Food & Drink

Philadelphia's 7 Best Cocktail Bars

Published On 02/19/2015 Published On 02/19/2015
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.
Charlie Was a Sinner.
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The Rittenhouse
The Good King Tavern
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1. Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. 112 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Practically bursting with classical style and a tasteful ambiance, FM&I Co. stands out as one of the classiest bars in Rittenhouse, serving a number of finely tuned cocktails that any patron can appreciate.

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2. Emmanuelle Hancock St and Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Nolibs)

Not just a really important bible dude (probably?), Emmanuelle's also a bar from the same guy behind PYT: an intimate, back of the Piazza, 35-seat craft 'tails hideaway with a baby grand piano.

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3. Charlie was a sinner. 131 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Midtown Village)

Charlie certainly was a sinner, and a glutenous one at that. Despite a mostly vegan menu, Charlie's knocks it out of the park with decadent small plates and seemingly whimsical cocktails that hit you fast. Dark wood-paneled walls and plush velvet booths create a warm, intimate interior that's perfect for a date night. Take a seat at one of the candlelit tables and indulge in the always mysterious Charlie's Punch.

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4. Bourbon & Branch 705 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

B&B features beer and pub fare with a fancy twist: think banh mi sliders, tikka masala mussels, etc, plus classics like fried pickles and mac-n-cheese.

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5. Library Bar 210 W Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

The Library Bar is a two-room cocktail palace, cozily tucked into the ground floor of the Rittenhouse Hotel. With huge volumes of literature on display, and including a tome-like, 17 page long drink menu, make yourself comfortable in the spacious cocktail haven with a meticulously crafted Old Fashioned or seasonal option like the El Presidente with bacardi rum, red wine, vermouth, and grenadine.

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6. The Good King Tavern 614 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Italian Marketbella Vista)

The unassuming tavern pairs delicious French-inspired eats with signature cocktails for all the frill of a high-end lounge with the charm of a low-key neighborhood joint. Try the Sazerac (rye whiskey, Demerara, bitters, and absinthe) with a friendly helping of cheese plate.

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7. Hop Sing Laundromat 1029 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Chinatown)

Stop into this semi-hidden haven in Chinatown for Prohibition-inspired cocktails, accented with a speakeasy vibe. This much-hyped, semi-mysterious spot-- patrons line up down the block for a chance to sample enigmatic owner Lê's signature libations, and you can't use cell phones or cameras inside the bar (don’t think that rule won’t be enforced if someone catches you)-- offers literally hundreds of liquor options, from Johnny Drum Private Stock bourbons to 15-year aged El Dorado.