Drinking House Dining Saloon
A freezing winter night, we met up on Ted’s sailboat and decided to explore Society Hill. Downeys is a well-known Irish pub with dark walls and a round bar. Eric, Ted and I found a place to hang in the noisy crowd.
The place was packed with dating couples and groups of men and it was Kareoke Night. I have a vague memory of singing Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby” but the sound system was overwhelmed by the boisterous conversations.
526 S Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Owner: Chef-owner Domenico Centofanti bought it from Jack Downey in 2003.
Opened in 1976.
From Their Website:
“The restaurant is located in the city’s premier neighborhood, Society Hill. The rich mahogany bar, wood panels and stained glass panes were imported from Country Cork in Ireland…Grub Street Philadelphia: Downey’s received a Spike TV’s Bar Rescue makeover in 2011.”
In The News:
Grub Street – Bar Rescue