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“Best night out in town”
Review of Philo's Bar - CLOSED

Philo's Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Mexican, Pizza, Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, After-hours, Delivery, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Proprietor is Philo Hayward, an American expat. The bar is an old sailor's haunt, with live music every night from Philo's Shuffle Band. There's also a music studio and restaurant attached. It's basically the centre of activity for all expats in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Telephone: 329 295 5068, or email Philo at philo@philoslacruz.com
Toronto, Canada
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Best night out in town”
Reviewed 14 March 2014

Great ribs, service and music, who could ask for more. The band is great fun and it is one of the friendliest places I have ever been. We were lucky enough to be there to celebrate Leon's birthday too. Went 5 times in our 4 week visit. Looking forward to going back next year.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank June O
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English first
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Look for the smiles!”
Reviewed 17 February 2014

Every night at Philo's the place is packed. Reservations are definitely recommended. Once you are there with a plate of food in front of you and a drink in your hand from an always friendly waitstaff, look around the room. Everyone is smiling! Everyone! From Philo Hayward himself, to his staff, to all of the talented musicians that share their magic, every person is there to welcome you and make you feel special and at home. I have been there countless times over the last ten years and have always left with a smile on my face. The food is pretty darn good -- definitely not gourmet, but solidly good. Service is attentive and prompt. The ambiance (Philo would hate my using that word) is warm, pleasant, and welcoming. The dance floor is cozy and almost always full. It's a happy place to spend an evening,

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank mossyfy
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La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico
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50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great party crowd, middle age&> Dancing and good food.”
Reviewed 11 February 2014 via mobile

A fun place to dine with good food and party atmosphere.
If you don't like it loud get your table out on the sidewalk,you still have a good meal and lots of fun, but a little quieter.

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1 Thank Brian L
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Guelph, Canada
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156 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Gringos hang out”
Reviewed 11 February 2014

Philos is a good spot to sit back relax and hang out! Thurs - Sun music listening to various singers, jokesters, Philos himself and Leon on the washboard!! Lots of drinks, great pizza. Ok ribs to keep you going! A good night with everyone interacting, dancing hanging out !

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank kaliki
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Arkansas
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180 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Go for the fun and music”
Reviewed 10 February 2014

While the food is average, its the great time that makes it all worth while. Leon, the retired school principal on his homemade, all inclusive instrument of horn, cymbal, washboard, whistle and fast moving thimble fingers adds fun to the 4-5 other guitar playing musicians. Constant crowd interaction makes it an ever changing monologue to compliment original and well known selections. Lots of dancing. A fun fun evening. Reservations are not held a second past 7 so if you want a close up table, don't be late!

Visited February 2014
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1 Thank Razorsue
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