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In 1927, as the Forrest Theater in Philadelphia broke ground right next-door, and the abandoned storefront became a bar called the Star Lite cafe. Though there was more to this bar than meets the eye! The second floor housed the famous lesbian bar called Rusty's. You...read more
This year for New Year's Eve, Moriarty's Irish Pub will be open to the public! No annoying tickets or check-ins, just good fun! We'll be serving a special menu on this night, so come check us out.read more
Hey there lads and lasses! Come sing your heart out on our second floor with DJ Bob during karaoke. It's sure to be a fun-filled session this week, so come sing in the spotlight. Music starts at 9:30 pm tonight.read more
Moriarty’s Irish Pub has a rich and unique history.
The original structure for Moriarty’s Restaurant was built for residential purposes in 1830. At that time in American history, Andrew Jackson was our nation’s seventh president, Arkansas had just become a state, and Philadelphia, PA was the largest city in the USA. In 1829, David G. Yuengling established the Eagle Brewery on Centre Street in Pottsville, Pennsylvania
The first occupants of the Moriarty’s Restaurant building had no indoor plumbing, gas or electricity (those poor saps). Gas lighting was added after the Civil War circa 1866. Electricity and water were added in the early 1900s. The Moriarty’s building had fifteen fireplaces – three on each of the four floors and three cooking fireplaces in the basement. The fireplaces in the second and
Our Historic Importance
Before Moriarty’s became a what it is today, it was residential, then became a shop called W.F. Jones Tailoring for a few decades.
Then something drastic happened:
In 1927, as the Forrest Theater in Philadelphia broke ground right next-door, the abandoned storefront became a bar.
Opening as the Star Lite Cafe on Walnut street, and the Footlight Cafe down Quince Street, there was a third entity created on the second floor: Rusty’s.
For over 77 years our building has been serving the public delicious food and spirits. Today, Moriarty’s Restaurant and Irish Pub continues the tradition by offering quality food, great drinks and warm hospitality to our restaurant patrons and clientele that rent our premier banquet facilities. Celebrating our 45th year in this historic location, we at Moriarty’s are proud to be Philly’s favorite Irish Pub.
In 1963 our second floor was home to the first lesbian bar in Philadelphia. You paid a $2 cover to get in, and you received drink tickets. The owner, Rusty Parisi, became famous after an interview for the feminist newspaper Wicce, where she told her story.
One year after that, on March 8, 1968, the police raided the bar, the women were verbally abused, and some were even booked and kept overnight.
After a second raid just days later, and community backlash, the police issued a statement that “homosexuals have been, are now, and will be treated equally with heterosexuals.”
The police statement was considered a huge win for gay rights back in the 60s.
Moriarty’s incorporates a mixture of the old and new with a distinctive Irish feel.
Historic and vintage memorabilia cover the walls from floor to ceiling. Rare prints, collectible water pitchers, and historic photos have been well preserved throughout the years.
The magnificent sixty-five-foot mahogany bar was created by 2 Irish craftsmen making it the focal point of the first floor in this traditional Irish pub. The second floor hosts an imported antique bar as the centerpiece of the elegant dining room. We have working fireplaces that we fire up every winter to create a comfy atmosphere. We proudly offer a range of international cuisine to suit all tastes, including signature Mexican, Irish and American dishes.
Moriarty’s has won many awards from various prestigious publications and critics from all over Pennsylvania.
Best Of Philly
We were awarded Best Of Philly for our wings, and nominated for our Rueben Sandwich.
City Paper Choice Award
We were noted by Philadelphia City Paper for our award-winning wings in 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, and 1998.
Best Happy Hour
We were awarded “Best Happy Hour” by CitySearch in 2009 and 2007 for our impressive happy hour draft beers.
Voted “Best Karaoke” by CitySearch, who just can’t seem to get enough of us! Come sing your heart out starting in September.
ON THE LASH
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