The Good King’s Tavern in Queen Village is casual, with a French bistro menu. There’s a flat screen TV that sits in the front window, it’s so out of sight, you’d never know it was there. On rare occasions it is open during a sporting event, it is open. This is a subtle gesture to those on the bar stools. There will be no din – no cheers or jokes – to make dinner.
“I mean we’ve never been a sports bar,” said Chloe Grigri, who owns the Good King with her father, Bernard. “Basically it just exists in these situations.”
“These situations,” like in the World Series, when the owners of high-end bars balance their cool vibe against wild sports fans. Alcohol and sports don’t always mix.
“Hospitality and the pride of living come together here,” says Dawn Sena, whose husband, Luca, owns Ristorante Panorama in the Old City, known for its environment and one of the city’s best wines by the glass. “We are a place for people to come together through shared experiences.” So it’s possible that Panorama will resume its Tuesday hours this week for the first time since March 2020, and Senas will be drawn to big screen television to serve Phillies fans.
Adam Volk, who opened Redcrest Kitchen last weekend in Queen Village, had no intention of putting TVs behind the bar, even though there was a place for them. But in a move to appeal to his new neighbors, he will have them in the Series.
With the staff Phillies fever sweeping, Sor Ynez in Kensington added TV is a bar; visible from most of the dining room. Manatawny Still Works has added TVs to its tasting rooms in Ardmore and South Philadelphia, as well as to its Pottstown distillery.
Sometimes, a bar can only control so much. Asked if TVs will be on for Bloomsday at Society Hill, chef/co-owner Kelsey Bush said: “If you count everyone watching on their phones, yes.”