NightlifeMontCo is one big county with a huge population, so you’d think the nightlife would be great around here, right?  Surprisingly, that doesn’t seem to be the case.  Our readers have complained that they are becoming tired of their old neighborhood pubs, and at the same time don’t feel like making the arduous journey to down-town Philadelphia.  We feel you on this one MontCo!  We’ve searched around the county and talked with the experts to find out where the hottest spots are to visit on a weekend night.  The below bars/clubs/restaurants in Montgomery County guarantee action for all the party animals out there.

Reed’s (Blue Bell) – From what we’ve seen, Reed’s in Bluebell is the premier club-type establishment out in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  Not opening until 4 or 5PM each night, this isn’t the type of bar where you would stop by for a drink and meal on your way home from work.  This is more of a “big night out” venue that hosts an exciting party like atmosphere.  With all types of drink specials and regular live music, we suggest Reed’s for anyone looking to dance the night away and meet new people.


Photo Courtesy of Reed’s

Brownies 23 East (Ardmore) – Located in Ardmore on the Main Line, Brownies 23 East is popular enough that it draws people out of the city.  This destination would be classified as strictly a club/live music venue and is only open Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Brownies is famous for featuring the area’s most popular cover bands and DJ’s.  With a Friday Happy Hour special that can’t be beat, visit Brownies if you’re in the mood for music and action.

Brownies 23 East

Photo Courtesy of Brownies 23 East

Trappe Tavern (Trappe) – The Trappe Tavern (near Collegeville) is a family restaurant and bar that has been open 365 days a year since 1988 – impressive!  What separates this from the rest is the nice, inviting atmosphere and reasonably priced menu.  A highlight of this restaurant is it’s large outside deck area that is heated all year round.  This makes it a great place to enjoy a cold beer in the summer or a warm hard cider in the fall.  For anyone looking for a relaxing tavern atmosphere in Montgomery County, this is the place to be.

Trappe Tavern

Outside Deck at The Trappe Tavern

P.J. Whelihan’s (Blue Bell) – Over the years I have been a faithful patron of P.J. Whelihan’s in Blue Bell.  P.J.’s is just a great all around bar/restaurant that is able to seat 287 people comfortably.  A nice aspect is that the establishment contains numerous areas and rooms that offer different settings depending on your mood.  Visit the dining area with the family for lunch, or pull up a stool at one of the two bars for drinks with friends.

P.J. Whelihan's

Photo Courtesy of P.J. Whelihan’s



Great American Pub (Conshohocken) – The name Great American Pub accurately describes this destination in Conshohocken.  The owners certainly paid attention to detail in creating a traditional American pub-type atmosphere.  I would consider the food and dining experience above par compared to a typical pub.  Nightlife at this pub is great, with the choice to listen to an acoustic set in one area or a DJ spinning lively dance music in another.  Recommended for anyone looking for the “Old City” and “Manayunk” crowd in MontCo.

Great American Pub

Photo Courtesy of The Great American Pub

Screwballs Sports Bar and Grille (King of Prussia) – For all the sports fanatics in the area whose idea of a night out is watching the ball game from a bar stool with friends, Screwballs Sports Bar and Grille in King of Prussia is where it’s at.  This new bar in the area features 10 HD flat screens, a game room, and free shuffleboard.  Being a sports bar, Screwballs offers drink specials for all tournament games and has 12 beers on tap at all times.  Feel like having a few beers with a roomful of screaming Eagles and Phillies fans?  Go to Screwballs!

Screwballs Sports Bar and Grille

Photo Courtesy of Screwballs Sports Bar and Grille

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