s not enough to keep you occupied, there’s cornhole, classic arcade games, plus Nintendo64, Xbox, and a spare Playstation after the last one was stolen. Bonus: $5 citywide, every day.
1913 Sansom Street, Rittenhouse
If you like your sports bars loud and your wings classic, Cav’s Center City Location might be your spot. The roar of the engines is easily drowned out by the mostly college-aged crowd.
New deck tavern
3408 Sansom St., College Town
This longtime UCity hotspot with an Irish twist offers a (slightly) quieter vibe, as well as rotating beers and generous helpings of traditional pub grub.
New Wave Cafe
784 S. 3rd St., Queen Village
Open early enough for 10am, this neighborhood favorite on the corner of 3rd and Catherine serves warm atmosphere, 21 taps and an extensive brunch menu available until 3pm