1107 E Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
is a legendary Main-Line watering-hole where friends meet for good times, great pub fare and all things NOVA! Located on Lancaster Avenue minutes from campus, Kelly's is the ultimate Wildcat meetup!
We have happy hour Monday thru Friday from 4:30 - 7pm and have a ton of weekly specials. For updated deal information please view our Special Board located in the Menus tab.
In 1828, Pennsylvania Legislature authorized the construction of the railroad between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. This was known as the "Main Line" of the Public Works system and is the reason this area of Philadelphia is called the "Main Line."
Realizing the potential of the "Main Line" the state of Pennsylvania purchased the land surrounding the new railroad stations to create "summer homes" for the Philadelphia Elite. To ensure the success of Bryn Mawr, the State prohibited the building of "hotels, taverns, and drinking saloons, or other buildings of offensive occupation."
Legend has it that the first establishment to become approved was right at this spot. The "Ivy Inn" opened at this location to provide food and spirits worthy of Philadelphia's finest. Unfortunately, prohibition brought an end to the success of the Ivy Inn.
Fortunately, Mrs. Kellys, who changed the name to Kelly's reopened it. Mrs. Kelly ran Kelly's as a family business until the late 60s. After retirement, several different groups owned Kelly's, including a group of Philadelphia professors, a local Bryn Mawr businessman, and others. During the many transitions, Kelly's started to show its age. An attempt to renovate the building was made, but multiple hurricanes destroyed its progress, forcing construction to stop and Kelly's to close in 1998. It was in 2002 that a group purchased the building and started construction on their dream of returning Kelly's to its former reputation as a place for family, friends, and neighbors to gather for good food and good times. This group, many of whom are Villanova and area college alums, continue to operate in the spirit of Villanova and the surrounding neighborhood. We welcome you to enjoy our fine selection of food and beverage.
Now. About that moose. The moose was a staple to Kelly's many of which remember and recognize the Moose as the symbol of Kelly's. The original moose from the '60's Kelly's was "lost" in the construction. The current moose is a Maine male who was placed onsite at the grand reopening in 2005.