124 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
If the thought of two more months of freezing temperatures, icy sidewalks, and scarce daylight hours have you down, there’s no better place to warm your hands and spirit than The Dandelion, Stephen Starr’s cozy and charming British-style pub in Center City. Open since New Years Eve, The Dandelion marks the latest addition to Starr’s ever-expanding empire (which includes 15 currently-operating establishments in Philly). Featuring antique-looking furniture, wood banisters, two fireplaces, and enough taxidermy to make local vegans squirm, the space (by Shawn Hausman Design, of Parc and Butcher & Singer fame) truly transports guests to the English countryside, or at the very least, into the living room of your neighborhood’s token eclectically chic and slightly crazy grandmother. Starr spent a reported $3.5 million dollars renovating two 1880’s vintage homes in Center City into The Dandelion, and the hefty price tag seems to have paid off judging by the throngs of guests eager to enter the inviting and quaint space. The bi-level space seats 135, including two bars (most notably the upstairs Dog Room, which appropriately features extensive and assorted country dog-themed décor); the menu offers a unique take on authentic British fare, overseen by chef Robert Aikens of Norfolk, England; and the drink menu boasts British-heavy bottle selections, a long list of pints and half-pints, as well as a full liquor bar. Open until 11pm on weeknights and midnight on weekends, The Dandelion offers the perfect escape from both unforgiving nights and unoriginal nightlife venues. Check out http://thedandelionpub.com/ for menus and more info.
The Dandelion, 18th & Sansom St., 215.558.2500