Where to get a beer near the Philadelphia Marathon finish line

The Fishtown Beer Runners gathered on June 28, 2012, at Morgan’s Pier in Philadelphia.

It’s a common ritual among running buddies — they run, then they drink. Just ask the Fishtown Beer Runners who end all their weekly runs with a pint. But did you know there’s a science behind those post-run brews?

In a 2007 study conducted by the School of Medicine at University of Granada, Spain, Professor Manuel J. Castillo found that beer in moderate amounts is as effective as water for rehydration and recovery after exercise. (I can sense your excitement…)

The researchers tested 16 healthy young males after two exhausting and dehydrating exercise bouts (aka a one-hour run on the treadmill) three weeks apart. After one run, the men rehydrated only with water and, after the other, they rehydrated first with a pint of beer followed by water. The researchers found that after each run, the men were equally hydrated whether they drank all water or had a beer and then water.

So with science on your side, if you’re thirsty for an ice-cold beer after you cross the finish line next Sunday, here’s a list of bars offering specials no more than a mile from the finish line. Hey, after 26.2, what’s another mile in the name of good beer?

Urban Saloon 

Where: 2120 Fairmount Avenue
11 a.m.
Free mimosa or Bloody Mary with your race bib — plus $3 Miller Lites and $12 Lite pitchers all day

Public House 

Where: 2 Logan Square (18th Street between Arch and Cherry)
Opens: 12 p.m.
$4 select beers for all runners with their bibs. Yards Pale Ale, Yuengling and Coors Light on draft

ODDyssey Half Marathon crew are hosting a victory party at Public House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m with one free beer for runners. To get your free beer, stop by the ODDyssey Half Marathon booth at the Philadelphia Marathon Expo for a voucher.


Where: 741 North 23rd Street (Corner of 23rd & Aspen)
Opens: 10:30 a.m.
$2 Bud Light drafts and $6 Pitchers

London Grill

Where: 2301 Fairmount Avenue
Opens: 10 a.m.
Special: $5 make-your-own bloody mary’s and $4 yards drafts

Lemon Hill

Where: 747 N. 25th Street (Corner of 25th & Aspen)
10:30 a.m.
$3 PBRs and $2 Miller Lights, plus they’ll be running a special of an open faced turkey sandwich paired with a PBR pounder for $10.

Lox Stock and Barrel

Where: 2001 Hamilton Street
Opens: 10 a.m.
Special: Philadelphia Runner is holding their official after party sponsored by Nike. Stop by a Philadelphia Runner store this week to receive a free drink ticket with any purchase.

Fare Restaurant

Where: 2028 Fairmount Avenue
Opens: 9 a.m.
$4 Susquehanna Pils Noir Pilsner & Jack's Hard Cider, $4.50 Great Lakes "Edmund Fitzgerald" Porter, $5 Shiner Oktoberfest, $6 Franziskaner Hefeweizen & Dechutes Chain Breaker White IPA

Stay tuned for more 2013 Philadelphia Marathon coverage at philly.com/phillymarathon.