Where to Find the Citywide Special

Variations abound
Where to Find the Citywide Special

The Citywide Special has become a Philadelphia institution over the past decade. Traditionally a shot of Jim Beam alongisde a PBR pounder for just $3, variations on the inexpensive beer-and-whiskey combo are now found all over the city. A number of bars have taken credit for popularizing what is now simply referred to as either "The Citywide" or “The Special” but most agree that it was birthed at Bob & Barbara’s... or maybe a different dive bar.

While it’s not quite as widespread as its name suggests (higher-end establishments don’t usually put it on their menus), you’ll be able to satisfy your special craving in almost every neighborhood. Here’s a quick rundown of who’s offering what. (Know another we don't have? Leave us a note in the comments.)

Atlantis: PBR is replaced with a Kenzinger bottle (2442 Frankford Ave.).

The Barbary: Traditional (951 Frankford Ave.).

Barcade: (This only sort of counts) During happy hour, get a pint of craft draft beer with the Beam for $7 (1114 Frankford Ave.).

Bierstube: Narragansett pounder with a shot of Root is the special here (206 Market St.).

Bob & Barbara’s: Traditional – these folks may have started the whole idea, after all (1509 S St.).

Bridgid's: Narragansett is the pounder here (726 N. 24th St.).

Cantina Dos Segundos: The Mexi-version features a can of Tecate with a shot of Sauza tequila (931 N. 2nd St.).

Catahoula: The pounder is Narragansett, $5 with the shot of whiskey (775 S. Front St.).

Dirty Frank’s: Traditional (347 S 13th St.).

The Dive: Traditional (947 E. Passyunk Ave.).

Doobie’s: Sly Fox can takes the place of the PBR and the cost is $5 (2201 Lombard St.).

El Bar: Heaven Hill instead of Jim Beam. Also Kensington Happy Meal includes two hot dogs, a bag of chips, PBR, and a toy for $5 (1356 N. Front St.).

Elena’s Soul Lounge: Traditional (4912 Baltimore Ave.).

Era: Heaven Hill shot and Lionshead bottle instead of the usual (2743 Poplar St.).

Fiume: The Special here costs $4 (229 S 45th St.).

Kung-Fu Necktie: Old Crow is the whiskey shot (1248 N Front St.).

Lloyd Whiskey Bar: Old Grand Dad with Miller High Life for $5 (529 E. Girard Ave.).

Locust Rendezvous: The $2 beer and shot special changes weekly (1415 Locust St.).

London Grill: Traditional PBR pounder with a shot of Old Granddad for $5 (2301 Fairmount Ave.).

Oscar’s: Jack Daniels edges out ole’ Jim as the shot of choice (1524 Sansom St.).

Port Richmond Pourhouse: [Currently Closed] Traditional (2253 E. Clearfield St.).

Queen of Sheba: Traditional (4511 Baltimore Ave.).

Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar: Traditional (1200 E Passyunk Ave.).

WineO: Traditional (447 Poplar St.).

Photo via Flickr user throgers


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