“Drink with the US Presidents”
One step off Edward St. and you'll find yourself relaxing in the company of America's most prominent forefathers, all while eating free nachos and watching football or participating in the owner’s masterful “trivia” exercises. It's Founding Fathers Pub, tucked away in a slim brick building off Delaware Ave in the historic Allen Town neighborhood and housing a bar that's one part gentlemen's drinking hole and one part traditional pub. Everywhere in Founding Fathers you can find homage to American history. Whether its portraits of presidents (Our Founding Fathers), newspaper clippings of important events or flags that celebrating old election slogans or memorable places. The building itself dates back to 1874, when it was a livery, and upon closer inspection you can find old hitching posts still nailed to the brick wall. Sitting at the bar you can keep company with the bartender and owner Michael Driscoll. Michael serves out almost as many facts about American history as he does drinks, something that makes a night in his pub an enjoyably social experience. Whether you're a regular or a stopping in for the first time, it's quickly apparent that you've walked into a bar where you're welcomed. Aside from its historical charm, Founding Fathers has fantastic service and an impeccably clean bar. Founding Father Pub keeps their patrons stapled to their seats with free popcorn and nachos. If you're looking to order food, the famouse grilled bologna sandwich will leave you wondering why you left bologna sandwiches in grade school.
For those who haven’t visited, the bar is literally filled with historical artifacts mostly related to US History and Presidents (hence the name). Almost every inch of the place is covered with something interesting; flags are hanging from the ceiling and when you sit down at the table you’ll notice a place mat featuring every US president. Bartender/owner Mike Driscoll purchased the building (on Edward and Delaware) in 1985 and over time filled the bar with things he owned and has continued to fill it with donations.
The crowd at Founding Fathers can vary on the night and the time; generally as the night gets later, the crowd gets younger. The bar is open seven days a week and serves food until they close, so on the weekends that means the Pink’s steak sandwich isn’t your only 3am snack option in Allentown. While you will find your fair share of older folks enjoying the artifacts, most of the time on a weekend you will find a post-college/hipster/chill crowd looking for a place that won’t be playing loud/obnoxious music. If you don’t mind opening a tab, you can grab a table with a couple of your buddies and sit back and hang out. While the bar has some entertaining shots that seem to be geared towards the ladies (fluff-n-nutter shot anyone?), this isn’t a “let’s get wasted and be annoying” type of place.
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Founding Fathers Pub
- Mon - Fri: 11:30 am - 2:00 am
- Sat: 4:00 pm - 4:00 am
- Sun: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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