Where to Grab a Drink in Philadelphia Right Now
There is plenty to drink about.
The bars of Philadelphia are one of the city’s strongest backbones, from laidback dives to sparkly rooftops to artistic cocktail stops to outdoor hideaways. Even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, bars across the city have been hustling over time to stay thriving and ready to offer up all their signature creations and comforts, whether you’re just outside their doors or in the comfort of your home. Even as the drinking scene looks a little different these days, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate and indulge in what the leading bars of Philadelphia have to offer. Take a look at our picks for the best drinking destinations in the city right now.
Jet Wine Bar
In normal times (whatever that is anymore), Jet Wine Bar is a kitschy-retro spot for global wines and bites. In the face of Covid-19, Jet has continued to offer personalized wine recommendations and, with the streetery and adjacent wine garden, welcome guests for outdoor refreshments or drinks to go. Plus, now through Election Day, Jet is showing off local artist Oluwafemi pro-voter artwork in partnership with The Voter Project and Soujourn Philly.
How to order: Outdoor seating is first-come, first served or order drinks to-go online.
Bok is the ultimate when it comes to rooftop bars. The view spans forever ever and showcases a glittering view of the city from South Philly, and the spot is currently open for reservations for safe outdoor imbibing. If you stop by, expect fun local food pop-ups and a revolving list of wines and beers to enjoy with the view.
How to order: Make a reservation through Resy.
Old City Beer Garden
This laidback outdoor bar is gearing up for the fall and the abysmal Eagles season with outdoor screens for socially distanced viewing. As one of Philly’s larger outdoor bars, you can expect a nice range of craft beer and seltzer cans, including everything from cheap easy drinking favorites to seasonal brews to strong sours -- and even jello shots.
Hot to order: Make a reservation for a 90-minute visit through Resy.
Independence Beer Garden
Bring Happy Hour home with IBC’s extensive takeout menu of drinks and delectable bites, ranging from Nutella Funnel Cake to cheese curds. Expect a thoughtfully curated beer menu of approachable favorites and more daring picks, as well as super strong cocktails including the $14 Long Island Iced Tea, which is probably all you’ll need to get the job done. You can also order wine by the glass, liquor, and non-alcoholic drinks for pickup, or visit in person
How to order: Outdoor tables are first come, first served or order takeout through Toast.
In addition to its stellar and extensive food menu, Vietnam Cafe has upped its bar game with bottled cocktails to go. Available at both locations you can snag Polynesian cocktails including the aptly named Zombie (a blend of run, brandy, grenadine, bacardi, and fruit juice) or the simple yet delicious TIki (Malibu rum and fruit juice).
How to order: Call 215.729.0260 to order to-go cocktails.
South Philadelphia Tap Room
Though South Philadelphia Taproom is currently offering both indoor and outdoor dining, it’s not holding back when it comes to takeout cocktails that a layman could never make on their own. The spot even has a little “handheld” takeout menu for when you’re truly ready to eat on the go. For drinks, try one of the hefty $10 16-ounce frozen cocktails or the house cocktails that come in adorable little bottles, including spritzy fruity varieties made with soda and vodka.
How to order: To go there, add your name to the waitlist or order to-go cocktails through Toast.
Writer's Block Rehab
The bookish ambiance of Writer’s Block Rehab is hanging on during COVID-19 times with limited indoor and outdoor seating and to-go options, including cocktails packed in PacSun-style bags with straws for optimum ease and enjoyment. Keep your eyes peeled for new concoctions with puzzling names.
How to order: Order takeout through UpServe.
Though SOUTH can’t have its usual packed jazz club vibe right now, the North Broad business continues to churn out bourbon punch and equally strong handcrafted cocktails with outdoor dining, delivery, and takeout. Whiskey is the real star of the bar.
How to order: Make a reservation through OpenTable, order pickup through Toast, or get delivery through DoorDash.
One Tippling Place
The coziest little spot for craft cocktails and vintage flair wants to help make your living room equally as alluring. Score to-go classics like Gimlets and Fish House Punch, all served in a capped bottle containing two servings.
How to order: Browse the takeout menu online.
The Pub on Passyunk East
P.O.P.E is a neighborhood favorite for hunkering down with a craft beer and some jukebox tunes, and while you can still help yourself to the bar’s selection of craft beers, maybe save the cozying up for your homestead. Check the bar’s Instagram for what’s the latest on the drink menu
How to order: Head there for outdoor dining or order takeout through Toast.
One of Philly’s prettiest and biggest all-year outdoor bars is open again with COVID-safe restrictions, giving you a chance to score a seat by the fire pits and feel like things are somewhat normal. Massive German drafts, bottles, and beer cocktails/floats make up the length bar menu, which can also be enjoyed at home with pick-up or delivery.
How to order: Get takeout through Caviar and delivery through DoorDash.
JB’s has taken its tasty bar menu of hits-the-spot burgers and savory grub online for takeout, along with four-packs, six-packs, and singles of hard-to-find, often regionally made beers and ciders. Keep an eye out for the latest offerings of Tired Hands, LeVante Revibe, or just say screw it and get the house Irish Coffee with Jameson, Baileys, whipped cream, and cinnamon. It will provide comfort until we can be playing games of pool and seeing shows upstairs at JB’s again.
How to order: Order takeout online.
Friday Saturday Sunday slowly started serving amid the COVID closures with to-go cocktails, translating the restaurant’s elevated drink menu for the stay-at-home life. Try the Velveteen Sour, made with scotch, mezcal, lemon, fig, and chocolate bitters, or just dig into the full drink and food menu for your perfect at-home delivery.
How to order: Order takeout and delivery online.
Monk’s signature beer bible is no less holy in the face of a pandemic, still packed with page after page of Belgian (and other-style) beers that taste just as nice for curbside pickup or outdoor streetery dining. Trust that it’s hard to pick any drink here that doesn’t go with pommes frites and mussels.
How to order: Call 215-545-7005 to order from the carryout menu.
More than two decades in business in Philly and Standard Tap is staying strong in 2020, offering an excellent selection of six- and 12-packs of local beer, cocktails, bottles of wine, and other goods for outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. Whether you want a frosé or a crowler, Standard Tap’s got you.
How to order: Book an outdoor table through Resy or order takeout or delivery through UpServe.
All the eccentricities of the International’s eclectic bar menu can maaaybe make you feel like you’re allowed to travel again, sort of. Sherries on tap, rare wines, obscure beers, and even more obscure liquors are still flowing strong, with single and big batch cocktails available to go.
How to order: Visit the takeout window for cocktails and beer to go.
One of Philly’s most beloved dive destinations isn’t quite the same this year, but a lot of the staple elements are still there, including the signature pickletini in carryout pouch form. TMom’s is open for outdoor dining as well local delivery and carryout in case you’re missing your favorite vegan bar food, too.
How to order: Call 215-238-9880 for curbside pick-up, order in person at its take out window through DoorDash, or get local delivery through Caviar.
The Sidecar Bar & Grille
This corner neighborhood tavern has been in flux the last few years, and it’s safe to say COVID-19 has helped keep that tradition alive. After Michael Strauss of Mike’s BBQ, along with William Lindsay and Mike Metzeger of Stockyard Sandwich Co., took over last year, the menu has gotten an elevated refresh of weekly grub specials (including square pizza!), as well as house cocktails.
How to order: Dine outdoors or order takeout through Toast.