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About The Olde BarThe Historic Bookbinder's Building

A Contemporary Oyster Saloon That Pays Homage to the Original Tradition

  • The Olde Bar, located in Philadelphia’s landmark Old Original Bookbinder’s, is a contemporary oyster bar and cocktail lounge steeped in the city’s nautical and culinary traditions. Serving oysters on the half shell, alongside a smart menu of modern reimaginings of traditional bar snacks and a comprehensive cocktail and spirit list, The Olde Bar is at once a tribute to the city’s storied past and an updated version of one of our most beloved dining spaces.
  • We’re paying homage to the original traditions that made Bookbinder’s a landmark in Philadelphia. It’s an important responsibility to live up to the history of the building and the expectations for the space. We’re going to do our best to recreate the nostalgia of that place and time, but with our own spin. - Chef Jose Garces
  • Join us for dinner or stop in for happy hour to enjoy buck-a-shuck oysters, $5 bar snacks, and drink specials!

About Chef Garces

  • Since opening his first restaurant less than a decade ago, Chef Jose Garces has emerged as an enormous talent and one of the nation’s most gifted chefs and restaurateurs. Today, he is the owner and operator of more than a dozen wildly successful restaurants, plus a thriving catering division, in seven cities. He is a 2009 winner of the James Beard Foundation’s prestigious “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic” award and one of only a few chefs in the country to hold the coveted title of Iron Chef, appearing regularly on Food Network’s hit series Iron Chef America. Chef Garces is also the author of two cookbooks, The Latin Road Home (Lake Isle Press, October 2012), a culinary and cultural tour of Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Cuba and Peru, and his stunning first cookbook, Latin Evolution (Lake Isle Press, Fall 2008).

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  • COVID-19

    Friday, August 13, 2021 11:11 am

    In accordance with City of Philadelphia COVID-19 guidelines, masks are required for all guests, regardless of vaccination status, while inside our restaurant. Masks may be removed while seated. We appreciate your understanding and commitment to safety. We will monitor guidances from the local and state level officials and will adjust our policy to reflect their guidance.

About The Olde Bar The Historic Bookbinder's Building

  • Neighborhood Olde City
  • Food Extensive raw bar offerings, plus evolved bar snacks and hearty plates
  • Alcohol Full bar, including a classic & innovative cocktail program
  • Happy Hour M-F, 5pm-7pm / Sat-Sun 4pm - 6pm with Buck-a-Shuck Oysters & Bar Specials
  • Good For Couples, Small Groups, Special Occasions
  • Private Events? Yes! Find out more


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Hours of Operation

Wednesday & Thursday 4-11PM
All Day, Take-Out & Delivery

Friday 4-12AM
All Day, Take-Out & Delivery

Saturday 12-12AM
All Day, Take-Out & Delivery

Sunday 12-11PM
All Day, Take-Out & Delivery

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