Where to Grab a Drink in Philadelphia Right Now
Upscale cocktail bars, cozy pubs, and the city’s first urban winery.
‘Tis the season to get a good drink. As temperatures plummet and it’s tough to brave the cold, there are few things more inviting than a cozy seat at the perfect bar. Luckily, you can find refuge in some of the city’s tried-and-true watering holes, as well as newcomers to the Philly bar scene, all season long.
From Philly-made wineries and European-style bars to sparkling new local breweries, there is plenty to explore. So take a look at our picks for the absolute best bars in Philly right now.
Grace And Proper
Grace and Proper sets out to give South Philly a piece of European bar culture, offering a vintage feel with upscale comforts. The corner bar is big on seasonal drink specials, well-crafted classics, and other approachable provisions, all curated to make you feel like you're at a corner cafe in Lisbon. Alongside cocktails, wine, and beer, expect plenty of bread, meat, cheese, and weekend espresso with pastries.
Gritty City Winery
There are plenty of great wineries around Philadelphia but now that Gritty City has put down roots in Kensington, you no longer have to drive out of the city for a fantastic local pour. The brothers behind this urban winery produce all wines from scratch in Philly, inspired by their Italian grandparents’ tradition of home winemaking. Right now you can choose among a couple house wines and four reserve wines with bottles starting at $18. Plus if you’re curious to learn more about the winemaking process, tours and tastings can also be arranged.
Jet Wine Bar
Global wine bar Jet has been staying strong throughout the pandemic thanks to its wine garden and some powerful heat lamps. After nearly three years, though, the bar has finally reopened for indoor business as well, so you can find a seat at the intimate bar and sample all the weird and wonderful wines available. Take advantage of daily flights and the half-pour option to sample as much as you like.
This spacious stop offers cozy pub vibes with airy ambiance, complete with Philly-inspired artwork (i.e. Ben Franklin chewing gum) surrounding the 26-seat bar counter. The Mulberry is bound to feel extra cozy in winter months with two fireplaces and some welcoming nooks, plus they have generous brunch, late night, and dinner menus of hearty pub fare to warm you up. Visit for happy hour and score $5 Love City drafts, plus discounted wines and cocktails.
Other Half Brewing
The first Philly outpost of this Brooklyn-born brewery is big—from the massive interior bar and sprawling yard to its rotating collection of drafts and cans. It’s an ideal spot for catching the game, any game, and features a kid-friendly food menu alongside a grown-up menu of bar bites and burgers. Keep tabs on Instagram to see all the new releases as they’re revealed.
American Sardine Bar
This is one of Philly’s quintessential bars for relaxed sips, which are best enjoyed on a patio chair in the bar’s backyard. You can expect tried-and-true drafts alongside newer seasonal releases and local specialties, as well as flavorful cocktails that pack a punch, from the special flavor whiskey sours to their gin mule counterparts. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, peruse the food menu to find items like pickled egg and a tin fish board featuring sardines, of course.
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Visit the only sports bar in Chinatown for a fantastic menu of surprising bar grub, plus no less than 60 beer taps. You can slowly make your way through that list at Bar-Ly’s daily happy hour which runs from 3 to 6 pm, even on weekends. Being a sports bar, you can catch the game while noshing on an eclectic menu that includes Peking duck sliders, veggie fajitas, and 10-piece wings.
This barber-shop-turned-speakeasy finally has a foothold in Philly, where it opened last fall to serve top-notch cocktails and grilled cheese to the masses. The bar offers a large lounge set-up that’s fun for a night out when you want to dance and have some late-night bites. As far as drinks go, you can go as high or low as you like—we’re talking Miller High Life on the same sheet as $500 bottles of champagne. Thankfully there’s a lot in the middle, too, including seasonal cocktails, happy hour specials, and even a few zero-proof options.
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Bloomsday offers a cheerful bottle shop, wine bar, and cafe hybrid in Headhouse Square, along with a simple-and-tasty menu of food to enjoy with your drinks. For wine lovers you’ll find events and plenty of interesting bottles in the shop, plus Bloomsday’s own Dumpster Juice Vermut, from the bar’s line of craft vermouths, that regularly sells out. If cocktails are more your style, you’ll always find something seasonal and on-point, from warm weather spritzes to off-menu espresso martinis.
Cockatoo is a newer addition to the gay bar scene, featuring Latin street food paired with a welcoming menu of wine, cocktails, and beer. Cockatoo also has one of the better happy hour iterations in Center City, with discounted drinks from 8-10 pm Wednesday through Friday, then a special weekend happy hour from 3-5 pm, where you can score $10 specialty cocktails, $9 prosecco, and $6 beers to your heart’s content.
Frankford Hall is one of Philly’s prettiest and biggest year-round outdoor bars, giving you a chance to enjoy the great outdoors and score a seat by the fire pits (and make s’mores) when temps cool down. Massive German drafts, bottles, and beer cocktails and floats make up the lengthy bar menu, which goes big on German specialties as well as hoppy and tart options.
Franky Bradley’s is the move whether you want to see a drag show, dance the night away, or throw back a few Kenzingers amid Medieval-inspired decor. The multi-level bar on Chancellor Street is the perfect blend of bar and club, complete with a food menu of hearty pub fare (think mac n’ cheese, fries, burgers, wings, and more). For drinks, you have plenty of cans and bottles to choose from, plus a few wines and fruity cocktails like the Franky’s Punch, made with rum, rosé, lime, and pineapple.
Whether you know your wine or can only identify whether it’s red or white, Le Caveau is a more-than-worthy retreat. The cozy wine bar above The Good King Tavern is big on natural wine bottles and new discoveries, dividing the wine menu according to pours from “France” and “Not France.” It’s a dim, moody spot rich with inviting corners where you could easily end up staying until last call. Wine-friendly bites like cheese and a “French hot dog” (it involves a baguette) make a visit complete.
Lloyd Whiskey Bar
This laidback and subtly The Shining-themed whiskey bar offers fresh cocktails, local drafts, and a vast selection of whiskeys selected from across the globe. The spot also features a pub menu to keep you going through rounds of flights. Try one of the Boilermaker selections, which gets you a beer and a one-ounce pour, like an elevated version of the Philly Special.
Comfy, cozy, and welcoming, The Lunar Inn is a neighborhood favorite for cocktails, natural wine, good bar food, and lazy weekend brunches. True to its neighborhood, the offerings at Lunar Inn can please a wide range of tastes and styles, whether you’re looking to chill with friends over cans of PBR, locally brewed drafts, global wines, or carefully crafted cocktails. Whatever you get, consider ending the night with the so-called Fancy Nightcap: a two-ounce pour of your choice of amaro or vermouth.
Sample some of the best spirits to come out of Philadelphia, from Blue Coat Gin to Vieux Carre Absinthe, at Philadelphia Distilling. The beautiful facility begs you to linger with tufted leather sofas and exposed brick walls for an airy, bright, and ultra-stylish destination any time day or night. Be sure to try one of the seltzer-gin cocktails or a family flight of bourbon, rye, and American whiskies.
After more than two decades in business, Standard Tap is still going strong and offering a stellar selection of local craft beers on draft, natural wine, and plays on classic cocktails. Beer lovers rejoice at Standard Tap’s lovingly curated selection of locally made brews, from classics like Yards Brawler and PBC’s Kenzinger to Sly Fox Dry Stout and Troegs Hop Horizon.
Try fresh cocktails with a side of mid-century swank at Fishtown’s R&D, the space formerly known as Root that has since gotten a drink-focused makeover from the same team behind concepts like Suraya, Pizzeria Beddia, and Condesa. R&D manages to be moody and seductive without taking itself too seriously. Its high-end vibe is paired with some fun and kitsch on the menu, from tiki drinks to classic espresso martinis. When you get hungry, bar snacks include bruschetta, hummus, smash burgers, and lemon-marinated olives.
Tattooed Mom has long been one of Philly’s favorite dive bars, from the iconic Strange Girls and Snake Boys mural outside to the sticker-plastered bumper car inside. Aside from the ambiance, you’ll also find vegan bar food, great people, bottles, and pop rocket cocktails. Keep tabs on Instagram to spot food specials and other events, plus an extra chance to marvel at all the bric-a-brac that makes up the ultra-eclectic, multi-story bar.
Writer's Block Rehab
Writer’s Block is perfect if you like to drink and also feel like you’re in an aesthetically pleasing wood-paneled library. The actual space has a way more modern feel, but the statement wallpaper of bookshelves is a great meeting of old and new. Decor aside, Writer’s Block is the go-to for light bites and fun cocktails (and mocktails), each with an esoteric reference for a name. It’s an ideal ice breaker for meeting and mingling.