412 W. Girard Ave.
11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
12 p.m.-2 a.m.
Nestled next to Engine 29, between Fourth and Fifth streets on Girard Avenue, a sign hangs over the door that reads, “Philadelphia Bar & Grille” – the business’s former title. Today, the corner bar is known as the Fire.
This bar is more than just your neighborhood dive – on weekends, it doubles as a concert venue. Bands from all over the East Coast come to play on the bar’s stage for eager listeners. New age, punk and hard rock can be heard for blocks Friday through Sunday.
Classic red-leather swivel bar stools line the extensive bar. The walls are painted in murals, stickers and graffiti, courtesy of the patrons.
The glass shelves behind the counter are lined with liqueurs and liquors. Empty cans of Schmidt’s – one of the bar’s cheapest and most local offerings – are on display to complete the makeshift decor.
Good times just happen at the Fire. The bar’s Facebook page organizes the feel of the place in one sentence, “You’re only a stranger here once.” If you are not of the legal drinking age yet, there is a separate entrance for minors for some all-ages shows.
The beers on tap are mostly local, such as Yards, Kenzingers, Walt Wit, Yuengling and Magic Hat #9. All of them are reasonably priced from $2 to $5. On weekends, the bartenders order pizzas, which are sold for $1 a slice.