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Shift Drink: A Cold Beer with Fountain Porter

As an industry worker zipping around on your feet for hours, the best part of the day is enjoying a shift drink: a post-work alcoholic beverage to decompress, take a load off, and yes, enjoy a nice buzz before heading home to bed. In this series, we’ll be exploring the many fantastic bar programs of Philadelphia where you can treat yourself after a hard days work.

This time around, we’re taking a trip to South Philly’s Fountain Porter, located on 10th and Tasker. As I arrived at the bar late on a Tuesday evening, it was still fairly busy with customers enjoying some beer and their famous $5 burger. The bar decor is simple and the room is mainly lit by the large yellow and red neon sign hanging in the window. In the corner, you’ll notice a sizeable stack of vinyl for their record player which they exclusively play their music on.

While they offer liquor and wine, the primary drink of choice here is beer. With 20 different beers on tap, making a choice doesn’t come so easily. From La Chouffe to Kenzinger, their menu covers a lot of ground and can accommodate any beer drinker’s tastes.  Among the breweries included on the menu for the evening were Bells, Avery, Allagash, and Une Annee.

The food menu isn’t too large but what they do offer is delicious. As mentioned, the primary choice for many people heading to Fountain Porter is their signature $5 cheeseburger always served medium-rare with lettuce, tomato, and American cheese on a potato roll. It’s simple, satisfying, and for the price, this is clearly a no-brainer. As an alternative to the cheeseburger, Fountain Porter also offers boiled peanuts, fries, and a veggie burger.

Ultimately, Fountain Porter has all the key components for a great post-shift visit. Sometimes, all you need after a long day is a good beer, a cheap, tasty burger, and a fun crowd of people.

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