Today is National Tequila day! This special spirit has influenced people in all sorts of ways, good and bad. Jimmy Buffet has written songs about it, college kids swear against it, and you probably sip on a juicy tequila cocktail during beach vacations. But for right now, let’s talk about the history of tequila, and what makes it so unique.
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...
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 third floor banquet rooms are still in use and contribute to the excellent reputation of our banquet facilities and professional event planning team. The warmth and inviting feel of the upper floors attract patrons from all over Philly.
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.
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.
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.