VIllage Whiskey
Fette Sau
Trestle Inn
Red Owl Tavern
Cassie Hepler
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1. Ashton Cigar Bar 1522 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Located right above Holt's Cigar Company in Rittenhouse, this second-floor bar serves 200 cigars, more than 350 whiskeys, and 500 total spirits. The expert staff will help pair your cigar (which are handmade in the Dominican Republic) with the right, just-as-smoky whiskey. Ashton has a speakeasy vibe with decidedly masculine leather couches. It's sleek, modern, and boasts a wall of windows overlooking Walnut St.

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2. Red Owl Tavern 433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The walk up to Society Hill's Red Owl Tavern, along cobblestoned streets before Independence Hall, is quintessentially Philadelphia, and the food at this upscale Hotel Monaco restaurant is appropriately American rustic, but with some modern updates. The lunchtime cheesesteak synonymous with the city is brought up to speed with Angus ribeye, sharp cheddar, caramelized onion and hot peppers (no whiz, here). Marrowbones are topped with pickled lamb tongues. Venison, cut by the in-house butcher, is augmented by a huckleberry marinade. The zinc-topped bar in the brown and brick dining room continues the patriotic theme, serving up a Penn’s Treaty (bourbon, blackberry, honey, mint, lemon) to thirsty tourists and red-blooded Americans alike.

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3. Lloyd Whiskey Bar 529 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Named after the owner's bourbon & High Life-loving pop, Lloyd's modeled after memories of the dude's childhood living room, which must've been stocked with vintage wallpaper, church pews, a deer's head, a tincture-topped polished wood bar, a deviled egg deep fryer, and lots and lots of whiskey.

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4. Time Restaurant 1315 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

This combo whiskey bar, resto, and taproom also plays host to various musical performances in its Market East digs. Tuck in to a cozy booth and feast on dishes like roast duck, shrimp ceviche, and more.

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5. Village Whiskey 118 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Village Whiskey is an American gastropub vision of James Beard Award-winning Chef Jose Garces. Standing proudly on a bustling corner of Rittenhouse, this old-school pub with a masculine air does two things best: Burgers and Whiskey. Together. There are a few bar snacks and entrees on the menu alongside a full raw bar, but what the people really want from this place is the simple yet entirely indulgent All-American Burger with (of course) whiskey-cured bacon to match their 200+ bottle selection of whiskeys and prohibition-era cocktails.

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6. Fette Sau 1208 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Fette Sau keeps it simple. Wooden tables, concrete floors, gourmet BBQ, craft beer and whiskey. No pretense. Sounds like the go-to spot for the most interesting man in the world, doesn't it? Named after the German phrasing for "fat pig," Fette Sau's obviously got pork on lock, plus other delectable, dry-aged and smoked meat comestibles. The Philly outpost of this Williamsburg standby is sure to satisfy.

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7. The Trestle Inn 339 N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Trestle's the thankfully cleaner iteration of infamously gritty J & J Trestle Inn, which closed in '09 before catching fire last summer; it’s reemerged while keeping much of the dark-wood-heavy, dimly lit digs that weren't charred, and also the lovely, be-tasseled dancers, whose costumes have been updated to give off a “'60s-'70s vibe”, whose covers only ever featured Teddy Pendergrass and Billy "White Shoes" Johnson.

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8. Stateside 1536 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Following breakfast with booze is a terrific way to start the day, so thank God this alcohol-oriented project from the breakfast-mad folks behind Green Eggs offers brown liquors and ex-Barbuzzo-chef-crafted small bites in a space rife with contempo touches.

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9. Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar 601 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Paying homage to its barrel-making namesake with a wood-heavy interior featuring workshop-like table and bar seating.