Where to Grab a Drink in Philly Right Now

From laid-back sports bars to wine spots with hundreds of options.

As we head into the chillier months, there’s nothing quite like curling up with a good drink—whether you’re inside at your favorite bar or cuddling by heat lamps for year-round outdoor imbibing. Luckily, more and more bar concepts around Philadelphia are reopening their doors to offer just that.

So whether you’re a wine lover who wants to try a bit of everything or are on the hunt for a simple yet amazing sports bar, Philly has a place for you. Take a peek at our picks for where to grab a drink in Philly right now, from swanky whiskey bars and cocktail lounges to casual beer-centric favorites.

Bar Ly

Chinatown

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.
How to book: Walk-in

Devil's Den

Passyunk

Devil’s Den is a cozy destination to hole up with a rotating draft by the fire. The ever-changing draft list is full of unexpected domestic and imported brews, while the bottled menu offers an extensive collection that you’ll need a few minutes to sift through. Seasonal cocktail lovers will also be happy here, and since this is Philly, Devil’s Den also offers three City Wides to pick from. The spot boasts excellent bar nibbles including $12 wings, $7 skewers, and other savory bites. Stop by for brunch (which extends until 3 pm) and imbibe on $4 mimosas and Bloody Marys.
How to book: Walk-in

Hawthorne’s is a welcoming one-stop shop for all your bar needs: a sizeable outdoor beer garden, a big ol’ TV to watch the latest, a massive all-day food menu, and plenty of craft beer and seasonal cocktails. It’s the perfect laidback spot for digging into the likes of fried chicken and waffles and truffle grilled cheese sandwiches while trying to stay ahead on all the latest bar offerings. The drink menu is full of rare imports and unusual finds, so there’s always something new to try.

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Wine Dive

Graduate Hospital

South Street’s Wine Dive is an intriguing mix of high meets low brow, with more than 20 wines by the glass, 215 (see what they did there?) by the bottle, and a collection of ciders, beers, and cocktails, all served in ultra-dark yet welcoming digs, not unlike your favorite neighborhood dive bar. Throughout the week you’ll find live music and comforting bar food to warm your visit.
How to book: Walk-in

Writer's Block Rehab

Washington Square West

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.
How to book: Walk in

Philadelphia Distilling

Northern Liberties

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.

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This laidback 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.
How to book: Walk in

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.
How to book: Walk in

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Sonny’s Cocktail Joint

Graduate Hospital

The tavern once known as The Cambridge has reopened as Sonny’s Cocktail Joint, a fresh concept featuring ultra-casual takes on high-end food (think caviar, chips and dip, or Dunkaroos with bourbon Old Fashioned buttercream). The bar goes old school with vinyl, vintage pieces, checkered floors, and a jukebox, but the drinks are up-to-date with negronis, high balls, and best-enjoyed-outside selections off the “Boat Drinks” menu. You’ll also find plenty of domestic and imported drafts and natural wines to even things out.
How to book: Walk in

Cockatoo

Washington Square West

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. Then you can score $10 specialty cocktails, $9 prosecco, and $6 beers to your heart’s content.
How to book: Walk in

Attic Brewing Co. is open for indoor and outdoor imbibing, offering a casual, relaxed atmosphere to try all the original (and sustainable) beers the spot has to offer. From the tropical Tiger Smile Hazy IPA with hints of mint to super drinkable Prolonged Forms table beer, there's usually something for everyone.
How to book: Walk in

Dahlak

Cedar Park

Visit Dahlak’s laid-back outdoor patio—now outfitted to accommodate all kinds of weather—for outdoor dining and drinking. This Eri-Ethiopian restaurant’s summery cocktails pack a punch, and options like the tequila Blue Crush or the Henny Punch, are best enjoyed outdoors with stir-fry sirloin tibs, a spicy sauteed dish served with peppers, onions, and tomatoes.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

La Llorona Cantina

West Passyunk

La Llorona was able to debut and stay open amid the pandemic thanks to vibrant outdoor street seating that makes this little corner of South Philly a welcome respite. But even as the temperatures cool down, you can still enjoy nachos and queso alongside sangria, wine, and happy hour specials from 2 to 5 pm every Tuesday through Friday.

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South Jazz Kitchen

Spring Garden

Good food and live jazz make up the magic behind SOUTH, and you’re free to enjoy wine and bubbly by the bottle while soaking in all the upscale ambiance you desire. Get a seat on the heated garden patio or in the skylit dining room, and don’t be afraid to order an extra skillet of cornbread after the first round.

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Frankford Hall is one of Philly’s prettiest and biggest year-round outdoor bars, giving you a chance to 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.

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Monk's Cafe

Rittenhouse

Belgium is at your fingertips at Monk’s, where the spot’s signature beer bible does indeed feel quite holy. The place is packed with Belgian (and other-style) beers. Trust that it’s hard to pick any drink here that doesn’t go with pommes frites and mussels.
How to book: Walk-in

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Standard Tap

Northern Liberties

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 Victory Hop Devil and PBC’s Kenzinger to Ship Bottom’s Long Peach Island.

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All the eccentricities of the International’s eclectic bar menu can make you feel like the world is your oyster again. Sherries on tap, rare wines, obscure beers, and even more obscure liquors are all flowing strong. Peep the in-depth beer list for all the latest and greatest drafts.
How to book: Walk-in

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Marielle Mondon is a writer from Philadelphia. Follow her @MarielleMondon on Twitter and Instagram.