There are many great places to spend your off time in the northeast. Today, we are featuring hot spot, Pub 36, located at 7681 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA. I recently visited the Pub to see local bands (feature on the One Unified Project of course) and was impressed with not only the service, but how spacious it was. I got to talking to Glenn, one of the owners/managers and he was gracious enough to tell me a bit more about Pub 36. Read on to learn more about this hot spot.
How long has Pub 36 been in business?
Come the end of June, we will be celebrating our one year anniversary.
What is your role there?
I am one of six owner/managers. (Glenn, Stephanie, Bob, Michelle, Joe, & Barb) We make it a point to have an owner on the premises at all times. This ensures that we can handle any situation that may arise. Each partner takes on various tasks. For example, Barb handles the entertainment, Joe takes care of the beer, Bob the liquor, etc.
What is the background of your establishment and why is it named “Pub 36”?
Two of us worked here under the previous owner. We felt the building and location had a lot of potential. One of my partners (Bob) purchased the building at a Sheriff’s sale, outbidding another group. He approached Joe and myself regarding a partnership. (We) presented the opportunity to our wives, and here we are. We went back and forth regarding the name. The ideas were plenty, from naming it after the original owner as a tribute, to recognizing the neighborhood. After all was said and done, we came up with PUB 36. A name that has multiple meanings. The Pub, that’s easy, we are a public house, all are welcome. The number “36”, that’s the last two digits of our Zip Code. It’s our way of telling the neighborhood that this place is for them. It’s also the number of the Fire Company that Bob, Joe, & myself were assigned to when we started this endeavor. If you look around the Pub, you’ll notice some Firefighting memorabilia, but nothing over the top. We wanted to show our passion for our profession, but we kept it subtle.
What do you think sets “36” apart from other bars in the area?
For one, we pride ourselves on our customer service. We have a friendly staff, and our chefs are all professionally trained. Our menu is constantly evolving, from our lunch specials, that start out at $6.95, to a New York Strip steak. Most importantly, our guests expect and receive a clean, safe environment to eat and imbibe. All are welcome, however, we have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy when it comes to behavior that affects another guests enjoyment.
Do you have special events and/or bands at the pub?
Pub 36 supports a lot of local musicians. Monday is our Quizzo night, with monthly themes. Tuesdays, we welcome Fire/EMS, Police, Teachers, Veterans, Nurses & hospital workers with 50% off of their entire bill. Wednesday night is open mic night. Thursday is Karaoke. Friday Happy Hour is the perfect time to check out a local musician. On the weekends we have local bands and our House DJ is Bill Keith. Bill has entertained in NE Philadelphia for decades. Once a month we host a paint night that is instructed by an artist. The Pub has also supported Veterans groups, (Glenn, Bob, and Joe all served our country proudly). Firefighters widows and the Hero Scholarship Fund, Breast Cancer, and many local athletic groups. On April 29th, we start an exciting partnership with Cheesesteaks For Heroes.
You know people love specials. What specials can people expect to find there?
Pub 36 offers drink specials daily. Happy Hour is 4-6 Monday-Thursday and 4-7 on Fridays. Martini Monday, American Honey on Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday with $12 domestic buckets. Bud & Bud Light specials during every Phillies game. Weekend specials, and $2 Miller High Life all day everyday.
Is there anything else that people might be interested to know about the Pub?
Our banquet room is finally finished. We’ve completely gutted and rebuilt the room. From ceiling to floor, new bar, & new bathrooms. We offer affordable packages that will fit any budget. Perfect for Funeral luncheons, Sweet 16’s, Showers, Fundraisers, Etc.
There you have it, citizens of Philadelphia. If you’re looking for a place to let loose or to host a function, check out Pub 36. Give them a call (215-904-5050), check out their Facebook page (Pub 36 Bar & Grill) or just stop in. Tell them One Unified sent you.