From History to Happy Hour

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What could possibly be better than combining USA’s most iconic historic sites with award-winning beer? Nothing! Tap into Philly's legendary history along with its epic beer scene on this adventure through Philly's major landmarks and into its famed bars, pubs, and microbreweries. Make a toast in Philadelphia's oldest pub, sample craft brews, and learn why Philly is one of America's best beer cities.

Independence & Independent Breweries of Philly Tour Highlights

  • Explore a history-drenched neighborhood and view some of the iconic sights of Philadelphia
  • Get a whistle-stop tour of all the major Philadelphia sights, as well as a couple of hidden gems, too!
  • Sip on Philadelphia’s finest local beers with a bite of local food in the city’s friendliest watering holes
  • Experience a diverse mix of bars while tasting the best of Philadelphia’s craft beers, regional breweries, and microbrews

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, public transportation during the tour, admission to various historic sights, four beers, and one snack.

Exclusions: Personal shopping and souvenirs, additional food and drinks, and tips/gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Meeting point: Philly Tour Hub, 229 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
  • Starting time: 2.30 PM
  • Ending point: The final pub of the Tour, in Center City
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  • You start your Philadelphia sightseeing tour at the Philly Tour Hub, where you meet your guide and see some great local art and photography inside this historic space. Outside, we see the Betsy Ross House and hear stories of the birth of the American flag. From there, we weave through the charming back alleys of Old City, and walk down the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the country.

    As you walk through Old City, you get a taste of this vibrant neighborhood and pass some of the trendiest pubs, clubs, cafés, and shopping in Philly. You also get a chance to see some great art galleries and fantastic historic, industrial architecture along the way.

    You also get some great views of the site of Ben Franklin’s home as the tour continues through Philly’s Historic District. Past Franklin Court, you’re greeted with views of Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center, and the U.S. Mint. Walk across the Mall and into the President’s House Site, home to George Washington and John Adams during Philly’s tenure as our nation’s capital.

    From there, we pass the Liberty Bell, where we might get a chance to go inside for pictures. We then continue this Philadelphia city tour to a spot where (on weekdays only) we can grab a view of Maxfield Parrish’s Dream Garden mosaic mural.  Then off to Washington Square for stories of William Penn and possibly a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

    We continue through Independence National Park and the must-see front yard of Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Your guide also shares knowledge of Congress Hall, Old City Hall, the Philosophical Society, the Second Bank of the US, and Carpenter’s Hall.

    Then, after all that history, it’s time for happy hour! We travel by subway to the very heart of modern Philadelphia, City Hall, and step out onto the streets of Center City Philly, where we discover some of the sights and sounds of Philadelphia as people are finishing up their workday. At this time of day, many a Philly local will be bee-lining for the closest happy hour, and we do the same! We have the option to visit the oldest continuously operating bar in Philadelphia, a classic dive bar, an Irish pub with local flair, a modern beer café, and many other neighborhood bars and pubs. At each location, we talk about the history of these bars and why they are so popular.

    One drink at each bar is included with the tour, as well as a pub or street snack. And the bars we visit all have one thing in common: a taste for Philadelphia’s local craft beers and breweries! You quickly find out why Philadelphia is one of America’s best beer cities, and learn the names and tastes of brewers such as Philadelphia Brewing Co., Victory, Yards, Troegs, Flying Fish, Sly Fox, Dogfish Head, Nodding Head, and Dock Street Brewing Co.

    From our final pub, you’re able to continue on your own Philly beer journey or grab some dinner at one of Philadelphia’s many great restaurants nearby.

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, public transportation during the tour, admission to various historic sights, four beers, and one snack.

    Exclusions: Personal shopping and souvenirs, additional food and drinks, and tips/gratuities for your guide.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Child Policy: Travelers under 21 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +1 215 280 3746
    Email address: [email protected]

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  • Mr. Jeffrey V. from USA traveled on 06 Jun 2017:

    The history walking tour was a great experience. We were able to learn much about the city of Philadelphia from knowledgeable staff. Owen was a great tour guide and knew his way around the city but wasn’t shy about learning a few new things along the way when we stopped in the Christ Church for an informative session about the origins of one of the oldest buildings in the country!
    The second part of our tour was a blast. Chuck knew just as much as Owen did, and then some! Especially as it pertained to brewing and the history related to brewing and some of the historic individuals who frequented one of the oldest (if not the oldest established) known pubs in the country! It was truly a blast and my fiance and I were extremely pleased with the tour. The last stop at the pop-up beer garden was one of the more unique things I have ever seen. Thank you Chuck and Owen!