Philadelphia native and professional boxer John Imbrenda, who fought as Johnny Brenda, opened Johnny Brendas in 1967 and sold the venue to the owners of the bar Standard Tap in 2003 when he retired. The new owners renovated the venue but kept its original aesthetic intact. The building dates from the late 19th century.
Johnny Brendas is a bar, restaurant and music venue located in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Artists like Vashti Bunyan, Clinic, The Walkmen, Dr. Dog, Little Brother, Thurston Moore, The National, Icy Demons and Okkervil River have taken the stage at Johnny Brendas. Johnny Brendas is in partnership with R5 Productions.