Spirit Cruises Summer 2019 Leaderboard

Craft and Claw Opens in Old City

Craft and Claw Opens in Old City

The former Mad River has been reincarnated as Craft and Claw, now open at 126 Chestnut in Old City. No longer a frat-boy-esque sports bar, the new establishment is instead a seafood restaurant with a focus on crabs and American craft brew. The interior has been completely redone, and now sports spiffy wood slab tables, dark, reclaimed wood walls, and tufted leather banquettes. The management team are the same folks who run Ladder 15 on Sansom Street.

Elegant wooden stools line the long bar, which features a dozen taps pouring rotating, mostly-local beer. Most of the options were selected to pair well with seafood, proprietor Max Tucker tells us, so expect most of the choices to skew towards witbiers, pilsners and easy-drinking ales. Another 25 beers are available in bottles and cans, and most range from $5-$8.

During happy hour, however, all drafts will be available for $4 per pour, along with $5 well drinks, $5 wines and $6 specialty cocktails. The deals are available from 5–7 PM, seven days a week. When they’re not on special, signature cocktails run $9-$11, and the star of the show is the Orange Crush.

Extremely popular in Baltimore (where the partners run Bond Street Social), the Crush is made with orange juice squeezed by hand, fresh for each order. The OJ is combined with vodka, triple sec and a splash of Sprite over crushed ice and served in a pint glass. It’s extremely refreshing and tasty, to the point of being dangerous — the fresh juice makes it possible to slurp one down in just a few gulps.

Food is all about crabs — on Mondays and Wednesdays different types are served in all-you-can-eat portions with an unlimited side of beer-battered fries for $25 per person. You can always get three types of crab legs by the pound in multiple styles. Don’t worry about getting down and dirty, servers will provide hot towel service to keep your hands sparkling clean. There are a few non-seafood items on the menu, which includes entrees, appetizers and salads along with the crustaceans, but it’s mostly sea-centric.

Craft and Claw will serve dinner seven days a week, through 10 or 11 PM, and late night will transform into a dance floor, with the tables pushed aside, which will be open through 2 AM. Weekend brunch is coming soon.

126 Chestnut St.; 267-886-9266

Photos by Danya Henninger

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Relief for the Bar, Restaurant, & Hospitality Industry in Philadelphia

Relief for the Bar, Restaurant, & Hospitality Industry in Philadelphia

Right now the hospitality industry is—to put it lightly—struggling. We created a resource directory for an...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Mar 20, 2020
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the unexpected sunshine of a crisp day in fall, Philadelphia is full of great places to drin...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2019
Where to Find Beer, Wine, & Liquor To Go in Philadelphia During the Pandemic

Where to Find Beer, Wine, & Liquor To Go in Philadelphia During the Pandemic

Bars and restaurants are officially closed (and offering take-out and delivery only), so your favorite bartend...read more ›

by Drink Philly Mar 18, 2020
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

Here it is - the definitive list of Philadelphia's best cocktail bars....read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 13, 2017
Suits & Sazeracs Returns for Second Year to Benefit Career Wardrobe, February 24

Suits & Sazeracs Returns for Second Year to Benefit Career Wardrobe, February 24

At this NOLA-style event benefiting Career Wardrobe, you'll be able to sample unique Sazerac-inspired cocktail...read more ›

by Drink Philly Feb 20, 2020
Drink Philly's Mad Hatter Whiskey Tea Party Returns to Stotesbury Mansion, Feb 29

Drink Philly's Mad Hatter Whiskey Tea Party Returns to Stotesbury Mansion, Feb 29

Drink Philly's Mad Hatter Whiskey Tea Party is back, and this year, it's sure to be bigger and better than eve...read more ›

by Drink Philly Feb 4, 2020
Inside Look: Campari's Stylish North American Headquarters in New York

Inside Look: Campari's Stylish North American Headquarters in New York

If you're a frequent Negroni drinker, always order Wild Turkey Bourbon in your old fashioneds, or prefer your ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jan 9, 2020
Behind the Bar: Liana Oster of Dante

Behind the Bar: Liana Oster of Dante

For this exciting installment of Behind the Bar, we had the incredible opportunity to sit down with Liana Oster, the head bartender at Dante in New Yo...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jan 7, 2020
Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Whether it's for the holidays or you have a special birthday coming up, Philadelphia has some amazing options when it comes to event spaces. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2018
The Damage of Trump's Wine Tariffs: Importers Expect Shutdowns & Layoffs, Industry Could Be Irreparably Harmed

The Damage of Trump's Wine Tariffs: Importers Expect Shutdowns & Layoffs, Industry Could Be Irreparably Harmed

The wine industry in the United States may be in serious jeopardy thanks to proposed tariffs by the Trump admi...read more ›

by Nina Starner Dec 23, 2019
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close